An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
However, some critics state that the poem appears this way only when removed from its context. In context, some argue, the words which St. John utilizes are in reference to his strong longing and deep love for God. One cannot, however, dismiss the aspects and images of human love in his poem. St. John’s inspiration stems from the verses in the Song of Songs, which are also erotic. The poetry of Song of Songs are love poems, but since they are found in the Bible, they must be the inspired Word of God.
This is why the author’s purpose in “The Prodigal Son” is so unique. It highlights a Christian’s calling to be like the father and to love and forgive. Also, it reminds each person that they can always return home to the Lord and enjoy His endless
Found throughout the octave, the phrase “I love thee” is used not only to introduce Barrett’s numerous ways of loving Browning but to also emphasize and reinforce that love for him (Spacey). The same “I love thee” phrase is found in the sestet, and the question continues to be
For instance, taking the phrase "God is love" (1 John 4:7-16) out of its context, we might come away thinking that our God loves everything and everyone at all times with a gushing, romantic love. But in its literal and grammatical context, “love” here refers to agape love, the essence of which is a sacrifice for the benefit of another, not a sentimental, romantic love. The historical context is also crucial because John was addressing believers in the first-century church and instructing them not on God’s love per se, but on how to identify true believers from false teaching. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Psalms
The puritan rhetoric and conception of love does not in any way match with the normal human way of perceiving love. John Winthrop explains it as it is written in the holy Bible, and also expounds it by the use of his knowledge. His explanation out of the Bible are not however as complicated as those of ordinary people, who believe that love is expensive and one has to buy it from a friend. Winthrop convinces the Christians on the simplicity of love, and later brings them to understand that loving one another is the greatest commandment which has a reward at the end. Unlike the rest of the people who are non believers, Winthrop touches on the aspects of love by quoting different verses from the bible.
Basic Christianity is a crucial foundation that must be deeply entrenched within the hearts and minds of believers. The essential and basic principles aid every Christian by showing and teaching them how great God’s love is for us. In John Stott’s Book, “Basic Christianity,” he reveals insight on what it is to be a Christian. He also dispels many erroneous teachings that have been brought into the Christian community. Stott states in the beginning of his book that many have held the assumption that God sits on His throne, aloof, distant, and unconcerned for our needs and problems (Stott, pg. 17).
This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31). He was constantly searching for ways to prove the consistency of the Bible, so he could further establish how authoritative it was. Calvin and Luther did not agree on the sacraments or the use of the law, but both were very influential theological figures of the Protestant Reformation and they both claimed that Scripture, not the church, was the true
Christianity, one of the world 's major religions, revolves around love and the importance of loving others. In The Bible mentions to Christians, "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Leviticus 19:18). Love is of utmost importance in Christianity. In this story, a boyfriend, who does not manifest love and is a hypocrite and a sinner, to his loving girlfriend who is carrying their future baby. The boyfriend, changes and transforms his views of himself throughout the short story.
In juxtaposition to the sin and punishment centric ideology that permeated the teaching of the Church at that time, Julian of Norwich extended her understanding of God’s specifically maternal role to demonstrate God’s innate kindness. Indeed, “God is kind because it is his nature. Goodness-by-nature implies God.” (McGrath 183) To Julian, this very understanding of God being fundamentally kind, and being removed from the role of moral arbiter, is what will lead one away from sin, for the kindness of God inspires kindness within the soul of the individual and from God “to [Julian] was shown no harder hell than sin.
Philippians 2:12-14 speaks about this spiritual co-operation between us and God, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing.” I love this scripture as it gives each of us some clear principles for living in Christ. You work out your own salvation. As salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and by obedience we work it out or live it out!
He is calling us to be light to the world and follow Jesus. One of the easiest ways to follow Jesus in America is to love one another. This is one of the most important commandments God gives us. We are called to show love to those who don’t deserve it, and those who do not know the kind of love God offers. We need to see Jesus for the miracle worker, carpenter, and passionate human.
Certainly, I am called to pray and to embrace each soul—the lost souls with the love of Christ and not despise the “little one”. In the light of hope, I gather all people back to the New Eden Garden. Absolutely, my way of living out my faith is to love my brethren including those I serve as God has always loved us. Despite their differences in faith practices, culture, tradition, interest, and ethnicity, I am called to embrace everyone with an openness of heart.
Based on historical facts found in the bible, as well as physical landmarks that validate the scriptures, the Christian faith is sound. Christians find encouragement knowing the God they worship is relational and personal. Believing that the Word of God is truth, Christians trust that they will receive the gift of eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, there also are areas that cause many to question the Christian faith.
One thing that is very prevalent in the book of Jonah is God, especially chapter 3, is God giving us second chances to do the right thing. In Jonah 3:1, clearly states that God gives Jonah a second chance to share His Word to the Nivevites. We don 't need God to directly tell us to go out and share the good news because if we truly love God and want to have a relationship with him, nothing is going to stop us from wanting others to have that same love and relationship; just like when you are super passionate about something, you want others to have that same passion. If you don 't get up and preach God’s message, you may never know if you could have changed a person’s life. How awesome would it be to be responsible for someone’s commitment to God?