HOPE

Before you believed in Christ, you were separated from Him. You were without hope and without God in the world. Eph. 2:12

All of us were there at one time. Some of us still are. Before we submit to Jesus, we are without God and hope. Yes, we may believe in Him, but He is not a daily part of our lives. Only through a living relationship with Christ can we have God and hope for the future. So how about it, have you made Jesus your Lord or are you living without hope?



Compassion

The merciful man does himself good, But the cruel man does himself harm. Prov. 11:17

We live in a world where little mercy is shown. People jump all over others weaknesses and faults and consider it clever. It’s popular to make fun of others shortcomings. The Bible says that the merciful person is actually doing themselves good. And conversely, when you are cruel, you are hurting yourself more than others. Do yourself a favor show compassion.



Forgiveness

Be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ. Eph. 4:32

Did you know that God will forgive you because of what Jesus did on the cross? For the same reason, we are to forgive others. When we hold grudges and refuse to forgive, we dishonor Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. God honors the death of Jesus by forgiving you. You honor the death of Jesus by forgiving others.


God’s Laws

The Lord our God commanded us to obey all these laws and to fear Him. These laws are for our own good as long as we live. Deut. 6:24

God did not give us rules to make us unhappy. He gave them to us for our own good. He made us and He knows what is good and what is bad for us. He loves us enough to warn us about what is harmful and to lead us to what will help us. Never look at God’s rules as restrictive but as liberating. His way sets us free to really enjoy life.