Volume 1 Issue 6
Single Christians are so important to the kingdom of God. Many times, Christians tend to think something is "wrong" with an individual if they have not found a mate. Maybe, they are not looking for a mate or maybe they have not found the right one. (A faithful man is rare - Prov. 20:6; a spiritual woman is rare - Prov. 31:10). Whatever the case may be, being single in the kingdom is a great time to develop yourself spiritually. Paul stated, "He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord" (1 Cor. 7:32). Paul emphasizes how focused single, Christians should be when it comes to pleasing the Lord. Paul is not saying because they are single, they have do ALL of the work but he is making a contrast between the time single Christians have versus the time married Christians have to serve the Lord.
Neither is Paul saying that the single Christian's time is not valuable, but he is saying they should have more time because they do not have the responsibilities of a spouse. Single Christians, use this time now to better yourselves spiritually. Develop your Christian character and spiritual work habits while you have the time. Single Christians can be a great asset to the local church and work of the Lord.
Volume 1 Issue 5
Meekness is usually equated with weakness. That is far from the case. For instance, a horse has the power to pull several hundred pounds of material in a wagon or cart. It has the ability to run very fast and can use its hind legs to kick with a force that could kill a man. When horses are tamed, all of the strength and power is under control. This is the way God expects us to be as His children.
We have the ability and capability to do many things. We have the capacity to hurt people with our words and actions, but because we are practicing meekness, we have those things under control. Christians who are not meek do not have themselves under control when situations call for it. When someone does an evil deed to you, are you meek enough to keep control and not retaliate? When circumstances are not favorable in your life, are you meek enough to allow the word of God to control your thoughts and actions rather than flying off the handle with corrupt speech and ungodly actions? Meekness helps us keep those things under control.
Jesus was known as being "meek and lowly in heart." When he was reviled, he kept his rage and wrath under control. When tested by the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees, he spoke the truth of God's word to them but never blasted them in such way that caused him to sin. We must be like Jesus and keep those negative actions under control so we can continue to let the light of Christ shine so God can be glorified.
Promoting godliness to those striving to be godly.
Kelvin A. Pugh