Monday, February 1, 2010

A Matter of Death and Life

The Christian life is a life of going the extra mile. It is a life of constantly stepping, in faith, out of our comfort zone.

It is a life of loving our enemies. “But I tell you who hear me: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too; if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well. Give to everyone who asks you for something, and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back.” (Luke 6:27-30)

It is a life of forgiving others even if we don’t feel like forgiving them. “And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done." (Mark 11:25)

It is a life of yielding our will to God. “For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)

It is a life of submission. “Therefore submit yourselves to God.” (James 4:7a)

It is a life lived outside the understanding of this world - a life that Christ modeled for us.

It is a life of death.

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Mark 8:34)


  1. I love the order that you used...death first...and then life.

    Indeed, that is how it works.

    The Lord kills us through His law, and then raises us through His life.

    Repentance (death) and forgiveness (life).

    Romans 6 is a good one for this language, as well.

    Nice one, Dorci!

  2. Romans 6 is excellent. Wish I would have thought of it. :)


Thanks for sharing!