Saturday, June 17, 2017

Living in Light of Grace

As followers of Jesus we live in light of Grace. We are asked to follow Jesus actively.

Often the focus we hear from others is on how we should not live. It is as if avoiding sin is following Jesus. We must, of course, live in a manner worthy of God, however, living by faith is not simply avoiding sin.

Living by faith is actively following God. Actively being a blessing to others. Living by faith is a courageous boldness that demands that we do.

We must also be holy. But being holy without actively living out our faith is not possible. To be different than the world we must love the world. Unmerited and flowing love is the mark of true Christian living.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Being Good vs. Appearing Good

At times in life we are presented with the choice of being good vs. appearing good. It is often that to appear good to the masses a person must subvert the truth or make others look bad.

Often those who look good are simply those who most evilly make anyone who opposes them look bad. We find many people who are only seen as good because the people that know their flaws are too afraid to speak against them.

Sometimes being good and doing the right thing is not popular. If we choose to be good we will be perceived as bad simply because what we do is not popular.

In the perspective of this life things are often scrabbled. But we live not in view of this life, but the life to come. Jesus bids us to follow him and live according to the will of God rather than the opinion of man.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Not Yet to God's Promises

Often we feel issue with God's promises. God's promises seem to not be being fulfilled.

The issue of course is with our stance and perspective. We do not see God's promises in the light of eternity and we lack the patience to look past the moment.

We often err when we read scripture because we do not see that God's promises will be fulfilled, but not according to our timeline. Some promises will not be fulfilled until the age to come. If we have eyes to see then we can see the truth in God's words.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Opinion

There is only one opinion which matters in the end that of God. We often are pulled in may directions by many voices.

We need to have courage to have one thought. To think only of following Jesus.

If God thinks well of us we should be satisfied that we are living well. All other opinions are of no value if they conflict with the will of God.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Loyalty

Loyalty is a virtue often forgotten in the current day. It is a difficult virtue to practice as loyalty requires multiple people to practice the virtue together. Loyalty is an a sense a communal virtue.

We can seek to be loyal, but if others are not willing to have loyalty then true loyalty cannot exist. We should still see value in seeking to be loyal people in the world.

Often we must do the best we can in the world. To try to see what we can do rather than to give up and say that nothing can be done.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Speaking by Example

As Christians our lives matter as much or more than our words. If we speak of compassion we will only be listened to if we live with compassion.

Our lives are a picture which shows others more than our words. We must be before we can credibly speak.

Once we are someone then natural when we speak people will have more interest in listening. In our age of self promotion authentic living is Christianity's opportunity to speak to the world.

We must be people who's lives need no marketing.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christian Love is Inconvenient

Worldly love is expressed usually as self love. Worldly love for the other is dependent on response and love is given because it befits the person loving.

Christian love is different is that love is expressed regardless of response. We are often called to love despite the facts.

Following Jesus is a hard path. But we must remember that Jesus loved us despite the facts when he gave his life for us.

It is difficult to know how to live in the world. We can read the bible and pray. Sometimes love is refusing to allow enabling. Love takes many forms, but always Christian love thinks of others.