“When we are foiled, let us believe we shall overcome; when we have fallen, let us believe we shall rise again. Jacob, after he received a blow which made him lame, yet would not give over wrestling (Gen. 32:25) till he had obtained the blessing. So let us never give up, but, in our thoughts knit the beginning, progress and end together, and then we shall see ourselves in heaven out of the reach of all enemies.”
“We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.”
“We instinctively tend to limit for whom we exert ourselves. We do it for people like us, and for people whom we like. Jesus will have none of that. By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need – regardless of race, politics, class, and religion – is your neighbour. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbour, and you must love your neighbour.” Timothy Keller
“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In lovehe predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…”
I used to get confused by Paul’s writing. It seemed to me that every sentence was long and hard to get through. After several years of being discouraged, I finally got smart and SLOWED DOWN. I started to reread verses, and to pull apart phrases so that I could make sense of them, though some are still hard to grasp.
What I discovered was a treasure trove of wonderful truths. Paul’s writing became less overwhelming and richer in meaning. The picture emerged of a man who was so in love with Jesus, he felt a passion to teach and share as much as he could about Him. I sensed the urgency Paul must have felt to help believers grow in knowledge while he still had the chance.
With all that in mind, passages like this one in Ephesians generate a new gratitude and excitement in my spirit. Phrases like “blessed us…with every spiritual blessing in Christ,” or “in love he predestined us for adoption to sonship” stir up hope about my present and my future. Paul wanted to awaken his readers to all the wonders of what Jesus has done for them – for us. Because the more we know of Christ, the more we’ll fall in love with him, too.
That’s worth taking the time to slow down and savor!
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“Sometimes to destroy the monsters that we face, we have to come against them in the same way that they have come against us. But if I do so in the power of God, I might have come against them in the same way, but I have come against them with a very kind of different power. And in that sense, nothing is the same.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
“Your trials equal the power of God that works in you. If your battles are intense, then what God has deposited in you is deep.”
Dr Paul Gitwaza
“…we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
I always admire how sharp a thinker Solomon was. He had a gift of making simple statements that cut to the heart of our thoughts, behaviors and motivations. And what Solomon wrote over 2000 years ago still clearly applies today, because both human nature and God’s Will haven’t changed!
This verse is a great one to meditate on. Look at the first phrase: hatred stirs up conflict. It’s absolutely true, isn’t it? If we let resentments or rivalries fester, they’ll eventually come out in bad behavior towards someone else. But try turning the words around, and you get another caution: conflict stirs up hatred. In other words we can actually create bad feelings between us and others by how we choose to act.
In his Proverbs, Solomon often used opposites to make a point, and he does just that here. Now, in the second phrase, we see the better way, that: love covers all wrongs. Again, Solomon is talking about decisions – in this case, to plan ahead of time to assume the best about people, and to be ready to forgive.
Proverbs is full of wisdom, yes, but it also shows a passion for God. Solomon wanted to encourage the Lord’s people to grow into maturity, to truly be a “holy nation,” and he knew that living rightly with one other each day is a vital part of that.
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“An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.”
A. W. Tozer
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”