Has salvation/justification earned through faith in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross made Christianity a cheesy, entertaining religion of automatic entitlement to personal desires? No *1.
Christianity is not mainly entertainment, praise and worship services in the name of feeling good or reaching out to other (these are necessary too) but, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind after our initial encounter with God *2, by fervently studying the word, praying and representing our saviour in words, thoughts and deeds. The word of God is powerful, tearing asunder the hearts of men, transforming souls *3. He puts in us both to will and do his good pleasure *4. We only need to submit to the Holy Spirit within us.
The letter below may be a simple act of love but, anything done in the name of our Lord is lifting him up in worship.
As usual, Osho has great insights in sharing about the three stages of love. Love does have the power of changing or transforming people, and I agree that the more we love, the more we have it because the universe goes on pouring into us from all sides. Proverbs mentions this truth as well – “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself”. Yes, the universe never shortchanges us whenever we love ourselves and others. I would see this as…
This is not just a story of true selfless love, it is a story of destiny. It is encouraging to know we still have lots of empathetic people who put love of others above love of money. The choices we make to-day, re: relationship, attitudes etcetera, will greatly influence the pictures of our last days.
In spite of everything, I believe, Paul and Mary had a fulfilled life.
I first met Paul after his wife Mary introduced us. Mary worked at the gift shop of a local hospital. She was 79, Paul was 80. Paul suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and Mary didn’t think he would receive quality treatment in a nursing home. She loved him too much and decided that … Read More