The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. (KJV) ( Proverbs 15:28 )
Big questions require thoughtful responses. Better to pause, pray and find the right words when facing a tricky situation. When we rush to reply in haste, we often make matters worse. God knows sometimes our first inclinations are not our best ones. Time gives us the chance to find wisdom in difficulty.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (KJV) ( Ezekiel 36:26 )
Does being “good enough” for God feel impossible? The truth is, on our own we can never do enough good to measure up to God’s standards. God realizes our great need for Him! When we accept Him into our lives, He graciously offers us a new heart and spirit. It’s only by His strength we can serve our great God!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (KJV) ( 1 Peter 5:8 )
This world is a dangerous place. There is a real, ugly, no good adversary out there trying to push us off course. Stay alert! Always being mindful of the choices you are making. Grow godly community around you and enlist their help in finding wisdom for your life. Pray for God’s protection as you go through your day. Without His hand on our lives, evil awaits us.
Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. (KJV) ( Ecclesiastes 8:15 )
God wants us to eat, drink and be merry. He wants us to embrace life. But He also knows that life on earth comes with challenges, roadblocks and hardships. It’s a perfectly designed system of peaks and valleys, and it’s our memory of the valleys that lifts us up when we experience the peaks. Without those valleys, the route to our Heavenly Father would take longer to reach.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (NIV) ( James 3:13-14 )
We all possess some degree of selfishness. The important thing is to acknowledge it and let others know of your intentions. People will be more understanding if you reveal it rather than hide it. If you feel strong enough to mirror God’s ways, change your direction by giving time and money to those less fortunate than yourself. If you don’t feel strong enough, ask God for the strength.
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. (KJV) ( Proverbs 20:3 )
Do you seek pride through being right when you argue? Quarreling doesn’t bring God praise or glory. Affirm your honor by avoiding a fight. By doing so, God will bring peace to both parties. The next time you find yourself treading closely to a fight, test your honor. Can you back down without losing your honor?
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (KJV) ( Proverbs 4:18 )
Our lives have so much potential. When we choose to live godly lives we have the chance to tell a beautiful story that grows in impact up till the day we meet Jesus face to face. Choose the path of the just and watch and see as God uses you to be His light in the lives of others!
And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? (KJV) ( james 2:3-4 )
When we become Christ followers, we must live as God requires, showing no favoritism and loving all people. Let’s not judge others or their status in Christ by their economic means or any other prejudice. God has fearfully and wonderfully made each person. As believers we should show everyone the love of Christ in all our interactions.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (KJV) ( Matthew 5:46-47 )
As God’s people, we are representatives of the difference He has made in our lives. If we behave the way nonbelievers do, how does this glorify God? It’s often difficult and ironic to love those who have hurt you in some way, whether it’s a coworker or even your father or mother. However, it’s amazing how much peace comes to you when you learn to replace resentment with love.