Love overcomes evil by doing good, and one of the marks of genuine love is that it is generous. Paul spells out what this looks like in Romans 12:9-21: Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not...
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Christian articles around the web, including the issue with theoretical thinking during times of suffering, the importance of intellect, and the privilege of working as an editor.
That Which No Tragedy Can Take From Us (Josh Moody, God Centered Life)
Who, in times of profound suffering, has the mental energy, the philosophical fortitude, to consider the academic questions of the origin of evil? It is not that such questions are unimportant, nor that that there are no answers to those questions. But suffering is not the place to find merely theoretical answers. Those in pain will know that the trials they face are deeply practical. And the answer to that relies in what we know rather than what we do not know: the goodness of God is in the sure foundation of a living faith even in the face of evil.
Feeling Good, Thinking Nothing (John MacArthur, Grace to You)
Is there really a risk that being overly discerning might grieve the Holy Spirit? Scripture never indicates that the Holy Spirit wants us to close our minds to objective truth and blindly accept sensational phenomena as proof that He is at work. Quite the opposite is true—we’re commanded to examine such things with extreme care. Failure to do so is the essence of a reckless faith.
Yes. God Requires Obedience For Salvation (Michael Horton, Core Christianity)
We can’t obey our way into God’s family. He adopts those whom he has chosen from eternity, without any merits or foresight of what we will do. It’s pure grace. He credits us with his Son’s perfect righteousness. That’s the only way we can stand before a holy God without any blame. But God requires our obedience, just as any good father does. “If you love me,” Jesus said, “then you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15).
Five Lessons I’ve Learned in Five Years as an Editor (Kristen Wetherell, KristenWetherell.com)
A note to all my fellow writers and editors of biblical non-fiction writing: Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, and seek to proclaim the excellencies of Jesus in all you publish. This is a high calling and a wonderful privilege.
When You Pray, Do You Know What True Prayer Is? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
The problem with much of our praying is it is unprepared, incoherent rambling. We are winging it in the presence of God. A lot of our praying dries up because of the staleness of spontaneity. I say it is better to think long and pray short than to think short and to pray long.