38 Little Reminders Why Life Is Good (And God Is Great)

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Sunday is coming

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Did you know that God calls us to forgive and reconcile even if we have done nothing wrong? Sometimes when conflict arises we feel like we don't need to apologize because THEY were wrong. That's not how it's supposed to work though. We are to seek reconciliation whether we were at fault or not. It can be very hard to do this when we feel hurt. Ask God for help. He will give you the strength to do what's right and the peace you so desire no matter what the outcome. By GNF Contributor Christie (@shepaintstruth_) ______________________________________________ ‼️Read below for verses on forgiveness and reconciliation. We must forgive and try to reconcile but sometimes reconciliation isn't possible when both parties aren't following God's word. Read some verses below and explorer more verses on the matter on your own. ___________________________________________ “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” -Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭NASB ______________________________________________ ‬‬ “"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:15-18‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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Repeat this to yourself. Rest in peace tonight.

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#BibleStudy time: You see, all the religions that don't have Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are just that, religions. Religions merely set rules and those who practice such religions are still enslaved to sin. But a relationship with Jesus Christ is more than a religion and He sets us free! So let me ask you this, what all does this freedom in Christ mean (or doesn't mean)? Leave a comment below. Here are some verses to get you started on exploring this topic. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:36‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1-8‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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By @goodnewsfeed design contributor @jefffrandsen

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An encouraging word from @soulscripts: Dear Anyone Who Feels Like a Crappy Christian: Breathe out. Feel that? That's guilt leaving your soul. Now breathe in. Feel it? That's grace pouring in like a wild wind. Being a Christian doesn't mean getting all your ducks in a row. It actually means accepting the fact that we can't, and letting a Savior do it for us. When we give up striving for unattainable perfection, and when we stop hesitating to trust Jesus because of our own unworthiness, guilt is exchanged for grace. And it's a beautiful transaction. So to those of you afraid to surrender to Jesus because you haven't quite figured out how to get all of your ducks in a row: I want you to know that you are loved by a God who straightens your ducks out the moment you say yes to Jesus. That doesn't mean you'll be perfect. It means Jesus will stand in your place. And to those of you who've been struggling to feel close to God, to open your Bible, or attend enough charity events to make the cut as a good Christian in the eyes of the world: I want you to just sit and look up at Jesus for validation. That's what He was born for – to show the world, to show you & me, what we're worth. Because truth is, you're not a crappy Christian. You're just not perfect. And sister friend, neither am I. But that shouldn't cripple us, it should compel us closer to the cross. To exchange our guilt for grace. So breathe. There's no guilt here. Only grace. #soulscripts #upnotout By @soulscripts

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From our friends over at @biblelockscreens

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I'm not going to lie to you, this is hard. I would be doing you an injustice if I just posted a "Jesus loves you, let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya' my Lord" type of social media post (no irreverence intended, but we all know those posts too well). I struggle with this, not only with people but circumstances. Whether it be with co-workers or situations at work, family members or friends doing or saying something that rubs me the wrong way, I let it rob me of joy. Why? Because I'm human. Should I let it affect me this way? No. Here's what we need to do. We need to give thanks to God in all circumstances. We need to let the God of hope fill us with joy. How? Discipline. It's not easy. We are going to fail again and again. But just like any other type of conditioning we need to get back up and constantly pray, remind ourselves of God's Word and put it into practice (over and over and over again). It's a journey. It takes dedication. But if we are diligent, we'll see results. -Mark ***************************************** “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NASB‬‬ **************************************** “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NASB‬‬

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Happiness comes from being content with what you have.

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