Destructive criticism is obviously evil: it ruins relationships and reputations. But it is just as wicked to encourage others to go against their conscience.
All religions have one thing in common - rules! Religion implicitly says, 'obey the rules, or at least try hard, and you will be acceptable'.
God is working in all of His children. But we all start from a different place to each other (religious, ethnic, social, cultural).
God is working on all of us; and in each of us in a different way - taking us from where we were to where He wants us.
Our human nature delights to use our own strength for our own purposes. This includes our abilities, possessions, relationships and even the spiritual understanding we treasure.
In the Bible, 'hope' is a special word which means 'the confident expectation that God will do what He has promised".
Endurance is our ability to keep going despite hardship, suffering and opposition. But where does it come from?
It must have been difficult for the believers in Rome, who had a Jewish background.
It is horrible to be excluded.
Although we may know that something is true, it is not always easy to apply it in a new context. Neither is it always obvious how we should teach others.
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