God made you, just so He could spend all of eternity with you.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. –Philippians 4:4
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content–Philippians 4:11
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. –Philippians 4:13
It always amazes me when people talk about God, Jesus, and the Bible that they think there are so many hoops they have to jump through. People say, there’s no way I can be a Christian. There’s too many rules, you have to be perfect. Perfect? Now, there’s a tall order.
No where, in my Bible, have I ever found the “perfect” rule.
Even Jesus said, why do you call Me good, there is only one that is good and that is God. If Jesus, who was perfect, can say that, well then, there is hope for us after all.
The 1 step that can save your life. Trust in Jesus Christ and ask for His forgiveness. It says so right there in Romans 10:9 to be exact(among other places in the Bible), true story, look it up. Ok, but how do I do that, you ask? Well, right in the back of my Bible there is a prayer.
When you are ready to save your life, just read it.
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin and only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven.
I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank You, Lord Jesus for saving me. Amen.
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth. –Psalms 124:8
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. –Philippians 2:3
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. –Philippians 2:10-11
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. –Philippians 2:13
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.–Ephesians 6:10
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. –Ephesians 6:16
Today while I was reading and typing up the verses to post, the realization hit me that, more times than not, these verses step all over my toes, as the old expression goes.
God always finds a way to point out, to me, right where I am struggling, and what I need to do to fix it, and help me on the journey to be the person that He wants me to be. I mean, I want to be good, be kind, be tenderhearted, be forgiving.
Key words there “want to be” but just because I want to be, doesn’t mean that is what I end up being.
It’s hard when, you feel, you have been wronged, or that someone has hurt your feelings, taken advantage of you, whatever the case may be, to just be kind and forgive them.
To be nice, to not defend yourself, or lash out and do what you feel would equal the score, so to speak.
But if we pause for a moment and give inventory to ALL the things we have done in our lives to offend or hurt others, and yet God forgave us those trespasses.
Then why do we get so mad, angry, upset, etc, when someone comes along and hurts or angers us? What is the saying about shoe being on the other foot?
The more I read my Bible, the more I find that I don’t get so hurt or angry.
It would be a lie to say that I don’t get hurt or angry because I do, sometimes daily but more and more it’s not as severe, or volatile, or long-lasting. I have done wrong things in my life, wronged others, myself, and to probably people that I didn’t even realize I was hurting, and yet God loves me and forgave me.
He only wants me to do the same for others. He wants us to show everyone in this world, all our brothers and sisters through Him, the same love and forgiveness that he has shown us.
Forgiving trespasses that we feel someone has committed against us, not only helps us, it helps the person that we feel hurt us. Forgiving keeps you happy, succeeding, and growing. It allows you to focus on the good things that you have in your life and not the little things that, in the long run, really don’t matter.
We can’t control what people do to us, but one thing is for sure, we can control how we react to it, and the control we let it have on us. In doing so we share the love and forgiving that God has given to us.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. –Ephesians 4:5-6
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. –Ephesians 4:31-32