“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
When Jesus instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, he united himself to one of the most necessary human activities for survival, eating and drinking. Just as we cannot live without food and water, we cannot gain eternal life without Jesus Christ.
John 6:53-58, “So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
Our souls are God’s greatest work. God is constantly molding our souls into the ultimate divine spiritual template of Jesus Christ.
Colossians 2:9-10, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”
Smile as much as you can. You will need them to dry your many tears.
Best form of revenge is letting go.
Romans 12:19, "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Three paths to happiness are faith, hope and love. Faith, hope and love are three spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts function as a system, directing God’s divine works, which come to fruition through Christians.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” –1 Corinthians 13:13
Faith acknowledges the righteousness of God. Mercy pours forth from the righteousness of God. Due to our sinful nature, mercy is necessary and Jesus made the ultimate display of mercy but giving up His life to save ours.
“1 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” –Romans 3:21-26
Love is seeking the highest good for another with no requirement of benefit on your part. In Christianity, God’s love is similar in that all graces granted to Christians will only be for their betterment. Love is a virtue that needs to be learned; due to humanity’s inclination towards the ego and selfishness.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."-1 John 4:7-16
Hope is finding enjoyment in the present of the future and continuous fulfillment of the promises of God. Hope brings faith and love together and requires the presence of these two virtues.
“23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” –Romans 8:23-25
Faith, love and hope acknowledge the presence of God and gives glory to God’s divinity.
There is no such thing as an “ideal” person. We are all original creations, made to express the divinity of God through distinctive approaches.
During our lifetimes, God will reveal to us through another, the best person we could be.
Time gives us numerous chances to try and abstain. What is time’s greatest gift? Chance.