Good parents in every country of the world have one thing in common: they want their children to become happy and productive people. To send the children on their way, parents teach their idea of success life. Sometimes that idea does not bear the best fruit.
God wants his children to learn how they can achieve true happiness, and his only son, Jesus, communicated his wishes in the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew chapters 5-7. Jesus’ sermon is more than platitudes. It is not a speech designed to please people. Instead, it is the ultimate parent’s love, and intelligence poured into a message designed to teach people the righteousness that exceeds. Continue reading “The true formula for happiness”
When it comes to arguments, most of us like to be right. We want to win the contest of words. And there are those few who always have to have the last word, who always have to be right about everything. We hate them, because we can never get the upper hand.
Being right, then, is a competitive sport. Opinions are lethal weapons with which we destroy the opposition, by making them into statements of Absolute Truth. Whether by force of volume or repetition, whether by subtle arguments or twisting logic, the goal is to make our Rightness prevail.
In the spiritual realm, we need to be right, but not by our own lights. More than that, we need to get right (with God) and to do right (obey God). We need to get right, because we are at cross-purposes with God. We need to do right, in order to reflect God’s right-doing. Continue reading “Be right, get right, do right”
My wife watches me when we cut grass together. She watches closely. If I start mowing in a way she doesn’t like, she will stop her mower and make hand signals to correct me. I don’t mind. She’s only trying to help.
Jesus was at the synagogue one day and the Scribes and Pharisees were watching him closely. They weren’t watching Jesus to help him. Their motives were darker. Dr. Luke wrote they were watching to see if Jesus would heal someone on the Sabbath. They wanted to accuse him of doing something wrong (Luke 6:7). Continue reading “Jesus did what was right”