Wounds of a Friend or Kisses of an Enemy?

A Haughty Spirit Proverbs 27:1-2 ESV “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” We read in Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” If we … Continue reading Wounds of a Friend or Kisses of an Enemy?

With Knowledge and All Discernment

Philippians 1:9-11 ESV “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and … Continue reading With Knowledge and All Discernment

Let us Love One Another

1 John 4:7-8 ESV “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” What is love? God is love. So love prefers what God prefers which is all that … Continue reading Let us Love One Another

What Accords with Sound Doctrine

Titus 2:1 ESV “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” What is “sound doctrine”? Sound means whole, healthy, pure, and uncorrupted. And doctrine is Christian teaching (instruction) that is to be applied to our lives as is necessary for our walks of faith in Jesus Christ in holiness and righteousness and in … Continue reading What Accords with Sound Doctrine

Walk with Integrity of Heart

Steadfast Love Psalms 101:1-2 ESV “I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me?” Steadfast love (or mercy) is unwavering, committed, persistent, and dedicated. It is loyal and faithful, not unfaithful, and not … Continue reading Walk with Integrity of Heart

Lies May Sound Good, But…

And Walk in LoveEphesians 5:1-2 ESV “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” As the beloved children of God, we are to be becoming like Jesus in thought, word, and deed. For, if … Continue reading Lies May Sound Good, But…

Let God’s Will be Done

Romans 12:9-13 ESV “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to … Continue reading Let God’s Will be Done

Not Cookie-Cutter Christianity

1 John 3:11-12 ESV “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.” The … Continue reading Not Cookie-Cutter Christianity

Common Sharing in the Spirit

Philippians 2:1-4 NIV “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out … Continue reading Common Sharing in the Spirit