“Humility and love are precisely the graces which the men of the world can understand, if they do not comprehend doctrines. They are the graces about which there is no mystery, and they are within reach of all classes. The poorest Christian can every day find occasion for practicing love and humility”
– J.C. Ryle
“A teaching is what one knows; truth is what one does.”
(While in prayer the other day, this phrase came to me; an admonition to remind me of the true Christian life. The subtly of knowing when it is not coupled with doing can become a deception. It is in the daily-ness of living that the reality of His life in us is truly known and shown.)
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light…”
Truth is the Life of Christ moving within the human heart. Truth is a Person and a power; the power of God. Truth cannot leave a life in bondage or apathy. Its relentless activity within the redeemed soul is ever moving and empowering, lifting us out of bondage and corruption.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
Many may ascribe to the teachings of Christ, but those in whom His light and truth penetrate become a new creation fashioned into His likeness and nature. This change and transformation can only be known through the wonder of relationship; a continuing in His Word and a persistent seeking of Him to bring true freedom within.
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
Tenacity of spirit is a defining signature of the true disciple. Freedom is the fruit of discipleship; the joy of knowing and walking with Him. The creative power of God is released to become servants of righteousness in those who discover this new freedom in Christ.
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness”
“Authenticity (TRUE BEING) is not the result of a man being true to himself rather it is the fruit of a life that (by God’s Grace) has become TRUE IN GOD”
From the Book – Paths of the Shepherd