Because the Lord is near, we can rejoice and treat others with gentleness. He is near because he lives in us through his Spirit. He is near because his coming is at hand. He is near because when we gather with other believers, serve others who are in need, or share the Gospel with friends and people of other cultures, he has promised to be with us. There is nothing more infectious than a joyous and kind person. Because Jesus lives in us, works through us, and is coming for us, we can be both joyful and tender!
I’m currently reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and Passion & Purpose by Jimmy Seibert! You should check them out!
"God doesn’t want us to find who we are in people or the circumstances around us, but in Christ who lives inside us. Unless we love Him most, we can’t love others more."
I do not know why bad things happen. It’s actually kind of crazy you ask me this right now because I am reading a book and I’m currently on a chapter about bad things. It’s talking about struggles that happen in our life today, like losing a loved one to cancer or a car accident, having our heart broken, seeing our parents go through divorce… the list goes on. and then it talks about the apostles and how they were ridiculed and beat and told to never speak the name of Jesus again. It’s crazy to see someone who loves Jesus and follow Him wholeheartedly be hurt so bad or for any of God’s children to have bad things happen to them. And I can understand how you would question why a loving God would allow us to be hurt and allow bad things to happen. I know I have thought that before when I’ve seen bad things happen. But in the Bible God tells us “In this world you will have trouble, But take heart! I have overcome the world”. God did not create the bad things. He did not intend for them to happen, in Genesis it says “God saw all He made, and it was very good.” And in Genesis 50:20 Joseph said to his brothers “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” God promises that he will take the pain you are going through and make something good of it.
I know this doesn’t fully answer your question because I cannot tell you the complete reason of all the bad. But I can tell you that God is intending good to come from it for those who follow Him.
I want more of Jesus!
More of You, less of me