Stand on the Side of Righteousness

“Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.”
Eccl 12:13-14

It can be a struggle to be righteous (acting in accord with divine or moral law) in world that seems to celebrate, encourage and even reward unbecoming behavior, self-gratification and divisiveness. We must, however, remember to keep God’s commandments even if it means standing alone. The opinions of our peers, parents, bosses, or spouses should not cause us to waver from doing what is right in eyes of the Lord. To know what is right requires Bible study so that you do not fall victim to dogmatic speech presented as God’s Word but, in reality, is far from it. To keep God’s commandments requires one to reject man’s reasoning, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.1 Cor 4:19. Unfortunately, rejecting man’s reasoning can lead to man rejecting you. That can hurt, especially if you are being rejected by your loved ones. However, the temporary sting of man’s rejection does not compare to being rejected by God for eternity. Man’s love is fickle. It changes over time. God’s love stands. And our love for Him compels us to meditate on His precepts. It moves us to live honorably. All of our works will be judged by God, the good and the bad. Let your works be good. It is better to stand alone with God than with a group poised for damnation.

Hearts Need To Change

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12

We implement and change laws daily, but until hearts are changed we will be stuck in this horrific and senseless rut. Unfortunately, It seems to be a part of human nature – either biological or socially ingrained- to seek people, cultures and ideologies to hate. Here’s a fact some obviously have not comprehended: you can feel good about yourself without hating someone else. One doesn’t have to project his or her conflicted personal issues upon anyone else to feel acceptance or vindication. Go against the grain today. When you find yourself having negative thoughts about others or yourselves, replace those thoughts with love and encouragement. Speak peace to yourselves so you may freely give it to others. Think you don’t have anything to be encouraged about? You woke up today. That is a gift many people did not receive this morning. And it is start. A start for you to make the changes within yourself that will prevent future mass murders, be they in a gay nightclub in Orlando, a church in South Carolina, a movie theater in Aurora, CO, outside an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs, CO or during an office party in San Bernardino, CA.