Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. - Hebrews 12.14, ESV Peace is an elusive, hard-won, state of affairs. One party may feel at peace while another is ramping up efforts to overturn it. World leaders made flowery overtures about how they longed for lasting… Continue reading How do I Achieve Peace AND Be Holy?
How do we heal from those wounds for which no restitution can be made? How do we extend true forgiveness when we don't feel like forgiving? How do we ease that burning in our hearts for justice? Forgiveness is not merely an action, it is an attitude we must develop and nurture until we return to dust.
Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven." ~ Matthew 18.21-22, NKJV Can't you just see the apostles doing the math? (Obviously they didn't… Continue reading The Flawed Forgiveness Question
Have you ever had your heart crushed by someone who was supposed to be a friend? Enemies can attack and leave some bruising, but nothing is as devastating as being hurt, neglected, ignored or betrayed by a loved one. Enemy attacks are like surface wounds; friend's attacks cut to the bone. When you feel this way, where do you take your pain? To whom do you relay your frustration?
Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone. C.S. Lewis
When we are young, we think we have an abundance of time. After all, our parents and teachers tell us, "there'll be time for that later," or "not until your older." We spend the first 18-20 years of our lives waiting until we are "older" to "do" things. There is one thing we should never put off...
Jesus has so many names: The Messiah, the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Immanuel, the Word, the Light. Jesus came into the World to give us life, grace, and truth. For the last 29 days, I've been writing about things I am thankful for. I saved the one of greatest import for last. Why am I thankful for Jesus? I don't think I could write enough posts to cover that answer completely...
Maybe you don't even realize that you feel this way, maybe it's buried somewhere deep in your subconscious. God's Word has a way of forcing us to confront things we'd rather ignore.
How do we love our haters? Do we have a strategy?
Are you growing the fruits of the Spirit or the weeds of bitterness?