Word Problems are Heart Problems. In James 3:7-12, we are forced to ask ourselves the question: If our tongues are inconsistent, is Christ even existent?
Taming the Tongue (James 3)
The account of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5)
Ecclesiastes 7 – Solomon tells us that we go two ways to try and find out the meaning of life. We either pursue pleasure selfish gain and being in control of our circumstances or we attempt to gain as much knowledge as possible to understand the meaning of life. It is only when we realise that both of the avenues are meaningless that we can begin to find wisdom.
We just cant seem to believe that God is who he says he is – so we paint brushstrokes over him making him look different so that he’s easier for us to accept. Good news is that he also paints a brushstroke over us- the blood of Jesus.
The gospel should not just be leaving you internally focused. It should also be leaving you upwardly focused onwardly focused and therefore outwardly focused. (2 Corinthians 5:11 -6:2; Acts 9:1-6)
3 things that we need to be convinced of for the Gospel to propel us outward:
A.) The fear of God
The fear of God leaves us looking upwards and therefore outwards.
B.) The love of God
The love of God leaves us looking inward and therefore outwards.
C.) The call of God
The call of God leaves us looking onwards and therefore outwards.
The gospel empowers us to forgive and to fight fairly
1.) Cancel the debt
2.) Stress the things you share in common
3.) Though you don ‘t like conflict don ‘t avoid it