Divorce has become commonplace in our society, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. Jesus spoke on this topic in the sermon on the mount, and what he had to say sheds light on what God thinks about it. God hates divorce, but there is healing and hope for anyone found to be in this situation.
We see an obsession with our culture to create larger-than-life icons. Honesty, strength, bravery, honor, and truth are all things we aspire to and can be found in the person of Jesus Christ. He can also transform us into the very thing we desire to see. Do you see yourself displaying these traits? Do you want to?
We can see when our home needs a renovation, but are we aware of the need for an inner restoration of the heart? What do we do when we see our walk with Jesus needing a restoration? Is there a way to deal with the “Old Man” and receive a new heart?
When we do something repetitively, it can become a mechanical exercise. But, when we do it with our walk with the Lord, it can be the very reason we don’t see God moving in our lives. If we want God’s power to change our world, we need to be giving Him our whole heart. Communion is an opportunity to examine our hearts and get back to what God wants for our lives.
When Jesus gave the sermon on the mount, he said things that may leave us with feelings of hopelessness that we can never fulfill or live up to. When he said, ” If your right eye offends, you pluck it out.” or “If your right hand offends, you cut it off.” Was he literal? Is there something deeper that he was addressing? Yet, there is hope in the meaning of these words.
Living in this world as believers sometimes we allow ourselves to acclimate to the world’s standards instead of affecting the world around us. What is your standard? Can we affect the world for Jesus and still live by the world’s standards?
Living out the faith we proclaim can be difficult, and sometimes seemingly unattainable. Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Does our righteousness get us to Heaven? Can we say we have faith without producing fruit? Dive into these questions and more today.
There is a tension in Christianity between grace and works that we struggle with. How do we realize the call to be holy and the call to rest in him? Jesus tells us to be “salt and light” and that requires us to be obedient but also to rely on him.
Although it’s not a popular subject, persecution is something that should necessarily follow from following Jesus. How do we expect to avoid something that Jesus said “would” happen to us? God doesn’t expect us to look for it, but it will come naturally.