“Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.” Psalms 141:3
Glad to come your way again. As a matter of fact, this was supposed to be last’s week’s, but it got deleted when I pressed the ‘publish’ button which was strange and annoying at the same time. Let us have a crack at it again. Shall we?
Today, we want to focus on the importance of words that come out of our mouths. My prayer is, after reading, one will take into account how he/she talks. Words are not just words, they are things- it carries substance, there is a weight behind what you say and it also can impact your destiny.
How do I know that? Look at this scripture with me:
“Words can bring death or life! Talk too much, and you will eat everything you say.” Proverbs 18:21
Anything that is life or death related has something to do with destiny. I think, when it comes to bridling our tongue from speaking carelessly, one has to rely more on the grace of God than on willpower. The first quoted scripture is an excerpt of a prayer made by King David.
How do we keep our mouths from just saying anything? Before, you come to the place of resolutions, steps, and principles. You first have to come to the place of prayer. Believe in the power of prayer by surrendering your vulnerability when it comes to the area of speech and you will leave empowered to practice the steps and principles you have in place.
People who can keep their speech in check are commended to be perfect (mature) because of their ability to control their bodies.
“All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.” James 3:2
Anybody who struggles with self mastery has to check the ‘health’ of his tongue. I am using health here because how wholesome are your words- are they fruitful, do they build people up? Sometimes, when in the hospital to check on your health, a thermometer is stuck in your mouth to check your body temperature.
You see, it goes beyond physics and science. Our tongues determine our world we live in and the state of our spirits.
Let us stop here and continue on this next week. Hope you were blessed reading? Please let me know through your comments.
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“Through [skillful and godly] wisdom a house [a life, a home, a family] is built, And by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation], And by knowledge its rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3-4
Hello, glad to come your way again. All too soon, we are in the last quarter (4th) of an eventful year. Today, I want to use this bible verse to talk about the family, particularly marriage.
First and foremost, marriage is a difficult (not impossible) enterprise to build. It involves many, many hours of labor, sweat, blood and tears. The illusion that marriage affords me to live with my other half “happily ever after” is a myth that needs to be shattered.
In this scripture, we see three virtues, though unconventional, that builds a family.
1. Knowledge- knowledge is generally defined as the acquisition of information. So before you step into a marriage relation; you have to know about the family dynamics, responsibilities of the spouses, what is entailed in a marriage, the challenges at each phase and stage of the marriage… so much we can list here. Reading books and having mentors are great ways of receiving information. Don’t only be enamored with preparing for the wedding (event) which is good, also invest an equal amount of time on the marriage (lifetime) knowledge wise. Knowledge fills the room of your house (marriage) with all pleasant and precious riches like peace, compatibility and the like.
2. Understanding- the general definition of understanding is comprehension. Anything comprehendible means you have been schooled in that area that you can answer majority of the questions asked. Understanding of the marriage relation establishes the union. Most quarrels and fights stem from a lack of understanding- the root cause. One general understanding we should have is the nature of marriage conflicts and effective conflict resolution skills. Every home is bound to experience conflict(s). You can’t pray it away or wish it away either. Be more concerned about how to handle conflicts when they rise. Have a general understanding too of crisis. It is bound to happen. It is amusing to watch people think, once married then all their problems will go away. Not quite true. Understanding how to deal with crisis and conflicts among many others stabilizes the union.
3. Wisdom- you build a family, house or for that matter, a marriage on wisdom. It is the practical application of knowledge you understand. The goal of knowing is to practically apply. Knowing and learningwithout applicationdestroysthefiber of the marriage union and erodes trust. A wife will roll her eyes at her husband when he suggests they go for another marriage retreat or family conference. Every book read, all information gleaned and any advice received should be put to heart and practiced. Trust is built between spouses when they are “doers”, rather than “talkers” and “learners”.
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NB: I dedicate today’s blog to Albert and Darla. They counseled us prior to getting married and are our marriage mentors presently.
