While many teachers focus directly on the Trinity, in these messages, my objective is to focus attention to the Bible, God’s Word. This is the tool with which God teaches us how to live a righteous life so that we can have an intimate relationship with Him. This was true for all the people during the writing of the Word as well as all generations. The passages I cite, for the most part, link to the King James Version. My posts link to “Bible Gateway“, where you can change the version for easier reading if you wish. With God’s unfailing Grace, we have this user manual with which to learn the experience of a righteous life. If you’ll notice, the welcome includes the phrase “A Mustard Seed”. I aspire to plant the seeds of the Word to expand Christ’s church across the Internet, and with God’s blessing, across the world.
In recent years, I have come to notice a great increase in people having bad behavior toward others. I have witnessed unattended children rampaging through stores and parking lots. They could easily get hurt. I’ve seen adults running to beat me to the checkout line. I see so many DANGEROUS driving maneuvers nearly every time I drive out of my neighborhood. While trying to pick the best items of produce, I have been basically pushed out of the way. And possibly the most annoying, people talking loudly on cell phones in places like restaurants and doctor’s offices, where there is a big sign asking the patients to turn off their cell phones. There are more examples, but I will keep this post short so that is does not become a griping session.
In many cases, I just keep my mouth shut about this problem, but I DO want to inspire people to be more courteous in every aspect of their lives, from driving to the supermarket to helping your spouse clean the kitchen. Jesus told us “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets”. (Matt 7:12) This is not a request nor a suggestion. This is a command from the mouth of God!
So the next time you begin to do something even just a little bit aggresive or unlawful or just plain discourteous, ask yourself these questions: Would I want someone else to do this to me? Am I messing things up for anyone else by doing this? Would this affect me in a bad way if somebody else did this? If the answer is “yes”, then back away from your actions and quickly re-think your situation. Being courteous is godly and most anything else would go against the words of Christ. That would be sinful!
The Heavenly Father has instructed us with everything we need to do for a healthy Christian life that will endure our Spirit throughout our lifetime. I believe that Jesus perfectly outlines most of our user’s manual in Matthew chapters 5,6 and 7 in ways we can best understand them. There are metaphors in His words, but the Spirit will interperet the meaning as you read – I know it did for me.
He said we are “the salt of the earth”, meaning that we, as believers, are seasoned by God’s Word so that our flavor stands out amongst non-believers. (Matt 5:12) We are the “light of the world” and as such He instructs us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. (Matt 5:14-16) We are warned to not break the Laws of God. (Matt 5:19-20) We need to endeavor, throughout our lives, to stay within the boundaries of God’s laws and His Will and purpose for us. (Matt 5:17-20) And finally, we must be true to our actions in our hearts and live with peace and joy in our hearts as we strive to please our Lord. If our hearts are not pure in all matters we will suffer difficult consequences. (Matt 7:21-23) (Matt 5:27-30) (Matt 7:24-27)
To lead by example, we should live by the following commands and let yourself be seen but do not tell anyone your good deeds, just leave them done in the sight of others and in the sight of God. (Matt 6:1-4)
Other ways to live a godly life are outlined below:
2. Prayer – Jesus teaches us how to pray and to pray in private,
by ourselves because He knows the temptation of
grandstanding ( ie:using 12 big, fancy words when 4 will do). (Matt 6:5-13)
3. Charity – This falls under good deeds, but again, give to the
needy but do it in silence and in secrect. Do not boast about
the gifts you have given. (Matt 6:1-4) Do all your good deeds
joyfully. (Matt 6:16-18)
5. False prophets – How can we accurately decide who is a false
prophet? The answer is by staying in God’s Word. If we know
how God thinks, His messages to us and His will for our lives,
we will be able to identify the false prophets and avoid them. (Matt 7:15-20)
Finally, to summarize, read the Word and obey it with a joyful heart. You
cannot hide your heart from God. He created us and gave us the manual with the instructions as to what we need to do to get fixed when we are broken. I should think, then, He would know what is best for us in our lives. As believers, we have no excuses not to ruminate on His Word and incorporate It into our lives each and every day. (Matt 7:24-28) (Matt 5:48)
This post was originally sent for Mother’s Day but I feel like the same principles apply to Father’s Day. This for ALL parents.
It has been almost 1 year since I lost my mother. This year will be my first Mother’s Day without her. I miss the nearly nightly phone calls and even though she lived over 1000 miles away, we were able to keep our special mother-son bond. The mother-child bond is something very special. It starts with birth and continues on taking years of mothers’ sacrifice, patience, playing, working – just spending time with their children, to develop. Mothers who don’t spend time with their children don’t have the same bond as those who are more nurturing. They may have a mother-child bond but it is not the same as a nurtured bond.
The same can be said of mothers who teach their children from the Word. The first three commandments speak of glory to God. The fourth, says to honor the mother and the father: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee“. (Exodus 20:12). That’s how important this is – it’s fourth on the list of commandments! This is also the first commandment with a promise. Dictionary.com, in part, defines the noun, honor, as: “ ” and the verb honor thusly: “to worship” and/or “to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of“. Then, to paraphrase, we should obey, respect and love our parents so that we may have longer lives.
Conversely, parents should live their lives as examples to their children, showing them how to live righteous lives in the Light of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 (notice the footnote there)) If your children are not living godly lives, look first in the mirror. Are you setting a godly example for them? (Prov 30:5-16) (Matt 5-7) How else are they supposed to understand a righteous life if not seeing it in the place they spend most of their time? I’m not saying you can’t make mistakes. When you do, though, act on them in a godly way. Again, I ask you: are you acting out a godly life every day in the presence of your children? If not, it’s never too late.