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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Truth must be Expressed in Love

The primary Christian virtue is love. If we have all things, but lack love we have nothing.

Truth always must be expressed with love. Truth may be uncomfortable, but the expression of truth should always aim to edify others.

Speaking the truth without love can be worse than remaining silent. We need to pray to find ways to speak truth in love when we cannot find positive ways to express truth.

In all thing we should seek to build other up for the glory of God.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Being and Speaking

If we wish for the world to listen to our message we must first be someone. One of the reasons people listen to Jesus is that he was someone.

Simply being someone is, of course, not enough we must also have something of value to say. The world will not listen to us, however, if we are not people who are something unique and beautiful.

Once we are seen as different in a way which can be appreciated then what we have to say will be considered. Our character is of the most importance in how what we say is viewed.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Knowing God

God has revealed himself to us in scripture through his promises and actions in history. The most clear revelation of the nature of God can be found in Jesus. In Jesus we have God walking among us and speaking directly with us.

In Jesus we see the most clear revelation of the nature of God. We most of course see Jesus in his own terms. Many people wish to create Jesus in our image.

Jesus is love. This is true, but many people err and think they can simply take parts of Jesus that they like and get ride of what they do not like. Jesus also teaches of the need for repentance.

We must always come to scripture open to learn. God wishes to speak to us if we wish to have ears to hear.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Scripture Speaks to Us

Scripture is always speaking to us personally if we will listen. It is easy to get lost in the details. Maybe we feel Jonah is disobedient for not wishing to go to Nineveh. We miss that we often pass up on proclaiming the gospel in far less dangerous places than Nineveh.

God is always trying to speak to us if we are willing to listen. God is a still small voice we must actively listen for. Sometimes it is hard to know what God wishes for us to do and legitimately God's will is unknown to us. Sometimes we fail to hear God simply because we do not like what the still small voice has to say.