“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.“
– Matthew 4:44-45
A part of the human experience includes being hurt by people. It’s horrible, it sucks, but we all have gone through some pain or attack caused by someone else. In that moment it seems as though we would never get over it. How dare they? How could they? Don’t they know all I’ve sacrificed for them? Trust me, I understand and you are not alone.
So how do we heal from something so traumatic? Is it really possible to move on to a future where they don’t live in your head rent-free? Well, yes it is. However, it’s no easy task and requires a strong backbone of faith in God.
The Bible doesn’t only tell us to forgive, but it tells us to go the extra mile. God wants us to speak well of those who hurt us, pray for them, and do good to them. Say what?
Doesn’t God understand how ridiculous that sounds? Of course He does! So why would He ask us to do such a thing?
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted. Read more
If you’re a human being, then you’ve felt the pain of being hurt or disappointed by someone before. It’s something we’ve all gone through at one time or another. After that, we can either go through life harboring unforgiveness and resentment or we can choose to forgive.
The steps to forgiving someone are no easy task. In fact, forgiveness can be the hardest thing someone ever decides to do. It goes against human nature. Usually, we want to make things fair and equal. “An eye for an eye,” right?
But when Jesus came, He showed us a new way to live. He died to forgive all humans of their sinful condition that would have normally doomed them to an eternity in hell. The Bible says, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13) But Jesus didn’t die only for His friends, He died for His enemies as well.
He died for those men who wanted to see Him crucified. He died for those who gave Him sour wine when He asked for a drink. Jesus didn’t discriminate while He was on the cross. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Holy Son and sacrificial lamb can and will be saved. Read more
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.“
– Philippians 4:6-7
Although worry may seem like a normal way to live, the Bible speaks negatively about it. That’s because worry is a sin. When you allow yourself to worry, it’s signaling to God that you do not trust in Him. In fact, worry is the exact opposite of faith and is harmful to the human body.
Worry induces stress. Stress causes the body to enter into fight or flight mode. This results in the body shutting down necessary functions such as metabolism and hunger cues. The fight or flight response is important if you’re under attack and need to survive. However, if you’re living in that state constantly with no real threat then you can make yourself sick.
Stress breaks the body down. You need to recover so that your body can rebuild itself. It’s also critical to know that when you’re under chronic stress, your immune system suffers. While your immune system is trying to heal your body from your stress, other pathogens and harmful diseases can prevail against it since it’s being overrun.
Simply put, worry and stress are not good for you, your body, or your relationship with God. But God is good and always gives us a way to overcome sin in a positive manner. Here are some ways you can overcome worry. Read more
The Lord loves you very much. When you invest in yourself, it glorifies God and shows Him you’re grateful for the life He gave you. Not only that, but it makes life much more enjoyable when you spend time developing yourself. Here are 9 ways to invest in yourself for a better future.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Ways To Invest In Yourself
Take time to learn. The value of growth to a person is tremendous. We need to learn and grow. Read books or watch documentaries. Listen to great teachers that will help you reach your goals. Develop your vocabulary. Always push yourself to learn more and more. It’ll greatly increase your happiness and may change your life.
Eat better. Remember the phrase, “You are what you eat”? How many people are actually getting the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables they need each day? Are you drinking enough water? Most people know the answer to these questions. What we eat has a huge effect on our bodies. If we want to have a better quality day, start with eating better quality foods. Eat less processed and fast foods. Eat more whole foods such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, and meats. Look at the packaging and don’t buy foods that are full of chemicals. Cook more meals at home. All of these things would make a difference.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:31 Read more
Does God still speak to His people in today’s age? In short, yes. Believe it or not, there are people who have never heard God’s voice and have no idea when He speaks to them.
I remember there was one day I was casually talking about the Lord and shared something that He told me. The person I was speaking to looked at me funny and said, “You hear God speak?” It caught me off guard because I thought hearing God’s voice was completely normal.
If you want to hear more from God, this post is going to go over a few simple ways you can practice that. Once you make a habit of speaking to God and hearing from Him, you won’t even have to think about it. It will happen naturally.
God Speaks Through His Word
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
– Ronald Reagan
There are countless reasons to read the Word of God. When you want to hear from God, reading the Bible is a wonderful way to do so. It’s how we learn more about the character of God and His desires. Read more
If there’s anyone in the world who should have a sense of confidence, it’s the believer in Jesus Christ. The reason I say this is because God is the only factor that’s unchanging in this ever-changing world. He’s our rock, our foundation, trustworthy, and faithful.
However, just because a believer should have confidence doesn’t mean they will always feel confident. I’ve certainly had moments of uncertainty that caused a sense of nervousness. Also, there are believers who struggle with confidence and that’s okay. That’s why I want to go over a few ways Christians can have more confidence that will help you in your everyday life.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Learn Who You Are In Christ
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
– Ephesians 2:10
When someone becomes a born again believer in Christ, they are a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) There are many scriptures that can be found throughout the New Testament that help us learn who we are in Christ.
If you sign up for my free offer, you will be able to learn more about who you are in Christ and how to apply it. When you learn and accept what the Bible says about you, you can be more confident in how you live. Read more