Principled or not.

I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather response to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not. -Jim Elliot

There are many principles that are set forth in God’s Word. One is to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” There is a principle of charity that we as individuals are to practice. Then we have the welfare system of the Bible. That principle is the gleaning of the field by the one needing assistance. The New Testament has the principle of “those that will not work do not eat.”

We have the responsibility to learn and practice these principles. Since they are learnable, it is our responsibility, not the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit should not have us to do the things that are laid out in Biblical principle.

May we become a people that are Biblically principled.

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2 responses to “Principled or not.

  1. Great post!
    This is one of the keys to authentic Christianity – operating by spiritual principle rather than feelings.

    Even in the secular world this is true. For example, my favorite definition of a professional is “one who does his best work when he doesn’t feel like working.”

    There are many Biblical principles which the Christian is to follow. This emphasizes the need to be in the Word of God for ourselves and to be continually in prayer.
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.


  2. May we become a people that are Biblically principled.

    May the Lord help me with this.


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