05 May 2017

This 'n' That

So, I tweeted this a couple days ago:
Yeah, you've been there, haven't you? You open your email or text messages, read the latest, and think, "Wait, am I on Candid Camera, or did this person actually think that writing/saying/doing this was a good idea?

We've all experienced this and should not be surprised when it happens. Still, it's disappointing to watch grown adults, both men and women, behave like 14-year old girls. Junior high was miserable enough the first time around, do we really need to live through it again? Backstabbing, shunning, lies, gossip—will we ever grow up?

Well, if we are Christians, we should grow up, shouldn't we? We should not be characterized by these things, but by other, more lovely fruit:
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:16-24)
I know—we are saved, but we are still sinners, and we all have our "mean girl moments," but we have been purchased with the precious blood of Christ. This Savior, in His mercy and grace, purchased us in spite of those sins, so ought we not strive, by His enabling power and indwelling Spirit, to have far more "fruit of the Spirit moments"?
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Wow. How amazing is His grace! May our own love for His Body be ever-increasing as we grow to look more and more like our precious Redeemer.

Okay, now that we've all successfully mortified that sin (yeah, right), let's take a few moments to enjoy our week in review (kind of):
  • Mabel did a lot, but did she know Christ?
  • Great, like we needed another reason to hate ticks.
  • The parental leave means nothing to me, but unlimited time off? Yes, please!
  • I haven't actually read this, mostly because I stopped caring about the Driscoll debacle, but I link it here for your information.
  • And He is Lord of the Church!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I don't know anything about this church beyond what's available on the website, but I appreciated much of this sermon about Hannah.
  • No, you cannot lose your salvation.
  • If you're looking for a good summary of Ephesians 1, try this sermon.
  • All I can say is, Saint Joseph better stay out of my dreams.
  • Jesus is the Bread of Life:

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