Doing the right thing is not always easy. In fact, the path to doing what is right is often lined with great difficulties, struggles, and uncertainties. Doing the right thing also does not guarantee that everything will turn out fine nor does it mean we will have the support of others. In fact, it can be quite lonely at times, with no one to encourage us or to take our place.
Saul tried to kill David countless times, but David never retaliated. Though he had two clear opportunities to kill Saul, he refused saying, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master… seeing he is the anointed of the Lord” (1 Sam 24:6). David did what was right even though his servants urged him otherwise and he himself knew Saul would keep trying to kill him. Continue reading
Nowadays, people generally define or recognize love as an act of kindness or self-sacrifice. Therefore, words which have become commonly associated with love include those such as giving, helping, caring, having compassion, doing good deeds, and so forth. We can certainly define love through such actions for it is biblical to love in deed and in truth. But how else does the Bible define love? Continue reading
There are a number of incidents in the Bible where we are privileged with an omniscient point of view. One of them is recorded in John 12:4-8, where Judas denounces Mary’s anointing of Jesus’ feet with costly spikenard. Not only do we see Judas’ apparent ‘righteousness’ in questioning why the oil was not sold to be given to the poor, we see his evil intentions from Jesus’ all-knowing perspective. Although the gospel of John writes that Judas was a thief, it is likely that no one at the time knew this except for Jesus. What can we learn from the dialogue that ensued?
Judas was being a hypocrite when he criticized Mary’s offering because he did not actually care about the poor at all (Jn 12:6). For this reason, Jesus had a number of ways He could have responded to Judas. Continue reading
Over the past few years, there have been a number of movie releases that would make one believe in the good, humanitarian side of people. We are led to believe that if the world was coming to an end, everyone would lay aside their own interests, join forces, and save the world together.
Say there was a movie plot where one guy had waited longer than anyone else—practically his whole life—to enter a pool with the power to heal any disease. Even though the pool would only have power once in a while and there was a huge crowd of people who needed healing, we would still imagine, or even expect, that the poor fellow would be allowed to go first, based on our altruistic ideals.
Well, this actually happened about two thousand years ago and unfortunately, no one even took notice of this man for thirty-eight years (John 5:2-5). What would you have done if you were him? Continue reading
The central theme in the book of 1 John concerns love and therefore uses a lot of strong language. We all know that we should love one another. But when we don’t, which inevitably happens at some point in our lives, do we look at what the word of God has to say?
John tells us that there are two clear ways to tell if we have fellowship with God, know Him, and abide in Him. The first question is: do we walk in darkness? Our first intuition is probably, “No, of course we don’t walk in darkness.” But John says, “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now” (1 Jn 2:9). If we have any inkling of hate in our hearts, just by saying that we are in the light does not mean we abide in the light, but rather we “lie and do not practice the truth” (1:6). These are not easy words to swallow. Continue reading