Most of us know people that we dislike—a lot. We're a target for their anger, and we see them as enemies. But as Christians, we know there's only one enemy, the devil, and he has them in his grasp just as he had us before we knew Jesus. We must love them despite how they … Continue reading How to Win Over Our Enemies
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Hate is Not an Option
We all know people whose goal in life is to break us. They mock us, gossip about us, and go out of their way to anger us. We begin to hate them until we see things through God's eyes and remember that before we knew Jesus, we did these things to God, and He didn't … Continue reading Hate is Not an Option
Love the Ones We Hate?
Treating others with respect or compassion is hard when they mistreat us. Yet, God told us to love our enemies, and we can love them and treat them well when we humble ourselves and remember where we came from. Before we knew Jesus, we were full of sin and hate for the things of God, … Continue reading Love the Ones We Hate?
Why Would I do That?
Why does God want us to love and pray for those who deliberately hurt us? Because we were once sinners, enemies of God by serving the god of this world, and yet, Jesus didn't turn us away. He took OUR sins and bore the punishment for them on the cross even though WE didn't deserve … Continue reading Why Would I do That?
Am I a Christian?
Sometimes it’s difficult to tell on face value who is a Christian—a true believer in Christ—and who just professes to be one. Those who we conclude are false become the center of our critical attention as we slowly find fault in all they do and judge them for their lack of spiritual integrity. However, it’s … Continue reading Am I a Christian?
The Days of Fence Sitting R Over!
There was a time when Christians kept to themselves, followed Jesus and were still able to live in a society with respect. Many would sit on the fence, not sure what to believe because their minds were still partial to the things and ways of this world. However, as the days roll faster towards the … Continue reading The Days of Fence Sitting R Over!
How to be God’s Influence in this World
Almost all Christians will say that they are Christians because they believe in the gospel of Jesus and acknowledge that He is the Son of God and their Savior. Romans 10:9 tells us that we need to confess this truth, but we're also told that faith without works is dead. We need to do more than … Continue reading How to be God’s Influence in this World
The Boundaries of Love
When we think of the word “love” our minds reflect on several aspects of love in our own lives. We have a love for our spouse, which is a strong heartfelt bond that’s greater than any other human relationship, and we have a love for our children that is equal in commitment and totally unconditional. … Continue reading The Boundaries of Love
Love Your Enemies
Most Christians are familiar with Matthew 5:44 where we're told to love our enemies, but too often we become confused with the connotation of loving a bad person when we're dealing with the world. Our emotions become involved and we begin to pick out other scriptures that seem to clearly say that it's normal to have … Continue reading Love Your Enemies