Monday, September 25, 2017

Candor in the Christian Walk

You can check out the start of this series here, here, and here.

Today's musing is based on the Divergent series' faction of Candor and what godly traits can be seen in their faction. Once more, I wonder what Bible verses, books of the Bible, and people in the Bible would be favored by Candor folk. What songs in the hymnal would they be drawn to? Let's jump right in.

Candor's Favorite Verses:
Theme Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:6 "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth"

They would also like these verses:
Psalm 25:5 Guide me in truth and teach me. This would be their prayer.
Proverbs 12:12 God detests lying lips, but delights in the trustworthy.
Proverbs 27:6 We should trust wounds from friends, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
John 8:31-32 Hold to his teaching and know truth. The truth will set you free.
John 14:6 Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Their favorite book would probably be Ecclesiastes for saying the hard truths about meaningless life or any of the prophets for speaking the truth.

Candor's favorite person in the Bible would have to be any prophet for speaking God's (unpopular) truths, but at the same time, they would love Jesus because A) He called out sins in the lives of the religious hypocrites and B) He literally said "I am the Truth."

When it comes to their favorite songs (from the Nazarene Hymnal Sing to the Lord), I imagine Candor liking the following songs:

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow (#612): This song speaks the truth of not knowing the future or understanding tomorrow.

The Solid Rock (#436): Lean on Jesus (the Truth). Stand on Him. All of ground sinks. Put your hope in Him (the Truth).

Where He Leads, I'll Follow (#481) He is our example and pattern, so  we should follow Him.

A Candor Prayer: May I be honest and truthful. May I be known to have Your integrity. May I follow Jesus' way since He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

I look in the Bible and I do see how the honesty that Candor values can be a godly trait. Maybe I should join them in their prayer to be truthful like Christ.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Amity in the Christian Walk

The first part of this series is here and the second part is here.

Today's musing is based on the Divergent series' faction of Amity and what godly traits can be seen in their faction. Once more, I wonder what Bible verses, books of the Bible, and people in the Bible would be favored by Amity folk. What songs in the hymnal would they be drawn to? Let's jump right in.

Amity's Favorite Verses:
Theme Verses: Romans 12:13-18 This passage commands believes to share with those in need, practice hospitality, bless cursers, rejoice with rejoicers, mourn with mourners, live in harmony, associate with all regardless of position, and live at peace. It fits their ideals quite well.

They would also like these verses:
Psalm 119:63 talks about being a friend to those who fear God & follow His laws.
Psalm 122:8 says that for the sake of family and friends, they say peace be with you.
Proverbs 17:9 says that anyone who would foster love covers over offenses. If someone repeats a matter, it can separate close friends.
Proverbs 17:17 says that a friend loves at all times (but a brother is born for adversity).
Proverbs 18:24 says that unreliable friends lead to ruin, but there is a friend that is closer than a brother.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says that love is patient & kind. It is not envious, boastful, or self-seeking. It does not dishonor others, get easily angered, or keep a records of wrongs.
1 John 4:11 says that God loves us, so we should love each other.

Their favorite book would probably be Ruth. She's loyal & stays with Naomi. Both women give up their preferences for social harmony.

Amity's favorite person in the Bible would have to be Jesus. He was called a friend of sinners and welcomed diverse people into His group.

When it comes to their favorite songs (from the Nazarene Hymnal Sing to the Lord), I imagine them singing these songs as they harvest their farms together:

For the Beauty of the Earth (#776): This is a song rejoicing in creation as they farm & celebrate relationships.

For the Fruit of All Creation (#773): This is a song that is thankful for the harvest & farming process. They help their neighbors and share the harvest.

All Creatures of Our God & King (#77): This is a song that celebrates with creation and calls for us to forgive others.

An Amity Prayer: May I yield my desires to the group. May I seek unity & harmony over being right or having it my way. May I follow Jesus' way of friendship with and compassion for the lost.

I look in the Bible and I do see how the harmony that Amity values can be a godly trait. Maybe I should join them in their prayer to be a friend like Christ.