What is Going to Win This Game?

What is Going to Win This Game?

by Brenda McGraw

Col 3-14 Love in perfect unityIt’s game time. I need half of you on one side of the line and half of you on the other side. The rules are easy. I am giving you a big rope, and who ever pulls the other team over the line into the mud wins. You want to make sure your strongest players are in the back so they can pull with the strength they have been given.

Name that game!

Today we are going to play the game, and the teams are set up  based on the following scripture:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col 3:12-14

Tug of War

Compassion/Kindness/Humility——————————–Gentleness/Patience/Forgiveness

The whistle is raised to (more…)

Pride Leads to Humiliation, While Humility Leads to Exaltation

Pride Leads to Humiliation, While Humility Leads to Exaltation

by Jayna Coppedge

“…And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6 (HCBS)

Almost the same words as James 4:6, 10.

Far Eastern cultures, such as the Chinese, value humility, submission and deferring individual preferences to those of the community. My Western culture encourages pride, dominance and insisting on one’s rights, therefore the idea of putting on humility is “foreign” to me. Fortunately, God provides me with not only motivation to be humble, receiving His grace and praise, but also some clear examples of how pride affected people’s lives.

Thinking I already know everything, is pride.

Peter is a great example. To paraphrase Matthew 26:31-35, after celebrating the final Passover before His crucifixion, Jesus predicts that the disciples will scatter. Giving them encouragement, He says, “I will see you in Galilee after I am raised.” Peter argues, “Jesus, you don’t know what you are talking about. Sure, maybe the others will run, but not me. I would rather die than deny you.” Prideful Peter really thought he knew himself better than Jesus knew him. Of course, his egotism led to his humiliation of denying Jesus three times. I have also been guilty of thinking I know more than God.

I shudder at my arrogance. (more…)

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