I try to adhere to a general philosophy when writing these letters. That is, I try to come from the mindset, or perspective, of how I view my walk with God every day. I see fruit from it, I believe in it and I feel like I want to explore it, study it, practice it, and write about it. And why not share it? Maybe someone out there will take away a thought that benefits them and their own pursuit of a godly life.
So, here is a short list (that will likely grow as time goes on) of the scriptures that I tend to use as a framework for my walk through this physical life. The challenge I am having is choosing which ones to include in the list and deciding on the order to present them to you. God’s Word is so rich! Here they are:
“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
I love this image “…to stimulate each other to love and good deeds…” This is what it is all about – being a combined force, tied together under God to channel His love to all the world. Today, our society and technology allow us to “assembly together” in a virtual way. I believe that Paul used his letters to draw people together across the miles. Paul’s networking skill is an inspiration to me.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
1The5:11 is another favorite example of mine urging us to band together as a family, congregation, squad, legion, battalion, army… with the goal of supporting one another.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)
I do think that it is important to examine and consider the origin of one’s own beliefs. I know there are beliefs and doctrines that I have and follow that came from the teachings of men. Maybe they are sound, and maybe they are in error. We always need to prove all things… And by sharing with each other (Malachi 3:16,) we can learn and correct and be corrected, sharpening each others iron.
“For he who is not against us is for us. (Mark 9:40)
And I put this hand in hand with:
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
…and along those same lines:
“Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11)
It is not our job to judge who will make it to the Kingdom. Our job is to love God and love our neighbor.