What is Love?

What is Love?INTRODUCTION – What is love? In a world that throws the word love around, how do we find out what love really is? First, we have to understand that we cannot look to the world to discover our definition of what love is, we have to look to the Scriptures. According to the Scriptures love is not something that we intrinsically have, but it is something that must be given to us. Many unbelievers tell people that they love another person, but according to Scripture, they can’t functionally do that (so we shouldn’t expect unbelievers to really love us). That may sound harsh, but I really think that is what Scripture teaches. Let me try and prove my case. In 1 John it says that if someone does not love they do not know God. This implies that in order to love, someone has to know God. Why? Because only by receiving real love is it possible to give real love. It’s as simple as the fact that if you do not have a glass of water, you will not be able to give someone else a glass of water. In 1 John 4:7-11 we see at least two things about love. We see God’s love for us, and how it operates, and then we see our love for one another, and how it should operate. So let’s take a look.

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The Character of King David (Part 2)

King DavidWhat is character? Does character really even matter? I would say yes, on the basis of 2 Peter 1:5-8 which tells us to “make every effort” in our character qualities. According to The Dictionary of Bible Themes, character is defined as “The moral and mental features that define a person, whether good or evil.” In other words, the character of a person is the heart (moral) and mind (mental) of a person. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, and the heart speaks what the mind has thought upon, which then reveals your character. The words a person speaks are the pathway into the heart and mind of a person. That is why after many conversations with a person, you feel like you know what they are like, you see their heart and mind, you see their character. So character is important in the Christian life, but how is character formed? Continue reading “The Character of King David (Part 2)”

Is Judging Someone Right or Wrong?

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

Judgment is not understood well by the Church today due a variety of reasons. Because of this, I would like to write a very short post that will help Christians to understand the basics of Jesus’ teaching of judgment towards people. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was arguably the greatest sermon ever given, and judgment is one of the topics of it. So how is the church to understand the topic of judgment towards people? Continue reading “Is Judging Someone Right or Wrong?”

The Character of King David (Part 1)

King DavidOne of the most popular biblical characters is King David. But who was David really? Many know if asked that he was one of the great Kings of Israel, he was the man who conquered Goliath, the father of King Solomon, the wisest one to walk this earth (aside from Jesus), but perhaps the greatest thing said of David in the Bible is when God says, “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22). To have this said of David deserves great study, because as Christians, our greatest desire is to be found as people who are after the heart of God, who make it our aim to please him (2 Cor. 5:9). So what is it about David’s character that made him a man after God’s heart? I’d like to propose four qualities of David that I find to be primary (among others), but here are four that gave shape to the Character of the man after God’s own heart: Continue reading “The Character of King David (Part 1)”

God my Exceeding Joy

hope.jpg“…I will go to the alter of God, to God my exceeding joy.” Psalm 43:4

David is not in a joyful place when he says this. David says that God is his exceeding joy with his mind, but he doesn’t feel it in his heart. David is actually in great turmoil inside his soul. The very next verse says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God…”

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Good Friday Reflections

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“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Good Friday is a time for the Christian to lay gaze upon the cross of Jesus Christ with utmost focus and simply reflect upon the greatest event of history aside from the resurrection. But what happens after reflection? Is this just something to think about with our minds, or is it something that ought to have a deep affect on our hearts in crushing and yet joyful ways. I think the latter is the case, as we must all seek to understand that it was my sin that nailed my Savior to the cross. Continue reading “Good Friday Reflections”

A Summary of Sanctification

SanctificationRead 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Question: In verse 2 the word sanctified is used, which is past tense, meaning this has already happened. But in verse 8 Paul says that Jesus will “sustain you to the end, guiltless…” Implying that in the end (final glorification when Christ returns) is when we will be guiltless. So which is it? Are we sanctified now fully? Or are we being sanctified day by day until we pass from this life to eternity? Continue reading “A Summary of Sanctification”

The Local Church

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“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ…” Colossians 2:1-2

One truth to grab hold of in this Text is that when believers are knit together in love, more assurance of knowing Christ is the result. Continue reading “The Local Church”