The article we chose to share with you this week is on the gray areas of life. Do they matter? It’s very practical and the principles are tools that will help us navigate in a way that glorifies God and allow us to be a good example to our family and our friends.
TERESA: Growing up, I viewed my ‘religion’ as a lot of rules. As a young teenager, I felt burdened with a list of do’s and don’ts. Seeing other people fail to keep the rules then trying to hide their failures, I became cynical and viewed many Christians as hypocrites. I used their behavior as an excuse to make my own set of rules. My ‘rules’ throughout my teen years were things like: do what you want, when you want, at the moment; do what makes you feel good and happy. By the time I was in my early 20’s, I realized living by my 'rules' left me with bad consequences.
KATRINA: Our culture encourages us to satisfy our felt needs, follow our hearts and dreams, and take care of number one. Because we make our own rules and the culture encourages us to follow its rules, we need biblical discernment. Biblical discernment teaches us to die to ourselves and live for Christ. If discernment were easy and natural for us, the Bible wouldn't have so much teaching on it. We can have hope because God gives us answers so we can learn and grow in discernment. We can grow together as we read and discuss the weekly blog post.
What thoughts challenged you? (If you have time, follow the links in the article to part 2, for the last three principles the author wrote about.)
- Feb 19, 2016 Conversation on 'Jesus Calling" Feb 19, 2016
- January 2016
- Dec 18, 2015 Principles of Biblical Interpretation Dec 18, 2015
- November 2015
- October 2015