Thursday, November 13, 2014

You Are Not Your Own Redeemer

Sometimes it is easy to get really frustrated with the world around us.  For those of us that are believers....even the other believers around us sometimes we want to throw cold water at 'em or something.  LOL

It is absolutely important to encourage one another along the narrow path.  Please remember as we do so, take care to not fall into the sin of pride.  "There but for the grace of God, go I."  It is such a true statement.  I often think of it when I remember what a wretched person I can be without Christ.  Me in of myself, I am nothing.  I am wretched.  

We have nothing to be prideful for!  Nothing.  It is only God's grace and mercy that as saved us by faith.  There is nothing we could have done to earn it, thus we have no reason for pride.  Christ gave the prideful pharisees some of the harshest rebukes.

Always tell others the truth.  Yes! Avoid sin!  Encourage all to do so as well. However, never forget to have love and charity.  Don't look on others from a high place with a stench of pride.  Never take pride in your own righteousness.  Pride wins no one.  Christ is our only redemption.


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1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.