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
For the past two weeks, our focus has been on the Bible- the world’s best selling book of all time. We have looked at some factual truths on the Bible. Today, we want to focus on why should we read the Bible. I quoted this verse as my basis to explain the reasons.
Please follow me along on this journey as we glean.
1. Learning- the Bible was basically written for our learning. One may ask, “what do I learn?”. You will learn about the central theme and focus of the Bible which is Jesus Christ. You will learn of his attributes, his character, his teachings and his lifestyle. Asides that, you also learn certain Christian attributes and principles like justice, honesty, truth, diligence among many others.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Jesus invites us to learn from him. The best way is through the medium of reading the Bible.
2. Patience- patience here refers to steadfastness, constancy and endurance. Being steadfast especially in a time of uncertainty comes from what you have read and known. You are guided when navigating uncharted waters. The Bible also extols certain virtues like faith, a good attitude and the like when we are going “through the mill”. Being constant (consistent) at a thing also comes from certain instructions you might have read. For example in the Bible, it is written, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9. When a scripture like this becomes the bedrock of your life and forms part of your principles, you will keep on keeping on. One of the things we learn from Jesus as we keep reading the Bible is endurance. Deliberate on this scripture after you are done with this post, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
3. Comfort- you are encouraged by the contents of the Bible when you read certain stories like David, who made a bad decision by sleeping with his colleague’s wife and killed him on top. This is a bad recipe to build your life on. With these negative implications, David still turned his life around and became one of the greatest kings in history. With a story like this, I am encouraged that one bad turn should not alter the course of my destiny, if I am only prepared to pay the price of change. There are many life lessons like this which will serve as solace and change our paradigm.
4. Hope– hope means being optimistic, but in the Bible, it has quite a different meaning: a confident and positive expectation of good. The source of expecting something good can come from reading the Bible. One of the things we are confident about is, one day there will be an event- the end of this age. We believe having a relationship with God gives us a better standing in eternity. That is the greatest hope of a professing believer. Personally, as a Christian, I am very hopeful of seeing God face to face based on this scripture, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” I John 3:2-3
So anybody that starts the journey of reading the Bible should expect these four life changing benefits.
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“But anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth.” John 3:33
Hello, glad to come your way again. Today, we want to focus on the Bible’s integrity. The quote referring to this evidence has to do with Jesus’ testimony about who He is. That is the central theme and focus of the Bible.
Let us now look at the word integrity. It basically means wholeness. On a personal note, it means your thoughts, words, actions and deeds of your life are integrated or in alignment. When we talk about the integrity of the Bible, we are talking about the wholeness of it and its inerrancy- free from error.
As you examine the Bible, there is both external and internal evidence which conclusively verdicts the Bible as true. I will focus on these two factors.
External evidence- the Bible has been subjected to archaeological, historical and scientific evidence to verify its authenticity. For example, when it comes to archeological facts, we can talk about the discovery of the Ebla tablets in 1970s in Northern Syria. Documents written on clay tablets from around 2300 B.C. demonstrate that personal and place names in the Patriarchal accounts are genuine. “Canaan” was a name used in the Ebla which before was a subject of contention among critics dismissing it as mere legend. The tablets also refer to all “five cities of the plain” mentioned in Genesis 14 as true. History has proven the Bible to be accurate by the artifacts gathered in the British Museum in London, like the existence of Sodom and Gomorrah. Time and space won’t allow me to talk about Hugo Winckler who discovered the Hittite capital which was given prominent mention in the Old Testament of the Bible. Science caught up with the Bible on issues such as the earth being spherical. Isaiah in the Bible quoted, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth…” between 740 B.C. and possibly 686 B.C. Now it wasn’t until the 3rd century that Hellenistic astronomy established the spherical shape of the earth and calculated the earth’s circumference. Prior to that, it was believed the earth was flat. Job, the oldest book in the Bible, written around 7th and 4th centuries BCE quoted, “…He hangs the earth on nothing.” Later, in the 16th century in 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus discovered that the earth is suspended in space. There is no book that has been subjected to scrutiny under the court of public opinion than the Bible. So John was indeed right when he concluded that, the evidence of the Bible will cause you to stake your life on it exclaiming, God himself is the truth… Indeed!
