Life in Christ!

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Queries for single Friends
  1. Am I living a chaste and wholesome life to the glory of God?  Am I keeping myself from defilement and focusing my thoughts and energies on godly  priorities through worship and spiritual development?
  2. Am I strengthening healthy relationships with my family, other Friends and Christians, and the community around me?  Am I serving as a light of God to those whom I encounter?  What sacrifices have I made in this regard?
  3. Am I taking care not to isolate myself and am I tending to me own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs?  Am I acknowledging my areas of weakness and reaching out in a constructive way as needed?
  4. Am I asking God to guide my path in life and to enlighten my soul as to what would best glorify him?  Am I engaged in a worthwhile and fulfilling career or job vocation?  Am I open to my present situation being upended or cemented  in order for God’s will to be done?  Have I been rebellious or lackadaisical to the calling of the Spirit in and way?
  5. Am I utilizing my talents and furthering my skills?  Am I wasting time with the follies of the world?  Am I shirking responsibility in any way?
  6. Do I consider the precious gift of singleness either for a season or for a lifetime?

If we truly believe that Jesus is the son of God and has called us to be His brothers and sisters, weekly worship and daily prayers are not enough.  We are called to follow our Lord in a 24/7 death of self-will and new life in God’s will.  Eternal life has no end.  Neither has it had any beginning.  It exists now, while we are yet in the body of flesh.   To enter into it, it is not necessary for this fleshly body to die, but for us to crucify its unclean thoughts, desires, and actions.

Nevertheless, human life in the body is of inestimable value, each person having been created in the image of God.  Life is a gift from God.  To take a life, one’s own or someone else’s, is an affront to God.   It is not enough to say that to kill the unborn is wrong, to kill the aged or infirm is wrong, to kill the murderer is wrong, to kill in war is wrong.  We are to live in that life and power that takes away the reaons to even consider such killing.

  • Engage in sexual intercourse only within a one man and one woman marriage.  Even then, and even if contraceptives are used, engage in intercourse within a willingness to love and care for any children who may be conceived as a result.
  • Governments may pay support the aged and infirm with money and services, but government does not and cannot love.   When government resources run slim, they will be cut off and the aged and infirm will be allowed to die of neglect or will be “put out of their misery” to save money.
    Individuals can love.  We are commanded to love the aged and infirm.   When we do so, even if our worldly resources are limited, those aged and infirm will never go without love because love never fails.
  • “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  We are all in need of repentance, followed by forgiveness and redemption.  It is not up to us humans to condemn anyone to hell, but we are to humbly pray for the salvation of all, including ourselves.  To execute a murderer may deprive him of the opportunity for that repentance, foregiveness, and redemption.
  • But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”  (Matthew 5:44)  “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36).   If we are servants of Jesus, our fight is for His kingdom with His weapons – Truth, righteousnes, faith, the gospel of peace, salation, love, and the sword of Christ’s Spirit.   And where is that kingdom?  So where is the fight?  “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”  (Luke 17:21)