Jesus Gives a New Law

Jesus Gives a New Law

Jesus knew about the teachings of strict Pharisees and one time said they strained at a gnat but swallowed a camel. He also said they should remove the speck from their eyes before trying to remove the beam from the eyes of others. In other words they avoided slighter sins but practiced weightier ones such as their hatred for Jesus and His teachings. Jesus not only condemned their teachings but during His Sermon on the Mount, gave a new law, or as He once said, He didn’t come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. During that lengthy sermon, Jesus taught several moral principles: among them not …

Revenge Brings Alienation and Hurt

Revenge Brings Alienation and Hurt

Throughout the ages there has been conflict between individuals and families. In the first Biblical family one brother killed his brother because of jealousy and perhaps resentment. There was conflict between Sarah and Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and his brothers, Saul and David, and the list could continue. During the earthly ministry of Jesus, there was conflict between groups and individuals including His twelve disciples: one example is their arguing about who would be greatest in God’s Kingdom. Conflicts continue during our time and usually they begin over some trivial matter and last a lifetime causing all involved alienation and grief. Suppose …

Jesus Taught Forgiveness

Jesus Taught Forgiveness

Are you struggling to forgive one who has harmed you? Has your inability to forgive turned to bitterness and is eating away at the center of your life? Or maybe you have learned how to forgive? No doubt many are somewhere between revenge and true forgiveness; if so, trust these comments will be helpful. After Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He gave the Model Prayer. In this prayer were these words, “And forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I suspect this part of Jesus’ model prayer caused the disciples to feel somewhat uncomfortable because they were not perfect and especially Peter; once he asked Jesus: “How many …

The Holy Spirit Helps Us Forgive

The Holy Spirit Helps Us Forgive

Forgiveness does not come naturally as mentioned already. The natural impulse is to get even or bear a grudge against one who has intentionally or unintentionally offended us. And I might add here that many individuals wear a chip on their shoulders and take offense when no offense was intended.Such individuals usually suffer from poor self images and it takes little to further damage their images. On the other hand there are those who appear to boost their own pride by hurting others. For example the school bully and leaders of gangs. In between are those who unintentionally hurt another, but in each case …

Forgiveness Brings Healing

Forgiveness Brings Healing

If you have suffered a harmful offense by another and finally forgave that person, you are experiencing a sense of healing in your life. Usually such a wound inflicted does not heal overnight, but we should begin by praying for the offender and asking God to bless him or her. I must remember that my offense probably was not intentional: if harsh words were spoken that caused my hurt; perhaps they were spoken in haste, or that one was dealing with his or her own problems. If my hurt was feeling rejected by not being included in some activity, reminding myself there was a reason I was not …

Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:1-13  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It …

Love Is Patient

Love Is Patient

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist …

Love Does Not Rejoice in Evil

Love Does Not Rejoice in Evil

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13      “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or …

Love Is Faithful

Love Is Faithful

 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. …

Faith, Hope and Love

Faith, Hope and Love

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. …

What Is Love?

What Is Love?

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It …

How Can I Know God’s Will

How Can I Know God’s Will

Many individuals live from day to day with no direction in life. They get out of bed in the morning, hurriedly shower and dress for another day, stop at McDonald’s for coffee and a snack, rush to work, perform their usual duties, then return home that afternoon through five o’clock traffic, eat dinner, watch television a few hours, and then go to bed. These are necessary activities, but do they fit into a larger overall plan God has for your life? Are you in the vocation to which God called you? Do you take some time regularly to have fellowship with your …