A difficult past can be overcome by continuing to move on. A good friend is cheaper than therapy. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all people. Biblical baptism requires choice, faith, repentance, and commitment on the part of the participant. Every aspect of our lives should be so ordered as to glorify God in whatever we think, say, and do. Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and wait for an answer.
God is “ready to forgive” everyone. He will never turn away those who approach Him with repentant hearts.
If we are looking for trouble, we will soon find it. If we are not happy single, we will not be happy married. The same principle applies to having children. If we compare ourselves with others, we could become vain and bitter—not a good thing to do. It is not too much to proclaim that Christ’s resurrection is the most certain fact in all of history. It is not what other people think of us, it is what we think of ourselves. Nurture strength of spirit to shield us in sudden misfortunes. Obedience to God’s commandments is an expression of our love for Him.
True morality is generated internally from a heart of gratitude and love for God and His Word. We should recount all of our blessings and share our burdens with God. When Jesus makes His second appearance, everything will be subjected to Him. When we choose not to follow God, He does not abandon us, but does allow us to go our own way. When we speak, our words should center on “that which is good to edify” and lift people up.
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.