Internal evidence– it has more to do with eyewitness accounts. Information that is second or third hand is not trustworthy at times and a reliable source for that matter. So for example, when it comes to some instances and events in the Bible, it was recorded by people who were present and not told a story. Like, the Red Sea parting into two was witnessed by Moses. It was a real life account and not a story. The Jericho Wall falling down was witnessed by Joshua and accurately documented which has proven to be verified information. Most importantly, some of the disciples wrote about Jesus who is not a myth. An instance is this testimony from John, a disciple of Jesus and one of the early apostles of the Christian church.
“From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.” 1 John 1:1-2
I want to conclude on this note that the Bible is infallible. Is it any wonder it is the best selling book of all time? Something to think about here.
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“Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21
Hello, honored to come your way again. I trust your weekend was restful? Today, I want us to focus on a book which has been the best selling book of all time with an estimated 5 billion copies sold and distributed as of 1995, according to Guinness World Records.
Yes, I am talking about the Bible. I used this scripture passage above to let us know the origins of the Bible. From my experience of reading and studying the Bible for more than thirty years on almost a daily basis, I can confidently say, the Bible is more than an informative book. It also transforms lives by shaping our thoughts. Fact is, I am also an avid reader of books, so I have a basis for comparing the Bible to any other book for that matter.
Today, I just want us to focus on some truthful facts.
1. Who wrote it?– a book is as credible as its author. To read a book, it is worth examining the author. The author is God. You might be saying, “what?!! God?!!” Yes, it was God who spoke through different authors who were called prophets. They didn’t speak from human understanding or initiative, but were inspired by God. So, you will see books of the Bible written by Moses, King David, Apostle Paul and the like. But the credit goes to God.
2. When was it written?– it was written over a 1500 year time span on three continents and by 40 authors- people from every walk of life like kings, shepherds, fishermen and tax collectors etc. The amazing thing is, most of the authors never knew themselves or were in different eras, but there is a strand of consistency and they sing the same chorus. The Bible has been proven to be accurate. Next week, we will deal more on that when we look at the integrity of the scriptures.
3. What is the theme of the book?– any book which makes for a good read has a central theme and the focal point of the story. Only one story from the beginning to the end: God’s love and salvation for man and how he came into this world through Jesus Christ, who is the focal point.
May I recommend the Bible (either hardware or software) to you if you have not read it before. It comprises of 66 books. Someone will ask, “where do I start?”. Good question! I will say, start from the book of John which has 21 chapters. From there, it will be easier to guide you on what to read next.
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“Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 NLT
Hello, I hope you had a great weekend? Lately, there has been a surge in unemployment rate. Economies of many nations are shrinking which has made it unbearable on its citizens. Major retailers and small businesses all seem to be closing down or downsizing. This calls for alarm and many people who are unfortunately victims are crying out aloud, “I don’t like my current situation!”
As a result, most people are in between jobs. There is a dilemma here: most will have to settle for a less paying job, others feel like “a square peg in a round hole” situation- they are not liking their current situation as in regards to the new job they are doing.
I have done jobs I didn’t like. What motivated me was the above quote from King Solomon. I have made it my matter to do what I do well irrespective of what kind of job it is or the pay packet involved. I must admit, it is refreshing having that kind of outlook. Just want to share some truths as we all go through this difficult journey together.
1. Your job doesn’t define you– mostly, men gain their significance from what they do which is tied to how much they earn. So most struggle during a transition phase. Your significance is derived from who you are- your identity. You may have worked at a high end job like, say, Wall Street in New York. The fact that you may lose your job because of the economy and do something less glamorous shouldn’t define you. You are not the position of your current job or past job for that matter. YOU ARE YOU.
2. Your skills are still relevant– there are currently professionals who have degrees, yet misplaced. Skills don’t make you unsettled, no matter the new work environment or experience you find yourself in. Degrees and qualifications can only work within a certain context, skills however have a universal reach. During this pandemic, don’t focus so much on your academic certificates. I am certainly not downplaying them, it should be celebrated. But to make yourself hirable, focus on the skills you have acquired from your previous work experience(s) like problem solving, being a team player, coachable, leadership skills, emotional intelligence etc.
