The exercise of this discipline called self-control prevents desire from becoming a dictator. For the person without Christ, the desires dictate and he or she obeys. Those in Christ are able to defy this once-powerful dictator.
We live in a world where the majority is heading the wrong way. As Christians we swim upstream, against the flow who are moving away from God.
Matthew 22:1–22 shows us what happened when Jesus publicly condemned Jerusalem’s ruling religious elite. Jesus’ accusations hit them straight in the heart—so forcibly that former religious opponents, like the Pharisees and Herodians, conspired together to trap Jesus with His words.
Our confidence is in Christ, not ourselves. He is the One who calms our fears and gives us the courage we need in times of suffering.
There are many reasons for Christians to pull together—we’re brothers and sisters because we have the same heavenly Father.
In these uncertain times the world is looking for authenticity. When we show love to one another we’re taking a step in helping a needy and hostile world.