Does “Jesus loves you” mean you can get away with stuff? If not, who determines what’s OK and not OK? Does forgiveness mean you’re off the hook? Does behavior matter? We as humans, and as Christians, can easily fall into the ditch on either side of the holiness path. But there is a way to avoid both cheap grace and legalism.
Jesus promised His followers two things: trouble – and peace. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) So trouble should not be a surprise for any of us. Yet many believers struggle to keep your faith when things are bad.
How long has it been since you walked outside at night in a dark place, and really looked up at the stars? The darker the night, the better. Telescopes that look at the night sky are as far from city lights as possible. And to truly see as far as possible, you have to go to the Hubble telescope – in the darkness of space! Yes, sometimes darkness might help you see farther.
GI-GO. Any old-time computer person will recognize that acronym; Garbage In, Garbage Out. If you want better output, change the input! And it’s not just for your computer. It’s also the key to healthier thoughts and feelings.