Carefulness

September 28, 2017

“What is right in God’s eyes must always be guided by what is the most loving and compassionate action for the sake of the one(s) concerned. We need to be careful we don’t get caught up in doing what’s right to the point we are actually more worried about how God is judging us and let that inadvertently create a self-focus or approval seeking desire that obscures our thought and judgment. Jesus makes it clear in the Bible (see Matthew 25:31-46) that we will be judged by how we love others therefore if we simply try our best to do what is loving for others, though we will make mistakes, we will be closer to what the Lord wants, than if we worry about ourselves.” (Sacramental Living)

 

“Spiritual people must be careful not to pursue self-development at the expense of broken, lost people. When we give too much attention to our own needs, ideas, spiritual expression, we may push aside the Spirit’s true desire and abandon those who need encouragement. Follow Pauls’ advice and make encouraging and edifying others the highest goal.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 14:9)

 

 “Just as a basic concern is to be careful of anything that might be harmful to our physical health, so our spiritual concern should watch out for anything that might harm our spiritual life and the work of faith and salvation. Therefore, carefully and attentively assess your inner impulses: are they from God or from the spirit of evil?” (St. John Maximovich)

 

“Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” (William Toms)

 

 “To every careful thinker there is a gain.” (St. John Chrysostom)

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