‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ‘ Romans 15:13
When men act like Godly men everyone wins.
Families are strong. Communities flourish. The local church is active as designed by God. And those truly in need are taken care of.
But passivity forced upon men by a godless culture has corrupted the view of proper manhood.
As men we must speak up and speak to. It’s hard. I know it’s hard because I want to just keep quiet and mind my own business most of the time. But often times that isn’t what we should do.
We become passive and disengaged because of fear really. We fear ridicule. We fear being ostracized. We fear being labeled something we are not.
But if we put ourselves last and stop worrying about what others may do to us or how we will be treated, then that is when He (God) will lift us up.
Put God first, family second, and put yourself third. And as we put Him first He will be the source of our strength and supply.
We have to live knowing that we do so for His glory always.
Be peaceful not passive. Stand up for what’s right. Stand strong for the truth in the face of opposition and fear. Pull courage from the source of strength that is our faith in Jesus Christ. Be a man after God’s own heart.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Colossians 3:16 NASB
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
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
John 14:27 NASB
I read this in my reading plan today, “Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know”, in the YouVersion Bible app. I believe this to be a well timed coincidence.
“The word Jerusalem in Hebrew isYerushalayim which is made up of two Hebrew words; yeru which means “you will see” and shalom which means “the peace of God”. So Jerusalem is supposed to be the place where you will see the peace of God.”
In the Book of Revelation we read that the followers of God will live in a “new Jerusalem” in God’s Kingdom – and we will see the peace of God. Jesus told his followers that “… the Kingdom of God is within you”, which means the “peace of God” is within us.”