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But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin (emphasis added).

Romans 14:23 (NIV)

What does Paul mean in this verse when he says that “everything that does not come from faith is sin”?

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Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:8 (NIV)

As Christians, we are not under the Mosaic Law. Indeed, the only Law we are under is the Law of Christ. In Romans 13:8, Paul confirms what Jesus said about the 10 Commandments and the Mosaic Law. Of course, by following the Law of Christ, we are beholden to follow the laws that govern our nations, when breaking those laws means that we would break Christ’s Law.

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:9-10 (NIV)

Therefore, if we’re ever wondering whether or not we’re under the law, we need to wonder no longer.

When I was a kid, the Internet, and all that goes with it, didn’t exist in its present form. Things like e-mail were isolated to universities, corporations, and government, where people resided on what we would call Intranets today. Social media was almost non-existent.

As a teenager, home computers started to become a thing, and with them, people began to communicate with each other with their computers via modems. Soon, there were Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) that became hubs for socializing. One could play games against other people, post messages, and download files. However, most BBSses only had a single telephone line, so the only time one could chat live with someone was with the host of the BBS. Since those days, everything has changed, but the one thing that has changed the most is how people treat each other.

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Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)

Everyone’s hoping for something. What do you hope for, and to whom do you turn to fulfill your hope? 

Proverbs 13:12 used to be a verse that I held close because there was a lot I was hoping for that never seemed to come to pass. I always pictured myself riding on a carousel and just missing the brass ring every time it passed. Sooner or later, I thought, I’d catch it. 

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