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This picture was shared on Facebook by Nicky Gumbel, but I wanted to share it here so that those of you who haven’t seen it, get the chance to see this.

The question from this statement is how do we stay ‘Calm in your heart’ when you’re in the midst of noise or trouble?

There is only one way to achieve calm at all times, and that is by giving everything you fear, everything you face, all your troubles, to God, and leave them with Him. In doing that we can be assured that He will look after us, and help and guide us through any challenges or troubles we may face.

So when you need to calm your heart, turn to God.

A few days ago I came across a t-shirt I’d bought at a concert, and on the back of it it said, “I’ve been waiting…for so long””.

My first question is, do you know what concert I’d have bought that t-shirt at?

Secondly I want to ask you, what are you waiting for?

We spend a lot of time waiting don’t we, in queue, for someone to arrive or depart, for something to start or finish, maybe wait for someone to tell us how they feel about us, exam results, or wait for news of a loved one… the list is endless.

What about God? Have you waiting for him to answer your prayers? Are you still waiting for him to answer your prayers?

If you haven’t already accepted God into your life, it’s not too late, because he is still waiting for you. God waits for each one of us to turn to him, and he will wait forever if that’s how long it takes us to acknowledge him as our Lord.

What simple thing do you think we could all give others?

Inclusion!

There is nothing worse than being physically part of something, but still feeling like you are excluded from activities or events. That’s why making sure we include those who are maybe always on the periphery of a group, or never volunteer to participate in events etc, is something we can do to help everyone feel they belong. It can be as simple as just including them in something they wouldn’t normally be part of.

How many times have you found yourself in this scenario?

Once again today, I want to remind you how much we need to be like children in our daily life – quickly forgetting conflicts so we can just forgive and move on. Don’t be stubborn, be forgiving and don’t stay sitting back to back.

Have you ever stopped and thought what it would be like to be completely on your own, with all your family and friends have passed away?

That sounds such an awfully lonely place doesn’t it?

Well sadly there are many people in our world who find themselves in exactly those circumstances today. I wonder, what can we do to help them, so that they realise they are not on their own, and in fact are loved?

There are in fact many ways we can help people in our local communities who feel alone – Here’s a few suggestions:

  • We can become a volunteer in an organisation which helps the lonely and vulnerable people in your area.
  • We can give monetary donations to charities whose aim is to help or befriend those who feel alone.
  • We can pop in and visit people we know who are at risk of feeling alone – the elderly, those who have been bereaved of their life partner, single parents etc

As well as these suggestions, we can pray, because I believe praying for someone is the best thing we can do for someone.

If I were to ask you what it means to be a Christian, what would your answer be?

Here’s one great description of what it means to be a Christian:

Yes, God has, and continues to, forgive us of every sin we have ever committed, no matter how bad those sins may be. If God can forgive us of anything and everything, how can we possible justify not forgiving others for things they say or do which hurt us?

God loves us and forgives us, therefore we must love other and forgive them when they hurt us or let us down. It’s difficult, but if we ask God to help us, we can do it!

God is our heavenly Father, and just as any Father would, he loves us unconditionally. Even when we fail or disappoint Him, God still loves us.

Just as God loves us unconditionally, we too should love others “just because”. So let’s try to show unconditional love to others.

God forgives us no matter what we’ve done. If God can forgive us of anything, why can we not forgive others when they hurt us?

That makes it sound as if it should be really easy to forgive others, doesn’t? But in reality when someone hurts us really badly it can take incredible strength and character to forgive them and move on or that you can trust them again.

How do we gain that strength and character to be that person? By being a true Christian, after all Jesus told us to:

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over.” ~ Luke 6:37 (The Passion Translation)

I pray today that God will help each of us to do as Jesus told us, to stop judging and criticising others, but instead forgive them.

“And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”

Matthew 6:14-15 (The Passion Translation)

In Again and Again yesterday I told you how God forgives us over and over again when we hurt him. But as the above extract from Matthew’s gospel we are reminded that although God is willing to forgive us over and over again, we must give Him something in return – We must also be willing to forgive those who hurt us, even though that can be one of the most difficult things we ever do.

When we forgive others, we act more like Christ, and so we show God that we want to be more like Him. So remember, to be forgiven we must also forgive.

That’s true isn’t it, because if you don’t recognise the things you are not so good at, or the things you can’t do, how can you ever hope to improvement on them?

Therefore take some time to fully examine all you do, identify the areas of your life that you’re not so proud of, or know you can do better at, and then make them the areas you concentrate on to improve. You can improve everything in your life, if you understand firstly what’s not quite right about it, and then make a plan to improve on it.

Good luck!