Good Morning January 15

Christians are to be stubborn. I been accused of that a time or two. But the issue is really the question of what we stubbornly stand for. If it is a matter of personal pride, or wanting to get one’s way, that is one thing. That is self-centered and not good. On the other side, Paul writing to the Thessalonians says, “He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you,…”(2Th 2:14-15) This is where stubbornness has its rightful and necessary place. We have been called by the Gospel. That is, by God grace through the Holy Spirit, we have heard and believed the truth of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. We have been given salvation and life through faith in Him. Through preaching, and teaching of the Holy Scriptures we have learned truths about who God is and the life He wants for us. It is upon these that we stand firm without compromise in those things that we know to be true. It is not easy in our secular world, but we have learned that it is only in our Lord that we have true life. We will stubbornly hold to it.

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