Friday, December 2, 2022

What's right may seem wrong

 What is right seems wrong to those who do not perceive the wisdom of the cross. In fact, what is right seems like down right foolishness at times. Even as "there is a way that seems right unto a man but the end thereof is death" so there is also a way that seems wrong unto man but the end thereof is life. 

Think of it: Jesus told His disciples to love their enemies, to turn the other cheek, to give to those who cannot repay and to love those who do not love them. 

This is the Wisdom of God. This is the Word of God. This is the mind of God. 

Do you marvel at His wisdom or do you think that taking such words seriously is foolishness? 

Jesus said, "Wisdom is justified of all her children". The foolishness of God is wiser than men and the fruit of the foolishness of God is the salvation of man. 

Guard your heart from worldly reasoning. Do not be conformed to this world's way of thinking and of doing things but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. We are not called to be "mere men" (1 Corinthians 3). We are called to follow Christ and to have His image formed inside of us.

The most important thing for us in every conflict in all of our relationships is to have a tender heart.

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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160