Posts by jjohnson

Is Righteous Anger Okay?

Righteous anger is godly, but that that raises the question, “What, exactly, is righteous anger?” Righteous anger is anger that meets all of the following criteria: An an actual sin has taken place A passion for God’s glory is the concern of the person’s anger The anger needs to be righteously expressed An Actual Sin…

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When Desires become Sinful

James 4:1-3 “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.  You ask and do not…

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Christ is Sufficient in Sanctification, Too

It is commonly known among believers that Christ is sufficient in salvation (justification). But the sufficiency of Christ doesn’t end there.  The sufficiency of Christ continues on throughout the Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be…

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Our 20/20 Vision of the Faults of Others

Matthew 7:3  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can…

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What are your life priorities? Is loving your spouse #2?

A question for couples to consider during marital conflict for couples with children is, “what are your top three life priorities?” Potential answers might be: raising our children right maintaining order amidst the chaos having a clean house giving our children every chance to succeed As believers, we know that loving God should be our…

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Integrity

God made man upright, Ecclesiastes 7:29.  To be upright is to have integrity, to be straight, perfect and righteous.  In the movie Shane (1953), the hero encourages a young man to be “strong and straight” in his life: …when it seems nobody is looking.  God is always present (“omni-present”).  Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of…

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Preferring & Serving Others: The Antidote to Selfishness and Pride

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” In these verses, Paul expresses the antidote to selfishness and pride:  considering others more significant than ourselves. Then in…

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Addressing Sin’s Impact on Others

Sin impacts people who are not directly involved, but are affected by the sin. Here are some thoughts on how the aftermath of sin should be addressed with them: Meet with the affected person and explain what happened. Ask them for forgiveness. Ask if they have any questions. Let them know you are getting help,…

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What if I sin again (after confessing and repenting)?

Romans 6:1-4  “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were buried therefore…

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The Results of Sin

Scripture says “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).  When it does, the aftermath of sin is devastating. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death“…probably most notably, relational death. Sin destroys things that come into contact with it…relationships, lives, growth, opportunity, any prior healing, memories…the list goes on. In Galatians,…

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