A mind that is disciplined and purified is ready for victorious actions. All of us are expected to be a servant in one capacity or another. Because we have a “skinny” belly doesn’t mean we don’t have a “fat” head. Discipline is absolutely necessary and it is a positive thing. Every generation seems to have to cope with its own unique set of problems and challenges. False teachings (non-Biblical) lead to violence and cruelty. Eventually, they result in utter destruction.
For the first time in history, factors other than parents have become the dominant influence in child rearing. Hating people is like taking poison and hoping they die. In God’s presence we experience love, forgiveness, and acceptance.
Knowledge takes a back seat to love. Learn from the mistakes of others; we do not have time to make them all ourselves. Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Life without boundaries is not all that it is cracked up to be. Just ask someone who has been there. Mercy (kindness) is what God grants to believers, even though they do not deserve it. Most people know more about what makes others tick, than they know about themselves. One can be sincere and still be wrong.
The people to be most pitied are those who maintain closed minds. Though we sin, God does not withhold His mercy, pardon, and love. Truth has never been popular with the masses. Truth is absolute or it is not truth. Unrealistic expectations are the source of many of life’s disappointments. We need faith and courage to live as God’s people and do the work we are called on to do. Whatever we do has everlasting consequences, positive or negative. When someone challenges our Biblical beliefs, we should not give up and we should not give in.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.