Essential to Our Faith

1 Corinthians 15:17If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – The resurrection is essential to the Christian faith. If Christ was not victorious over death, then we certainly cannot be either. But He was and we are.

My Advice – Many people will try to water down the Gospel by saying Jesus is not really God in the flesh, He is not the only means of salvation or that He really was not raised from the dead. Do not believe them. All these are essential to your faith and hope in life eternal.

Innocent Awareness

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1 Corinthians 14:20In regard to evil, be infants, but in your thinking be adults. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Infants are innocent. Adults are aware.

My Advice – Evaluate situations and circumstances like an adult and be aware of the evil that they might entail. Keep your innocence. Do not get involved in the evil.

Love Is, Love Is Not

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1 Corinthians 13:4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered it keeps no record of wrongs. Loves does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, it always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is clear to see that what many try to pass off as love is really selfishness.

My Advice – Keep this as the standard of love that you aspire to with a mate, a friend, family and fellow Christians.

Not Everything

1 Corinthians 10:23“Everything is permissible” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is constructive.  (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is true that we live by grace. But that does not give us a license to sin. There are still things that simply are neither beneficial nor constructive and we should avoid them.

My Advice – Do not buy into any claims that because of grace you should be allowed do anything you want. God’s moral laws are still His laws.

Able to Bear, A Way Out

1 Corinthians 10:13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – A key word in this verse that can easily be missed is also. First off God has given us the ability to simply resist temptation. And while we do not need it, He also has given us a backup plan. With every temptation He will provide a way of escape.

My Advice – Do not think that your temptations are special. They are common. Others have escaped them and you can too. God doubly blesses with the ability to resist as well as a means of escape.

Too Intellectual

1 Corinthians 8:1Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Sometimes, the more we know, the more arrogant we become. Then our head gets in the way of our heart and drives a wedge between us and God. We must not allow ourselves to become too intellectual for God.

My Advice – Don’t let your education go to your head. Let your heart, and your love of God, be your primary guide, not the knowledge of the world.

Responding Differently

1 Corinthians 4:12When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Christians are called to respond differently to things than the world would respond. We are not to return curses for curses, to resist persecution or respond to slander harshly.

My Advice – Be a blessing to others, even those who wish you ill, learn to endure hardship and offer kinds words to all even those who slander you. Do not respond in a worldly, but rather in a Christlike manner.