Posted by: goingfaraway | August 18, 2011

a gospel kind of life

Read the Gospels. 

Every day.

If a Jesus kind of life is what we’re aiming for, we need to always, always, always, fill our minds with His thoughts and words. He is the example of how to do life and fulfill the law of love. In the midst of theological debates and clever rhetoric, the clarity of the gospel and its application is so often lost. I am not discounting theology, orthodoxy or use of logic in any way. I believe that a proper understanding of God is the key to loving Him better. It is when the debates and arguments replace the actual living out of the gospel that problems arise. 

I want a lot more of this:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and to not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. ‘ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?” Matt 5:38-48

John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin) had just been beheaded, and “when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot form the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matt 14:14

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matt 16:24-26

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt 22:37-39

And much less of me. 

The gospel is simple. So let’s pray for the courage to go out and do it. 

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