For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There is no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
“He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Today a good friend sent me a text and it touched my heart. I thought it may touch your heart as well.
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.”
Hebrews 12:5-6 (NLT)
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,
“My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”
This ministered to me today because it reminds me that, the Lord has got me on His mind. Knows when to apply pressure to change my thinking and behavior in order to be a true example of His Son! Wow, He would choose me. Be encouraged today. You are chosen and royal!
“But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
(are you doing your part?)
There’s a song that Casting Crowns sings called, “We Are the Body” that really speaks to me. I have often wondered why more Christians are not better at reaching out. Especially when there are homeless people out holding signs asking for help. I know from personal experience that there are many homeless people with some kind of addiction. But who are we to tell them how to spend the money that we may give them? If God told me to give a homeless person $5 or even just $1, is it my place to say, “but God… he may buy a beer.” It’s not our business how they spend that money. It’s not the money that you are really giving… it’s the love of Jesus you are showing. Besides that… there are other things you can give besides money. Give a gift card for a fast food place… or carry little packs of cheese and crackers… I know in the wetter regions that socks are always received with great joy.
Here are the lyrics to the song. You can hear it on Youtube by searching for Casting Crowns.
“If We Are The Body”
It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girl’s teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road
Jesus payed much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ
Jesus is the way
by CASTING CROWNS
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” (Luke 4:18, 19 NLT)
“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are out out of sight. Yes, what a joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”
I am forever grateful for a clean slate.
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” (1 Corinthians 1:25-31 NLT)