Sometimes we just need to put on another coat of forgiveness for people who surround us. It does what a good fresh coat of pain does: it covers up the flaws, the imperfections, and most of the scars. Have we already forgiven, but been wronged again? Touch up or re-paint! Can’t seem to forgive ourselves? Put on a new coat!
This is the only use of the NOUN form of the term "faith" (pistis) in all the writings of John! Possibly John was worried about an overemphasis on "correct theology" (as a system of beliefs) versus daily Christlikeness.
I was standing recently under the shade of a mango tree in an Asian country and noticed several flies swarming around. When I looked more closely I saw many large flies sitting on the leaves and fruit. Other insects were also flying about, but the flies were especially numerous. Almost without thinking I moved back several feet to get away from them.
Forgiving others. So difficult at times, yet so necessary. We know it is important because of the number of times Jesus spoke about it and told stories that illustrated it.
Eliphaz recognized how much Job had helped others. He made wise use of his tongue. He knew the power of words. He encouraged, taught, corrected, and guided.
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Today, the replies still vary.
Who is the greatest you have ever seen? There is something special, something almost poetic in watching the greatest perform. Seen in person, a Michael Jordan fadeaway, a Messi shot on goal, a Jack Nicklaus approach shot, a Federer down-the-line running forehand, or a Willie Mayes moonshot would leave an indelible memory.
The phrase: “lovers of themselves,” is a single word in the underlying Greek language. It is found only once in the New Testament. It stands here at the head of this list of sins. Perhaps Paul is thinking that all our transgressions flow from it.
What motivated the merchant was his love for the pearl. What motivates the child of God is a love for God to serve him in his church. For the faithful Christian, the church is the only place that is important in this life. All of the Christian’s thoughts and desires are for one thing and one thing only: serving God, dedicating everything to God, loving God is the pearl of great price.
The book of Esther and the lives of the people mentioned therein illustrate some powerful biblical principles.
The end of winter is the time when many gardeners turn to their books. We may have been perusing seed catalogs for the last few months, and even ordered a few new varieties of tomatoes or beans to try.
I have recently returned to South Asia where I will be for the next few months. When I arrived I was greeted with many smiles and sincere welcomes by those whom I have known for a considerable time. It was good to be back, and they seemed very happy to have me here.
I’m sure the look on Simon’s face would have been worth seeing! The haul was so great that their nets began to tear! There were so many fish that they filled both boats to the point that they were seriously close to sinking. This caused Simon to realise there was more to this itinerant teacher than met the eye.
The prophet laments the sins of God’s people. He finds no good fruit among them, vv. 1-2. Those who should be examples of good are experts at evil.
It is unfortunate that for some people their view of God and worship is a long list of what they cannot do. Scripture provides us a long list of how God’s people are empowered to act. Consider these representative ideas. How many biblical texts can you attach to each item?