Sometimes action has to precede emotion. Sometimes we have to trust the power of obedience to shape us, instead of trying to get ourselves in shape to obey.
How can we foster genuine, enduring faith in the young people within our spheres of influence?
God is our ultimate Source of faith. But often He provides it through other people.
It sounds obvious, yet sometimes we seem to forget. We get caught up in work, routines, and family duties and relegate friendship to luxury status. Or we get plunged into pain or struggle and try to soldier on alone. We think we have to do it, that our burdens are ours alone to carry, that no one can ever understand, that no one should ever have to share our struggle.
We can’t always control the way we feel in contentious situations. But with God’s help, we can control how we respond.
You'd be surprised how many other important qualities and experiences worth having hinge on this one attitude.
It's vital for us to understand how to both receive and extend forgiveness. Just as a business' financial survival depends on managing its accounts, so our spiritual lives depend on addressing ours in a God-honoring way.
Where do conflict and diversity fit into the quest for Christian unity?
It is God, the Giver and Director of life, who determines human worth.
There’s often not much reason for it. And yet peace – perfect, reason-transcending peace – is what we’re offered by a God who knows even more about our situations than we do.