Proven by Love

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John 13:35 – “All men will know that you are My disciples if you love one another.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Love. Little else is as captivating or inspiring as love. It is, perhaps, one of the most sought after and motivating experiences that anyone can have. As a subject matter it permeates movies, songs, books, television and advertising. Yet Continue reading “Proven by Love”

In Your Hearts

Zechariah 7:9 – This is what the Lord Almighty says, “Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – This is living a transformed life. This is living the life of Christ. This is what God saved us for. He saved us by grace, to transform our lives so that we would do good works.

My Advice – I have little advice in this, because you have a tender heart already. My only advice is to continue being this way. You have left childhood behind and are leaving adolescence behind. You are entering the adult world of work, obligation and struggle. Do not let your heart grow calloused by the things you see, hear or experience. Rise above them and continue to have the heart of Christ.

Don’t Look Down

Obadiah 1:12You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – When God raises us up, we should not respond by looking down on those less fortunate. We’ve been down before and should not forget what it was like, and have compassion on others.

My Advice – As God blesses you, do not forget your friends and family who may be not as fortunate as you.

Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?

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Introduction – What Does It Mean To Be Evangelical?

Evangelical – of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels. (Webster)

In a 2007 survey by the Barna Group (a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture), 38% of the respondents self-identified as evangelical, suggesting Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Evangelical Christianity?”

Clothed With Compassion

Screenshot (61)Compassion – Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion. (Colossians NIV 1978)

The Sympathetic Consciousness Of Another’s Distress … 

Sympathy is sharing the feelings of others, being affected by what affects others.  In all their distress he too was distressed…In His love and mercy He redeemed them up and carried them…. (Isaiah 63:9, NIV 1978)

Together With A Desire To Alleviate It …

Desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies a strong intention, longing or aim.  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. (Matthew 23:37, NIV 1978)

That Results In Action …

Action is bringing about alteration (i.e., doing something about it).  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15, 16, NIV 1978).

As An Expression Of Love …

Love is unfailing – constant, infallible.  Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10, NIV 1978)

That Can Change Lives!

Used in the Gospels to speak of Jesus’ having compassion on someone in need that was often the turning point in their life.  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (Matthew 20:34, NIV 1978).

My Musing – Having become conscious of another’s distress, does this lead to sympathy?  Does sympathy, in turn progress to a desire to alleviate that distress if we could? Does our desire spring into action with the things we can and should do to help out?  Are we motivated by love or duty?

Having been the recipients of God’s unfailing compassion, how can we possibly fail to show compassion to those around us who are in distress?  Who knows, it could be a turning point in their lives that leads them to or back to God.

 

 

 

 

 

Prove Your Discipleship With Love

Step 12 – Prove Your Discipleship With Love
All men will know that you are My disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

A: Discovering the Truth

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B: Exploring the Truth

God calls us to the highest degree (agape) of love. Agape refers to a Continue reading “Prove Your Discipleship With Love”