1 John 3:18-19 | "Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God." This is a simple truth that is difficult to do. It is incredibly hard to overtly show acts of love to someone who: has wronged us; or who stands for what seem like all the things we appose; or whose culture is so different from ours that it makes us deeply uncomfortable; or to a person who accurately calls us out when our character defects express; or to a kind person that happens to share an attribute of someone we hate; or to someone in an apposing gang; or to those who seem to abuse their power.
Yes, those are just some of situations that greatly challenge our capacity to love others. We tend to love the innocent and respond with disgust and hostility to the guilty. We forget that there is blood on our hands too. We forget that we are equally capable of doing evil.
When we somehow convince ourselves that we are incapable of certain sins that others have committed, we have likely just not imagined the necessary conditions that would lead us to do the same thing. When you can truthfully acknowledge the circumstances that would cause the same behavior in you, you will often find much of the disgust dissolves away as we accept our true capacity for evil.
This is empathy and humility. These conditions lead to the world-changing love this verse demands.
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I started reading this amazing book called ‘Fuck Feelings’ and the biggest takeaway thus far was this...accepting and acknowledging, (good or bad) anything and everything that has happened in your life up until this point. You see, our brains 🧠 are so powerful that whether we would like to ‘forget’ a memory or not, unfortunately that just doesn’t happen. We can try to, through weeks, years of therapy or ‘avoiding’ its entirety, however whether we like it or not, it still very much so exists and will continue to exist in our space. That’s the CRAZY 💡 thing is that, how about, instead of doing what we are told as a form of instant gratification sweeping our problems under the bed (b/c we have been taught through associative learning that if shit goes down to hide or avoid)...WE FACE the problem head on, acknowledge it is there, understand why it happened, and set it back on our shelf of memories 😌✨ What makes us whole is not just the good, but it’s also the bad, the laughs, the stress, the successes, you name it. My point is, we wouldn’t be who we are today, if we never experienced the complexities of life :) Alright now I’m high key lost hahahaha I’ll end it here. Also I am aware this entire thing is a run on 😅🤤 But yes, that’s the book in a nutshell 🥜 😏😅😉 Don’t say I never gave you anything 😂😂😎 - Joey
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BV. To get even isn't my way. I choose to be kind and forgiving all the time — to all people who hurt me, one way or another.
May your zeal be so infectious that it has the power to shift the frequency of a room when you walk in... ♥️
We all want peace, love and happiness. Let’s work together to achieve it.
You adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God. Or do you think the Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to dwell in us yearns with envy? But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:4-8 Berean Study Bible #GodsWord #TheKnightsTemplar #SpiritualWarfare #GodOverGreed #HumilityCrushesGreedyHearts #Grace #Love #Jesus #Humility #knightfall #thebible
Today, my heart 💖 is deeply stirred and touched in church today. This pair of hands 🤲 has great story belonging to a 78 years old elderly auntie with a 40 years old blind son seated beside me. Auntie was in constant pain on her left side of her body and yet never failed to check on her son to ensure he is comfortable and well. They only have each other.
As I tried to assist her with her discomfort, her words she spoke showed so much power 💪 and faith in the Lord that the Lord will take care of everything. "Leave it to the Lord, let Him decide everything for my son and my pain. He will take care of me." Simple faith of a mustard seed, surrendering heart of a faithful servant of God.
Thank you Auntie for this special encounter with you. I am humbled.
Before destruction comes pride.
Be a gentleman.
Such an absolutely beautiful and peaceful weekend away. Was some much needed quality time with my mom, some wonderful ladies, and God 🙏 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity"
Colossians 3 : 12-14
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Las personas que se dan un tiempo para soñar, generalmente son las que viven con mayores ganas de superarse, de tener una vida mejor. Si le agregas Fe y Perseverancia a tu vida, ¡TODO LO PODRÁS!, porque Dios es especialista en cumplir los sueños de las personas luchadoras. Sueña en grande y para bien, esos sueños que nos hacen ser mejores con uno mismo y con los demás. Tú tienes el talento, deja de esperar aprobación. Lucha hasta que se te agoten las fuerzas porque Dios está atento a tus esfuerzos y necesidades y te socorrerá cuando ya no puedas más. Y cuando sientas que ya no puedes más y las fuerzas te fallan; abandona tu corazón en las manos de Dios y permite que Su poder te levante.
Cuando estas tan enfocado en lo que quieres, no tienes tiempo para escuchar lo negativo.
Gracias, gracias, gracias.
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After his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul had much to learn about salvation and following Christ. Throughout his life, the apostle shared what he was discovering. In his letter to the church at Philippi, he wrote about a very important life lesson - the secret of being conteny
What kind of life do you think brings contentment? You might assume it is one with few troubles or great success. You may want good health, financial security, and a loving family. Paul's life was not at all like this. He was in danger from both his own countryman and the opposition (2 Corinthians 11:23-26). Sometimes the people listened, but more often, they were hostile to his message. He also had a "thorn in the flesh" which God refused to remove (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). And Paul even spent considerable time in prison, chained to a guard. Yet he boldly wrote, " I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation" (Philippians 4:12, NIV). The secret he discovered was to live on the basis of his position in the Lord, not his feelings. As God's child, Paul knew he was spiritually rich - "blessed . . . with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3) because he had a loving Father and the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Contentment in our media-driven age is hard to find and harder to keep. There's always something newer, bigger, or better to buy and someone else who has what you want. When you feel unsatisfied, try basing your response on your position as a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17) rather than feelings.
When man, entering into the spiritual world, becomes a Son of God, she comprehends the universal Light - the Holy Ghost - as a perfect whole, and her Self as nothing but a mere idea resting on a fragment of Grace.
"I'm not trying to win the approval of people - but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant." ~Galatians 1:10
We got to participate in the #WalkForFreedom
today in Santa Ana. It was amazing to see how many people speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves. We got to hear an amazing story from a woman who was bought into sex slavery as a young girl. Turns out she jumped out of her kidnappers car, on the freeway while being transported to the desert to be killed. By the grace of God she survived and has committed her life to bring awareness towards this issue that is often ignored because it is uncomfortable to talk about. Together we can shine the light on this issue and free those that are held captive. 🙏🏻 @A21
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Psalm 91:14-15. Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. 💪🏻
I Love You So Much ❤️ With Love, Paradox 🌹
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(Philippians 2: 3)
Some People are just a Godsend♥️thank you to my 🦋Sister @2018mywayorgodsway
♥️for showing me so much love and selflessly opening your abode to me, making me feel at home here in New York City! I couldn’t have done this without God’s direction and your obedience to Him🙏🏽Your hospitality has been so gracious and I appreciate you more than you can ever imagine for making me a part of your Family! Thank you for the amazing home cooked meals and keeping me on point in the city! I love you and praying for your speedy recovery cause I know you ready to get back to your hustle! Lol🙏🏽😘♥️🦋🦄#God #Godsend #friends #family #gratitude #prayer #humility #hustle #grind #movers #shakers #blessings #nyc #brooklyn #manhattan