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What Christianity Teaches Us?

What Christianity Teaches Us?You have problems; you are depressed, overwhelmed, and anxious! Welcome to life! Now, I do not mean to minimize anyone’s pain and suffering but the fact is we all live in a sin cursed world and things are not always going to go like we desire. My initial reaction is to simply say, “Get over it!” Get on with your life… move on! But that may seem a little to blunt and unsympathetic.

Some folks indeed seem to have more than they can bear. This is not true! You can bear it, maybe not alone, but with friends and family, the church, and in Christ Jesus we can! While I understand that there are clinical issues that many deal with the fact is that in our society far too many people are crutch bound and wallowing in self-pity.

The answer is simple. Maybe not as simple as Bobby McFerrin’s admonition, “Don’t worry, be happy” (you’re singing now aren’t you!), but close. Look, Jesus came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). So if you are a faithful Christian you need to stop and ask yourself these questions:

  • Why the long face?
  • Why am I so grumpy and nasty to everyone I meet?
  • Why do I face each day with a depressing, defeatist attitude?
  • Why do I consider anything other than my current situation an improvement?
  • Why can’t I be happy right were I am?

The answers to these questions are simple.

  • No good reason!
  • Because I simply have a bad attitude!
  • Because I have chosen to do so!
  • Because I base my happiness on externals!
  • There is no reason why I can’t!

What does the Bible say about all this? James says to be happy when you have difficulties (James 1:2). Jesus says that when we are persecuted and reviled it is a good thing and we should, “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:10–12). The apostles rejoiced when they suffered shame for the name of Jesus (Acts 5:41). When the Lord refused to remove the thorn in the side of Paul telling him that, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness,” Paul said he took, “pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7–10). As Christians we are to rejoice and be glad when we suffer in Christ’s suffering (1 Peter 4:13–16). And if we are living godly lives we are going to suffer (2 Timothy 3:12).

Jesus suffered more than any man ever has: He left heaven, gave up His equality with God, lived a life of poverty, loneliness, and temptation, He suffered the loss of family and friends, He was despised, rejected, betrayed, mocked, beaten, and put to death. What’s your problem?! What practically can you do?

  • Greet everyone you meet with a smile and a warm greeting (1 Corinthians 16:20; Romans 12:10). Don’t grunt and growl, mumble and moan. Smile and be happy!
  • Pray! Talking with God and giving Him your cares and trials is not only practical, it is commanded (1 Peter 5:7)! And then leave them with Him to deal with!
  • Do what you can do and forget about the rest or put it on your list of things to do tomorrow!
  • Read the Bible! Studying God’s word and making application to your life is essential to good spiritual and mental health.
  • Don’t listen to gossip, neigh Sayers, and bad news (1 Timothy 5:13)! Remember, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
  • Be active! The worst thing you can do is stay in bed with the covers pulled up over your head and the blinds drawn. Get out and live!!!!

The most important thing we can do though is to make sure we are in a good relationship with God. We must obey his commands and humbly submit ourselves to his will be repenting of our rebellious lifestyle (Acts 17:30), confess Him as the only begotten Son (Matthew 10:32–33) and being baptized for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). We can live our lives without the guilt and weight of sin that so easily troubles us (Hebrews 12:1). Be happy! And be faithful!

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Bible Blessings® Christian Gifts invites you to experience the benefits of Christianity

Christian Gifts Family Christian Stores Bible BlessingsBible Blessings® Christian Gifts wants to share the gifts of spiritual blessings anyone can experience when he or she commits to living a faithful life. Bible Blessings® offers four examples of gifts given to any and every Christian who will take a moment to recognize the practical benefits of knowing God.

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They’re not hard to find. You merely have to open your heart and mind and accept the graciousness of God’s gifts. Consider these four:

  1. Blessing – The more you know God and obey His will, the more you’ll experience His blessings. “If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children” (Deuteronomy 4:40).
  2. Peace – “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God” (2 Peter 1:2). The more you know God, the more inner peace you will have. Yes, struggles and setbacks will come, but even then you’ll have a sense of well-being because you’ll feel His nearness.
  3. Wisdom – Paul prayed that God would give the Ephesians “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17 NAS). Wisdom is seeing things the right way. Revelation is when God bypasses the limitations of your mind and shows you things you otherwise wouldn’t know. You can walk each day in a “spirit of wisdom and of revelation.”
  4. Freedom – “When you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods” (Galatians 4:8). Without the confidence that comes from knowing God, and your standing before Him, you become a slave to circumstances, emotions or other people’s opinions. Refuse to live that way. Instead, get to know God better.

There is no replacement for the spiritual benefits you receive as a follower of Christ. No amount of material objects can provide the uplifting, nurturing and unconditional love that you get when you commit to a life of Christianity.

Take time to reflect upon the many wonders and benefits that you experience every day. Reflect upon and give thanks for God’s unconditional love and blessings to all Christians.

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