We live in a day where much is said and much of what is said should be seriously questioned as to its truthfulness (conforming to reality). A life not based on truth will be selfish, chaotic, and confusing, not to mention disappointing. So how can I know what is true. I believe it starts with knowing Jesus, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through Me.” The One who is truth prayed for his disciples to “be sanctified by the truth, Your word is truth.” Jesus Christ had perfect confidence in the Bible, and so should we if we desire a meaningful life based on truth and not someone else’s “spin.”
The recent events of violence and death strike both fear and anger in most of our hearts. God’s word has helped me with this and it came from Romans 12. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” We must remember the “nevers” associated with this passage: “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone,” and “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God…” May our responses bring glory to our glorious God!
Having watched Louisville win an NCAA basketball championship recently, I was impressed with the effort that was expended (by both teams) but it seemed to me that the players on Louisville’s team “wanted it” a bit more. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul tells the believers in Corinth to “run in such a way as to win the prize.” If the prize means the approval of Jesus Christ (see Philippians 3:12-14), then we should all ask ourselves the question, “What am I living for?” If we are not sure about our answer, we can all check our day timers, our checkbooks, and examine our leisure time activities for a fairly accurate answer. To truly live for the approval of Christ is to come to the end of our lives with no regrets! May it be so for us beginning today!