Over the past several weeks I was intending to write some post over various issues, such as the NPP and egalitarianism.  Each post would have been a response to books I’ve been reading or a brief conversation I had with a friend.  To post about the two topics isn’t inherently wrong, but for me, my heart’s intentions were driven by sin.  As I was diagramming the posts in my head (yeah I’m an internalizer ) I was noticing some common themes in my thoughts.

First, a lot of my thoughts were being based off of ungodly emotions.  What I mean by this is that my response to the two events had elements of anger and frustration as the driving force for the posts.  They wouldn’t have been full of grace, love and humility, even though the foundational premise for these posts was biblical.

Second, a lot of the thoughts were being directed at the persons rather than the principles of their arguments.  Pride was taken over my heart with the I’m better than you attitude.  If I went through with the two posts at that time they would have been man centered rather than gospel centered.

God is most gracious and I thank him for his always convicting gospel.  It’s amazing how blogging has been spiritual rewarding.  In all my reasons for taking up blogging, I never would’ve thought God would use it to reveal areas of sin in my life.

As I continue with blogging, hopefully more than what I’ve been doing, I think there are some (not exhausted) basic principles I should follow before I start outlining a post (And all of life for that matter).

1.  If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (2) Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  Col 3:1-2

2.  Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (6) On account of these the wrath of God is coming. (7) In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. (8) But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Col 3:5-8

3.  Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, (13) bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Col 3:12-13

4.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Col 3:14

5.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Col 3:15

6.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Col 3:16

7.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Col 3:17

8.  Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Eph 4:25

9.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, (27) and give no opportunity to the devil. Eph 4:26-27

10.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Eph 4:29

11.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Eph 4:31

12.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Eph 4:32

13.  So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  Matt 7:12

*All references are from the ESV.

I pray that our blogging will be glorifying to God!