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And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them. ~ Ephesians 4:29 (TPT)

Have you noticed how some people bring out the worst in you, no matter what they say or do?

No matter how annoyed or upset we are, we should always be in control of what we say or do. It can take  a lot to stay calm and collected when those around you are shouting, angry or upsetting you. However when we stay calm and focused, we stay realistic, and so we’re then able to offer helpful advice to those around us.

Be patient, be calm, and stay focused on God, because He can give you the words you need in all situations to give helpful advice and encouragement to others.

Imitate

Posted: September 18, 2019 in belief, bible, Employment, life, music, religion, words
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If you want to be the best footballer in the world, what do you do? Do you try and copy the dribbling, shooting or defensive skills of the player you consider to be the nest in the world?

If you want to become the best at your job, how to you achieve that? Do you go on training courses, to learn the best way to do things?

Ephesians 5:1 (The Passion Translation)

Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters.

If you want to become like Christ, we must, as it says in Ephesians, “be imitators of God”. But here’s my question to you, are imitators the real thing, or are they just going through the motions?

Yes, we need to learn from God to become more like Him. That means we must believe in Him and believe in all He does, otherwise we are simply imitators of God rather than true believer. So be a believer, not just an imitator of God.

Chosen to be a soldier,
Chosen by God;
Chosen to be a soldier,
Washed in his blood;
Chosen to be a soldier,
Lost ones to save,
Chosen to be a soldier
In the Army brave

Edward Henry Joy

I believe God chose me, and He has chosen you too!

Ephesians 1:4 (The Passion Translation)

And he chose us to be his very own, joining us to himself even before he laid the foundation of the universe! Because of his great love, he ordained us, so that we would be seen as holy in his eyes with an unstained innocence.

Accept God into your life today, because He loves you and chose you to be part of his family, long before you were even born.

When at school no matter how good I was at sports, I was always one of the last people to picked to be in a team during the sports lessons (though I was picked in the school teams). I never quite got that at the time, as I was always quite good at racket sports, football, volleyball etc, but still never got picked until there was nobody else left. Looking back these days, I now realise that while maybe my focus would have been on picking people to help my team win, others were simply picking their friends to be in their team, and that explains why I was always left to the end!

While I may not have been chosen to be part of a team chosen by my so-called fiends, and that hurt, I do know that I have still been chosen.

Ephesians 1:4-6 (The Message)

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

God has chosen me to be me. He’s chosen me to be part of his family. He doesn’t care what I’ve done in the past. All he wants is for me to seek Him as my friend and saviour. I’ve done that and the good news is, He has also chosen you – All you have to do is seek him.

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.

Do you stand up for what you believe in or do you keep quiet to keep the peace?

When we believe in God, we must stand up for Him and stand up against wrong.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. ~ Ephesians 6:10-11 (NIV)

When we are see or hear things which are wrong, we have the best person supporting us to help us stand up for what is right. As these verses from Ephesians remind us, God will help us to stand against all that is wrong or evil. All we have to do is put our full trust in Him., and He will shield us and guide us through life.

These are great words of advice from Ephesians.

There’s no point in trying to love one another if we aren’t humble, gentle and patient, as without those qualities can we trust love others unconditionally?

 

When you talk, are your words full of kindness, consideration and encouragement, or are they harsh, rude or even abusive?

Personally, I always think there’s nothing worse than hearing someone use abusive words towards someone else. There’s no need for that, and ultimately what does it achieve other than hurt and upset to the person the words are directed towards.

Ephesians 4:29 NLT
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

So watch what you say, because ultimately I’m sure we all want to be encouragers.

Grace is…

Posted: March 15, 2018 in bible, grace, life, music, quotes, religion
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Do I deserve God’s grace?

Do you deserve God’s grace?

Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. ~ Ephesians 2:8 (NLB)

Every single person deserves God’s grace. God is kind, and loves every one of us, and therefore we deserve God’s grace and it is more than any of us ever need.

When you meet someone for the first time, we tell them our name, and if it’s a work situation, we’d probably give them our job title or our current role.

How about if I were to ask you, who you are in Christ? Do any of these describe you?

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7)

It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20)

I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7)

I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13)

I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25)

I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7)

We need to know who we are in Christ so that we can live our life as God intended and fulfil our destiny.

Here’s a great description of who you we are in Christ: