17 May 2016

Handling The Winds Of Change

The following is a message to the faithful believer who looks to a home not of this world:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. 
- James 1: 2-8
The video is a decent visual analogy regarding the Way for the faithful.

The imagery reflects a bit of what is mentioned in the passage in James.

The current affairs the winds of media blow throughout the land can be challenging for the person traversing love for all and accepting the individual despite an individual's unacceptable lifestyle.

Why is not accepting of questionable views and moral standings confused as hatred?

Isn't it possible to love a wayward person?

If so, why then are those who desire not to fall into depravity singled-out as a problem?

Perhaps this passage can answer these questions:
Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the Gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 
- 1 Peter 4: 1-6
Friends and family: as the winds continue to shift and blow against you, do not forget to always stand in love.

Stand also in honor and in truth.

Sometimes a peaceful countenance speaks louder than the desire to condemn people whom you know not their future development.

Leave room for grace and repentance, as God has done countless times for you.
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. 
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. 
- Proverbs 16: 23-24

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