As the days ahead foreshadow a bleak future, we are caught in the shadows of turmoil that has preceded itself to the revelation of humanity inward spiral of moral and ethical values. People become statistics and life loses its value… Read More ›
محبة الذات ليست فقط تمنع المحبة الحقيقية لكنها أيضًا تدمرها. ما هو الشيء المستحوذ على الذات. الذات. الخوف. عدم الإيمان. عدم الثقة. أفكار متضاربة. مشاعر متضاربة. شهوات ورغبات مرتكزة حول الذات غير تقية. غضب. جرح…جرح عميق. عواطف وذكريات تطاردنا. كذب…. Read More ›
Hating father and mother? Didn’t the Lord say that we were to honor our father and our mother (Exodus 20:12)? Hating wife and children? Doesn’t Paul tell husbands to love their wives–the way that Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25)?
Physical battles involve spiritual ones, and it works in the opposite as well. We must recognize that it is only the Gospel and the sight of Jesus in his saving grace that can give us faith and genuine obedience. Command and threats are part of Scripture, and we need to acknowledge them, and when we do so, we will more deeply feel our need for Jesus Christ, but commands and threats, even when nicely issued as helpful suggestions, cannot fill our sails with faith, hope, and love. Apart from the Gospel, the law is the most terrible burden and can lead us to either despair or the delusion of self-righteousness.
Do you ever feel like you can’t help but do the wrong thing, like you are powerless to change? In reality, we are powerless to change. When Paul talks about living according to the flesh, he is talking about the human condition. We were all born into a life of sin, in a fallen world.