According to Socrates there are three filters we need to run through to avoid gossiping.
I think #2 must be that your motivation is good and pure, not one of selfish gain nor deceitful. You know because sometimes the truth hurts and isn’t all good and positive. After-all, ignorance is only bliss so far. Is my motivation for telling you this filled with goodness?
A smile, like good manners, just being kind, cost nothing but mean so much. It’s the special sauce that enlivens a meals. Its the spice of life that makes everything taste better.
Anything which is contrary to God’s word should hated so we can love more which is true and not get lost.
It’s not my (or your) opinion that matters, it’s God’s precepts that do.
When things that clearly oppose fundamental clear teachings of Scripture, even when unfashionable or not fully understood by science, they need ignored and opposed.
These certainly include macro evolution, beastilaty, homosexuality, murder, stealing, sorcery, the occult, etc.
Paul, Peter and other New Testament inspired authors make this case and point.
What matters is the truth. What’s more loving and helpful, to love and love in a way that is true though some may not like it or attempt to please others living in falsehood by placating and ignoring them?
This kind of hate speak and living spoken in love and truth is better than placating people pleasing speak cloaked in falsehood and error, if we truly love God and love people, don’t you say?
Loving the sinner while hating the sin is tried and true. It starts with me and extends to you.
Actions speak louder than words and Jesus was ultimate example.
Hmmm, I suppose that’s why is not just one but rather four accounts of Gospel of Christ, which begin the New Testament.
Are not God’s ways higher than ours?
Does He not oppose the proud?
Does He not confound the learned with foolishness?
Does He not enlighten the simple?
Where man’s understanding of science wains, is not God just getting started?
Yes and yes.
Tried and true: love the sinner, hate the sin.
The Word of God is true. Our perceptions and hearts are flawed. God does not move from perfect center, we do.
The Word says if we respond to His love and grasp His Son by faith where out sight diminshes, He will hold us tight and secure until we come out the other side of this world.
Boom! From Caterpillars to beautiful Butterflies some certain day!
I am thankful for:
- My wife consistently pushes me and often thinks so differently-
thankful someone truly cares and provides a different perspective
- My children often require my money, time and attention –
thankful that God has allowed me to invest in these special people and all the laughs and hugs
- Exercise is hard and boring –
thankful for good health and audible / youtube that help me learn and entertain while sweating
- My belly is bigger than it should –
thankful for plenty of provision
- My dark hair is turning silver –
thankful for having hair and the years of life
- Stress of being a business owner –
thankful for interdependence and opportunity to build something good
- Constant frustration and violations of trust from people –
thankful for the honest, loyal and caring souls who go the extra mile
- Customers who are never satisfied and expecting more for less –
thankful for all those that get the win / win concept and appreciate our service
- Evil and negativeness that permeates just about everything –
thankful for God who turns trash into treasure and made a way to overcome