God’s Instructions

I read this verse last week: 1 Peter 2:17 “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God.” Like many other verses in the Bible, it’s a good summation of what we are to do everyday for God. I said last week I was going to post ways we can seek God first. Here are three things we can do:

  1. Show proper respect to everyone. God created ALL people and loves ALL people. God does not show favor to white, black, or yellow skin so neither should we. Unfortunately, it is a big problem in society today. Doing research for this post, I found that the US is not alone in it’s problem. Even England, Germany, Russia and Australia have prejudice people. Unfortunately, when God gave us free choice, we made bad choices,  and that includes thinking that people of a different color are somehow not worthy of our love and respect. But I have to point out one thing: we all bleed red blood; we all have the same organs in our bodies; we all get our feelings hurt if you call us names. Click To Tweet And no one on this Earth is perfect, white, black or brown skinned. Only God is perfect and that’s why we need Him so much, to forgive our sins, make us perfect again and allow us into Heaven. 

  2. Love the family of believers. Well, the first phrase tells us to respect everyone and that includes those that believe the same as we do, go to church with us or even a church down the street or across the world. But I think this especially means if there is someone in the church that has needs like a family whose house has burned down or lost their income, someone who is sick and in the hospital or orphans and widows. A church should take care of them as the Bible instructs us to do. And of course we should pray for one another, I try to do that when God brings someone into my thoughts. I may not be able to do something tangible at that moment but I can certainly pray that God would meet their need through someone else, or perhaps they need emotional support at that moment. I know God is listening and He will be their Rock in times of trouble.

  3. And the last instruction in this verse is to fear God. One Bible dictionary I read said, “two sides of the fear of the Lord: that which produces awe, reverence, and obedience, and that which causes one to cower in dread and terror in anticipation of his displeasure.” I have to admit, during my childhood, I belonged to a church that scared me into believing in God. They made God into a finger-shaking figure in Heaven that would come down and punish me if I didn’t do the right things. Now, I know better and He is also a loving God who doesn't punish people, only shakes His head with sadness when we disappoint Him. Click To TweetKind of like a good father on earth would, He wants us to succeed. But now that I have been a Christian for 26 years, I am more in the other category. I am filled with awe, reverence and thankfulness that He has chosen me to be part of His eternal family. He has chosen me to love and adore and bless with salvation. He has shown me over the years that He is a loving God, He has answered prayers and I have felt His presence when I needed it. That is why I still believe and ‘fear’ God.

I hope you have learned something today, friends and pray that you will go about your day serving God and loving others.

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You are God’s Masterpiece

This is a quote from Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!” If you missed the first week you can find it here.

‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself’ is found eight times in the Bible. Some translations say “love your neighbor” and some say “love one another.” If we follow Jesus’ example, he loved all kinds of people. He loved men, women and children. He loved people who were sick, lame and blind, even pharisees and tax collectors.

The Message version translates the second part of the verse as “Love other people as well as you do yourself.” But for those of us with self-esteem issues, that isn’t as easy as it sounds. Frankly, its easy to love others and really hard to love ourselves. We constantly put ourselves down. We criticize the way we dress or cook or raise our kids.”

Is it the same for you? I am my worst critic. But when I realize it, I stop and repeat, “God loves me, it doesn’t matter.” “I don’t have to be perfect, God loves me anyway.” Or “I have other strengths, even if this isn’t one of them.” These mantras work for a moment. But what we truly need to do is take a moment to pray that God will send his Holy Spirit upon us because He is “the source of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) The Holy Spirit can send God's lovingkindness upon us so that we can feel loved and love for ourselves and who He made us. Click To Tweet

YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE! You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you. And you are valuable. God does not make mistakes. Sure, you are imperfect. You are human. Only God is perfect. But He loves you even if you are flawed.

So today’s lesson is: when you start to beat yourself up about something, STOP! You will never be perfect, but God loves you anyway!! And isn’t that the best news you’ve heard all day?! In my book, you can find other ways to counteract those negative voices in your head.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

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Taking a breath

I am writing a Bible study to post over the summer beginning on June 2. But here are some of my older posts that you can revisit: The Armor of God, Choose your thoughts, or God’s thoughts.

Or check out my new Bible journaling page, with lots of pictures.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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What God says about diversity

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This is a post I did 18 month ago that I thought was appropriate for today. Amen?  Yes!

There’s a big word being thrown around recently: diversity. The dictionary defines it simply as variety. I, personally, like a little variety in my life. I drive different ways to get to one place. I like different kinds of food. I order something different when I go to a restaurant multiple times. I change purses and shoes often (but most women do.) But unfortunately, there are people who would like things to stay the same day in and day out and do not like change. They don’t redecorate their houses and stick to the same avocado green or yellow of the past (ick.) They don’t have a smart phone because their flip phone is just fine, even though they think it’s cool to see their friends and family look up things on their phones. And they don’t want racial equality in our country.

But what does God say? In Psalm 139:13 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” In Genesis God says that He made all of us in His image. I take that to mean that He has our general form: a head, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears, a torso, two arms and two legs. But the color and length of all of those limbs and parts are as different as there are types of flowers on the earth. But I don’t see anywhere in the Bible God says to judge a person by the color of his/her skin. Unfortunately, a man did that all on his own and still does it today.

Wouldn’t it be a boring world if everyone were the same. What if you walked outside your door and everyone looked the same? Every tree was the same? Every bird was the same? Every cat and dog was the same breed and color? God gave us variety so we could teach each other, learn from each other, compliment each other and love each other. Help me fellow Christians to love your fellow man/woman no matter what color or size they are. Click To Tweet

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God doesn’t have favorites!

So I found some more scriptures about God loving all people and not favoring one person (or race) over another. In Colossians 3:11(NLT) it says, “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free, Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us.” I am not a theologian but that verse tells me that God loves all men and women and He expects us to love everyone equally. The rest of the chapter goes on to say that we should be merciful, kind, humble, gentle, and patient with others, all others, not just those in our family, not just those in our neighborhood but everyone we come in contact with.

Wow! He expects a lot of us doesn’t He?! Yes, He expects us to be “Christ-like” and those are some BIG shoes to fill. But verse eleven also says that Christ lives in us and we also have the Holy Spirit to guide us. So I urge you again friends to be Christlike and love everyone equally, retweet this message and pass it on to your friends so everyone we know will do the same. God bless you all.

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What God says about diversity

There’s a big word being thrown around recently: diversity. The dictionary defines it simply as variety. I, personally, like a little variety in my life. I drive different ways to get to one place. I like different kinds of food. I order something different when I go to a restaurant multiple times. I change purses and shoes often (but most women do.) But unfortunately, there are people who would like things to stay the same day in and day out and do not like change. They don’t redecorate their houses and stick to the same avocado green or yellow of the past (ick.) They don’t have a smart phone because their flip phone is just fine, even though they think it’s cool to see their friends and family look up things on their phones. And they don’t want racial equality in our country.

But what does God say? In Psalm 139:13 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” In Genesis God says that He made all of us in His image. I take that to mean that He has our general form: a head, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears, a torso, two arms and two legs. But the color and length of all of those limbs and parts are as different as there are types of flowers on the earth. But I don’t see anywhere in the Bible God says to judge a person by the color of his/her skin. Unfortunately, a man did that all on his own and still does it today.

Wouldn’t it be a boring world if everyone were the same. What if you walked outside your door and everyone looked the same? Every tree was the same? Every bird was the same? Every cat and dog was the same breed and color? God gave us variety so we could teach each other, learn from each other, compliment each other and love each other. Help me fellow Christians to love your fellow man/woman no matter what color or size they are.

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