Guidance for Life

When Life Hurts! 

Rumours can destroy people’s lives. How are we to respond when we hear bad news about someone, or experience it ourselves, or when the loss in our life is overwhelming? It may be that our health breaks down, or someone we love dies.  What about the day-by-day things that rob us of love, safety, peace, enjoyment? The world has gone crazy with violence. The Bible gives us wisdom:

Deuteronomy 5:16;Exodus 20:12

“Honour your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long, and that it may go well with you.

Psalm 15:1-3 (NIV)

Lord, who will dwell in your sacred tent….he whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbour, and casts no slur on another.”

Psalm 101:5

“Whoever….slanders his neighbour, him I will cut off…who has a haughty look, and a proud heart I cannot and will not tolerate….”

Proverbs 10:18

“He who hides hatred is of lying lips, and he who utters slander is a fool.”

Proverbs 19:11

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 23:22 

“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”

Proverbs 13:1

“A wise son heeds instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke..”

Proverbs 29:15

“A child left undisciplined brings his mother to shame.”

Matthew 7:10

“Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Matthew 19:19; 22:35

Jesus said: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Matthew 5:43, 44;

Love your enemies…bless them that curse you…….do good to them that hate you… and pray for those who persecute you.

Luke 3: 15

And the soldier likewise demanded of him, saying, “And what shall we do?” Jesus said unto them, “Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely, and be content with your wage.”

Romans 12: 19, 20

“Do not avenge yourselves. ….. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live in peace with everyone.

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him something to drink…..do not be overcome by evil,  but overcome evil with good..”

Ephesians 4:31

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you, among with all malice.

I Timothy 6: 17-18

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share….”

Let us remember that God loves us unconditionally. There is nothing that He doesn’t understand, and He keeps on loving.   He knows everything:   the past, the  future, our thoughts, our name,  even the number of hairs on our head, all of it–not that any of us deserve that depth of love– but because of who He is.  Jesus’ character is the very essence of love. Just  accept it and embrace the wonderful news that He has done everything to bring about  deliverance from the things that separate us from God. That gives us hope.

Certainly He is angry at the wickedness of man. Our sins force Him to punish us when we deliberately rebel against His loving kindness and guidance.  But rest assured God’s love for us remains constant. He longs and waits for us to seek Him, and He comes to  live inside everyone who welcomes Him. His presence gives us comfort.

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the LORD, thoughts and plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    Jeremiah 29:11

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You may have heard the words, The Gospel, but maybe wondered what that is. Here is what the Bible has to say about it:

For God so loved this world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23.  The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23

“For by  grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Ephesians 2:8, 9

If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord,  and in your heart believe that God raised Him from the death, you will be saved.  I Corinthians 9:10

If we freely admit that we have sinned, and confess it, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9.10

I urge you to present your body a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:1

How, then, are we to live our lives?

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Let there be no filthiness, nor foolish talk, nor rude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, emnity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissentions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned before, that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Galations 5:19-21

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocracy, envy and slander of every kind. I Peter 2:1

But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galations 5:22-23

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved: compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another, and if any has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord forgives you, so you must also forgive. Colossians 3:12,13.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.  Deut 31:6.