The world is divided in so many ways. There are wars and the threat of wars in various parts of the world along with terrorist attacks of varying levels. The climate has changed in our most recent history with debates ongoing as to its cause. There are ongoing racial issues in multiple countries. COVID-19 has spread throughout the world. It has been unlike any virus we have seen in recent history in the various ways it may attack the human body. Doctors and scientists are still scratching the surface of the effects it leaves behind. And governments, churches and even families are divided about how it should be handled. The economy across the world has taken a nose dive hitting the poorest the hardest. It has left many people in isolation.
Sometimes it is hard to see “that all things work together for good” (Rom 8:28). As pointed out in “According to His Purpose”, there are two qualifiers in the promise. Oh how I desire that I, and all Christians were so much closer to being “Conformed to His Likeness.” It is a lifetime goal, and struggle, but we must strive to follow after the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Do “all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28 KJV)? That depends. There are two qualifiers in this promise which tell us “who” the promise applies to and for “what” purpose. We know by experience that not “all things” are good. As mortal human beings we have our own ideas about what is “good.” ... more
Read the following Scripture references and list some of the qualities of the likeness of Jesus we ought to emulate?...more
When we commit ourselves to a life lived in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit, we have committed ourselves to a life which is lived for God. Jesus never promised a life free of trouble or suffering. ...more
The Fruitful Life, a book written by Jerry Bridges, has convicted me of the need to actively seek growth in bearing the fruit of the Spirit in my life. The Holy Spirit is the source, but each aspect of that fruit is an action to be taken by me. I have to exercise these qualities. I can't expect God to be gentle for me or to be kind for me....more
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Volume 19 Issue 10
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