Translating is difficult, but reading the Bible in Greek makes me appreciate God's Word even more.
- Greek: "φόβος οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ, ἀλλʼ ἡ τελεία ἀγάπη ἔξω βάλλει τὸν φόβον, ὅτι ὁ φόβος κόλασιν ἔχει, ὁ δὲ φοβούμενος οὐ τετελείωται ἐν τῇ ἀγάπῃ. "
- My translation: "No fear is in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear includes punishment, and the one who is afraid has not been perfected in love."
- NRSV translation: "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love."
Step numero uno in your walk is accepting forgiveness. If you haven’t done that, forget about Bible knowledge, and all the rest. If you haven’t fully accepted God’s forgiveness, you’re not a babe in Christ, you’re still a zygote.
Nothing wrong with that though, all we have to do is make accepting forgiveness and rejecting the emotions of guilt our top priority. We do that by living with a simple truth: yes, I am guilty, BUT I am forgiven.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.