I read this book to my kids a chapter at a time at bedtime, it's full of wisdom and easy to read lessons in living a godly life. It is not just for boys either. My youngest and I decided this should be the Friday Focus on Good Friday when we read it the other night. Excerpt below taken from the book BOYHOOD AND BEYOND, by Bob Shultz.
"One main purpose of your life is to display the glory of God. Reflecting God's glory is more important than being understood. Responding to misunderstanding with anger, cutting off relationships, displays the nature of evil rather than the nature of of Him who created us. The desire to see God glorified allows us to overlook misunderstandings and false accusations. It motivates us to hold our tongues, to speak truth, and to do all the good we can. Misunderstandings are opportunities to show God's attitudes, such as patience, forgiveness, and humility.
Jesus Christ is the example of a mature man. He knows how to act when falsely accused."
"When the hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly." 1 Peter 2:23
the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches
of God's grace." Ephesians 1:7 30 Scriptures - What the Blood of Jesus does for Me "The blood of Jesus has the power to release the grip of the great curse, the ramifications for that are immeasurable." ShareFaith.com
I am forgiven
Ephesians 1:7 (above)
Jesus paid my debt
"So Christ was offered once to bear the sin of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation."
I am justified through His blood
"Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall
be saved from wrath through Him." Romans 5:9
I have been declared Righteous
"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21
I am spared from God's wrath
"Much more then, having been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from God's wrath through Him." Romans 5:9
My judgment has been satisfied and I am at peace with God
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised
for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
and by His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
I am able to come close to God
"But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ." Ephesians 2:13
I am cleansed from all sin
"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7
I have the power to overcome my enemy
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the
word of their testimony." Revelation 12:11
I am spiritually alive
"Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the
flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you."
You will not ever regret responding in love. Love is always the answer. Love also means walking away before you get angry or say something hurtful.
Love starts fresh in each encounter and will not keep a record of wrongs.
Love can be your legacy if you refuse to get baited by the enemy or by thinking only of yourself.
Do not let emotions be your compass. Stop and pray, let God lead you. He can change everything.
Love is not what you say. Love is what you do.
Life is a song, Love is the music.
"Love is unselfishly choosing for another's highest good."
~C.S. Lewis "The meaning of life is to rejoice, to love, to pursue your passion, to believe and to trust in God and in others." ~Brooks Hawkins
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
It's all a matter of choosing. Choosing to believe that God is in control, and he loves you.
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."
2 Corinthians 4: 8-10
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil." Ephesians 6:10-11
"This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
When we concentrate our focus on others being to blame for our problems, hurt, or suffering we are just making excuses for holding onto hurt. Blaming others is a waste of time and just keeps us stuck to grow more and more bitter.
One of the best things I ever did was to officially stop for good pointing the finger at others. When I finally stopped doing this, but gave grace and forgiveness instead, these relationships drastically improved or just no longer affected me.
Someone cannot chase you if you don't run.
Refuse to get baited into their game, or even worse, presume something to be upset about when it's really nothing at all.
You see, the blame game is keeping a record of wrongs and the bible clearly says we should not do that. I look inward and ask the Lord, "What is my part in this?" I have to make certain that my heart is right and that I'm not carrying bitterness, resentfulness, or unforgiveness.
I am only responsible for me. I release the others to the Lord, and he is my defender. "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3
"The Lord is your mighty defender, perfect and just in all his ways; Your God is faithful and true; he does what is right and fair." Deuteronomy 32:4
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.