Will we choose the evil approach and take out our frustration on those who mistreat us? Will we choose the "spiritually neutral" approach to ignore them and hope things improve? Will we choose the godly approach to pray for them and show love to them that Jesus taught in Matthew 5:44? How does praying for those who mistreat us fulfill our need for consistency and our godly desire for justice? When we pray for them and treat them with love, we are not ignoring our desire for justice, we are honoring and rejoicing in what is most important in the situation: God 's will.
He takes it, makes it all good, and then tells us what to do when we meet with him in worship. That is the major reason why you shouldn’t take your worship for granted. It is the hedge we have over others. Anything that happens in the physical has already taken place in the spiritual. That is why as Christians, you need to be connected through worship so you can always receive direction and inspiration from God.
And to be more obedient and mindful of our relationship with God and with one another as we continually care, feed and nurture each other, in the ways of Jesus’ life and ministry. The resurrection story is a story of victory over selfishness and pride, over cowardice and denial, over fear and doubt. The power of resurrection is not offered to people who have accepted Jesus’ death, but have not accepted His new life. A certain writer, in his article said, “resurrection life is not just about having your sins forgiven. Our religion is not just sin management.
Author and theologian Michael Morris suggests that the three main reasons to obey God is faith, hope and love (Morris). He explains in his article, Six Reason to Obey God, that with faith “we believe that God’s commands are for our own good,” with joy we have the pleasure “of knowing God forever, [with other] rewards in addition to eternal joy,” and with love “we cannot help but be thankful and want to please [God]” (Morris). Essentially, Obedience is loving God enough to trust that his intentions are always pure and well, and such obedience is necessary during times of
The Book of Proverbs teaches on wisdom, tradition, and raises questions of values, moral behavior. As a Christian one must accept His instruction and apply it to their lives and then they will see the benefits of His instruction. In reading Proverbs 13, God says that one should take heed and follow the direction that is given. How one responds, the consequences and how it affects the world in which they live in is the question that is being asked. Believers should accept what is being told to them in a cheerful manner, to listen with intent and then to go forth with diligence.
When people are concerned more with their families, friends, beauty, strength, and worldly possessions than with pleasing God He will declare depart from me (unto death?). With faith and believing in the words of the Bible man can be saved, and acquire a desire to complete good deeds. As Everyman is forsaken by his Kindred, Cousins, Goods, and Fellowship he begins to gain Knowledge and learns of Confession and this causes his Good Deeds to become stronger meaning he gains a desire to complete Good Deeds and please God. In the end one can only take good deeds with them when judged by God. Good deeds do not give Christians salvation.
One could think of hardship not only as a test, but as the idea that God cannot intervene when it comes to a person’s free will, no matter how horrific the situation might be. This is true, especially when it comes to Christian teaching. The Christian God cannot interfere with the freedom He has given His people. Those who are followers of Him can only worry about themselves and leave the judgement up to the Almighty. They are responsible for themselves and only themselves.
The reoccurring themes throughout Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians that I have depicted are; God’s unwavering forgiveness, God’s unconditional love, the mystery of God, being saved by grace through faith, and to build people up; not tear them down. In Ephesians, Paul entails that encountering the love of God will immerse us completely with all the wholeness of God. If we are not encountering the completeness of God in our everyday lives, then we are not acquiring God’s love in its entirety. The unconditional overflowing love of God is essential. Displayed through actions are also a byproduct of love.
Obedience is essential because, “all right knowledge of God is born of obedience” and obedience must be included in love. According to Calvin, piety is, “reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces.” And, he goes on to say, pious men do not think up ideas about God and what he is or is not, they just listen to what God tells them. This is a kind of knowledge of God. From this, Calvin starts to get into his argument about the knowledge of God concerning the Seed of Religion. “Men of sound judgment will always be sure that a sense of divinity which can never be effaced is engraved upon men 's minds.” In this as well is Calvin’s argument for humans having an innate sense of divinity which goes along with the seed of religion.
Lewis, one of my favorite authors’ explanations of the two types of prayer; the prayer of petition and the prayer of affirmation. In the prayer of petition we ask God to be involved in our lives for our own needs and wants whether they are legitimate or not. In the prayer of affirmation we really ask God to fulfill his will. There is no one way, in different situations we may pray differently. Personally, I prefer prayers of affirmation because no matter what, God’s will will be what happens.