The inspired Scriptures reveal many things about Jesus that make Him extra special to us. Let’s look at a few of these.
There is such a difference between the life of the Christian and the life of the man of the world that conflict between the two is certain. Jesus Christ, our Savior, suffered. We are no better than He was! If we follow Him, we will suffer. Indeed, Jesus told us about this and promised blessings for following Him, even though suffering comes. In Matthew 5:10-12, He said, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
In Solomon’s description of the virtuous woman he says, “In her tongue is the law of kindness” (Prov. 31:26). Earlier Solomon had also mentioned kindness as a trait to be desired: “There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel―that will stand. What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar” (Prov. 19:21-22). One of the characteristics of charity is that it “is kind” (I Cor. 13:4).
“Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14).
He had been crippled for thirty-eight years. Unable to walk, this man depended on others to lift him and move him. There were no wheelchairs or motorized scooters in those days. There were no handicapped parking places except for spots where invalids were laid to ask for money or look for a miracle. For all those years this man watched as people around him came and went as they pleased while he sat immobile.
It has been, for many years, the thinking of Christian parents that the good influence of Christian schools, along with the fact that Christian young people attend these schools, should help their children in these important decisions. Indeed, if Christian young people associate together in their young years the probability is that they will marry Christians. This writer believes that every Christian parent should insist with all his/her might that the young man or woman marry one who is a Christian. What could be better? Much could be worse.
I don’t know why troubles come two or three at once but they do. We would rather have one problem at a time so we can catch our breath before the next crisis arrives. But life is not that simple. We sometimes have several health issues and think there is one cause of all of them. Then the doctor tells us that we actually have two or three things wrong. We hear that one person died and within a day or so we hear of someone else. Sometimes we may wonder if it is more than a superstition that “deaths come in threes.” But such is life.
Social and mainstream media tell us that the COVID pandemic brought us to our knees. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, and now both parties blame the President.
Political conservatives come close when they point to the Marxist agenda of radical universities and the deep state.
Generations to come will debate what really happened in the demise of an amazing civilization. But perhaps we can see the cause more clearly by looking at one President’s warning from the past.
Often today, when one surveys our world and sees the exceeding sinfulness, ungodliness, corruption, denial of God and all that is right, we hear statements similar to this: “How can God allow our world to continue when it is as evil and wicked as it is?”
How do you feel about governments oppressing Christians? Sometimes it angers you and at other times it scares you. These feelings are natural human responses. But God looks at powerful men in a much different way. He is no more intimidated by political and military forces than you are by an ant. The arrogant threats of world powers are nothing to God. In fact, they are laughable.
Change is stressful. Our country is torn apart and the world seems turned upside down. The Bible is balm for our hearts in these troubled times. One book in particular shows us how to think as we adjust. It is the book of Ecclesiastes. Here are some verses that will give us peace of mind.
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