Wisdom from Philippians

Philippians 2:8-11 "And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and give Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus, ever knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Living like a Christian

or as the title of this text in my Bible says "Behave like a Christian"

Romans 12: 9-18

9: Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10: Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, 11: not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
12: Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer,
13: distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14: Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.
15: Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
16:  Be of the same mind toward one another
17: Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.  Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17: Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18:  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

If everyone who professes God as their Lord & Savior (a Christian) would live by these words (as much as depends on you), the world would be a much better place.  Becoming a Christian does not mean we won't have trials, tribulations, weeping, evil or high opinions of ourselves.  It does mean we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, will listen anytime we need to talk, will give us the strength & courage to face what the world throws at us (& sometimes fellow Christians), and will be our Comforter in times of discouragement.

The rest of this chapter in Romans is a promise to believers...

19: Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,"  says the Lord.
20: Therefore, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him drink, For in so doing, you will heap coals of fire on his head."
 21: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Friday, October 28, 2011