“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6 Check out these fun historical facts about salt: – Roman soldiers were sometimes paid in salt (which is where the word “salary” comes from) – Salt was used to preserve Egyptian mummies…Read More
Should Christians Demand Apologies?
The Bible consistently commands believers to forgive others. The list of verses is long and useful, and I’ve listed many of them at the bottom of this post. That said, while God’s command to forgive others is ubiquitous, I am unable to find Christ-followers in Scripture demanding apologies. I was naturally curious as to why…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
God’s Forgiveness in Jesus Christ
In the moment of anger, consider the great mercy God extended to you. Isaiah wrote that God pardons abundantly (Isaiah 55:7). Considering what God did for you in Christ in the moment of anger will help your response to others. Because God has been merciful to you, you can be a merciful person. Even if you’ve…Read More
Dealing with Anger – A 3-Part Solution
Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair”. Anger will come at times in your life, so what does God’s Word have to say about handling anger properly? First, Scripture tells us to (1) “be angry, and sin not: …Read More
You in Christ: A New Person for Good
Remember the promises of the “Body for Life” program? O the long list of exercise programs and personal makeovers that indicate that they have the solution for creating a new, permanent you. The good news is that in Christ, you already possess a new you. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he…Read More