Concerning Others

Perception is everything when it comes to the way we interact with people and respond to situations.  It can mean the difference between doing well and total failure in the way we treat others and handle circumstances.  That perception begins with yourself, as it does affect how you treat others.  A simple example would be…

The Price of Humility

Pride hates humility because it costs pride everything.  Pride’s very nature is actually more antichrist than we realize.  Humility is a Kingdom principle; pride is its antithesis.  The price of humility is extremely high; yet, it’s the only way to reach unimaginable heights.  It is a contrariety (quality of being contrary, logic contrary opposition): to…

Why Say It?

What we say and when we say it can have great impact in the lives of both hearer and speaker.  How we say things influence how well they’re received.  Perhaps, the one thing that is most significant is why we say them.  What is behind what we say is a big reason to be slow…

Minimizing Conflict

When it comes to conflict resolution or preventative measures to head it off, we already know being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger is an important step (see James 1:19).  However, good listening skills and being less apt to be offended requires another important spiritual principle: “If anyone wishes to come…

Time to LIsten

Too little listening and too much activity has the been the cause of burn out for several believers.  That is not what it means to follow Jesus.  You cannot equate being busy doing things in itself to doing the work of the Kingdom.   In many instances, they are nothing more than dead works.  “What do…

Kill the Questioning!

Questions can be beneficial when properly asked, or asked for the right reasons; but, what do we gain by questioning that leads to doubt or strife?  That sort leads to double-mindedness.  The deception in the Garden of Eden began with questioning: “Did God really say?”  The enemy still uses that ploy to divide people’s hearts…

Why Receive Love?

Are you having difficulty receiving love or even loving yourself?  Perhaps, all the above.  Maybe you’re fine in that department, but you know some others who aren’t so fine.  Let’s talk about some reasons to receive love from God and people.  Even go so far as to discuss the importance of loving yourself.  It may…

Why Forgive Yourself?

Too many are slow to forgive themselves.  If you fall into this category or know someone who does, carefully consider the following points. Why forgive yourself? If you don’t, you cannot be trusted.  What does forgiveness have to do with trust?  On one level, you won’t change; or at least, you will be slow to…

Hard Sayings of Jesus (Part Two)

Fear must not be the driving force behind our walk with God; nonetheless, the fear of the Lord goes a long way in protecting it.  Obviously, faith and obedience requires love to be in effect; and without it, faith and obedience is a nonstarter.  Faith works by love (see Galatians 5:6), and to obey means…

Anxiety Serves Mammon

Jesus said, “You cannot serve God and mammon (wealth). For this reason, I say to you, do not be worried about your life . . .” (Matthew 6:24-25).  It is good to pay attention to such phrases as, “For this reason.”  It lets you know that there is an explanation for what was just said. …