A hate-filled heart destroys itself. Its target may be someone else, but it will stand between you and God. That is why Christ Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. That does not mean to submit to them but to view them with compassion.
THE CROSS JESUS CARRIED
It is easy to fall into self pity when we fall on hardships or suffering. Nothing we endure comes close to what Christ Jesus endured for us. He who endured so much for us will comfort us in our own pain.
How easy it is to spot defects and failures in others. But what if you suddenly found yourself walking in their shoes? We often see the sawdust in our neighbors eye and not the plank in our own eye. What God gave you their obstacle to wear? Mt.7:3-4
A Closed Circle
We have seen them or experienced them--church leadership reluctant to new ways of doing things or people, fearing loss of control. But the duty of a church is to help each individual become the best they can be and bring new believers.
Losing a loved one is always difficult. Yet we can find comfort in remembering what a blessing they were to us. Someday the joy of their presence will be ours again when we are united by Christ Jesus.