Category: The Angst of Loving


Something the Christian should never do is gloat over someone getting “what’s coming to them.” We shouldn’t even be in a mindset to think that someone has “something coming to them.” Yes, we know that the wages of sin are death and that those who are saved are going to heaven while those who are not are going to hell. However, we are not in the position to be judging other people and determining what should or should not be “coming to them.” That’s up to God to decide, not us.

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I’m a list person. If there’s something that I want to do then I make a list about it. While there are a lot of things that I do that don’t require lists I still find them to be useful tools. On the other hand, when I’m supervising people I don’t like giving out lists. If someone wants to make their own list then that’s fine with me. However, I discourage myself from giving them out because they are just tools.

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“Remnant of Judah, the Lord has told you, ‘Do not go to Egypt.’ Be sure of this: I warn you today that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the Lord your God and said, ‘Pray to the Lord our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.'”

Jeremiah 42:19-20 (NIV)

“Heavenly Father, I praise and exalt you. Thank you for this day. I ask for car troubles, long lines, confused waiters, upset stomachs and most of all, to feel generally rotten for the rest of the day, and then to go to bed and get a horrible night sleep” isn’t the type of prayer that any of us would logically lift up to God. No, we’re more likely to ask that no harm, hurt, or danger befall us. How often do we ask for something “dangerous” like God’s will to be done when we’re really asking that His will be done as long as it’s not an inconvenience?

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Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

3 John 1:11 (NIV)

Sometimes I read a verse in the Bible and I have a paradigm shift. This verse from 3 John is such a verse. What stands out to me in this verse is that it doesn’t say that those who do what is evil are evil. They are people who haven’t seen God. I think that’s a very important distinction to make. Evil is something that people do but it’s not what they are. I know that some people might say that those who aren’t the Children of God are the Children of the Devil but is that true and if so, does it mean that they are evil?

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