January 18, 2011

What's in a name?

- excerpted from "To Live is Christ" daily devotional by Beth Moore. I'm loving the simplicity and depth of her thoughts today.

"And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."
- Acts 11:26

What a great word: Christian -
an emotional word causing one man joy and another man fury, causing one man peace and another man turmoil.

A dividing word unceasingly drawing a line. Either a man is or he is not; he is either for or against.

A uniting word, drawing together unlikely pairs in workplaces and neighborhoods over one single bond.

A defining word for which countless people have lived and countless people have died.

Christian was a label coined by unbelievers as a form of ridicule. How beautifully God stole the victory from Satan. The very word used as a mockery became the greatest privilege a man could boast.

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