Bruce Who was F. Bruce and why was he important? Bruce was one of the most influential evangelical scholars of the second half of the twentieth century. His importance comes from the fact that in a time when the academic community looked down upon Evangelicals, Bruce demonstrated that worthwhile academic work could be done by a scholar holding evangelical views. At the same time, Bruce persuaded Evangelicals that they should not turn their backs on academic methods of Bible study, even if the results might differ from traditional evangelical views.
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After all, they love us back. Whatever positive things we do for them, we can trust will be returned to us in one form or other. It is very easy to love these types of people.
It is very difficult to pray for people who repay your kindness with evil. But if we want to change our attitude about people who displease us, annoy us, or hate us, we need to pray for them. A lot of us would rather shy away from this. Talk about a tall order. Otherwise, the results will be very predictable. Instead of forgiveness, understanding, love, and acceptance, we can only think of and act out revenge, getting even, and paying back. He is very familiar with that side of us. Instead, he wants to give us the opportunity to trust in him and place our faith in him.
A Change of Heart and Attitude When we pray for our enemies, people who annoy us, and people who do us wrong, we are exercising faith.
We are trusting that Jesus will give us the strength to do what he wants us to do-love our enemies. When we trust, we set in motion a chain of events that lead to our transformation from within. When we trust that Jesus will carry us through, regardless of what he has asked us to do, we will get the strength we need to do his will.
This is the case in praying for those we dislike. Eventually, they stop bothering or annoying us. They stop causing us to stumble. And all it takes is trusting in the Lord and letting him work his changes in our hearts.
F. F. Bruce Quote – 7 Truths About God’s Encompassing Love and Blessing
Shelves: religion There are some interesting nuggets and some dry interpretations. It probably works better as a devotional or a read-with-breakfast sort of thing rather than a book to just sit down and read straight through. Sep 19, Greg Dill rated it really liked it Many of those who listened to Jesus during His earthly ministry and those who read His words in the Gospels today find many of His teachings hard to understand and difficult to live by. Jesus taught many things that ran against the grain of society and were counter to the culture of His day. His teachings truly were radical.
The hard sayings of Jesus
After all, they love us back. Whatever positive things we do for them, we can trust will be returned to us in one form or other. It is very easy to love these types of people. It is very difficult to pray for people who repay your kindness with evil. But if we want to change our attitude about people who displease us, annoy us, or hate us, we need to pray for them.
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