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TOO BUSY TO LOVE?

 



Life can be busy. And it's great (really, really great) that you take time out with God in the middle of all that. So now, what about your on-earth relationships?



Jesus made it pretty clear that the second most important thing in life, right after loving God, is loving people (that's in Matthew 22:37-40). And to do that, we have to spend time around others - even those irritating, imperfect, demanding, frustrating people. It's awful for our relationships if we don't put time and effort into them. That's how friends 'drift apart' and how families can start to misunderstand each other. Plus, we need other people. That few minutes spent chatting to your mate, or that Sunday roast round the table - it all adds something to your life because God made us to live in community. The love of others is good for us. And, the love we give out is good for those others.



Ask God to fill you up with His love, to the point that you're positively overflowing with it. Then, if you take the time to really share a little of your day with another person, chances are you'll be able to share God in some way too. Even if that's just in the friendly hello that someone needed to hear that day.



So what now? Go to your phone. Scroll down to the 10th person you texted and start there. Pray for that person, and the next 5, that they'd have a really blessed day. You could even send them an encouraging message!

Soulfood : 2 Chr 35-36, 2 Jn, Lk 18:18-30, Ps 119:161-168, Prov 22:17-19

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TOO BUSY TO LOVE?

 



Life can be busy. And it's great (really, really great) that you take time out with God in the middle of all that. So now, what about your on-earth relationships?



Jesus made it pretty clear that the second most important thing in life, right after loving God, is loving people (that's in Matthew 22:37-40). And to do that, we have to spend time around others - even those irritating, imperfect, demanding, frustrating people. It's awful for our relationships if we don't put time and effort into them. That's how friends 'drift apart' and how families can start to misunderstand each other. Plus, we need other people. That few minutes spent chatting to your mate, or that Sunday roast round the table - it all adds something to your life because God made us to live in community. The love of others is good for us. And, the love we give out is good for those others.



Ask God to fill you up with His love, to the point that you're positively overflowing with it. Then, if you take the time to really share a little of your day with another person, chances are you'll be able to share God in some way too. Even if that's just in the friendly hello that someone needed to hear that day.



So what now? Go to your phone. Scroll down to the 10th person you texted and start there. Pray for that person, and the next 5, that they'd have a really blessed day. You could even send them an encouraging message!

Soulfood : 2 Chr 35-36, 2 Jn, Lk 18:18-30, Ps 119:161-168, Prov 22:17-19

Read more...

TOO BUSY TO LOVE?

 



Life can be busy. And it's great (really, really great) that you take time out with God in the middle of all that. So now, what about your on-earth relationships?



Jesus made it pretty clear that the second most important thing in life, right after loving God, is loving people (that's in Matthew 22:37-40). And to do that, we have to spend time around others - even those irritating, imperfect, demanding, frustrating people. It's awful for our relationships if we don't put time and effort into them. That's how friends 'drift apart' and how families can start to misunderstand each other. Plus, we need other people. That few minutes spent chatting to your mate, or that Sunday roast round the table - it all adds something to your life because God made us to live in community. The love of others is good for us. And, the love we give out is good for those others.



Ask God to fill you up with His love, to the point that you're positively overflowing with it. Then, if you take the time to really share a little of your day with another person, chances are you'll be able to share God in some way too. Even if that's just in the friendly hello that someone needed to hear that day.



So what now? Go to your phone. Scroll down to the 10th person you texted and start there. Pray for that person, and the next 5, that they'd have a really blessed day. You could even send them an encouraging message!

Soulfood : 2 Chr 35-36, 2 Jn, Lk 18:18-30, Ps 119:161-168, Prov 22:17-19

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FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:

(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'

(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?

So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

Read more...

FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

Read more...

FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

Read more...

FAITH! BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 



There's a lot we can't do on our own. Especially as Christians. Stuff like overcoming the world (see 1 John 5:4) can only be done with faith in God. 'Faith' is one of those words that's not often defined for us. But here's a pretty clear definition of what faith looks like:



(a) Being certain of victory. Back to 1 John 5:4. You might not be able to see exactly how things will work out in the future, but with God, it always figures out. St. Thérèse de Lisieux said, 'God would never inspire me with desires which cannot be realised; so in spite of my littleness, I can hope to be a saint.'



(b) Being certain of growing to be like God. Faith isn't a one-time event that starts and finishes the moment you become a Christian. We keep growing in our faith, by learning: 'So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17 ESV). And by doing: 'What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works' (James 2:14 ESV)?



So what now? So much of this 'faith' business is about being ok about the future. This is not easy... if you're struggling to see past things that worry you, ask God to show you that He is there to help you and to give you faith to get through them.

Soulfood : 2 Chr 32-34, Lk 18:1-17, Ps 119:145-160, Prov 22:14-16

Read more...
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