You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don’t turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love.
All of Moses’ Teachings are summarized in a single statement, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude.
But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God’s presence without sin, fault, or blame.
This is on the condition that you continue in faith without being moved from the solid foundation of the hope that the Good News contains.
However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere.
A harvest that has God’s approval comes from the peace planted by peacemakers.
The Gospel brings peace.
It’s Good News that Jesus Christ has freed us from the punishment for our sins.
I was recently water baptised again.
Third time’s the charm.
Let me tell you, I am so glad that I took the plunge.
My past is dead and buried, nailed to the Cross of Christ.
In baptism, we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.
We clothe ourselves with Christ.
It’s weird because it’s just a symbolic act of our confession of faith.
But that symbolic act is followed up with the blessing of the Holy Spirit.
Expect a miracle.
All those damning voices that would try to hold my sordid past against me have been silenced.
I have the power to resist temptation.
What would have tripped me up in the past is now nothing.
The snares the devil throws my way look increasingly feeble.
I can see through the lies.
I just feel free and happy and full of life.
If I died tonight, that’d be perfectly alright.
I know where I’m going.
Into the light.
And yet, I get to live in that light in the here and now, too.
God’s propelling me forward into my destiny in Him.
I’m seeing the connections.
I’m connecting the dots.
Everything makes sense now.
I thought I was a screw-up and a failure.
My life in my hands was a complete mess.
I gave it to God once before and amazing things happened.
But then I took it back into my hands.
The self-willed life is no life at all.
There is freedom in surrender.
God knows best!
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
Obedience is the cart.
Faith is the horse.
Religion puts the cart in front of the horse.
That won’t get you anywhere.
Believing in the sacrifice that Jesus made once and for all puts you on the horse.
Hold on tight and don’t let go.
He will carry you.
All the good works will follow.
Let your heart be your guide.
Assuming, of course, that you love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
At the center of your being must abide an undying love for your Savior.
Always express your gratitude to God for rescuing you from your sin.
That’s freedom worth celebrating.
Let your whole inner being love God.
Let His light shine throughout your entire thought life.
Take every thought captive and make it obedient to the knowledge of Christ.
The Hebrew concept of humanity is dualistic.
There is an inner person, who you really are, and an outer person, what others see, your reputation.
Man looks at outward appearances, God looks on the heart.
Use all your might to live a life led by your heart for God.
When you understand how Christ suffered to set us free, when He was blameless, you can’t help but see the need to pick up your cross.
We must bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the teachings of Christ.
Return to your first love.
Return to the One who makes you come alive.
Bow down in reverence to the King.
Obey the commandments.
If you love Him, you will obey.
If you’re disobedient, it shows where your heart lies.
Purify your hearts and cleanse your hands.
Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father’s will and He has the highest position.
Follow the leader.
Follow His example.
May the God of all glory strengthen you by His Spirit to live a life that has God’s approval.
A life of faith.
All praise, worship and glory belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.