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Recycling In Life Series - 8 - Longsuffering

Longsuffering is necessary to a way of life testimony. That may sound like a bold statement but as you read on I'm sure you will see the rationale. A graduate professor I sat under said, "There is a difference between spiritual maturity and spirituality." What he meant by that was that spirituality is a daily activity, whereas spiritual maturity is many years of spirituality and the experiences that test it. When we start talking about a way of life testimony, we are taking about daily life activity that is consistent with a Christ-centered life. Therefore, even if you are not allowed to speak to a person about Christ, your life testifies for you and makes them wonder what makes you different and what the source of your strength is. This so called silent witness is best revealed to others in the midst of personal crisis. In situations where you act with great patience, also known as longsuffering, your actions are viewed by those around you as more than natural, even super…

Unprincipled Principle of Gluttony

What do you do when you are invited to a friend's house for a meal? There is a tendency to eat everything in sight, after all he did invite your over and must want you to enjoy yourself, right? Well, that maybe true, but how would you know if you crossed the line that would make him resent you rather than respect you? King Solomon invited many people to his table and I'm sure once in a while he felt that some were taking advantage of him. Understanding that he was in the process of gaining wisdom every day, there certainly were times when he could push back in his chair and look over the "grazing" crowd. It was easy to find those who were susceptible to gluttony. Just look at how they ate. He wrote a guideline for those who might be gluttonous. He said, "While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you. If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat; don't desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you." (Proverbs 23:…