3. You might not get a job like your previous one– brace yourself for this uncomfortable truth. It could be many factors, for instance, this pandemic will certainly make some jobs obsolete. In addition to that, you might be overqualified, or the particular industry you are searching into might be choked. With these realities, what are you going to do? It is not the end of the world certainly, and your job doesn’t define you. Sometimes losing a job (especially our preferred ones) can help us go on the road of self discovery. During this time, ask yourself these three words, “who am I?”
4. You might need to upgrade your skills– it might be time to pick up a course, learn new skills during this time to augment everything you have acquired during your working years.
It is my prayer you will be encouraged especially if you are between jobs. My heart goes out to you. I thought of you, that is why I wrote today’s post.
Hello, glad to come your way again and trust you had a good weekend? During this COVID-19 season, it is said that many people, particularly the young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years old have been searching for and asking questions on meaning. In the past five months, I have had some conversations mainly on this topic.
With this in mind, I want to talk on meaning today which has to do with living your life’s purpose. What I know is from a combination of reading, good counsel and mentoring. Out of these, permit me to give a few pointers.
1. Live beyond yourself– there is nothing as gratifying than to stop living for yourself and think of others in the big picture. Living beyond yourself means serving one another. During this time, relationships are not only essential, but a lifeline. It starts with a smile, or a simple “hello”. Think of what you can offer today to make one’s life better. If this becomes our mindset, we will live a rich life. I am not necessarily talking about money and stuff, but rich in influence. I once heard an unconventional definition of a millionaire- one who has affected a million lives. Too many people have been cocooned in self and all they think of is “me, myself and I”. People who live like that always feel hollow. I issue a challenge to us all, that may we be the reason for someone’s joy, happiness and uplifting this month.
2. Passion– let me look at the other side of passion which is not excitement or energy. Mother Teresa is a perfect example of this. She had passion, but hers was seen as she fed the hungry, aided the distressed and cared for the poor. She did not do it with hands raised up, but with hands outstretched to feed the poor and embrace the little children. She did not shout out “Hallelujah!”, but had a quiet laughter that showed us her love for Jesus Christ. That is passion. I am talking about the quiet burden in your heart that keeps you going. Anybody that can keep on ticking is passionate. It isn’t always expressive in emotions or exuberance.
3. Your natural gifts and talents- What are you naturally inclined to do without too much effort? What brings you joy? What can you do for free without worrying about renumeration? What is your hobby? It is said, we should be careful with what we call “our hobbies”. It is also said that most hobbies are what we are naturally gifted at. Some of these questions can serve as clues. Believe it or not, everyone on this earth has a talent, and if there has ever been a time to showcase your talent. Now is the time. Why wait?
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“But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?… Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
“But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.” Ruth 1:11, 14, 20
I am glad to come your way again after a month’s hiatus. We have already stepped into the second month of the second half of the year, and all too soon, we will be wishing each other season’s greetings.
Today’s blog post will be centered around the response of three women who found themselves in adverse circumstances. It is a story I think we can all relate to presently.
For you to understand the whole story, you will have to read the entire chapter 1 of Ruth in the Bible. The book of Ruth also contains 4 chapters, and when read, you will appreciate the wisdom from this book.
The story starts off with three women who were all married. Naomi was the mother in law to Ruth and Orpah. Naomi and her husband, Elimelech were migrants from Bethlehem, Judah to the country of Moab, because of famine. They settled with their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, and their sons married.
Naomi was already a widow before her two sons married. Within a matter of time, all three women became widows. What a terrible tragedy of a story. Life’s puzzles can be too overwhelming for the human mind. Why should all three be widows? I don’t understand, neither do I have answers. In the past four and half months, the globe is searching for answers after the ravaging effects of the coronavirus pandemic: untold hardships, bills, deaths, sicknesses, depressions, job losses, economies shrinking etc
I realize the responses of these women to their tough and unpleasant moments mirrors us in this same predicament.
