The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
you find it necessary to criticize another's work, these words by John Wanamaker
should prove valuable: "Whatever you have to say to people be sure to say
it in words that will cause them to smile and you will be on pretty safe ground.
And when you do find it necessary to criticize someone, put your criticism in
the form of a question which the other fellow is practically sure to have to
answer in a manner that he becomes his own critic."
-- Unknown --
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who
is the head--Christ--
is the truth (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit who guides the church is the
Spirit of truth (John 16:13). Satan, by contrast, is the father of lies (John
8:44). As followers of Christ, we must be committed to the truth. This means
both that our words should be honest and that our actions should reflect
Christ’s integrity. Speaking the truth in love is not always easy, convenient,
or pleasant, but it is necessary if the church is going to do Christ’s work in
Christians fear that any mistake will destroy their witness for the Lord. They
see their own weaknesses, and they know that many non-Christians seem to have
stronger character than they do. How can we grow up into Christ? The answer is
that Christ forms us into a body—into a group of individuals who are united in
their purpose and in their love for one another and for the Lord. If an
individual stumbles, the rest of the group is there to pick him or her up and
help him or her walk with God again. If an individual sins, he or she can find
restoration through the church (Galatians 6:1) even as the rest of the body
continues to witness to God’s truth. As part of Christ’s body, do you
reflect part of Christ’s character and carry out your special role in his
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and
not to please ourselves.
*The strong and enlightened ones must tolerate and bear with the weaker and less enlightened brethren until they, too, become strong in faith and knowledge
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."
should live expectantly because Christ is coming. Getting ready to meet Christ
involves continually growing in love for God and for others. It is important to
pray regularly, and it is also important to reach out to needy people. Your
possessions, status, and power will mean nothing in God’s kingdom, but you
will spend eternity with other people. Invest your time and talents where they
will make an eternal difference.
Tom Nelson tbc3/30/2001
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