Big principles. Friendship, love, forgiveness, peace lie at the heart of the Christian life.

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So we strive to live our lives according to those principles; and share this message with others. We sometimes feel at a loss when their worth does not seem to impress on other people. Or when suffering abounds within relationships.

In those cases, we should remember three things:

  • that, in the end, God will make all things work together for our good
  • that we should not judge lest we be judged in turn
  • that our understanding is, and will always be limited, and that there is a time for everything.

Dismissing the “bad things” – war, hate – as not ordained, or coming from the Enemy, is a way to not let them inform who we are, even when they can be part of God’s plans.

Should we also refrain from shouting out against social and societal issues on such a basis?

When we take on the role of prophets, do we do so out of our own understanding of what is “right”, or are we inspired to do so?

What is “right” is not a knowledge. It is when what we do comes from our hearts and is done out of love and compassion, in prayer, that we are doing what is right.