A Reason a Non-believing World Is Not Convinced

If the world is little convinced that Jesus is God’s Son, it is due less to any apologetic deficiency and more to the disunity and dysfunction of our life together as the family of God. The Church’s failure in peacemaking is due in large measure to our failure as members to believe and appropriate the biblical truth that the Church is God’s family. Biblical peacemaking will only become firmly rooted in the Church when we recover the meaning and practice of the Church as the family of God.

Alfred Poirier, The Peacemaking Pastor (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006), 91.

Willing to Will as God Wills

Practical conformity to God’s will cannot be attained by our own efforts. We cannot will to will as God wills, but we can turn ourselves to Him and ask Him to put the power within us to subdue the evil conqueror, the rebels, and make us masters of our own troubled spirits. There is only one power that can draw us out of the land of rebellious disobedience where the famine and the rags are, and that is the convicting Spirit of God which is given to all them that desire Him and will lead them in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. If He be my God… and therefore longing to have me obedient, He will not withhold what is needed to make me so.

Alexander Maclaren in Wilbur M. Smith, Peloubet’s Select Notes on the International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching (Boston: W. A. Wilde Co., 1948), 287.