What are we supposed to hold most closest to heart when we hear or think of the gospel? Is it gospel values or the Lord of the gospel?
I strongly say it should be the Lord of the gospel who is Jesus himself. Because looking only on gospel values but not on Jesus opens doors to deception. The Pharisees during Jesus’ time on earth were so law centered that they refused to acknowledge Jesus as their messiah and Lord. The same shouldn’t happen with us being value centered instead of being Jesus centered.
Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
Just because you are inspired by faith and do great miracles doesn’t mean it was all you. The devil tempts people who do miracles in Jesus’ name by telling them how special they are compared to others who are lesser beings than yourself. This a temptation of pride in onself rather than trust in God. The way to banish this thought is to realize that both miracles and faith come due to Jesus and not your own merits. So look to the real source which is Christ and not you. No wonder the Bible gives love more importantance than faith.
Love is the greatest value as per the scriptures. But love by itself as a value is just another door to deception. You needs to love in the right direction and the right person. You can either love God or love money but never both. You want to work overtime so that you can provide for your family whom you love. That’s great go for it but don’t miss your prayers to Christ. Because Jesus gives you the ability to become wealthy doesn’t mean you value the gift more than the giver.
Hoping and praying for a wonderful voice to sing is nice. But make sure you sing positive stuff at concerts and events. Hoping for a trip to the Canary islands is good but remember being in the presence of the Lord is far more greater. It’s just that we use our physical eyes more frequently that we need to take sight things that are eternal and unseen.
Peacefulness is highly prized value. Too much focus on peace is bad. You can’t be all ears to a person telling you vulgar jokes. You can’t play the peaceful listener to all. Listen peacefully to wisdom but walk away from foolish sinful talk even if it offends the speaker of vile words. Peace with God is more important than peace with men and women.
Some people cherry pick gospel values that suit their political or intellectual agenda. The most preferred pick is freedom. So a few verses are picked to gain the Christian people’s support for so and so persons right to freedom. I’m for freedom but please do include freedom to worship and freedom from sin as well.
I’m totally against racism, sexism and slavery but I see people try to promote democracy as a guarantee to lasting freedom on basis of bible verses about freedom. Don’t get carried away my friend, democracy is beneficial to some extent but limited by human weakness. People end up voting for the wrong leaders. Good leaders grow old and retire. Jesus is Lord forever and his kingdom shall never end in this life or in the next. How do we realize this? By reading the Bible trying to imitate Christ. This way we keep focused on the big picture instead of small strokes on it.
So do believe in every principle of the Bible but most importantly believe in Jesus always.