Rooted in the Faith: Patience

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” We see multiple times in Scripture when Jesus says to His disciples, “You of little faith!” Imagine that! The apostles whom we look up to have been accused of having little…

Christian Youth: Conduct

1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” Conduct is our next example for Christian youth. Other translations say “life,” but that’s far too ambiguous. “Conduct” is closer to the Greek. It is easy to say,…

Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that…

Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” First of all, Jesus is using emphatic language here. My next blog entry after this…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Persecuted (Conclusion)

Matthew 5:10-12, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The Greek word for “peacemakers” is εἰρηνοποιοί (eirenopoioi), which comes from the verb ποιέω (poiéo) that means “to make, do, construct, create,” so literally it means, “one who creates peace.” As God’s children, we are given the ability to make peace. Not…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This is not a conditional statement in that if we have pure actions and intentions, we will be saved and therefore see God, because we are not saved by works. Christ alone makes us pure. “And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself…