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.

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.