Tuesday, July 25, 2017

One Verse That Can Change Your Life

  There are a lot of verses in the bible that can change your life, especially the one that tells you how to be saved. That's where it all begins.  After that, we are to read the bible and believe it's every word.  It's not an opinion or maybe true, it's the only thing in this world that is absolute truth.
 We were listening to a series on Tension, through Fellowship Baptist Church in WV. On one of the CDs, he expounded on this verse and it was just so good, that I made this little sign above, to go on our refrigerator. On the back, I have the definitions to each of the words. They are simple words, but just looking at the definitions, gives you a perfect picture of what God is telling us.
Ephesians 4:31-32 says Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  God's word   has the power to change a life completely, but we have to let it. God never forces us to do right, but he gives us the tools to live a life that is peaceable and that pleases him, but we have to take the tools of the word of God and use them, not just keep them sitting on the shelf.
God tells us to put away bitterness. That is resentment, hard feelings that someone did you wrong. Haven't we all had someone do us wrong?  Didn't we do God wrong? Do you know that when we harbor bitterness, that we continue to do God wrong, because he has said to put it away. To keep bitterness in our hearts, is to sin against God.
He says to put away wrath. That is extreme anger. The more you think about a thing, the angrier you become. Put it away. When you become angry, you say things you don't mean, do things you wouldn't otherwise do and you hurt people in a way that sometimes, cannot be fixed.
God says to put away anger. That is a strong feeling of hostility. It's not worth holding onto it. It will build to wrath, and eventually, to action.
Clamour. That is shouting. No one likes to be yelled at. It shows that you are angry and  makes others feel like you hate them.
Evil Speaking. I really like this one. The very day we listened to this sermon, something happened at work and I was about to tell my husband at lunch, but God reminded me of evil speaking. It's saying anything that would be hurtful to the person you are speaking about. If it doesn't effect the other person's life, why tell it?  Even if it's true, don't talk about it, unless you are willing to speak it in front of them. If someone is doing something wrong, talk to God alone about it.
When we put away those things, then we can be kind, which is helpful, gentle and a good disposition.
Tenderhearted-compassionate. Forgiving, which is to grant a pardon, to cease to feel resentment against.
Jesus used the parable in Matthew 18: 23-35 to teach us about forgiveness. The man owed a debt that was comparable to ten million dollars and was forgiven, yet he went out and grabbed a man by the throat that owed him the equivalent of $15 and demanded he pay him back.  God paid our sin debt. It was so large, that we could never have repaid it. Just like the man and the ten million dollars. How dare we, think we can make others pay for what they have done, when it's so small compared to what God has forgiven us. We are to forgive, as he has forgiven us.
When I heard this sermon, I didn't want to forget it and I don't want my family to either. Tensions will come. Hurtful things will happen, but God has an answer.  It feels so much better to forgive, to be tenderhearted and kind than to be angry, bitter and speaking evil all the time. And most of all, it please God. Then the peace of God comes into our heart and we can be truly happy. A happy that shows on our face and in the way that we live.

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