1. Naomi’s response– she was bitter. She even changed her name from Naomi which means “my delight” to Mara which means “bitterness” due to calamities. Can you blame her? Certainly not, losing your husband and two sons is more than a handful. People have become bitter in this season. She became bitter and blamed God for her predicament. She didn’t even want company from her daughters in law. During this time, people are snappy, short tempered and moody. Many are a shell of themselves now; most people who were friendly are now withdrawn and aloof. Let us learn to bear with them, pray for them and show them love.
2. Orpah‘s response– she went back (perhaps to her father’s house). That posture was hopelessness. I am sure she had an expectation of a long and happy marriage, but here are her dreams dashed- her husband is dead. The theme of this season is, “life is unfair”. I see the faces of hopelessness everywhere. I don’t know of you. It is understandable. Listening to the news report at this time can make you throw your hands in despair. Too much sadness; people don’t even know what to expect again. Business owners feel hopeless because they have had to close down the business and also file for bankruptcy in addition.
3. Ruth’s response– she clung unto Naomi. I call it the posture of perseverance. If you take time to read the book, Ruth followed her mother in law to Bethlehem, where she worked hard, met her future husband in Boaz, got married and gave birth to Obed, the grandfather of the mighty King David of Israel. From this lineage came Jesus Christ. There are few Ruths. Honestly, it is not easy at this time to be upbeat about life and have a positive attitude. I don’t know how Ruth developed such inner fortitude, but what I can learn from this story is she chose to be persistent.
During this difficult season, we have a choice to be bitter, hopeless or persistent. One of the factors to fortitude is prayer. Commit to prayer and ask God for strength to soldier on.
I pray you will get some sort of inspiration and encouragement out of this post today.
Hello, I am happy to come your way again. Hope your weekend was good? All too soon, we will be drawing the curtains to the first half of the year. Honestly, this has gone quick!
What a year we have had so far, judging by the first six months. None of us ever imagined or scripted this! At the end of the day, six months have gone by and it is not in our power to alter the events of the day. Within your power is your response to it.
It leads me to talk on today’s subject- joy. An overwhelming majority are disappointed in 2020; with all its issues aside, none has topped the coronavirus yet which has kept the world under siege. Some are frighteningly not looking forward to the next half, because if the first was that bad, why look forward to the second half?
I want to start with these four words that can change our paradigm as we brace ourselves for the next six months, “count it all joy”. Before I talk about joy, let us look at what it is not.
1. It is not happiness- joy and happiness are on two different tangents. Not even close! Happiness depends on the happenings, mostly good ones around you to brighten your mood. Nobody in their right mind can be happy at this time, I mean, most of us. What is there to be happy about when the news headlines and the events of the day don’t call for that.
2. It is not cackling laughter- it doesn’t mean laughing out wild and crazy either. It is not really an emotional release. Laughing and falling on the floor with tears in your eyes is not joy. It can be the effect of joy, but it is not the nature of joy.
3. It is not pleasure in pain- in this current context of the world, people are in pain- the vast majority of the world. Being joyful is not being a sadist. It is very abnormal to rejoice in the pain and the discomfort of another.
So, what is joy? I want to define it from a biblical perspective. This verse was written in Greek, so the definition of joy in that language connotes three English words: a cheerful countenance, gladness and a calm delight.
i. It pictures one who is not down but has a positive spirit and attitude because of his cheerful countenance.
ii. A joyful person is one who doesn’t have a sullen mood because he refuses to allow the external circumstances of this world affect his disposition towards others. That is gladness. Some are lashing out in violent temper tantrums. It might be the first time one is expressing his mood in that fashion, because none of us have ever been in such a tough predicament.
iii. One who has a calm delight is optimistic about finding a solution to the problem. He sees a silver lining behind the cloud. People who are like that tend to treat problems as temporary than permanent. They take intelligent, well thought out decisions, knowing a decision in a temporal situation can alter their destinies for the rest of their lives.
