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Finding the Good and Finding Peace #EverybodyAngry #TooMuchStrife

It seems like everybody is always angry about something these days. Maybe that’s just because everybody’s opinion is laid out there on social media all the time.

In days past when somebody was upset about something you didn’t hear about it unless you saw them in person or called them on the phone.

Now each day I can scroll through my Twitter feed and find a couple of good meltdowns over absolutely nothing. Seriously good meltdowns with full face contort.

I’m certain most of these meltdowns have to be fake melts to get attention. People trying to find something to be angry about so they can get a reaction from their followers or friends.

Maybe they earn money per click because many times the fake meltdown is occurring on the timeline of a “respected” member of the media with a link to a story on an affiliated site which then contains ads.

Folks, don’t let faux anger and purposeful misunderstanding of words, perpetrated by other people, make you also angry.

We should all try to live with the belief that everyone has good intent when they say or do something. Assume positive intent unless confirmed otherwise.

This will help you to have a positive outlook, reduce anxiety and avoid countless misunderstandings.

In Philippians, Paul writes to tell the church to work together in harmony and then tells them how to do that in chapter 4.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:4‭-‬9 NASB

Derive strength from your storm by faith in knowing that God has a plan

Derive strength from your storm by faith in knowing that God has a plan.

“My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.”
Proverbs 3:1‭-‬8 NASB
http://bible.com/100/pro.3.1-8.NASB

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

How do we love?

Sometimes when you read a Bible verse you have questions about how you actually comply with what the verse is telling you to do. You may even wonder to what level you should take what is being stated.

We see that God has told us, in Mark 12, to love our neighbor, and He qualifies it by saying “as yourself”. That’s fairly clear.

This week I believe we have seen this type of love demonstrated many times. Hurricane Harvey has allowed people to share love with their neighbors in ways that they may have never shown love before.

I would guess that there are many neighbors that didn’t even know each others names before this week. I’ve been guilty if that myself.

In John 15 Jesus says that the greatest love is shown when one lays his life down for a friend. That’s what Jesus did for us. I know I’ve read stories of this type of love being displayed in Texas and Louisiana this week.

We should all take this as an example of how we are to live. Showing love toward our neighbor shouldn’t be a one time event or a regional event brought on by a tragic large scale situation. It should be part of who we are on a consistent basis.

We may never get a chance to show love like the folks affected by Harvey. But our neighbors have needs that we can help remedy in many ways. Emotional, spiritual, physical or financial needs that we can help eliminate if we are loving them.

I’m an introverted person. I get it. Talking to people I dont know is really awkward. Especially when the other person isn’t a talker. We will all have to get around that road block together.

Bible verse references:

“One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear , O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord ; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart , and with all your soul , and with all your mind, and with all your strength .’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself .’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28‭-‬31 NASB

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.
John 15:9‭-‬14 NASB

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Let us Love one Another, because Love is from God

Simple truths found in 1 John 4:

  1. Love is from God
  2. Everyone who knows God will love
  3. Those who do not love, does not know God
  4. God is love
  5. Jesus came because God loved us
  6. If you say you love God but hate your neighbor, you are a LIAR!

“Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us. This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit. And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God — God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, for we are as He is in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother.”
1 John 4:1‭-‬21 HCSB

I am currently reading:

Sharing Jesus (without freaking out)
Sharing Jesus (without freaking out): Evangelism the Way You Were Born to Do It