Whenever I go on social networks, I can’t help but notice that Christians tend to drift into two extremes. Some people are very good at sharing the truth about sin but lousy at demonstrating the love of God. Others are all about loving everyone but do so to the detriment of truth. But truth and love are of equal importance.
Recently I have spent more time reading through the gospels and I have found so many gems that were always there but I simply never noticed them before.
Take for example the Parable Of The Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50). The story is about two men who owe a debt a creditor, one 50 denarii and the other 500 denarii.
“Changed mind equals changed life.” I’ve heard that line, or some variation, many times. They will say that “repentance” is all about turning one’s life around for salvation or promising to turn one’s life around after salvation. “It’s a change in motives,” they say.
I sang the song, “Just a closer walk with thee” many times and there was a moment when I had uttered those words with all sincerity, but, in that moment, when those words first left my lips, I had absolutely no way of comprehending the magnitude of what I was asking.
In the epistle addressed to Titus (Titus 2), Paul explains that the grace of God not only brings salvation but also TEACHES US to: deny ungodliness, deny worldly lusts, live soberly, live righteously and live godly.
In other words, the Holy Spirit teaches BELIEVERS how to walk in a manner pleasing to God.
My wife and I used to have two cats. They weren’t exactly lap cats. In fact, they didn’t even want to be near anyone’s lap. They were pretty independent. Every once in a while they would come by for an ear scratching or to let you know that they were hungry.
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