To Label is to Libel

God calls us to change the way we look at people.  Not to see them as Gentiles or Jews, insiders or outsiders, liberals or conservatives.  Not to label.  To label is to libel….Let’s view people differently; let’s view them as we do ourselves.  Blemished, perhaps.  Unfinished, for certain.  Yet once rescued and restored, we may shed light.

-Max Lucado, from his soon-to-be released book Outlive Your Life

Pride is the Worst Sin of All

“Pride is the worst viper in the heart; it is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, lies lowest of all in the foundation of the whole building of sin.  Of all lusts, it is the most secret, deceitful, and unsearchable in its ways of working.  It is ready to mix with everything.  Nothing is so hateful to God, contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, or of so dangerous consequence.  There’s not one sin that does so much to let the devil into the hearts of the saints and expose them to his delusions.”

-Jonathan Edwards

The Importance of the Family

It is easy to forget the importance of the family when a man is trying to reach certain goals and accomplish certain things.  But what must not be forgotten is that one of those accomplishments should include training his children in righteousness and loving his wife like Christ loved the church.  I think we as men try to push aside this responsibility and ignore it because we have bought the world’s idea and belief that no reward comes from spending time at home with your family, but rather it is outside the home that all the rewards and accolades of life come.  Therefore, the less time spent at home allows one to reach his goals sooner and have even grander goals.

This is a sad statement on Christian men.  We have bought the world’s bag of goods and don’t even have the discernment to see that the goods aren’t very good.

How to Argue and Fight for Truth

“As you are likely to be engaged in controversy, and your love of truth is joined with a natural warmth of temper, my friendship makes me solicitous on your behalf. . . . I would have you more than a conqueror and to triumph not only over your adversary but over yourself. If you cannot be vanquished, you may be wounded. To preserve you from such wounds as might give you cause of weeping over your conquests, I would present you with some considerations . . . .

As to your opponent, I wish that before you set pen to paper against him, and during the whole time you are preparing your answer, you may commend him by earnest prayer to the Lord’s teaching and blessing. This practice will have a direct tendency to conciliate your heart to love and pity him, and such a disposition will have a good influence on every page you write.

If you account him a believer, though greatly mistaken in the subject of debate between you, the words of David to Joab concerning Absalom are very applicable: “Deal gently with him for my sake.” The Lord loves him and bears with him; therefore you must not despise him or treat him harshly. The Lord bears with you likewise, and expects that you should show tenderness to others from a sense of the much forgiveness you need yourself. In a little while you will meet in heaven. He will then be dearer to you than the nearest friend you have upon earth is to you now. Anticipate that period in your thoughts. And though you may find it necessary to oppose his errors, view him personally as a kindred soul, with whom you are to be happy in Christ forever.

But if you look upon him as an unconverted person, in a state of enmity against God and his grace (a supposition which, without good evidence, you should be very unwilling to admit), he is a more proper object of your compassion than of your anger. Alas! “He knows not what he does.” But if God, in his sovereign pleasure, had so appointed, you might have been as he is now, and he, instead of you, might have been set for the defense of the gospel. If you attend to this, you will not reproach or hate him, because the Lord has been pleased to open your eyes, not his.

Of all people who engage in controversy, we who are called Calvinists are most expressly bound by our own principles to the exercise of gentleness and moderation.”

John Newton, writing to a young minister, The Works of John Newton, I:268-270.

I grabbed this from The Gospel Coalition and Truth Matters.  Great insight!