“…and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” – 2 Corinthians 5:15
The Christian life is one of balance and the process of living in this balance brings tension. Living in constant tension is tiring and in a desire to bring release we can find ourselves tipping the scales in favor of one emphasis over the other. I suspect that this is the cause of much of our debate and disunity in the body of Christ, and I think we would be better served by acknowledging and being satisfied with the tension rather than seeking to relieve it.
“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” – Isaiah 30:15 “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but […]
The Centurion’s profession was based upon the short slice of Jesus’ life that he witnessed. The kindness of the Lord led Him to repentance (Romans 2:4). For most of the people in our lives, we have the benefit of living an entire life before them. What message will our lives convey?
A picture of Christ and the church that’s been marred by divorce does not alter the reality that Christ has promised to never leave you nor forsake you.