Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This verse reveals the humiliation of being a Christian. In the natural realm, if a person does not hit back, it is because he is a coward. But in the spiritual realm, it is the very evidence of the Son of God in him if he does not hit back. When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make it an opportunity to exhibit the Son of God in your life. And you cannot imitate the nature of Jesus— it is either in you or it is not. A personal insult becomes an opportunity for a saint to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus.
The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not, “Do your duty,” but is, in effect, “Do what is not your duty.” It is not your duty to go the second mile, or to turn the other cheek, but Jesus said that if we are His disciples, we will always do these things. We will not say, “Oh well, I just can’t do any more, and I’ve been so misrepresented and misunderstood.” Every time I insist on having my own rights, I hurt the Son of God, while in fact I can prevent Jesus from being hurt if I will take the blow myself. That is the real meaning of filling “up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ . . .” ( Colossians 1:24 ). A disciple realizes that it is his Lord’s honor that is at stake in his life, not his own honor.
Never look for righteousness in the other person, but never cease to be righteous yourself. We are always looking for justice, yet the essence of the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is— Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Honey has been staying at the Gren's house for the past week, and she leaves tomorrow. She's become a dear friend in this one week that I've known her and I am so, so grateful for the bond we share in Jesus that makes us sisters as well as friends! It's been a special time with her; sharing special moments with Miss Elisabeth, watching old Carey Grant movies together, talking and praying late into the night.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
It was wonderful to have mom here for my first week at the Grens. She charmed them with her cooking (since I had no hope of doing so with mine...) and helped me get acclimated to life here. Mom's have a knack for that sort of thing. :) We loved touring around the area a bit and made lots of memories. Thanks Mumsie.
Monday, July 05, 2010
No cell coverage. And no internet connection for Mac (my aptly named laptop).
The cold chills and withdrawl shaking began approx. 12 hours after I arrived here and realized that.
But really.... it's good for me. :)
I do welcome emails and calls.... just have to wait until I get into town to recieve them. But don't let that stop you because I love to hear from my friends. :)
Once I get a WiFi connection going, I will post more with pictures!