Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, about your body, or what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6:25 (NIV)
The welfare of the sheep depends solely on the care given from the shepherd. If the shepherd does not worry, why should the sheep? The shepherd goes ahead of the sheep and knows when it is time for a new wardrobe, new shoes, or time to eat. But there is a greater need. The need of caring for your life, soul, mind and your body. Our heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask and is willing to give them to us when we put Him first in our lives. We accomplish this by living as He desires for us to live. The Lord wants to give you a life of abundance. So, study and pray so you will be knowledgeable about God’s will for you! It is then that you will know His will, and you will be able to answer unto his calling.
“For God so loved the world the He gave his only Son that who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
God’s love is unconditional. Love is a word that people ordinarily use very loosely. When God tells us that He loves us, it is not based on what we can do for Him; but rather it is based on what He did for us. God made the ultimate sacrifice to give the life of His Son for our sins so that we may have eternal life. God loves us deeply and passionately.
God loves everyone regardless of who they are and what they have done. True love is not just an emotional feeling that gives up on someone when they fail to live up to the other person’s expectations. It involves a level of commitment to accept them as they are and having the standing power to help them maximize their full potential.
In John 3:16, God loved us tremendously. He gave his only son to die for us. There is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend. Jesus did exactly that when He died on a cross. He saw the greatest problem, our sin; and He had the greatest solution, His only son.
Lastly, we gain eternal life if we accept His son as our Savior.
‘Will the Lord reject forever? Will He never show His unfailing love again? Has His promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has He in anger withheld his compassion?’ Then I thought, ’To this will I appeal: The years of the right hand of the Most High.’
Psalm 77:7-10 (NIV)
I’ve always found it amazing that, in the middle of this psalm, the psalm writer seemed to realize that he couldn’t just sit around thinking about the negative things that were happening in his life. Perhaps he understood that if he kept thinking about the negative he would keep feeling down, so in order to get the negative things out of his mind he decided to replace them with thoughts about the Lord. There is an old proverb that says, “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” Many times when we find ourselves in dark situations in life, dark situations at work, dark situations in our families. We try to find someone to call and say, “It sure is dark” when what we really need to do is replace those thoughts with thoughts about the light.
Those children may be acting out of character, but at least they’re healthy!
They may not pay you what you desire right now, but at least you’re working!
They may have walked out of your life, but at least they didn’t take you out on the way!
Instead of cursing the dark areas in your life, I dare you to light a candle of praise!
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