REPUTATION

Revelation 3:1-2
β€œβ€˜I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

It is easy to [want to] look good in front of other people by righteous acting. It is easy to write off God because He is not visible, but we see people on a daily basis. However, since the end justifies the means, we should think about what God thinks of us instead of what people think. Everybody’s days are numbered. There is no use trying to impress people at the expense of one’s eternity.

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SELF-ESTEEM

Romans 12:3
Gifts of Grace
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

This verse might come across as an insult to self-proclaimed ‘self-made’ men and women. But admittedly, it is stressful to spend any amount of time with someone who are full of themselves. There is a thin line between humility and overconfidence. Humility is knowing who you really are, and not pretending to be above or below that. Real self-esteem cannot be faked.

Life’s Cards

Proverbs 14:13
Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and the end of joy may be grief.

It is easy to compare one’s lives to others’, especially when theirs seem better. However, one thing we all come to accept at a point is that no matter what, life still goes on. There’s no such thing as perfect people. There are just people who have learnt to play the card life handed to them, well. As a wise person said, don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Good things happen when you focus on being the best you can be under any circumstance.

Compromise

Matthew 24:12 KJV
[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Luke 12:3
Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Word recently broke out that Ashley Madison, a website that encourages anonymous adulterous affairs, was hacked. Lists of people who patronized the website came out. It is unfortunate that a lot of Christians were found on the lists, members and leaders alike. Churches are at a loss how to temper justice with grace. We are truly in the end times, and as we sympathize, let this be a lesson. Things that encourage us to compromise on our faith are all around us. It is up to us to resist them. This is a wake-up call. As we are all capable of sin, if ‘anyone thinks they are standing, let them be careful, lest they fall’. Grace and peace unto us all. Jesus is coming soon. May we be found worthy when He does.

UNDER THE SUN

Ecclesiastes 2:11
Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

Try as we might, a life without God makes zero sense. Throughout history, all those who tried to make life make sense on their own terms did not succeed, and most in high positions caused great harm. Talk about Hitler, Stalin (whose last gesture before his death was giving God the finger), Pol Pot, and other despotic atheists. One thing we all have in common in life is that noone asked to be born. We just found ourselves on earth. It is therefore ridiculous to try to create one’s own set of rules contrary to that of the Maker of heaven and earth.

DIFFERENCES

Romans 14:4
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

Despite divisions and denominational differences in Christianity, we are all one in Christ. No one denomination is more right than the other. Only Christ has won the right to judge among His people. The most important thing is that we are all found worthy before Him.

DOING UNTO OTHERS…

πŸ’₯πŸ’«1 Samuel 24:10
[David says] Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, β€˜I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’
πŸ’₯πŸ’«2 Samuel 18:12
But the man said to Joab, β€œEven if I felt in my hand the weight of a thousand pieces of silver, I would not reach out my hand against the king’s son, for in our hearing the king [David] commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, β€˜For my sake protect the young man Absalom.’

In the first verse, David’s men urged him to kill Saul; afterall God had told him he [David] would be king, which was made worse by Saul’s negative attitude toward David. But David resisted. Later, [possibly one of the same servants present] refused to obey David’s highest soldier Joab’s order to kill David’s enemy, Absalom[David’s son]. Even though Joab killed Absalom anyway, a lesson here is that David’s attitude toward Saul affected his servant’s attitude towards his son. When David feared God and refused to kill Saul, he unwittingly set an example for his followers on how they should treat him. The way you treat others, tells how you want to be treated. In other words, the measure you mete out to others, the same shall be measured unto you. Therefore, do unto others as you want others to do unto you.