Posts Tagged ‘jars of clay’

Everyone struggles with loneliness at some point. Whether you are going through something hard that you don’t think anyone else understands or you are facing a change in life where you just feel alone, God’s Word provides hope and strength. There is someone who is closer than a brother and is always with You – Jesus Christ is our friend and comforter!

This is backed up by what we’re told in the bible. In Deuteronomy 31:6 we read:

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Words of comfort, words to reassure us of God’s presence, even when we feel everyone has deserted us.

When someone treats you badly, or doesn’t treat you in a way you’d want to be treated, do you ever stop any wonder why?

In Luke chapter 6 verses 36 – 37 Jesus teaches about finding bad in others:

You must have loving-kindness just as your Father has loving-kindness. Do not say what is wrong in other people’s lives. Then other people will not say what is wrong in your life. Do not say someone is guilty. Then other people will not say you are guilty. Forgive other people and other people will forgive you.

So maybe it’s not always the other person’s fault that they have treated us as they have, maybe they are treating us as we treated them. Therefore take care in how you treat others, because as we read above, if we show love to others, it’ll make it so much easier for others to treat as with love too.

Are you the kind of person who loves others unconditionally?

How about yourself – Do you love yourself? I don’t mean in a conceited way or anything, but simply that you respect yourself and will do all you can to look after yourself.

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

So show some unconditional to everyone you come into contact with, but just as importantly, love yourself unconditionally too.

Prayer isn’t something we do with our eyes closed; we pray with our eyes wide-open. Prayer isn’t a sentence that begins with “Dear Jesus” and ends with “Amen.” In fact, the best prayer doesn’t even involve words at all; the best prayer is a life well lived. All of life is meant to be a prayer, just as all of life is meant to be an act of worship.

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Are your eyes wide open?

Are you living your life as an act of worship?

Following on from yesterday’s blog post where I told you that I need Jesus  (in What do I need?), I want to consider just how much I need Christ.

In the past I have found myself almost forgetting about Christ, simply because life hasn’t gone my way. However after many months of struggling to cope, and finding myself in a really dark place, I came to realise that God was there for me, and Christ was guiding me to a better place.

You’ll probably think I’m daft when I say that if it hadn’t been for those really dark and lonely days, I would never have come to realise just how much I need Christ in my life, , but it’s true, I now completely believe that I need Christ by my side not just during times of great struggle, but every day.

I need Christ, you need Christ, we all need Christ.

I don’t know about you, but over the last couple of weeks, particularly the week leading up to Christmas, the shops were mobbed but everyone seemed happy to speak to the person next to them in the queues, even although they’d never seen that person before, and probably likely to never see them again.

Funny that, because every other week of the year you go shopping, no-one is interested in speaking to you unless it’s to give abuse or complain about something. Isn’t it funny how the spirit of Christmas seems to make everyone nicer to each other.

Wouldn’t it be good if that Christmas spirit of friendliness towards others could remain all year round, not just for the few days of Christmas.

We all make mistakes some times.

We all do and say things at times which hurt or offend others.

When we do wrong, we expect others to forgive us, so if someone has hurt or offended you, start by sowing forgiveness.

Forgiveness is something every one of us should be willing to give. God has forgiven us of all our sins so we must do likewise by forgiving those who hurt us, irrespective of who they are or how much or how often they have hurt us.

We can know, before the battle ever begins, that we will win if we keep our eyes on Christ.

True words, but words which I guess we sometimes forget when we face struggles and battles in life. That is why, again, I want to remind you that throughout your life, no matter whether you are finding life easy to cope with or whether it’s a struggle to face each day, don’t forget to turn to God, because He is always by your side.

I’ve found in my life that even when I’m really struggling and I feel as though God has deserted me, He hasn’t, He’s just been biding His time before He lifts me out of my struggle. God has a reason for not rescuing us from our struggles as soon as they happen, and that is so we can grow in faith and trust.

So throughout your life, keep focusing on Christ, because He is always focused on what’s best for you!

When people hurt us, either intentionally or unintentionally, it can be difficult at times to forgive them. However if God is willing to forgive us of every sin, surely we should be willing to forgive others when they hurt us?

Allow the power of forgiveness to be stronger than guilt & shame. You can’t change the past; but you can keep it from destroying your future.

Yes, when we’re hurt and forgiveness is the last thing on our mind, it can feel like you will never be able to forgive someone. However as the above says, if we hang onto past hurts, they will completely ruin our present and our future because they will eat away at us and poison us.

So let’s make sure we stay strong, forgive others, and live for the present and the future rather than the past.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
We are one in the Spirit we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored:
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians By our love.
We will walk with each other we will walk hand in hand
we will walk with each other we will walk hand in hand
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land:
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love,
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.
We will work with each other we will work side by side
We will work with each other
We will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride:
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.
All Praise to the Father from whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus His only Son,
and all praise to the Spirit who makes us all one:
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love
Yes, They’ll know we are Christians
By our love.

 

When people look at you, do they see a loving Christian, or something else?

As the song above says, people expect Christians to be loving and understanding towards others. So if we do not show love to others, how will other know we Christians.

Show some love to other today and every day!