Psalm 41:3 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
If you are a Christian, who is carrying a heavy load that God hasn’t seen fit to lighten or remove, don’t give in to bitterness, rebellion, or self-pity.
When your emotions well up, as they inevitably will, think about apostle Paul. He had an affliction that God never saw fit to remove. Be honest with God, he understands. As long as you keep your life open to him, your affliction will never touch your heart.
Hope is like a fire; it needs fuel to keep going. Many people around us have lost hope. So, it’s our responsibility to help them rekindle the flame of hope. Often, all it takes is a spark of encouragement.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)Bible Gateway
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
There is hope for the hopeless in Jesus Christ
Romans 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear Jesus, I know I am one of many sheep in Your pasture. But the reason I call today is to say thanks for how You’ve loved and tenderly cared for me.
Your grace toward me cannot be measured. And your mercies are endless. Teach me how to honor You with all areas of my life. Help me not to forget where You brought me from.
I am your child forever
We showcase God’s love when we are willing to help others without any prompting. Some of us can give a good speech about God’s love. But when it comes to demonstrating God’s love, we fall short.
The gospel according to 1John 3:18 states:
Let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth.
It doesn’t matter where you come from; the life you live reflect who you are. Some of us may try to fake it, but in due time the real you will reveal itself.
So, as Christians, it is in our best interest to live our lives within the boundaries of the teachings of Jesus Christ. We must not forget that even though we are living in this world, we are not of this world.
We are special. The great apostle, Peter, writes the following:
1 Peter 2:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
9 You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
And because we are a peculiar people who have had our unique Damascus road experiences. Jesus calls us the light of the world and the salt of the earth. And God has set apart to carry out work. Therefore, we must live our lives accordingly.
In his letter to the Church in Ephesus, Apostle Paul writes the following:
Ephesians 4 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
4 As a prisoner for the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.