Most religions have a common theme: sacrifice yourself for your god and your god will reward you. But true followers of Jesus do not think like that because it is not true to the Bible.
J B Phillips translated this verse, "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God remould your minds from within so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God fo
Arrogance is welded into our sinful human nature.
Individualism is corrupt. We are all made as individuals in the image of God, uniquely precious to Him.
The church is not a building. It is the people who belong to God because they have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Each believer has been given gifts by the Holy Spirit.
Western culture portrays love as a feeling. It is served up to screens world-wide as a complex emotion, an irrational driving force which redefines right and wrong.
Starting is easy but keeping going right up to the finish is much more difficult.
Non-Western people are generally much better at offering hospitality generously.
It is easy to like people who like us, and encourage people who respect us. It is the natural way society works. It is also natural to hate those who hate us and curse those who are against us.
Genuine relationships share at a deep level. They are not a forum for people to get as much out of each other as they can - that sort of behaviour breeds distrust and separation.
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