On Yom Kippur we will each beg God to give us life—healthful life, meaningful life, productive life, good life—life as God alone can provide.
Each of us will repeat these requests with increasing urgency throughout this holiest day of the year: Please G-d, give me life! Give my family life! Give the Jewish People life! Give the world life!
Our Sages inform us that G-d's response often mirrors our own initiative: When we perform a good deed G-d performs similar good deeds in return.
In our urgent quest for life, we open the floodgates of God's life-blessings by Giving Life.
And if we are to expect God to overlook our shortcomings, to ignore the 'rulebook' and apply His boundless compassion to grant us bountiful good, then --
It is crucial that we don't simply give a little, within our comfort zone, or as fits our budget.
Rather, we must give Life to others in a manner far beyond our means, way beyond our perceived limits. We must reach deep inside ourselves to give our hard-earned means—our life!—freely to others.
There may be no greater way to prepare for God's endless blessings on Yom Kippur.
Anyone who tells you that committing your life to Christ makes your life easier is not telling the truth. Fulfilling, yes. More joyful, absolutely. But easier? No. In some ways, life gets more difficult after we come to Christ. The struggle against sin is more pronounced, for one thing. Laziness, gluttony, swearing, anger, envy, self-centeredness, materialism, covetousness, intimacy issues—the temptations seem never-ending. The world, the flesh, and the devil don’t go away because we have stepped into a relationship with Christ.
We really are to accept one another as Christ accepted us. But the key here is that we first need to accept God’s grace to be able to accept anybody. So do receive God’s gifts: grace, peace, salvation, joy, and love. Let the Holy Spirit fill you up that there’s no need left within you. Then you’re ready to accept others as Christ accepted you. We can’t but God can. God’s grace changes us to love others. And when we do accept others and love them, we do bring praise to God. Not because of us but because God’s grace is that powerful. God still works miracles. Everyone who accepts others like Christ accepted us is a proof of that. God is alive and active. Let’s get into what God is doing!
To all my friends and followers (hoping they are both the same) Those who know me, know I am Jewish, and today begins the Jewish New Year, I want to wish everyone "A good and Sweet Year It is the year 5776...
if you “hate the sin and love the sinner,” but never practicalize what God’s love fully means as it relates to the sinner, you are missing something that is of paramount importance.
Though the intent of the statement is okay, the danger is that it can lead you into the pluralistic relativism you so despise in the culture today. Hate the sin, but love the sinner is a forced juxtaposition of biblical thought that can abuse the word “love” while obscuring God’s full character and attributes.
You can only “hate the sin and love the sinner” by committing three sins. First, you must judge that the other person’s activity is a sin. Second, you must judge that the other person is a sinner. Third, you have made yourself a judge of sin, even though as a sinner, you are not qualified to judge sin.
We are to have compassion on sinners for whom Christ died, and we are also to keep ourselves “from being polluted by the world”—part of what constitutes “pure and faultless” religion (James 1:27). But we also realize that we are imperfect human beings and that the difference between us and God in regard to loving and hating is vast. Even as Christians, we cannot love perfectly, nor can we hate perfectly (i.e., without malice). But God can do both of these perfectly, because He is God. God can hate without any sinful intent. Therefore, He can hate the sin and the sinner in a perfectly holy way and still lovingly forgive the sinner at the moment of repentance and faith.
The Bible clearly teaches that God is Love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” Mysterious but true is the fact that God can perfectly love and hate a person at the same time. This means He can love him as someone He created and can redeem, as well as hate him for his unbelief and sinful lifestyle. We, as imperfect human beings, cannot do this; thus, we must remind ourselves to “love the sinner; hate the sin.”
There is a firestorm brewing in my heart and soul, on one side is the devil telling me to do one thing on the other side is God and my wife telling me to do another so there truly is a battle going on within me right now, So it truly is a battle right now between good and evil.
Because of a sin I committed over 18 years ago, truly a lifetime ago in my eyes, But i believe more importantly by the actions of one individual, I have lost (actually, its still there, but you know what I mean) my place of worship, My home, my job and more, What hurts even more is that this one individual is not without reproach, I can't say, because i don't know and i dont want to judge, but by appearances and actions this person doesn't appear so squeaky clean also.
We’ve all been there: it’s towards the end of small group, and the leader asks if there are any prayer requests. One lady asks for healing for her sick child, another asks for wisdom about a situation at work, and then the room gets quiet. “Well, I have something. It’s sort of an unspoken request. I am not at liberty to share any details, but please be in prayer for a dear friend. I won’t share their name, as I think some of you might know who I’m talking about. God knows the specifics.”
We’ve all experienced the infamous “unspoken” prayer request. You may have even been the one asking for prayers about your unspoken request – I know I’m guilty of this from time to time. And I get it, I really do. Life is messy, and sometimes you feel like your problems involve a lot of other people, and it isn’t your job to share their private struggles, even when it effects you. Here are a few things to consider before sharing an unspoken request:
Ultimately, it’s a personal decision. I’m not here to tell you to never ask for prayer on an unspoken request. Again, life is messy, time is short, and God really truly does know the details. I would encourage you to push past the pain and awkwardness and find a group of Christians who you can share everything with, and who trust you enough to share with you as well.
Chris and I need a steamer trunk of prayers, both spoken and unspoken, It seems by the action of one individual, she has forced us to lose our lives, our church, our home, our jobs, etc...I hope she is pleased with herself.
SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING I JUST STUMBLED UPON..ITS NOT THAT LONG.