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Strangers And Pilgrims With Purpose

Redbird's Roost

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“This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through.”  Perhaps you have heard or sung these words of that old gospel song.  Peter reminds us in his first epistle not to be too comfortable on earth.  We are “strangers and pilgrims” (1 Peter 2:11), marching to Zion.  As strangers we live here, but never really become citizens.  As pilgrims we are here for only a short time.  What matters is how we live until we die or until Christ returns.

This perspective places us in conflict with the surrounding society and its values.  Christians live in a culture that makes every attempt to seduce them and to ridicule their faith.  Peter does not deny the pressures to give up the faith, but he does stress the need for continued perseverance through the resources that are available for victorious living, even in the middle of trials.  Throughout his letter there is…

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God’s Unchanging Kindness

“Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.” Psalm 25:6-7 (NASB)
Kindness is invariably associated with mercy. It is impossible to be kind without being merciful. Likewise to be merciful is to be kind. It implies that there is a deep and genuine concern for another. This concern is one of compassion and mercy.
Throughout the Scriptures the great theme of God’s unrelenting kindness throbs like a powerful heartbeat.
The kindness of God has drawn me to Him with bonds of love stronger than steel. The mercy of my Lord has endeared me to Him with enormous gratitude and thanksgiving.
It is the kindness of God, expressed in Christ and revealed to us by His Spirit that supplies my salvation. His kindness makes provision for my pardon from sins and selfishness at the cost of His own laid down life. It is His kindness that forgives my faults and accepts me into His family as His dearly beloved child. His kindness enables me to stand acquitted of my wrongdoing, justified freely in His presence. God’s kindness removes my guilt and I am one with Him and others in peace. It is the kindness of God that enables Him to share Himself with me in the inner sanctuary of my spirit, soul, and body. His kindness enables me to be re-made, refashioned, re-formed gently into His likeness. His kindness gives enormous meaning and dignity to this life and endless delight in the life yet to come.
It is the constant, enduring, unchanging kindness of God that gives me every reason to rejoice and revel in life…all of life…this one and the next.
W. Phillip Keller

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 97

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“…Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from the outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods. What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
Mark 7:18-23 (NKJV)

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