Sunday, February 24, 2013

Salvation Sunday: Put it on the altar

Have ya been hurt by somebody and just held onto it? Have you had any grudges that just wears you down? Have you had little things that you stress about? Well, the good news is that you don't have to hold onto it at all. In Matthew, we hear about the turning the other cheek concept. If someone does something to you, you don't automatically do the same thing to them. You have to show them love and don't let it bother you. If you have any issues, give it to God and let Him deal with it. There's this song and the words are "what a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs He'll bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God. Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer." I'm always keeping this song in mind. Many times I will stress the small things and it messed with my health and well being. And then people will tell me stop stressing and bring it to God. Ever since I have done this, I am less stressed. And I don't stress the little things because I bring it to God and I trust that He will do it.

Another part in Matthew is talking about how loving your enemies and blessing those that curse you. I feel that this is a very hard thing to do. If something does you wrong, God wants us to forgive them and love them. Jesus talks about how we should love all the same way. Matthew 5:46-47 says "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?". Publicans were public contractors or Jewish tax collectors. Now, Jesus is comparing His people to tax collectors. He's saying that the tax collectors love those that love them. And he also says to try to be like God who is perfect. The thing is we're not perfect and we will never be until we get to heaven. However, this doesn't mean that we cant try to act like it or try to improve ourselves. Therefore, love your neighbors, enemies and friends. You never know by you loving your enemies, you might be the one to save them and bring them to Christ.

I challenge you this week to show low to all that you come into contact with. And I also challenge you to bring stuff to God on a daily basis and let Him take care of it all.

Stay blessed and enjoy the day!!!!

Salvation Sunday: Steven Gable

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