Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Random Thoughts

Some thoughts culled from my random file. Some have occurred to me in moments of quiet reflection, some in discussion with others. Some are aphoristic and avuncular. For your edification, inspiration and/or amusement — or your money cheerfully refunded.
  • Faith is not primarily about a proposition but about a person, because truth is not primarily a proposition. Truth is a person. Jesus said, “I am … the Truth.” So faith in God is not merely a belief about God but a personal relationship with God. It is for the sake of this relationship Jesus has come into the world, for He is not only the truth but the way and the life as well (John 14:6).
  • People act on the basis of what they believe. Watch how they act and you will know what they believe. We reveal what we truly believe by what we consistently do.
  • Sometimes we hang on in faith. Sometimes we let go in faith.
  • The lifestyle of prayer is a habit of devotion, always in communication with God and fully consecrated to Him. It is a persistent attentiveness to God, a life that holds on to faith and hope, regardless of the circumstances. It is a peaceful life of joy, knowing that God hears and will answer.
  • Prayer is not just words directed to God, but being mindful of God, being present to God and waiting before God.
  • Often we do not know what to pray. Pray anyway.
  • I think we often have more faith in our interpretations and understandings and articulations about Christ than we have in Christ Himself.
  • All the words in the Bible taken together do not exhaust the revelation of God we have in the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us.
  • James said that faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Paul said that faith expresses itself through love (Galatians 5:6). So then, faith without love is dead.
  • When our love is lacking, so is our faith.
  • Through Jesus Christ, we not only enter into eternal life, we enter into eternal love.
  • God is love, and love does not withhold what is good from those who are loved. God has given us the greatest thing — His Beloved Son. And in Him we have every good thing.
  • God is love. Grace is the love of God reaching out. Glory is the revelation of God's love reaching out.
  • The cross of Christ and the kingdom of God are not in competition anymore than means are in competition with their ends. The cross is the means and the kingdom is the end for which Jesus went to the cross. All of it is the gospel.
  • Tears speak when words cannot.
  • Live today today. Don't try to relive yesterday or pre-live tomorrow.

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