The word “meek” implies a gentle and peaceful manner. A person who’s words of truth speak louder than the most boisterous person.
If the Holy Spirit is recognized in the church, then we are a part of His Kingdom. And the disciples lived to see this at Pentecost. God is intending us “to act” and not wait for the return of Jesus while neglecting to do His work in the here and now.
Prayer is essential for the church and for Christians. It is our walk in Christ that is the highest priority. It guides the church and allows the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of Christians.
From a Christian point of view the bad actions of some don’t justify bias against the person or the group they’re in. Like Jesus, Christians should be the ones that reach out to bad actors.
In 2020 it’s hard to find things to be thankful for. I remember in the great recession of 2008 that people fell out of the middle class and never found their way back. I know there’s a large percentage of our population that make just enough to survive; and now a great portion of them have lost their jobs and could soon be homeless.
Billy Graham said a better word than “poor” is “humble”. Don’t confuse humble with humiliated. Humble is the opposite of being prideful. Not having to always have our way, but to be able to defer to others.
“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” belongs to all Americans regardless of race or still in the womb.
Christian men need to relate to each other as deep friends who have each other’s backs. And that is about accountability for their walk with Christ. Christian men also need to be able to relate to non-believers in order to draw them to Christ. The only way to achieve deep friendships and witnessing opportunities is with empathy.
As men how truly adventuresome are we? Don’t we all aspire to be significant? And in what way? Does our spiritual life figure into this equation?
When we read(/study) the Bible we should look for applications; not for others but for ourselves. Do we have a personal record of transformation (called sanctification) that we can point to as part of Christ’s redeeming grace? Our task is just to listen to their story, their hurts, and to their hearts. This is the point of having empathy which is more than sympathy.