Unconditional love is selflessness. it is all of me for you. at any cost, all i want is what is truly best for you. it’s not permission to just speak our mind. unconditional love has a mission greater than itself. it’s mission is to communicate the truth in a way it’s most likely to be received by the one it loves. truth spoken doesn’t change lives. truth received changes lives. we cannot make people receive the truth, but we can give them the best chance to receive it by the way we deliver it. truth delivered poorly is better than truth unspoken, i think. matthew 5:43-48,”you have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ but i say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your father who is 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. for if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? do not even the tax collectors do the same? and if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? do not even the gentiles do the same.”@tammieavaughan#truth#courageous#beautiful#grateful#jesus#love#hurt#strong#lovinglife#therightfight#howtolivealovinglife#shieldsofstrength#love#lovinglife#grateful#fear#notaboutme#lifechangingtruth#stronglife
It's really hard to have faith when you don't understand or your heart is telling you something different.
just remember that jeremiah 17:9 says - "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" i believe an extremely humble man knows his own heart better than any other, the plague of it, the deceitfulness and wickedness in it. but even he does not know it all, god only knows it fully because there is just to many things/experiences that shape our opinions. years and years of small things that harden our hearts in some areas and soften them in others. when you don't understand you have to pray, stick to what you know is right even though it doesn't feel good and the lord will bless you for your obedience. i have seen it first hand. you can also rest knowing that -
"not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope." romans 5:3-4
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Solid stainless steel fishers of men bracelet! the phrase “fishers of men” was spoken by jesus when he was calling two of his disciples, simon peter and andrew, to follow him. if you want to be a good fishermen you need to know the fish you are looking for and attract it so you can make the catch. to catch the fish you need to know how to use your equipment, the habitat and depth of the water we are fishing in, as well as the kind of bait the fish will go after. after we understand everything we need for real fishing, then how do we relate that to being fishers of men? just as we need equipment to be fishermen, we need equipment to be fishers of men. putting on the armor of god is one way to be ready at all times with everything we need. not only must we have the armor of god as our equipment, but we must also know the fish we are trying to catch. knowing the lost condition of the people around us will help us to understand that, no matter how good we are at fishing, we will never lead people to christ on our own. no reasoned argument will convert the soul of a darkened mind, because “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of christ, who is the image of god” (2 corinthians 4:4). but god can and frequently does p*******e the darkness with the holy spirit, and he uses us to do it.
1 corinthians 1:18 says "to those who are perishing, the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us, it is the power of god." but there is power in no other message and no other “net” can catch the fish of god. “i am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of god for the salvation of everyone who believes” (romans 1:16). this was jesus’ message to peter and andrew—follow me, learn of me, know and understand my mission and my message. only then will you be able to be fishers of men. this is why shields of strength were created. when someone asks about my shield of strength they are taking it with them!
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When i was young i used to get mad and lash out at people who were critical of christians. now i can see their point. i have been just as guilty as the next for bringing a bad name to christianity as well. the point is we are all human. if you want nonbelievers to see christ you have to reflect his love. and others have to realize that people are very poor examples of christ so when someone messes up don't blame god. i pray i can always do that even in the hardest times!
matthew 5:16 - in the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.
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