TRUTH, HONESTY, AND GOODNESS

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

The Bible teaches us the things that we need to know. If we do not have truth, we deliver statements that are misleading. If we do not have truth in our homes, bad feelings will result. If we do not have truth in the United States, we lack clarity, and do not trust our government.

Truth helps us to understand. Truth helps us to come to the aid of another. Truth helps us to keep our lives in order. It keeps us off of bad roads! We can say we believe the Bible to be true, and inherent the wisdom of the ages.

The God who created us knows our needs. He understands what we are made of. He understands the bad situations that we may get into. He understands the causes that can devastate us. We must value the Bible and the love of God. In the Bible we find God speaking directly to us. He gives us rules that will keep us from driving off of the highway of life. We are warned:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seats of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law, he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1,2)

Too many people live their lives without the instructions of God. They are likely to end up in disaster and unhappiness. God loves us. He wants us to have a good life. Even if the dedicated Christian reads the Bible and attends Church regularly—we can find ourselves in disappointing and hurtful situations. But we should know what to do. We must come more close to our Lord, and we must use our common sense regarding money, regarding health, regarding our family, and graciously welcome those who are willing to help us.

“…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22)

God is good. God is amazingly wise. He is all knowing. He is all powerful. He desires goodness for each of us.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

Too many people are destroying their lives with opioids; 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016. In the last 16 years more than 187,000 died from overdoses related to prescription opioids. God’s ways are much better. If we need advice, we should seek his counsel. If we want purpose, we need to come to Jesus.

“My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27)

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)

“So then whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

Foster H. Shannon
More about Foster…
Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences.
The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com.
He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.
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