Love

Now is the Time

Now is the time of God's favour, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

A man who writes a column in the St. Louis daily newspaper stated, after he had been baptized as an adult: "I wish I had received spiritual training when young. I believe it would have given me a better moral and ethical base from which to govern my life; I would have avoided many of the pitfalls of ego and arrogance." 

Everlasting Joy

Isaiah 61:7 "Instead of their shame My people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice ... everlasting joy will be theirs."

Do you have everlasting joy? Now before you start feeling guilty about a lack of joy, you should remember this: Happiness is a surface emotion, dependent upon circumstances. Joy is a deep sense of serenity that endures, whatever the circumstances. 

God is Love

1 John 3:16 "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us."

Sometimes an adult tells a child, "God does not love you when you are bad." That is really not true. God always loves us. God loves us when things are going well and when things are going wrong. He loves us when in hurt and anger we ask why. God hates our sins but loves us sinners. 

Use Trouble for Good

Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

Trouble is the most democratic thing in the world. It snubs no one. It's everyone's shadow. Job said people are "born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). Every person born to this world experiences a bundle of trouble. 

Courage

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

It takes a great deal of courage to live as a Christian in our modern world. There are so many powers at war against the life with Christ that all of us daily need His wisdom, His power, and His guidance. We need the quiet, steady courage that He alone can give through the assurance of the forgiveness of our sins. 

Pressed but not Crushed

2 Corinthians 4:8 "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair."

Often the little irritations of daily living get us down. The hum-drum, ho-hum routine of life gets to us. There are the little irritations of daily life due to leaky faucets, bumper-to-bumper traffic and dented fenders, and long lines at the supermarket or at the bank. 

What Are You Worth?

You were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Some years ago, Harold J. Morowitz, a leading chemist, received a birthday card from his daughter. The card read, “According to biochemists, the materials of your body are worth only 98 cents!” Morowitz thought, “Is that really what I’m worth?” He got out his chemical catalogue and began looking up the prices of all the body’s chemicals. What he found was surprising. At the time, haemoglobin was selling for $285 a gram. Insulin was marketed for $47.50 a gram. The price went climbing with less common items like alkaline phosphatase at $225 a gram. 

Jesus, Our Brother

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Hebrews 2:11

Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters; despite the horrible way some people treated Him while He walked on the earth. He endured torment in order to make us holy, so that we might be welcomed into His heavenly kingdom without stain or blemish or the effects of sin. Jesus endured the cross because He loves us and wants us to live together as a family for eternity. It is the most joyous meaning of the Christmas season that God became one of us to redeem us from the curse of the law; but that is not our only joy.