Tuesday, August 03, 2004

+ Word of the Day +

If you love someone, you have to tell the truth (gently).

In making clear that we are to put no one or no thing before Him, Our Lord said,
"The person who loves his father or mother more than me does not deserve to be my disciple. The person who loves a son or daughter more than me does not deserve to be my disciple. Whoever doesn't take up his cross and follow me doesn't deserve to be my disciple. The person who tries to preserve his life will lose it, but the person who loses his life for me will preserve it."
"If you love Me, obey my commands."
Paul warns against compromising with false gods:

"We haven't cut you off. Your own emotions have cut you off from us.

"I'm talking to you as I would talk to children. Treat us the same way we've treated you. Make a place for us in your hearts too.

"Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness? Can Christ agree with the devil? Can a believer share life with an unbeliever? Can God's temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of the living God.

"As God said, 'I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.'

"The Lord says, 'Get away from unbelievers. Separate yourselves from them. Have nothing to do with anything unclean. Then I will welcome you.' The Lord Almighty says, 'I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters'" (2 Corinthians 6).