Seek Joy

This post reminds me of a Christmas commercial from last year that said, “Give Joy” when talking about their stuff they were selling. The truth would have been give the gift of fleeting fake joy with a present that will be out of style in a month. Well here is a Throwback Thursday Post from June 2020 about seeking true joy.

The Good Word

When are you going to stop seeking pleasures of the flesh and start seeking God?

Why do you pursue things that bring you only temporary happiness that fades away?

Instead pursue joy which truly is only found in God.

God’s love is never ending.

The joy that comes from God’s love is never ending.

Even the darkest moments in your life you can still know joy if you know God.

Know God and know joy.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

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Peace

What does the Bible say about peace?

Well, a lot of things.

Open Bible has 100 verses on peace! (I will post a link below)

Here is one of my favorites…

John 16:33 ESV

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

It’s no surprise this was at the top of the list as voted the most helpful.

Do you struggle to find peace? I sure know I do.

My mind never shuts off, it’s always going. Sometimes that’s a good thing and other times it’s a terrible thing. It can feel burdensome.

Often I am anxious or worry. I make up scenarios in my head. Or I think of things that anger me and what I wish I would have done or said.

In reality all that is truly fruitless.

It can be quite the struggle.

But Bible verses like John 16:33 sure help. Since Jesus has overcome the world and our peace is found in Him we need not to be burdened by the problems of the world, we can take our normal emotions to Him. We can take our sadness, our anxiety, our worries to Him. We can take our anger, hostility and pain to Him. We can take all things both good and bad to Him who is our peace.

This week, I will pray for those who read this for peace, I ask if you have the time to pray for peace for me as well.

Thank You and Have a Blessed and Peaceful Week,
Chris

Daily Bible Reading

Monday – Acts 1:1-11

Tuesday – Psalm 97

Wednesday – Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

Thursday – John 17:20-26

Link:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/peace

Battle With Light

You can’t battle violence with more violence.
This just doubles the violence.

You can’t bring more injustice to the innocent to undue the injustice that fell on you.
This just multiplies the injustice to new heights.

You can’t battle hate with more hate.
That will lead to more violence and injustice.

You can’t battle darkness with more darkness.
What you do will be swallowed up and seen just the same as the violence, injustice and hate that you battle against.

You must counter with peace, justice and love.

You must battle the darkness with the light.

Have a Blessed Week,
Chris

Biblical verses to read…

Matthew 5:9 English Standard Version (ESV)

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A9&version=ESV

Proverbs 21:15 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+21%3A15&version=ESV

1 Corinthians 13 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Way of Love

13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13&version=ESV

Matthew 5:14-16 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A14-16&version=ESV