Only God can read the heart. But we can recognize true followers of Jesus by their fruit. In this sermon, R.C. Sproul continues his series in the gospel of Luke, underscoring the necessity for Christians to have a life changed by God’s grace. [Ligonier Ministries] https://youtu.be/fvgMqXnh97g
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age... - Titus 2:11-12 In a world which has no absolutes, in a world in search of moral standards, salvation … Continue reading Say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
Gossiping is one of the themes covered in the book of Proverbs. It carries the idea of talking about others behind their back in disparaging ways, usually in a way that highlights their supposed character defects, or whatever perceived weaknesses they have. It often refers to something that has happened, or is going on. It ends up being a moral sickness for those who practice it, and for others who participate in that practice by merely listening. Listening and taking it in, as the passage quoted above indicates, is just as much to participate in it, as the actual gossiper, at least in how it affects the one who listens. By listening, one is affirming what the gossiper is doing.
It becomes more tricky when one just throws in some kind…
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Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Is James telling us here to be sad, sober, gloomy faced Christians? Just a cursory reading of that might lead us to believe that way. But, that is not what James is saying at all.
As always, we have to look at anything we read in God’s Word in light of the context in which it appears. James is still talking about God’s grace for our daily lives and how we can best get our hands on it so to speak. He has just finished teaching about making ourselves pure in heart and mind to properly approach God. Now he is simply talking about our attitude toward sin.
Sin in our lives should make us sad. We should be distressed and upset about the sin in our lives, as an…
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