“Love is not arrogant or rude”

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.   1 Corinthians 13:4-6

In this passage from Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth he shares what love is, and is not. Arrogance and rudeness are two things Paul says love is not. Yet for some reason many have no problem being arrogant and rude toward others.

Arrogance and rudeness are not fruit of the Spirit. They are the fruit of a sinful heart. They are sinful behaviors. They are unacceptable in the household of God. Exhibiting such behavior is damaging to others. It must not be this way among believers.

As disciples of Jesus the Christ we must check our ego’s. There is no room for arrogance and rudeness in the life of a disciple. If we truly see who Jesus is and what He has done for us we should be humbled and know our place.

We should follow in HIS footsteps and love others more than ourselves and honor them above ourselves. Putting the needs of others ahead of our own. That is love. Jesus showed us the WAY, let’s follow it.

 

© 2017 Leo J Woodman

 

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“Put these things to death”

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Colossians 3:5

Look at the list of what should be put to death in our lives as followers of Christ. These are the things that used to be a part of our earthly nature. If we are in Christ or want to be in Christ we are going to have to put these things to death. Otherwise we will be  continuing in idolatry.

Idolatry separates us from God and leaves us in a lost state. If we put any of these things before a relationship with God, we are committing spiritual adultery against Him. We are out of covenant relationship with Him and wandering in darkness.

We must put aside our earthly nature if we want to pleasing to God. We cannot continue in sinful behavior and be in relationship with God. If we continue in our earthly (sinful) nature we are an affront to Him. We will face His wrath. Let’s put theses things to death.

 

© 2017 Leo J Woodman

We don’t get a “pass”

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:10

I have heard it said several times lately by christians, that christians get a “pass” when it comes to judgement. The belief behind this statement is that christians will not answer for their lives and actions, but will get a “get into heaven free card”. Our salvation is not a board game, it was bought and paid for by the blood of Christ.

The apostle Paul made it clear that we all will face judgement. That we all will receive what is due us according to our actions in this life. To believe otherwise, and to teach others to do this is to propagate a lie, cheapening the grace of God and Jesus sacrifice for our sin. Revelation 2:10 tells us we must be faithful unto death if we hope to receive the crown of life.

To be faithful means to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, not to take for granted that we will make into heaven when we leave this life simply because of the good He has done. We too must do good as He has done good in order to receive the crown of life. (eternal life)

Yes, everyone will stand before the judgement seat of Christ, there will be no exceptions. All will be judged by the one that has the right to judge. We all will get what is due us. Be ready! We don’t get a “pass”.

 

© 2017 Leo J Woodman