We will never experience the fullness of God’s grace when preoccupied with ourselves. But when we relinquish our self-interests and focus on God and others, God is ready to pour out his generosity and kindness upon us.
God didn’t redeem us and call us as his servants because we were so impressive. He chose us out of his grace and love, the same grace and love that we are called to share with those around us.
An unwavering commitment to God comes with fighting the enemy by clinging to God and by living in real fellowship with the people of God.
Biblical leaders shepherd the people for whom they are responsible, tangibly expressing God’s care for us. In response, godly servants submit willingly to authority, recognizing that God establishes authorities in our lives.
1 Peter 3:8-12 provides us with good direction for how we treat one another.
Suffering for the right reasons and submitting to divinely established authorities is pleasing to God.
Evangelism is an act of worship when it is demonstrated and communicated with passion, a respect for authority, and a generous humility.
Many in the past have missed out on the rest God intends. But learning from them, we can better understand how to listen to God and be assured of the rest that comes in walking with Jesus, even when it is difficult.
We typically respond to suffering, whether deserved or not, by isolating, blaming others, or by trying to dig ourselves out on our own. James tells us that the real solution is found in submitting ourselves to God by confessing our needs and shortcomings to others who will pray for us and walk with us.
Most everyone would agree that broken lives matter, but what should we see when broken lives really do matter? Demonstrating humility, ministering to one another effectively, and displaying generosity toward one another indicate that the broken lives of people around us matter.