What is one of the most important qualities one should seek in a spouse (or seek to be as a spouse)? Proverbs 31 demonstrates God's perspective, of what it means to be a truly "excellent" person, found in these key Hebrew words: ha-yil and hesed.
What are the thoughts you have on a given day, at a given moment? Colossians 3:1-4 exhorts us to set our minds on things above. As we strive to starve our minds of that which leads to our backsliding, and continuously feed our minds with things that are noble, God-honoring, and worthy of praise, the end result is growth in Christ. Let us utilize the summer to set our minds on Christ.
It's usually in times of distress when our faith and relationship with God is strengthened, as we find ourselves relying on God rather than on the fleeting things of this world. Times of peace are tremendous blessing, but even in such times, lest the blessing become our downfall, we need to place ourselves in a place of reliance on God.
In light of Mother's Day, a day of honoring the love and sacrifices of mothers throughout the world and history, we read about the sacrifices of the characters in the book of Ruth: Ruth sacrificing the comfort and security of home to follow the God of her mother-in-law, Boaz' (son of Rahab) sacrificial generosity towards Ruth, and both of their sacrifices found ultimately epitomized in Jesus, who left all and made himself nothing, and who became our "kinsman redeemer".
In the event of Naaman's healing and conversion, Elisha saw the opportunity to give full honor and glory to God, whereas his servant and supposed successor, Gehazi, saw an opportunity for personal gain. Christians are called to recognize the times, not as one for grasping to fill our desires, but to elevate the name of the Lord.