In The Ring


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How would you describe being judgmental? Would you say that it is defined by these qualities - love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness? Probably not. In fact those seem like the opposite of being judgmental. What is interesting is that the Bible says those are five qualities that will increasingly mark a true Christian. So if the attributes of a Christian are supposed to be unmistakably different than those of a judgmental person, why do Christians so often come across as judgmental? The modern mind’s reaction to judgmentalism is tolerance. Tolerance accepts virtually everything, while judgmentalism condemns much. But those are not the only two options. There is a third option. An option that is truly unique to Jesus. It is so profound in its power that it transformed the world. Many Christians miss it. Most of the world doesn’t understand it. But it is central to Jesus teachings. It is GRACE.

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You know, Christians and non-Christians alike have heard of Jesus. Many know some facts and even some stories, but do they really get the message that Jesus brought with Him? It’s amazing to see how easy it is to think we are in “control,” and overestimate just about everything about ourselves. But Jesus has a unique message that strikes at the heart of who we think we are and what we think we can do. Jesus teaches a parable comparing the approaches of two very different men, to God. Therein lies the true picture of the heart that God shows grace to and the one that He resists. That picture comes to vivid life in the Gospel. It is the Gospel that puts in proper perspective the position of man and the position of God. It is the Gospel that displays man in desperate need of God, and God desiring to give grace to man. You see, religion says, “Look what I have done for you!” but the Gospel says, “Look, I have come for you!” The Gospel is the remedy to self-righteousness and shows us a picture of God’s work for us!

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There are two good friends that for some reason people always think are fighting. Some even think these two are enemies that can never be reconciled. But they are not really at odds at all. In fact, they love being together, always drawing the best out of each other. They are miserable when they are apart. You would never want one without the other. Who are these two friends? Love and Truth. Some people more naturally lean to the side of love leaving out truth. And some people lean more to the side of truth leaving out love. But truth and love are inseparable friends, attached at the hip. They should always go arm in arm.