Slander and Gossip

I’ve been listening to Chip Ingram’s sermons lately. They’re awesome! (I highly recommend downloading the Chip Ingram app.)

The other day, I heard a sermon on slandering and gossiping about people. Chip said that you slander someone any time you talk about him and the person you’re talking to thinks less of him after your conversation than before it. 

Wow. That’s hard. 

I heard that a couple of weeks ago and I’ve really been trying to watch what I say since then. So many times, I’ve left a conversation and then realized what I’d just said about someone and then asked for forgiveness. It’s happened a bunch in just a couple of weeks! It’s really tough, but I’m going to keep working on it. It’s so important! 

Slandering is definitely not loving, but Christians do it all the time. Imagine what people would see in Christians if we could stop slandering others! It’s something people would definitely notice and hopefully admire. 

I hope you choose to work on this with me!
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Grace is for Everyone

I’ve been struggling for a while with my attitude toward certain people. I haven’t felt like helping people who aren’t trying to get out of their situations on their own. Which was probably a result of the work that I do as a home visitor, but it also made my job more difficult. I wasn’t putting all of my effort in for my clients when I didn’t feel like they were thankful and they weren’t helping themselves. 

So, I’ve asked God to help me change my attitude over the past few months. I wasn’t understanding why I should try so hard for people who aren’t trying for themselves. So today, I don’t even remember exactly what I was praying about, but I was asking God to help some people even though they don’t deserve it. 

Then I said “ohh…”

That’s why I need to help people. Because of grace. 

Grace is giving people what they don’t deserve. And it’s how God shows His love to us. So if I want to show God’s love to others, then I need to be pouring out grace to them. 

I’ve always understood grace and I’ve been thankful for the grace of God, but I guess that I didn’t fully understand it. Or maybe I just forgot what it was supposed to look like. 

Either way, today I realized that grace is not only giving people what they don’t deserve, but it’s also giving to people who are undeserving. It’s not just for the people who I like or who are trying (so being a little bit deserving) or who are thankful. I need to show grace to everyone

Now the hard part: applying what I realized. 
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The Criminal on the Cross

Since it’s almost Easter, I was reading through the story of Jesus’s death. I read about the criminals on the cross next to Jesus and one of the criminal’s words made salvation sound so clear and simple. Mark 40-43 says, ” But the other criminal protested, ‘Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'” Continue reading

God’s Plan is Bigger and Better than Mine

I’ve been thinking a lot about God’s plan lately. I’ve been trying to relate things that go on in life to God’s plan. I’ve really been taking “everything happens for a reason” seriously. Obviously, I can’t see God’s plan and I can’t determine why everything happens, but thinking about the plan more often has really been helping with my positivity. It’s honestly been freeing.

God tells us some of His plan in the Bible. We know some details of the end times from Revelation. We can see how his plan played out through Jesus Christ and that there has always been a plan for the Gentiles. We don’t know everything though. Continue reading