Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 3)

God’s Will That We Do Good – 1 Peter 2:15

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. (1 Peter 2:15) Reflection: Christianity is not merely a set of beliefs; it is a way of life. As Children of God, we are able to recognize the difference between good and evil and choose what is good. People who hate God and despise Christianity will often accuse Christians of hypocrisy. But when we truly pursue righteousness and put…

God’s Will That We Repent – 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) Reflection: Eternal life requires our repentance. God loves every human being he created and does not want anyone to perish, but that everyone would come to repentance and be saved. Although we are predisposed toward sin through our fallen nature, God works to save each of us…

God’s Will That We Have Eternal Life – John 6:40

This week we will look at verses that express the will of God. The will of God is always constant, so when we align ourselves with God’s purposes, we experience God’s blessings. We begin with a statement of God’s will concerning our belief in his Son Jesus Christ. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last…

Asking God to Search Us – Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23-24)   Reflection: God is acutely interested in us. God does not sit aloof on a throne in heaven oblivious to the trials of human life but is always moving and active in our world. God wants to be active within us, and upon our invitation, will search the depths of…

Hatred of Evil – Psalm 139:19-22

God, if only you would kill the wicked—you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me—who invoke you deceitfully. Your enemies swear by you falsely. Lord, don’t I hate those who hate you, and detest those who rebel against you? I hate them with extreme hatred; I consider them my enemies. (Psalm 139:19-22)   Reflection: Well, this is a surprise! Here is a sudden and surprising shift of focus. Throughout this psalm, the writer takes his joy in the glory of God,…

The Many Thoughts of God – Psalm 139:17-18

God, how precious your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up, I am still with you. (Psalm 139:17-18)   Reflection: The thoughts of God should be as precious to us now as they were to the writer of this psalm. God’s thoughts are truth, and they bring life and beauty to our world. God takes his delight in sharing his thoughts with us,…