Article Display
Email  |  My Account  |  Donate
One of the most important decisions you will ever make, and one of the great keys to living a successful Christian life, is to live out of love of God on the inside of you.
You are probably aware of "The Grinch That Stole Christmas." He was a mean-spirited creature who was determined to ruin Christmas and rob the joy of the people in Who-ville. Even though the Grinch was able to steal their toys and gifts, he found that the people of Who-ville had a great sense of resiliency, and were able to celebrate the holiday in spite of his activity against them.

There are Grinches that all of us have to deal with—people who will steal our joy if we let them. Some outstanding believers have shared some rich insights on how to keep a right attitude when dealing with such Grinches:
The great Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, was once robbed. The thieves took everything of value that he had. Later that evening he wrote in his diary these words, "I am thankful that during these years I have never been robbed before. Also, even though they took my money, they did not take my life. Although they took all I had, it was not much. Finally, I am grateful that it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."

Oswald Chambers said, "To see that my adversary gives me my rights is natural; but…from our Lord's standpoint it does not matter if I am defrauded or not; what does matter is that I do not defraud."

Jonathon Edwards, a leader in the Great Awakening in the early days of this country said, "Resolved: that all men should live to the glory of God. Resolved second: that whether others do or not, I will."
The attitude these men presented in these statements is what enabled them to remain open vessels, both in receiving and transmitting God's love and power to others.

One of the most important decisions you will ever make, and one of the great keys to living a successful Christian life, is to live out of love of God on the inside of you. If we don't develop this as a skill and a discipline, we will most likely end up merely reacting to others based on their behavior. When we do this, we are no longer in control of our actions; we are truly allowing someone else to control us.

Don't let someone else's problem become your problem! Don't let their sin get you into sin! Don't let their carnality cause you to act carnally. Don't live your life reacting to the problems of someone else's flesh. Live your life responding to the power of God's love on the inside of you!

Tony Cooke Ministries
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Tony Cooke
Web site: Tony Cooke Ministries
Since 2002, Tony and Lisa have traveled full-time with an assignment of “Strengthening Churches and Leaders.” Tony’s passion for teaching the Bible has taken him to forty-six states and twenty-six nations. Tony, and Lisa reside in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and are the parents of two adult children, Laura and Andrew.

About Us

The online ministry of cfaith has been helping people discover faith, friends and freedom in the Word since 2000. Cfaith provides a unique and comprehensive collection of faith-building resources for the worldwide faith community.

At cfaith, you can strengthen your faith and deepen your understanding of the Word of God by digging into the vast collection of teaching articles, streaming audio and video messages, and daily devotionals. No other website offers such a unique and extensive collection of spiritual-growth resources aimed at helping you grow in your knowledge of the Word.




Support Us

Why support cfaith?

(All contributions are 100% tax deductible)


For every Internet search you make using
goodsearch, cfaith will receive one penny!

GS Logo 250x38

Contact Us

Business Hours:

Monday—Friday: 9 a.m.—5 p.m. CST
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


(763) 488-7800 or (800) 748-8107

Mailing Address:
9201 75th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


Login Form

Please ignore the “Secret Key” field; it is not needed to log in to cfaith.

Login Change Article

You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.