“I cannot imagine how religious persons can live satisfied without the practice of the presence of GOD.” – Brother Lawrence
Whoever says “I know Him” but does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked. – 1 John 2:4-6
Casuistry: “specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry” – Dictionary.com
The common knowledge of humanity is stupid. The common knowledge of this world often says “Christianity is real,” closely followed with, “The Bible’s not accurate.” If the Bible is not accurate than the foundation of Christianity is destroyed. Would you live in a house with no foundation? Neither would I. The common knowledge of humanity often says “Recreational drug use is ok.” While in the United States 25 percent of deaths are attributed to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use. And if you’re thinking, “Nobody has ever died from marijuana use” right now. You must know, that is a casuist argument. While it may be true that no one has ever died of a marijuana overdose. It’s also true that many have died from drugs they took, or things they did that they would have never done without the use of marijuana. Saying that “Marijuana has never killed a person” is like saying, “In the history of the world, there has never been a motorcycle that killed a person.” We all know that motorcycles cannot kill a person all by themselves. We all know people are killed by what they do on motorcycles. But the argument goes way beyond drugs. It goes to every part of our lives. Maybe you’re repulsed by drugs, but you secretly hate your spouse. Maybe you love you kids with all your heart, but you’re throwing away the family through an affair. Or maybe… We all know the struggles we face in our own hearts. I work in the aviation industry. As you know, aviation is inherently dangerous. So we’re continually being reminded to avoid complacency. As dangerous as aviation can be, there’s something more dangerous. It’s life. Life has a 100% mortality rate. Life is going to kill us all. Is there something that will keep us in the grave? Life will kill us, but Jesus saves. Is there something separating us from His saving power? You may be angry at me right now, but I’m angry at lives being thrown away. You may claim to be a good person. Are you acting like one? I had a friend who said to me, “You can tell what kind of person someone is by what they don’t do.” What don’t we do? Is knowing God keeping us from breaking His commandments? Or are we satisfying our desires, then asking forgiveness. There’s a saying you’ve probably heard. It goes, “It’s better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.” Do we do that with God? If we do, we need to ask ourselves if we really love God. We wouldn’t do that with our husbands, wives, or kids. Why do we do it with God? God loves us, He want’s to save us, He promises to save us, if we accept His grace. Accepting that grace is a love thing. It has everything to do with love. I pray that we learn more about what it means to live like we love. There is no better way to love than to be present. I pray that we learn to be present with the things, the Thing that matters most.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,