Reaching Forward

Don’t Mistake the Means for the End (March 26)

We must acquire the ability to engage in — and even enjoy — the things that lead us to God without making idols of these things. All these activities, as pleasant as they are, are a means to a great End. We must constantly bring our minds back to that End.

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The Right Kind of Fear Begets Courage (March 25)

There is too much fear in our relationship with other people because there is too little fear in our relationship with God. “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul,” Jesus commanded, “But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

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Benefit of the Doubt (March 24)

Most things are capable of more than one explanation. Rather than jump to the worst possible interpretation, we need to do for others what we always hope they’ll do for us: believe the best until the facts force a more negative conclusion, which is, even then, accepted reluctantly.

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Sins of Ignorance, Sins of Weakness (March 23)

Even when our sins are inadvertent, in most cases we still have some personal responsibility. It often happens that we’re more ignorant and weak than we ought to be, given the time and opportunity God has granted us to grow (Hebrews 5:12).

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Poverty and Wealth (March 22)

Often, we don’t see how poor we are spiritually, like the Laodiceans whom the Lord rebuked: “You say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ — and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).

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A Love Worth Dying For (March 21)

Jesus said, “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). We do ourselves a huge favor, and more important, we show the greatest honor to God, when we loosen our grip on our lives in this world.

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