Just some random stuff I wrote way back when about living the life we’re called to live in following Christ.
…it is necessary to…keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
The giver of a gift is happier than the recipient. God blesses him for being generous, and he can take joy in the fact that his work fulfills the Law of Love and lets his light shine before men for the glory of God.
Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:7, 8
God wants us to give cheerfully. He doesn’t want us to be generous because we feel obligated or guilty. He wants us to want to help others. Plus, He promises an added bonus: if you give generously, He’ll be sure to continue providing even when your gift seems like more than you can afford.
Get in the Word
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
The truths of Scripture come from God. Because they are from God, they are good for everything! You can learn, be convicted, be corrected, and train for righteousness by reading the Bible. Once you’ve done that, you can use what you’ve gotten from the Bible to help others do the same.
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.
See the power of the Word of God! It is good and useful to all people. It will show you the difference between your soul and your spirit, all the details of within you. By it, you can judge yourself, to find out your motives when you don’t even know them.
To finish this tip, read Psalm 119:9 – 16
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping Your word.
I have sought You with all my heart;
don’t let me wander from Your commands.
I have treasured Your word in my heart
so that I may not sin against You.
Lord, may You be praised;
teach me Your statutes.
With my lips I proclaim
all the judgments from Your mouth.
I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts
and think about Your ways.
I will delight in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
Stay awake and pray so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Praying can protect your from temptation. The more time you spend talking to God, the less inclined you will be to violate His laws and hurt Him. Prayer strengthens your spirit, to keep you from sin.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Always pray! Pray every day, several times a day! Don’t go too long without prayer—that’s like not talking to your spouse for a long time. Pray at the most random of moments, over little things and big things. God wants to talk to you, and it will do wonders for you to talk to Him constantly.
I’ll conclude this tip with James 5:13 – 18
Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours; yet he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit.
Judge Yourself First
Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?
We can only control ourselves, not others. So then, it is pointless for us to judge others before we take acknowledge our own problems. We will have much happier relationships with God and others if we deal with our own faults before turning our attention to others.
Do you really think—anyone of you who judges those who do such things yet do the same—that you will escape God’s judgment?
We need to take care our of issues, not just before judging someone on anything, but especially before judging them about something you do as well! Like the previous verse’s containing passage, remember to “First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Have Good Friends
As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
A good friend will help you. Sharpening one’s countenance is to make them feel better and help them have a better attitude. If you have good, encouraging, supportive, godly friends, you and your friends will be better.
Everything else to be said about friends can basically be found here in Ecclesiastes 9 – 12
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three stands is not easily broken.
Remember Your Short Time
Lord, reveal to me the end of my life and the number of my days. Let me know how transitory I am. You, indeed, have made my days short in length, and my life span as nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah.
Psalm 39:4, 5
Our lives are short. God has made a world that is at least 6,000 years old, and we usually live no more than 80 years. That’s nothing. If we also kept in mind how short life is, and had a heart for God, we would live out our days passionately pursuing His pleasure and glory, to make the most of our lives.
You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are a bit of smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes.
We don’t know the future. We can’t make foolproof plans in our short, empty lives on this earth. Instead, we need to plan according to God’s will, which is eternal in existence and purpose. See the rest of James 4:13 – 17.
Love Like Crazy!
Do not take revenge or hold a grudge against your people. Instead, you must love others as much as yourself: I am Yahweh.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Therefore, love the Lord your God and always keep His mandate and His statutes, ordinances, and commands.
I am giving you a new commandment: You must love each other. In the same way that I have loved you, you must love each other.
Follow these commandments: love each other.
Love each other like family, like brothers. Honor each other above yourself.
Do not own anyone anything, except love for each other, because whoever loves others keeps the entire Law.
See, this sentence sums up the entire Law, ‘You must love others as much as yourself.’
This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands.
1 John 5:2