The heartache of protecting bad behaviour

Ever since Genesis ch 3, bad behaviour defines humanity. We are startled by the first obvious expression of it in little children; we perfect it in ourselves; we mourn its effect on others; and well into old age we seem to be fluent in bad behaviour. By observing the criminal extremes of bad behaviour, Ecclesiastes […]

Strengthening a weak relationship

Although the book of Proverbs has dozens of very practical ways to build and strengthen a relationship that is broken and weak, it is a the book of Ephesians that has a a little catch-phrase that proves incredibly helpful in thinking about how to strengthen a weak relationship. In a passage that is all about […]

Romans 12:21 The battle of good VS evil is yours!

Mankind has often thought of religion as a battle between good and evil. The idea goes something like this: God (or some of the gods) are good and try to do good at all times. Others (mankind or other gods) exist who are intent on doing evil at all times. Whoever is stronger at the […]

Obeying when you don’t feel like it

“I’m so discouraged today. I would be a hypocrite if I went to church today.” Despair is a terrible advisor of daily decisions, and yet statements like this one above are the very real convictions of too many struggling Christians. “I can’t pray right now, I’m just so angry”, “Leave me alone, I don’t like […]

How you will become more holy

The “How to …” instructions for fighting temptation and becoming more holy is clearly explained throughout the Scriptures. There are three passages though that are of particular practical significance in setting us firmly on the highway to holiness. These three passages are not only full of their own insights into sanctification, but also have a […]

Romans 12:10 An excellent love

Sometimes the vocabulary in one language makes it difficult to translate certain words into another language. By comparing different possible translations, we can nonetheless grasp the full significance of the original language. This is evidently the case in Romans 12:10 which is translated the following ways in different translations. Love one another with brotherly affection. […]

Insisting on rights, or right-eousness

One cannot really separate basic human rights and righteousness, for those who are unrighteous will ignore the basic rights of others, and those who are righteous will uphold and the basic rights of others. However, there is nonetheless a fundamental difference between living a life insisting on one’s rights compared to living a life insisting […]

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