The preacher had left his office rather quickly, having several errands requiring his attention. On the road, he glanced into the mirror and noticed that a policeman was following with lights flashing. He pulled over and noticed that he had forgotten to buckle his seat belt. He quickly put it into place and awaited the officer’s arrival at the window.
There are many things that can cause us to stumble in the Christian life: inability to walk in the Spirit, refusal to get into the Word of God, living with unconfessed sins and a lack of faith, to name a few. These can all be detrimental to our daily walk. However, over the years I have I come to the conclusion that there is one thing that impedes spiritual growth and success in the Christian life perhaps more than anything. I believe that to be an unforgiving spirit.
My first inclination after the recent shootings in Charleston, S.C., was to immediately write something or even say something on Sunday morning. However, I decided to think and ponder the truths of God as they relate to this incident rather than react. After some days of thinking and prayer, I have come away with a few thoughts I would like to share with you.
One of the biggest obstacles to a good marriage is poor communication. That is unfortunate, because “the lifeblood of a marriage is its communication.” We could even say that a marriage relationship is only as good as its communication. —That is, it is only as good as its ability to send and receive the right message.
Many believers live their lives walking on eggshells. What I mean by that is that many believers are more often than not motivated by fear in reference to their Christian life. To them the Christian life is made up of jumping through spiritual hoops in some effort to please God or to gain His approval. The natural question is: if this mentality is incorrect, then what causes believers to be so misled?
The recovery of long-lost truth is as exciting and rewarding as the discovery of a buried treasure. It even precipitates a “gold rush” of sorts, with many rushing to launch a caravan to the field of discovery. Others take off helter-skelter, hoping, with a minimum of equipment, to scrounge a nugget or two before the riches are gone.