“Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by thrust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker life.”
- A. W. Tozer
What is the opposite of evil? Perhaps the first thought on the matter is that it is good, and specifically doing good things. But when we read the gospels we find that the people most interested in doing good were also the ones who were most overcome by evil. What then is the opposite of evil? How do we address the evil in our own hearts if doing the right things is not enough?
Sometimes we've treated the scriptures more like a book of mathematics than a call to radical love. We have problems to solve and search for clear-cut and plain answers instead of wresting with the call to sacrificial love. This is a call to returning to a compassionate approach to the gospel and to understanding scripture.
“We can trust that he will never deceive us, mislead us, or abandon us. This is his promise in Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Brenda Quinn. “Meet the Bible.”
Based on the Gospel of Matthew 6:19-34.
One of the things we tend to decidate a lot of time to is our things. How do we get the things we want and need? How do we store and care for the things we have? Will we have enough of what we need to make it through life? Will our families and children have what they need? Jesus had a lot to say about these topics, and he suggested an entirely different approach.