What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Agape (love) is often defined as what we do for others, as if it can only exist in relation to others on the horizontal level. This is only partially true. The truth is we received it on the vertical level. The capacity to have this love for others comes from God. In the Bible, it is a fruit of the Spirit. This means we cannot have it without the Spirit of Christ within us. It is some . . .
Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit
Years ago, when I came to the Lord, my primary reason was to achieve inner peace. Everything I saw in the Bible pointed to being anxious for nothing and casting all my cares on the Lord in order to arrive at this state. I never viewed freedom from worry, anger, unforgiveness, and addictions as a special healing that occurred apart from a relationship of unconditional trust in the Lord. How can . . .
Enlightenment Comes From the Spirit of Christ
Generally, enlightenment pertains to the end of suffering or dissatisfaction. Yet while most would agree on this definition, the manner as to how we achieve enlightenment varies according to different perspectives.
The achievement of enlightenment in Christianity certainly varies from those of non-Biblical interpretations. These non-Biblical interpretations suggest that each one of us are . . .
We Don’t Need to Hear a Voice from God—Loud or Still
You would hear of people claiming that they are doing what they do because God spoke to them. Others would also say that it is God’s “voice” that guides them. Yet in my life of faith I have learned that this path can lead to frustration instead of actual accomplishment.
You see, people who say that they hear God speak to them would also explain that they are not actually hearing an au . . .
Transformational Repentance Causes Personal Redemption
What is repentance? The common answer describes it as recognizing that one has sinned and consequently feeling remorse. Yet repentance as described in the Word is deeper in meaning. The Bible illustrates repentance as a transition from dependence on oneself to a dependence on God.
This change is very meaningful since repentance involves a submission of ourselves to God. We entrust to him ou . . .