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I’ve heard the word grace used a number of times when describing several individuals recently. You may think that’s a strange word to use, but if you knew the people concerned I’m sure you’d agree that they are great examples of God’s grace.

Maybe you don’t know what I mean by that, well let me explain.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

These verses from the bible describe God’s grace better than I could ever define it. Those who possess God’s grace have the following qualities

  • humble
  • always available and willing to help those in need
  • forgives without question
  • shares their love of God with others
  • supports and encourages others
  • expects nothing in return from anyone
  • show real love to everyone unconditionally

I’m sure there are plenty of other words/phrases you can think of to describe someone you know who are filled with God’s grace.

I pray that I may try to gain some of these characteristics, and in doing so can be become a great example of God’s grace working in someone’s life.

Words I’m sure we’ve all heard and sung many times, but do you still believe them!

God is amazing, not only did he make each one of us, he continues to care for each of us. No matter how many times we disappoint God, or even turn our back on Him, he still loves us. That is the reason why when we put our faith back in God we are no longer blind, because we see how much he loves us, and believe in Him once again.

Let’s make sure we continue to believe those wonderful words by John Newton, because God’s love is amazing!

Here’s one of my favourite songs which features those words by John Newton.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu Off The Racetrack From Color-blind to Color-kind

Being kind to someone isn’t just about being nice to them. As the above quote says, being kind to someone many emotions or feelings in the person who experiences your kindness.

Kindness starts by showing someone unconditional love, and that gives the receiver the confidence that they can trust you. And when you trust someone love shines through.

Be kind to others, because isn’t that how you’d want others to treat you?

Life can often make us question whether God cares, or even whether he exists. But as the song There Will Be God reminds us, no matter what happens, there is always love, there is always hope, and most importantly, God is always there!

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve found myself thinking about my life now, and how that compares to what my life was like when I was much younger.

In doing that, I’ve wondered, if I was able to give my younger self some advice or information to help them, what would that be. So today I want to share with you another three bits of advise I’d want to give my younger self:

  1. Love, laugh and enjoy life – you only get one chance at it
  2. Spend as much time as possible with those you love, because you never know when it might be the last time you see or speak to them
  3. Forgive and forget as no good can come out of holding grudges

How about you, what advise would you give your younger self?

When there seems no hope at all, remember, there is God!

God can calm every storm, rid us of all fears, give us hope for the future, and love us always. There is no-one else who can give us all those things, so there is no reason not to have faith in God.

What’s your trademark?

A trademark is normally a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. However imagine you could come up with a trademark for yourself.

I wonder whether the trademark you’d come up with would allow others to easily realise it was your trademark.

I pray the way I leave others feeling after any interaction or encounter with me, is a positive one. So I hope my trademark would show others first and foremost that I am a Christian and that I am therefore a trustworthy, compassionate and loving person.

We talk a lot about how much we should believe in God, and how we want to live more like Jesus each day. But do our words and our actions show others that we love God?

We can say we’re a Christian, we can go to church regularly, we can go through the motions of being a Christian, but if we’ve not given our heart to God, we can never truly live our lives as God wants us to.

Do your words and actions show others you believe in Christ?

I pray that the way I live my life, will reflect that I love God.

Obsessed

Unable to stop thinking about something; having a complete preoccupation with someone or something, to an extent that seems extreme to others.

Obsessions come in lots of different forms

  • dieting
  • going to the gym, fitness, sporting activities
  • trying to keep looking youthful
  • health supplements
  • working
  • being the best at everything
  • religion

While the description above of being obsessed may seem quite extreme, obsessions do not need to be bad things. In fact, once we acknowledge our obsessions and know when they’re taking over our daily activities, we’ve regained control.

Having said that, I hope that others can see I am obsessed with God, because I love Him, and I know He loves me. I therefore try to do all I can to repay God’s love for me each day but living my life for Him. That I know to some, may seem like I am obsessed, but to me, it’s no obsession, it’s simply my way of repaying God for all He’s done for me.

I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve found myself thinking about my life now, and how that compares to what my life was like when I was much younger.

In doing that, I’ve wondered, if I was able to give my younger self some advice or information to help them, what would that be. So today I want to share with you three bits of advise I’d want to give my younger self:

  1. Don’t be so concerned about showing your emotions, they show you’re human, and that you care!
  2. Hug those you love and tell them daily how much you love them, as tomorrow is not guaranteed.
  3. Trust God, no matter what situations you’re going through.

How about you, what advise would you give your younger self?