CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 16, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 24

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 24

Monte Holland

This is the twenty-fourth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 23

Today’s photographs feature Kirche auf dem Wallberg, a chapel on top of Wahlberg Mountain in Germany. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-24.html

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Looking at Love of Neighbor

     Even though it doesn’t speak to the love of neighbor directly, the following verse gives helpful advice along those lines—

22Don’t try to get even. Trust the LORD, and he will help you. Proverbs 20:22 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

     Combined with Jesus’ statement of the Great Commandment, located in three places in the Gospels, Jesus offers additional valuable teaching about dealing with our neighbors:

39But I tell you not to try to get even with a person who has done something to you.—

 43You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” 44But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. 45Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. Matthew 5:39, 43-45  Contemporary English Version (CEV)

     As we mature we learn how to get along with other people. At home we must contend with brothers and sisters, who, in many families, fight “like cats and dogs.” Parents often seem like the “enemy” with their “unreasonable” rules and high expectations of their children.

      When we are outside the home, we spend a lot of time at work, in school or various public places. Learning to love in a Godly, moral way is an ongoing process. The verses that we look at today seem quite appropriate to guide us both in the growing and in the later years in life.

      Especially in recent years, we hear about bullying in the schools. It happened to me when I was a child, but not to the same extent. I started my school years in a one-room country school, where children from certain families didn’t like the children of another family. The school was divided into two camps of people that wanted to fight each another. Even though I didn’t belong to one of those families, it was difficult to stay on the sidelines. Matthew 5:43 reminds us of the phrase, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” I think we bought into that, wholeheartedly.

     I don’t expect that it is much different today. We hate the bully, whether he beats up our friends or beats us up. How can we love a violent person? Who wants to go to school when you may be beaten up on the way, or when you expect something bad to happen to you there? We don’t like being afraid.

      Jesus tells us to take a different stance. We may not be able to beat the bully or change how he acts, but he cannot stop us from praying for him and generating love for him. Jesus reminded us of two things. First, every person is created in the image of God. Second, God provides for evil people as He does for good people. On the other hand, God is disappointed in any of us when we fail to do God’s will. The bully is surely in trouble on this count with God. But we shouldn’t get too cocky ourselves. If we fail to love our enemies and pray for them, we are just as disobedient to God, and just as displeasing to God.

     Bullies put a special burden in our lives in two ways: in their ability to hurt us, they make us afraid, and in their ability to tempt us to stray from the Godly, moral life.

Jesus’ words for us today: 44But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. Matthew 5:44 (CEV)

EXERCISES: 

Exercise 1: How can we possibly (more…)

March 19, 2009

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 4

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

BASIC BIBLICAL TEACHINGS FOR THE

GODLY AND MORAL LIFE: 4

Guest writer Monte W. Holland

For some time, my husband, Monte, has been concerned about today’s young generation and the ethical behavior, which they are exposed to in today’s society. He sees the inconsistencies in what they experience in society and what is taught by Biblical Scripture, where lessons on “The Godly, Moral Life,” are presented.
As a step in counteracting society’s UnGodly, Immoral life lessons, he developed a series of six lessons, one for each week in Lent. Each lesson has seven daily sections. His entire work is posted by host site the Open Hands Ministry, a service of the United Methodist Churches in the Ligonier, PA, area. This organization provides layettes for WIC babies in Westmoreland County, and operates second-hand clothing and furnishings stores in Stahlstown and Jeannette.

AN ON-LINE STUDY GUIDE FOR THE LENTEN SEASON– “Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life”

Our goal this week is to become quite familiar with the Great Commandment, the Golden Rule, and the Love chapter.
LESSON 4   Wednesday March 18 – Tuesday March 24, 2009
In the preceding lessons we have seen that the Law as recorded in the Ten Commandments is basic to the Godly, moral life. Very specifically we are charged with obedience in our relationship to God and obedience in our relationship to others. We have looked in a little detail at the Ten Commandments, one by one.
Now we turn to the message that comes from Jesus as he was interacting with the Jewish elite of his time. We find that these leaders were jealous of the rapport Jesus had with (to continue reading this post and/or to see previous posts in this Lenten series, click on: http://www.methodists-care.org/ , then click on ONLINE STUDY).

ADDITIONAL READING:

Writer’s calls for submissions, competitions & events March 1, 2009
Kathy Kelly, of Voices of Wilderness: On Peace

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 2

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 1

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 2

Ashes to Ashes: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday

A PASTOR’S ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Part 2

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

WHAT? MARRY A PROSTITUTE, HOSEA ASKED GOD

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

Online Sites for Caretakers & Families of Brain Injury Victims

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