Being a slave not only meant belonging to someone else; it also meant being always available to obey that person in every way. The slave’s sole duty was to carry out the master’s wishes, and the faithful slave was eager to do so without hesitation or complaint. After all, “slaves know no law but their master’s word; they have no rights of their own; they are absolute possessions of their master; and they are bound to give their master unquestioning obedience.” Building on this imagery, the New Testament repeatedly calls believers to faithfully obey the Master. As one author explains: … Continue reading slave of Christ. I’m not my own.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves … Continue reading something to meditate on
Many people would fill this blank in with the answer, children. This is certainly a correct answer, but another equally correct answer also fills the blank. My answer: Parents. I’ll be honest…there have been many selfish moments in my life where I would not admit this fact. But when I look at where I am, what I’ve learned and been taught, how I react to my circumstances, who I “hang out” with, what I believe, where I spend my time…(this is certainly not exhaustive)…I willingly admit, these areas have been influenced by my God-given, loving parents. My parents have been … Continue reading ______ are gifts from the Lord