That is the big picture of joy. How do we receive joy or become joyful? Let me quote this Bible passage.
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy” Colossians 1:11
Walk into the second half of the year with God’s power, that comes by prayer. It is through God’s power that we experience the infilling of joy. So I end on this note, enter into the second half, “counting it all joy”.
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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”- Jesus Christ
This quote from Jesus Christ has been the foundation of our series. It can be found in Matthew 23:23 of the Bible. Over the past two weeks, we have touched on justice and mercy as weightier matters.
The background to this quote is an extract of Jesus teaching his disciples and multitudes gathered on the Pharisees. They were religious leaders of his day, who concerned themselves with religious duties, which were not wrong, but they were chided for neglecting other things which were heavier in his estimation.
Today, we look at the third attribute in faithfulness. There are three words I want you to picture when defining this: steadfastness, constancy and fidelity. When you sum up these three words, it is safe to say, a faithful person is a loyal person.
It is easier to say, we are faithful, but let us look at some hallmarks to ascertain that.
1. It shows in stewardship– a steward is one who manages another’s property. When something is not your own, how you handle it speaks volumes to your character. Faithfulness means if something is not mine, I treat it like mine and take care of it. Do we still borrow or lend out books? I remember, it was popular for a minute. Sometimes, one can borrow a brand new book from a friend, and when returned, it comes back torn, with food stains on the pages and virtually worn out. That is a faithfulness problem. It shows in little things. There are people who rent a car and return it in such a bad shape after only a week. Faithfulness demands responsible stewardship and proper accountability to the very minutest detail.
“And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own?” Luke 16:12
To move into ownership, starts with faithfulness. If you don’t have that character trait, you will be a steward the rest of your life. Nothing wrong with starting as a steward, but it should be a stepping stone to ownership. How we treat people’s possessions should matter to us from today.
2. You keep at it– you don’t take the easy way out when confronted with an unforeseen issue. Most projects on paper look nice; you map out how you will move from points A to B. But the reality on the ground doesn’t always reflect what is drawn on paper. There are many unforeseen battles, moments of despair, real tough times in between points A and B. If you can’t endure the contradiction in between the points, that is a faithfulness issue. Faithfulness breeds endurance. Endurance is an attitude from a character trait. So if you don’t have character (faithfulness), you can’t produce that attitude (endurance). Many try hard to fix their ‘endurance level’, instead of checking on their ‘character’ which will produce that attitude or virtue.
“We must keep our eyes on Jesus, who leads us and makes our faith complete. He endured the shame of being nailed to a cross, because he knew later on he would be glad he did. Now he is seated at the right side of God’s throne!” Hebrews 12:2
Jesus is a good model of faithfulness. He was going to be nailed to a cross which will result in him being seated at God’s right side. I think watching Mel Gibson’s movie on The Passion will give us an idea on the torture and suffering, the pain and the shame he went through to go to the cross. Why did he have to endure such suffering? I remembered watching this movie (only once), it got so heavy on me that at a point, I had to leave and come back to watch it. I bought the DVD when it was released later, but it still has the wrapper on it (more than 15 years). Why didn’t he turn back? Was it because of the end result? Probably not, because sometimes the end result won’t encourage you enough when you are “going through it”. I believe it was more of his nature and character that drove him to endure that. He was faithful!
3. Relationships matter to them– they are loyal. They keep friendships. They put the interest of a relationship before their own needs. Maintaining a relationship is no child’s play. It will require you sacrificing your own selfish ambitions to make it work most of the time. How you treat relationships speaks to your character of faithfulness. I believe the highest level of relationship is a marital one. It will take faithfulness to stay married to one person until death. Providing is good but not enough, taking vacations together is good but not enough, going on dinner dates is also good but not enough. Activities spice up the union, but character is what will keep it going the long haul. There are many activities that will add flavor and zest to any kind of relationship, but it will boil down to character (faithfulness) which will stabilize the relationship for keeps.
As we have read these posts over the three weeks, may we be doers and not readers only. That is my prayer for you, fellow reader.
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