Crumbling comfort zones, freedom, & choices

Stand up for what you know is right, deep in your conscience even when it’s uncomfortable. Don’t just for what you want. Tell what you stand for (instead of insulting your opponents). Love people, even when you disagree with them.

Compassionately warning people of danger is love. Dangerous times need such love. Warnings are good. They alert us to the opportunity to avoid pain and mishaps. Failure to warn someone who is stepping unaware into harm’s way, is unloving.

Danger lurks when the people of a nation embrace and promote self-destructive behavior. Beware of the march of evil ideas. (Not all points of view are just and righteous.) Your behavior matters. Choose to do what’s right before God and avoid doing wrong. When your conscience tells you that a bridge is out, it’s wise to turn back.

Rejecting Christian ethical standards, leads to becoming a prisoner of whims. The voices in your head & heart don’t always tell you the truth. If you find yourself trying to justify immoral behavior, you may be already deceived.

If you can’t (or won’t) vividly see your own faults, self-righteousness has set in. Our mistakes are warnings. They don’t define us, but challenge us to be better.

Freedom is wonderful, unless it’s used to self-destruct or to do wrong. Being your own moral compass is the road to confusion and personal chaos. Choose thoughts and behaviors that improve your life, help others, and align with truth.

“Not judging” isn’t being quiet about your beliefs. It is “speaking the truth in love.”

On going anger is dangerous, both to the angry person and to society. When your anger exceeds your compassion, you become a walking danger.

Sexuality’s not a toy for our fancy. It’s a God-given blessing that carries responsibility.

An artificial lifestyle is heartless. A superficial lifestyle is shallow. A beneficial lifestyle is beautiful.

Superficial thinking leads to arguments, but a relentless search for the truth leads to peace. As long as you will listen to your conscience, you’re not far from the voice of God.

Superficial Christianity’s common; supernatural Christianity’s Christ’s “narrow way.” If we’re not entirely convinced of eternity, we act like all that matters is now. Warning: It’s easy for Christians to be out of step with the living Jesus.

As comfort zones crumble around us, I find great comfort in the living Jesus Christ. The living Jesus is busy calming storms in human hearts, all around the world in 2020. Even though I don’t understand what’s going on, the peace that the risen Jesus gives, transcends it all.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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