My MacBook just took a 4ft drop with a 7ft slide on concrete. I am frozen and dare not touch it.
Love trumps all other motives. I am faithful because I am loved, not because of my loyalty. I am kind because I am loved, not because of my compassion. I am generous because I am loved, not because of my abundance.
I love because He first loved me. Love is always the motive. He is always the motive.
One of the most toxic behaviors & mindsets of a Christian
(I just realized) is the “I know-it-all” or “I think I know” syndrome. It keeps me from wanting to know God deeper and wanting to really see what His Word has in store for me to learn.
So like, you think you’ve read some books (of the Bible), so you’ve “read them all”…or you think you’ve been to…
This is what the platform is for. When people lend you their attention, do not stray from the truth for your opinion. Your position is to advance the eternal legacy of our God.
“The purpose of my covenant with the Levites was to bring life and peace, and that is what I gave them. This required reverence from them, and they greatly revered me and stood in awe of my name. They passed on to the people the truth of the instructions they received from me. They did not lie or cheat; they walked with me, living good and righteous lives, and they turned many from lives of sin. “The words of a priest’s lips should preserve knowledge of God, and people should go to him for instruction, for the priest is the messenger of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. (Malachi 2:5-7 NLT)
Some of the biggest lies that Christians today have bought are that we can love God without loving people, have a relationship with Jesus without having relationships with others, and grow closer to God without growing closer to a community.
You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. (Colossians 3:9-11 MSG)
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar. Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life. (Psalms 42:5-8 NKJV)