Remember Jesus. Consider Jesus. This will allow you to endure hardship honorably and represent Jesus well.
When times get tough and division is all around you, “consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (Hebrews 12:3). Remember Jesus and how He is kind to the unthankful and the evil. Remember that we are His followers and His representatives. Remember that we are His distributors of grace, mercy, and peace—especially to those who don’t deserve them. Remember to not become weary in doing good.
When we remember Jesus, we naturally stop doing and saying things that might undermine the faith of those who witness them. We stop striving. We stop fighting over words. Such arguments don’t do anybody any good and they only ruin those who hear—or read—them (2 Timothy 2:14). Remember Jesus, who endured such hostility from sinful men; who is kind to the unthankful and the evil; who daily pours out His grace, mercy, and peace upon us (who definitely don’t deserve it).
Please, dear friends—please be careful about quarreling over words.
Instead, let’s remember and return to the only words worth our time, energy, attention, and devotion—God’s Words. God’s Word, which is unshackled (according to the extremely shackled Apostle Paul). Think that through. Paul in a prison. Paul in isolation. Paul in chains says:
“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.” (2 Timothy 2:8-9)
The Word of God cannot be chained, shackled, bound, or imprisoned, no matter what happens.
Lift your eyes from the word of man and remember and return to The Word of God.
From Pastor Dom...
When I first gave my life to Jesus, there were friends in my life who helped me to grow in my understanding of God, through His word, and for those friends