God’s Love: Did You Know it Isn’t Earned Only Received?

God’s Love for us goes deep. I pray He helps us Believe it and receive it so we can share it with others.

For too many years I couldn’t receive God’s love on a regular basis because I was focused on everything I felt was too awful or too big for God. God has showed me His love can’t be earned it can only be received. We simply receive what Jesus did for us and believe it was more than enough to cover every sin and mistake we would commit during our lives.

God’s Love is a gift and not based on our performance.

His love is a gift free to us, but Jesus paid with His life and suffered so we could receive it.

How many friends do you know who would lay down their life for you?

Jesus’ death and resurrection was enough to save the whole world, and more than enough to cover the things we do and say that bring us further from God.

Romans 8

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Anger Issues??? 7 Keys to Being Slow to Anger in Life!

Anger Issues???

King Solomon a very wise man wrote about how there is a time and place for everything in life in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1. Breathe. The moment you feel anger rising up, take a deep breath and blow it out as slowly as possible. This helps calm you back down and it will give you a chance to think before you react.

Psalm 46:10- He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

2. Moment by moment work through your anger as it comes up. What is making you angry? Is there something constructive you can do about it?

Ephesians 4:26
Be you angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath:

Proverbs 19:11
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.

3. Ask. Ask God for HELP! If you listen He will instruct you in what to do or what NOT to do… God is our Safe place and our hiding place we can trust Him and confide in Him at all times.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

4. Work it out. Maybe you need to go and talk to someone and confront a situation. Maybe you feel there is nothing you can do but you have a lot of anger energy. Do something physical that’s constructive like going for a nice long walk, cleaning and organizing your house, or engaging in a hobby you love.

Jesus at the Temple- Matthew 21:12- Jesus had a righteous anger here and confronted the thieves at the temple… but he didn’t harm anyone. He also instructed those who were doing wrong why he was throwing their tables over. This wouldn’t be good in many situations but in the context of what Jesus was saying it was ok.

Matthew 21:12-13
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’[e] but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’[f]”

5. Vent. God is our hiding place take most of your venting to Him and He will bring you relief. Tell Him exactly how you feel about the situation and ask Him what you should do.

6. Wait. You know the moment your about to really lose it… wait. If you pause and breathe and wait you might not react in an unhealthy way.

7. Process it daily. You will get angry even Jesus did! But process this daily because if you hold on to it for too long you will become bitter. Your angry bitter thoughts will steal your time, your health, your joy and no one will want to hang out with you! It’s not fun or attractive to be around someone who’s bitter or angry often.

Bonus tips:
a. Eat.
b. Sleep
c. Exercise
d. Do something fun each day
e. Hang out with friends
f. Shift your focus

What has been making you angry lately and how are you processing it?

Laurel Live