What if Jesus had refused to forgive you?

The scripture for today, May 25 (5/25), is Galatians 5:25f as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

0-BK 7-ShadowOfDeath-Cover-new-Medium“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other.”

When someone is better than you in doing something, do you pick fights with them as punishment, or spread gossip about them in order to get others to quit respecting them? Do you become a persecutor?

Perhaps you don’t do this all the time. But what about times when there is something you feel you are really good at, but another person not as talented gets the honor? That’s when it’s hard to “keep in step with the Spirit.”

Someone else may say, “But they just barged in and didn’t ask my permission.  I can’t get rid of that hurt.”  When you sin, do you ask God’s permission before you do it? If you didn’t, do you think God “just can’t get rid of the hurt”? God treats you the way you treat others.

Whenever you envy or resent someone, deep down, you consider that person your enemy. Jesus said, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:44-45a). What are you willing to do to continue being a child of God?

To many, loving our enemy is the most difficult command in the Bible. Perhaps one way to love your “enemy” is to realize that Jesus loved his enemies. Every time you sin, you become one of his enemies. But Jesus keeps right on loving you, even when you don’t want to stop doing whatever you shouldn’t.

Jesus demonstrates the love of the Son of God. And here he says, if you love your enemies, you are demonstrating what the children of God do. And that is far more important than honor and respect that goes to those you envy or resent. Leaving behind conceit makes it much easier to love everyone.  Love everyone?  What an intriguing thought.

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Scripture for Tuesday, August 16 (8/16)

The scripture for today, August 16, is Romans 8:16 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

Life-Changing-Scriptures-Cover-medium“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”

This is so similar to the scripture of a few days ago on how to know if the Spirit is living in us. We can use the same approach to determined how the Spirit teaches us that we are God’s children.”

Once again, John 14:17 says the Comforter Jesus sent us was the Spirit of Truth. And Jesus said in John 17:17, God’s Word is Truth. So it is through God’s Word that we are taught how to become God’s children. We do not have to guess!

This is what is so wonderful about Christianity. The Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, Shaminist and many other religions leave the followers to guess because their “god” has given them no instructions.

Ninety-nine percent of them believe they are not children of God and saved because they can’t be perfect, so have to be reincarnated thousands of times to try to be perfect.

The Muslim religion says followers are slaves, and they won’t know until the Day of Judgment if their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds. In all other world religions, followers never know if they are children of God and saved.

Praise God! He has given us The Map, the Way ~ the Holy Bible, God’s Word in written form. Such solace. Such comfort. Such reassurance.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU READ THE BIBLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH?

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The scripture for today, May 9 (5/9), is Matthew 5:9 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”

Jesus, the only begotten Son of God (Christians are adopted sons) was a peacemaker.  He came to earth to help us make peace with God.  After all, “all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  It only takes one sin to be a sinner.  And God cannot dwell with sin.  What was the solution?

Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death.  In Old Testament times, God let people kill a perfect animal in their place.  But they kept having to do it.  Finally, Jesus came to earth and lived that perfect life that is impossible for us to live ~ the perfect lamb of God ~ then he allowed himself to take our punishment for our (not his) sins and be killed in our place.  His was the final sacrifice.  Now, by following Jesus, God adopts us and makes us his children.  Jesus was a peacemaker between God and man.

You, too, can be a peacemaker.  You can help people be at peace with themselves.  You can help them be at peace with each other.  And you can help them be at peace with God.  Thereby, you can share in what God’s begotten Son was ~ a peacemaker.