Two words come to mind when behavior in public or private exceeds the norm of just plain bad behavior: evil, vile.
Note these two words are spelled the same and mean virtually the same thing.
Evil: profoundly immoral and wicked.
Vile: morally despicable or abhorrent
The time has come to rid society and the world of vile evil; beginning today.
My life is lived by faith…not blind faith, but supernatural faith. It works for me. Faith means much to many people and means nothing to others.
There are many examples of faith throughout the Bible and chapter one of Hebrews is a great example.
This came to me from the book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard:
“Faith has nothing to do with intellectual belief. Faith is obedience. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable. Faith is willingness to do God’s will. Unwillingness to abandon one’s own will and to obey God is unbelief.”
Because I believe, my life is lived by faith.
Some people get hung up on the word, “repent”. It seems to automatically ring a ‘religion’ bell in their head and they are turned off probably because of Acts 2:38 where Peter tells the people, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…”
In this regard repent means to be sorry for living in ways that dishonor God.
However, Professor Robert Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, adds that it is “the internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones.”
To me, this explanation is much more digestible and may appeal to those outside of religion as well as to the religious.
The internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones…it makes me happy that I got hung up on a word.
This post was prompted by a blog from Matthew Ruttan’s devotional, UP, on April 29th.
Last Sunday I described the Holy Spirit as an unseen force, the analogy being the wind.
It was brought to my attention that a better description would perhaps have been…a power, a presence, a person…and I totally agree because I also think of Spirit in these terms.
It was suggested that “the force” was often connected to the movie, Star Wars’ “May The Force Be With You.” Funnily enough, I likened “The Force” as the Holy Spirit. As it turns out, the makers of Star Wars were trying to inject some spirituality into the movie to get people to think about God in some way, “the force” being their way of a subliminal message. (I gleaned this from researching the word “force”.)
Among the meanings for the word “force” in The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary are:
strength or energy, especially of an exceptional degree
capacity to persuade or convince.
Because I have always thought of Holy Spirit as a powerful force in my life, who has persuaded and convinced me of many things, I wrote about Him that way without taking into consideration the way others see Him.
And so I stand happily corrected and thankful to my teachers for another lesson learned.
Matthew Kelly. You will get to know that name because now that I have discovered him I am going to post several of his quotes over the next few days. Matthew is an Australian author of many books, one of which is The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, from whence I chose today’s quote.
“For the day we accept that we have chosen to choose our choices is the day we cast off the shackles of victimhood and are set free to pursue the lives we were born to live. Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.”
― Matthew Kelly,
Like most quotes, scriptures, poems, essays and books, we only derive the message they impart by delving into the meaning…almost word for word. This quote is power packed!