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Did you go to church today?

If so did you go ready and willing to hear God speak to you, or did you go with your mind full of the events of the past week, or were you thinking about what lies ahead for you this coming week?

If we go to church but aren’t open and willing to hear God’s message, why do we go? Out of habit, to meet our friends or family, out of duty or something else?

Go to church, be open to God’s message and then live church every day of your life.

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Posted: November 13, 2017 in friendship, life, quotes, Relationships
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We get upset when others talk about us behind our backs or in a derogatory way, so why do we still talk about others in the same way!

Talk about others as if they were present ~ Nicky Gumbel

I pray today that we may each become more respectful towards others, and never talk about anyone is a way we wouldn’t want anyone to talk about us.

In a day we all utter a lot of words, but here’s something to consider – how many of the words you uttered today were said with sincerity and meaning and how many were simply words you said because they were what you thought others wanted to hear?

I’m sure we’ve all fallen victim to hollow words from others and have also been guilty of says things that haven’t come from our heart. Here’s an example – how many people have ever said to you if ever you need anything day or night just give me a call? I wonder how many of them would actually answer their phone if we were to call them in the middle of the night?

Gods words are always from the heart and are always sincere, so as he tells us to come to him, he really does mean whenever and wherever we are.

There are thousands and thousands of words in the English language, but isn’t it funny how we still can’t find the right ones sometimes.

If a friend is hurt or upset by someone else it’s not easy to know how to make them feel better about themselves.

When someone is bereaved it can be hard to know what to say to them, not because we don’t care, but because we understand their pain and heartache.

Likewise, when struggling with life in general, telling someone just to ‘give themselves a shake’ or ‘snap out of it’ is not helpful, however it doesn’t make finding the right words any easier either.

When we are that person I described above who’s in need of help or support, it can difficult for us also to find words to explain how we feel. Unfortunately others can’t fully understand our feelings/emotions or what’s in our heart if we can find the words to express them. However God can!

Even when we are silent and find we have no words of prayer to say to God, He knows and understands what’s in our heart and on our minds. He will therefore take those unspoken prayers and answer them in His own way and in His own time.

Here’s a song which expresses all those thoughts/feelings perfectly:

I know when I’m told to do something, it depends who tells me, and how they tell, whether I’m likely to do what they’ve asked or not. Likewise I’m sure just like everyone else,  I was probably more likely not to do what my parents asked me to do when I was young.

I grew up being taken to the Salvation Army, being taught right from wrong, learning about God and reading the bible. So how come I didn’t rebel against the things I was being told about God?

I know the answer to that one! It’s because while initially I just went along with what I was being told as that was what was expected of me, I did experience God working in my life.

When I was uncertain and felt God wasn’t there, God showed me the way. When I turned away from Him, He waited for me to realise I was lost and then turned back to Him. When I needed comfort, He was always there to comfort me.

I’m not a Christian because anyone ever told me too, I’m a Christian because I’ve experienced God’s presence in my life. I am grateful for all those who taught me about God and started me on my Christian journey when I was a young child.

Imagine we lived in a world where rather than talk about others behind their back, we talked to them!

Imagine a world where rather than fighting those who have different beliefs from us, we talked to them!

Maybe we can change the world, simply by talking to one another

A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other. ~ Nicky Gumbel

Once again news of another shooting in America hit the news headlines on Sunday night. Just about the time I heard of this latest atrocity, I read the following by Nicky Gumbel, and never did these words seem more appropriate:

You are never more like God than when you are helping hurting people, lifting up the fallen and restoring the broken.

Please join me in praying for the family and friends of all those caught up in the events at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas last night.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18

When someone hurts you, is it easy to forgive them?

Sometimes it can be easy to forgive someone when it’s obvious they are genuinely sorry for whatever they have said or done to hurt you.

What about when the person who hurt you isn’t sorry?

God forgives us when we do or say things which hurt Him, and so must we – be the bigger person and forgive those who hurt you.

Sadly, many in this world are more concerned with looking after themselves, than helping others.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

I pray today that I will always try and help others.

Jesus was always willing to help others no matter who they were or where they were. If you see someone in need, how willing are you to stop and help?

I suspect you’re probably thinking about what you’d do if you were walking along a street and came across someone in need of help. However what about those who are sitting right beside you just now, have you taken a minute to consider whether they are in need?

I don’t necessarily mean are they in need of food or shelter – but are they in need of support…someone to talk to…someone to give them a hug…

It can often be those closest to us that are most in need. But it can also be those closest to us that we are least likely to notice that something is wrong.

However, when we do look after the physical or emotional needs of others, we can consider it valuable work.

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me ~ Matthew 25:40