On my way home I noticed the wording on the road-sign for the Church of God. For some in the religious world, the sign made a pretty bold statement. It said, “God’s grace demands right living.” According to the scriptures that statement is doctrinally sound (Titus 2:11-12, Colossians 3:15). See how easy it would be to settle the overwhelming number of divisions that denominationalism has caused if only we would go by the right standard? If it’s true it’s not new!
From the mouth of babes…I asked my five-year-old daughter yesterday if her ear was sore. She confidently said, “No.” About five seconds later she said, “I don’t even know what sore means.” Ignorance by itself doesn’t get us into trouble as much as ignorance that wants to remain that way (John 9:39-41).
Men from Mars are chauvinistic. Women from Venus are feminist. Men and women made of the Earth know each are made in the image of God, and God’s image carries with it responsibilities that will outlast fickle times that believe changing the culture equates to changing the truth (Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 5:33).
Speaking of “changing” the truth. Ever wondered why the homosexual agenda loves the word gender? It’s because “gender” is more fluid and easier to change with feelings. Sex on the other-hand is an entirely different operation. He and she may become she and he by adding or subtracting a letter in the English language. But when it comes to sex, he and she does not become she and he simply by adding or subtracting a letter.
I’m not getting paid for what I’m about to ask or say. Have you seen the Little Caesar’s commercial for the new BBQ pork pizza? I tried one. It’s good. You know there’s no way the egotistic Caesar’s of the past could’ve guessed how their title would be used today.
Needing something to pray about? The congregation I preach for may be starting a mailing route with H2H. If we do, the route will serve approximately 600 homes. Prayer for open hearts at the mailbox could be useful.
Forgiveness is tough stuff! It’s tougher than holding a grudge. Holding a grudge can make us strong though. It helps us to hold on to things after-all. That’s why holding a grudge can be described as exercise…an exercise in futility. Truth is, holding a grudge doesn’t change what was done. It only changes us. Forgiveness is divine indeed (Luke 23:34), amongst several other specific qualities that remind me about that saying I saw on the sign, at least according to 2 Peter 1:3-11.
“Also do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others.” (Ecclesiastes 7:21-22 NKJV)