A person needs to acknowledge his or her sinful nature before coming to Christ for salvation. Because time goes by so fast is all the more reason to enjoy the present moment. Character is everything. Christians can rejoice in tribulation because they have eternity’s values in view. Each of us is expected to be a servant in one capacity or another.
Essentials should not take a back seat to incidentals. Every child has his or her own bent. It is best not to compare them. For those who love God, all things work together for good. God sends His message through His servants.
He who sows sparingly shall reap sparingly; he who sows bountifully shall reap bountifully. It is better not to prejudge people. The ground at the cross is level. It is more blessed to give than to receive, one of the least practiced virtues in the Bible.
It is so easy to say what we would do, as opposed to what another person did. Kind words are never wasted. Like scattered seeds, they spring up in unexpected places. Love is giving an outgoing concern for the welfare of others without expecting anything in return. Love sought is good, but given unsought is better. Many people wonder if the wisdom of this world has done more good or more harm.
Opening our hearts helps us extend a genuine welcome to all we meet. Patience is a skill we can learn. Relationships thrive with caring, encouragement, and praise. Sin destroys willpower. It saps our strength to live righteously.
Society is increasingly drifting away from God’s Word. The only way through grief is to grieve. We must work through the pain of whatever the circumstances. The world needs to be prepared for the return of Jesus in person. There is a big difference in hoping for something and hoping in someone like God. Unity prevails where God’s presence prevails. We should strive to make God’s priorities our priorities and try our best to think as He does on every issue.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.