Life is complex. Our world is more complicated than it was even 20 or 30 years ago. Even though many of the values we grew up with now seem passe the basics never change—they’re summarized in Micah 6:8, to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
The first part of 1 John 5 helps deepens our understanding of what it means to be a child of God in His forever family.
Just as countries build walls for protection from enemies we build walls around ourselves. Freedom is living without walls; letting go of the bitterness and anger keeping us in bondage.
We’re all tempted to get even when we’ve been wronged; our natural reaction is to retaliate. However, a better response extends grace. It not only demonstrates self-control but it shows you don’t take your cues from how the world would respond—but rather from what God wants you to do.
Chuck Swindoll tells us to remain students for the rest of our lives. He says to those in education, “press on; never quit. Never stop studying. Never stop reading. Never stop learning. Don’t believe it because someone says it. Find out for yourself. Never stop. Press on.” That’s good advice for all of us.