Thoughts From Matthew 5:13-15

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. [14] “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. [15] Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Matthew 5:13 – 15 NKJV

Is it a compliment to be called “salt”? How about “light”? It must be, since that’s what Jesus wants his followers to be.

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Thoughts From Proverbs 15:1

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”

Proverbs 15:1

Solomon teaches us that God wants us to speak to people gently, using gentle words. Harsh words stir up anger, even when that’s not our intention.

Think about how you feel when someone speaks harshly to you. You probably get angry and defensive. But if that same person spoke to you with gentle words, you probably wouldn’t get angry.

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Thoughts From 1st Corinthians 5:12-13

Tonight I was talking to somebody I can’t remember who it was. And they said, “Who am I to judge?” And it got me thinking of a couple of scriptures. We all know what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 7 verse 1, “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged”
and people use that a lot. But folks, here’s a little thing we kind of overlook. If you say you are a Christian you fall into a different category of being judged. So. if you say, “Hey, I’m a Christian”, you’re fair game on this one. 

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Thoughts From Ecclesiastes 4:9

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. [10] If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 NLT

God created people with a gift for and a need for companionship. Friendship is one of the most beautiful experiences life has to offer, especially when we are going through tough times or struggles.

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Thoughts From 1 Peter 4:8

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8 NKJV

On Valentine’s Day, we hear a lot about love. But the love that God has for us goes beyond cards and gifts. So does the love that we as believers are supposed to have for one another.

One of the features of this love is that it covers a multitude of sins. This love gives us the ability to forgive others just as we have been forgiven.

Since we all do things that are wrong sometimes, we all need lots of forgiveness. We please God when we are ready to forgive one another often. That is what genuine, godly love looks like.

Folks, are you holding a grudge against someone today? Take a good look at your heart and see if there are any offenses that you have not forgiven. God wants you to forgive others, and He has given you the love to do it. It might not be easy, but with God’s love, it is possible.