Inseparables

Some things are meant to go together. Only one sock or only one glove is next to useless. One cannot do the work of two.

For good health we need a balance of work and rest. Good communication involves both speaking and listening.

In the spiritual realm

We must believe in Jesus as both Son of God (divine) and Son of Man (human). We must have Him as both our Savior and our Lord—not Savior only (Luke 6:46).

Faith is dead without works (James 2:14-26). Hearing God’s word must be accompanied by obedience (James 1:21-25). Giving without love is of no profit (1 Corinthians 13:3).

The first commandment (Love God) cannot work without the second (Love your neighbor). Forgiveness from God cannot be separated from our willingness to forgive others (Matthew 18:21-35). And truth needs tact (Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Neither lacking

“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27).

What if we’re great in benevolence but lousy in morals? Or what if we are paragons of virtue but help no one? It is not either-or, but both-and.

While the pairs above are not a complete list, perhaps they can help us see where we need to place more emphasis in our lives.

The key is balance.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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The Balanced Life

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What balance requires

My dad balanced a sword on his chin while sitting in a chair on a ship in the Mediterranean! Keeping his eye on the sword, he kept his body moving to keep the sword vertical.

Balance requires constant attention and continual adjustment. And so with life.

Jesus spent time with people and alone with God. He taught both duty to God and man (Matthew 22:15-22, 35-40). He healed people’s bodies but also ministered to their souls. He was the perfect model of balance.

When balance is lacking

The Pharisees, in contrast, emphasized relatively minor things while neglecting higher priorities (Matthew 23:23). The results were not good.

May God help us recognize whenever we get out of balance, so we can adjust accordingly.

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