Our motivation is the source of our behavior (what we say and do). If we are motivated by our love for God and for others, then our behavior will glorify Him and draw others to Him. If our motivation is our own selfish ambition, then we only lift up ourselves. And this selfish lifting up of ourselves is only for a short time, with NO good eternal outcome.
Those who embrace grace are probably those who realize how much they need it. (Hannah Pooh)
Note to self...Humility does not have a loud, coarse, proud, know-it-all, gossip spewing, hurtful mouth!
Love is an emotion (heart)...Showing love is a decision (mind)...Who can know we have love unless we decide to show it...What good is our love to anybody if we don't show it...Let's make up our mind...these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love, and the greatest of these is Love.
You don't believe Jesus is risen and alive? Whatcha gonna do when you hear the words: "Ready or not, here I come!" rain down outta Heaven?!
" If selfishness had a tangible odor, it would smell like love rotting!"
The angels didn't roll the stone away so Jesus could get out. They rolled it away so we could see in. HE IS RISEN!
When we are rescued by God and are obedient to His call, He often gives us the ears of those who are still struggling in the place from which we were rescued.
The benefits of reading God's Word are endless! The REASON to read His Word is to know Him! We are INCOMPLETE if we do not read His Word!
Saying good Godly things is nice, implying we have Godly character. Doing the good Godly things we say is proof of our Godly character.
Jesus NEVER said for us to love everyone EXCEPT...
We are surrounded by so many voices and the voice that we obey determines our destiny. (Anibaba)
We are too often concerned with WHO is right, rather than WHAT is right.
Further, we are too often DEBATING what is right, rather than DOING what is right.
"It's becoming more and more true that a disciple of Jesus should not be confused with the common perception of Christianity." (Donald Miller)
"Trails are ONLY blazed by those who do not give up!"
"When we learn something, it is not for fixing the past, it's for doing it right in the future."
"It's amazing what God will do if we shut-up." (T.D. Jakes)
God doesn't test us so He can find out how we will respond to things. He already knows. He test us so we will see how we respond. Then we see where we have grown or need to grow.
Stop letting what other people do or don't do change you. Be who God wants you to be. (Kathy Wyatt Wade)
"We are human beings, not humans doing." (Alan Ferguson)
...one of the greatest things we can give people is our listening ear without our judging advice. "
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. (John The Baptist)
"It's hard to look inwardly...chances are, if we look closely, most of us will find flaws within ourselves...growing is realizing those flaws and taking steps to better ourselves, even if help is needed along the way..." (Chris Johnson)
"Forgiveness is a prison break!"
"Trying to live out the Christlike, godly life is not an endless list of what not to do. It is a short list of who to be."
"...don’t go to college to learn how to make money. Go to college to become better at something you love." (Nick May)
From John Wesley's diary: Sunday morning, May 5, preached in St. Ann's, was asked not to come back anymore. Sunday p.m., May 5, preached at St. John's, deacons said "Get out and stay out". Sunday a.m., May 12, preached at St. Jude's, can't go back there either. Sunday p.m., May 12, preached at St. George's, kicked out again. Sunday a.m., May 19, preached at St. somebody else's, deacons called a special meeting and said I couldn't return. Sunday p.m., May 19, preached on the street, kicked off the street. Sunday a.m., May 26, preached in meadow, chased out of meadow as a bull was turned loose during the services. Sunday a.m., June 2, preached out at the edge of town, kicked off the highway. Sunday p.m., June 2, afternoon service, preached in a pasture, 10,000 people came to hear me. (From Bruce)
"Discipling someone requires more than an hour or two on Sunday or a single block of time at some special event, even though these times are wonderful."
"is he safe" (ask about Aslan). The answer was no, he is good but he's not "safe". (C.S. Lewis)