Do You Know You?
There is a question that is often asked after a crime has occurred. It goes this way: “Do you know your neighbour?”
As light as we may take this question, it offers profound insight into an individual’s life and personhood. In fact, it is only after a crime has been committed in our neighbourhood that we learn that we know little about the suspect neighbour. Therefore, it emphasises our limitations and the necessity of caution when dealing with our personalities; besides, many people are adept at concealing their true intentions and character.
There are two duties that the above verse exhorts us: our way of living and the contributions we make to the world around us. Taking on the appearance of one thing while being something else when we do things shows that we are not straightforward. We must align our attitudes, actions, and reactions with the values of our faith. As Christians, we should question our identity whenever we act or do things that do not conform to our claims of following God.
Do you know your neighbour is simply a better way of saying, “Do you know you?”
The Worthless Battle
The Reason to Fear
Keep the Faith!
Taking Wisdom Along
In His Presence
The healing process after being injured by others may take a long time. The majority of people get over it, but others may not. There is no single answer to this since it depends on the individual and their perception of life.
As a result, many people want to take up the battles of others, such as retaliation against their forefathers who harmed them. There is, however, one question that needs to be answered: whose battles are they fighting?
As much as a stone is thrown at someone else, it is also thrown at oneself. The desire to avenge creates a space for hatred to flourish. When fighting for retribution for wrongs done to close friends and family members, one does not allow them to think freely about themselves. Can they ever be sure that their people have not wronged others in the same manner? I, for one, am unwilling to participate in my father’s battle without a clear understanding of what he is believed to have caused others.
The courage to make a U-turn and realise why fighting someone’s battle forever directly indicates that one is on the wrong path is difficult.
The cost of hate is not worth it. Kindness towards all people, regardless of race, colour, personhood, abilities, shape, and size, is what makes life worth it.
At the ❤️ of Kindness
There is a stray cat in our garden. I have no idea how he (or she) got there. However, I can guess he is there because he must have seen my cat through the windows. Mine is an interior cat, while this stranger seems to have no home.
To declare the cat does not have a home might be an exaggeration. Unlike typical stray cats, this one allows me to touch and often prefers playing instead of eating the food offered him (her). My guess is the only owner is an older person because we have lots of older residents on our street.
It was nearly three months ago, and our new friend comes daily. Perhaps he (she) sleeps or not in our garden, except this is unclear. What is undoubtedly going on is how we have transitioned from giving this cat our cat leftovers to offering it fresh meals. Is that due to our hearts of kindness? Probably.
Every living being, human or animal, deserves our attention. We do not have to go beyond our capacity (unless in extreme cases) to demonstrate that we care. A little bit of kindness can go a long way. That is why it is not only during the Christmas period that we must show others we care. It must be a permanent habitual thing.
I have decided to adopt the cat, but that will be after being certain it has no home to go to.
This Painful Trouble with Modernity
Why are many anti-media, having no television, avoiding listening to the radio, and ignoring the newspapers? I have heard lots of them give uncountable reasons, such as (1) to protect themselves and their children; (2) it’s mostly full of bad news; (3) it’s a waste of time; and (4) it’s gradually becoming immoral.
“But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15b NLT
I will dwell on the last point in this post. That aspect of unbecoming in the face of modernity is the problem. One of the Christian Post’s recent articles mentioned a teacher who gave her pupil a breast binder and told the latter to conceal it from her parents. Reading such posts forces one to question this viral gender transformation phenomenon, which ultimately depicts the expansion of immoral sin. Today, different jurisdictions permit gender modifications, targeting children as the priority. There used to be a time when we said children are innocent, which is not sadly a shifting conservative belief. At least not anymore. One can then asks where their parents are. Whose choice to decide who must change their gender or now?
Some may counterattack, justifying it is about feeling good from the inside out. However, understanding that is far from Jehovah’s agenda is essential. The Lord made man and woman in His image. He did not make a mistake. For anyone to think that their body is the wrong person is a direct confrontation with Jehovah’s creation.
As we evolve with the world, must we develop in the wrong direction, thereby forgetting or pushing aside the principles of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Leadership at the Edges of Questioning
Psalms 91:9 and the Bible’s Cure for Modern-Day Anxiety
- Introduction to Psalm 91:9
Psalm 91:9 is a Bible verse popularised by the song “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” by John Tavener. It is also known as “The Shepherd’s Psalm”. This psalm is part of the Book of Psalms, one of the most popular ones in the Bible. The verse talks about how God will protect and save us from any danger we may face.
- The Verse’s Meaning and How it Relates to Modern-Day Anxiety
The verse’s meaning and how it relates to modern-day anxiety are explained in this article. The bible verse mentioned in the section is connected to Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
This verse is often used as a tool for calming down and thinking more clearly when experiencing anxiety, which is being in an awful state. It’s a normal emotion that humans have felt for centuries, and it can be traced back to the Bible when Jesus was feeling the same way. I argue that a person often experiences anxiety because they have an understanding of God that is too small, making them feel insignificant and unworthy. This leads to the person worrying about what will happen to them and the future, creating intense anxiety. Quoting Psalm 46:10 as part of scripture help people overcome fears and find peace. God is not far. Jehovah is not sleeping to the extent that He cannot hear or know what is going on with His children.
- Why This Verse Is So Powerful
The verse, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience,” is one of the most potent and life-saving verses I know. It had given me the strength to carry on when my world seemed to fall apart. It has been my guide through the darkest of times when giving up seemed like the only option left.
This verse gives meaning to our existence as humans and reminds us that we are not in charge of our lives but that we have been put here for a higher purpose and that there is always hope, even in the most dire circumstances. Hang in there!
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