He stood alone. The little prince was lost in a world so full of wonderful, beautiful things. He saw bright colors, red, yellow, blue, green. All of the beauty he had imagined was here. He tasted sweet foods. They filled his mouth with flavors that could only be joy. All of it was so wonderful, and yet as he was swept up in the flow of beauty he realized that here he stood alone.
I'm waxing poetic this evening so I want to post this thought:
Luke 11:11-13 -- “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
John says that perfect love casts out fear. Jesus' love is perfect and it is surrounding you.
Practical atheists are people who are Christian in name, but act as if they don't know God. They may act kind, and be nice in public, but deep down they only do it for themselves and other humans. So, what does a Christian life look like? A Christian life is one that is changed because God is there.
Matthew 13:44 -- The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
To disrespect someone is to not show them any love at all, and in fact show the opposite. To disagree is to think that someone is wrong. When we disrespect someone we hurt them, but when we disagree with someone we either respect them and leave it at that, or we try and have a rational argument with someone in order to build them up.
Sometimes we hang out with our friends who are particularly worldly, and we feel like we've been influenced by them. I certainly feel this a lot. When I get done hanging with some of my friends I feel gross, like I just went swimming in the sewer. After I long time with those friends I need time to regenerate, and readjust myself. This time is really important.
our identity does not revolve around who we are, but around who God is.
1 Corinthians 13:13 -- Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.