Advent Attitude Assessments: The Love Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this series of blogs we have been exploring four Christian virtues associated with the Advent season: hope, peace, joy, and love. Each one of these virtues—as Christian virtues—finds their full meaning and significance in Jesus’ ministry on earth. Without them we are at a clear disadvantage in dealing with trials and in demonstrating the reality of the gospel in our lives. I will conclude the series with some reflections on love. Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments: The Joy Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

When we face “trials of various kinds,” rejoicing is not our immediate, natural response. Moreover, while we are going through trials, we are not likely to feel blessed by someone immediately saying to us, “Rejoice!” And yet, James, Paul, and Peter are not uncomfortable writing about the joy imperative in the context of suffering. Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments: The Peace Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Do you (or your counselees) recognize the centrality of peace in the “calling you have received”? The saving of souls is meaningless if it does not promote the harmonization of hearts, because in God’s plan “there is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

The first assessment for hope has to do with how your (or your counselee’s) thoughts are anchored. Are they tied only to the reality of human limitations? Or are they tied to the trustworthy promises of God backed by his “incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19)? Continue reading