It is wonderful to have a neighbor who conscientiously cares for his property while respecting your property. It is wonderful to have a friend who always treats you with consideration. It is brilliant to be married to a husband who always is thoughtful and courteous, or to a wife who always is gracious in her comments and deeds. It is pleasing and delightful to have a son or daughter who shows respect and uses good manners.
As wonderful as those situations are, none of them compare to having a neighbor, a friend, a husband, a wife, a son, or a daughter with a good heart.
When you discuss good behavior, you are discussing the quality of a person's self-control. 個人の自制心の質... もしくは ...
You might agree that if a person’s excellent habits could learn to become a person with a good heart but what is that? Over time, that person might just as well as fall off the earth than to change. Why change? His deeds matters more to him than what he believes. Does it matter to you?
At the end of last week’s talk, we used a verse from Ps 51:10. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 神よ、わたしにきよい心を造り、ゆるがない霊を私のうちに新しくしてください。 I BELIEVE THAT IT TAKES A WORK OF GOD TO REALLY CHANGE THE HEART OF SOMEONE. What I believe in my heart drives what I do, not the other way around. And as we begin this series on What I Believe, we do need to ask the question: Why believe it anyway? What good does it do me?
LET’S LOOK AT THIS FROM THE START: Read Mark 9:14-29. The people ran to Jesus. He was an authority. We believe a great deal from authorities. Some people in authority lead those under them from the truth. Some in authority give sound advise. Studies show that sugar pills, or placebos, can alleviate or ease many symptoms if a sick person believes he is getting good treatment. Current research reveals that 1 in 3 people find such medication to be helpful--even when they are told they are getting a placebo. This illustrates the power of mind over body. It also shows that a belief may be temporarily effective, even when it isn't true.
I believe He wants us to make it. I believe He wants us to hold on. I believe He is waiting to work in us—once we get out of the way. Remember Jesus’ words in the Garden? Is it possible? Look at Mark 14:35~42. マルコ14:35-42 Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from Him. 36 “Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” こう言われた。「アッバ、父よ、あなたは何でもおできになります。この杯をわたしから取りのけてください。しかし、わたしが願うことではなく、御心に適うことが行われますように。」Three times—the same prayer! Didn’t He believe His Own Father?
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; On the third day He rose again;He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.AMEN.