People need hope, compassion, and belonging. But this world can be a lonely and brutal place. Many become ostrasized by society and are treated as loathsome. However uncomfortable it makes us, we need to reach out to them in Christlike love; telling them about Jesus’ mercy, forgiveness, acceptance, and redemption.
In the early Church, the believers’ love for one another, and for others, was so authentic and so obvious that even those outside the Church took notice and were amazed by the loving-kindness of first and second-century Christians.
The Holy Spirit is a permanently indwelling, continually active, Helper in the life of believers. He protects us, comforts us, leads us, equips us, teaches us, and grows us more in Christlikeness. How does He do that? This study looks at some of the ways the Holy Spirit works in us, for us, and through us.
If you are a believer, at the very instant you repented and received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within you. And He took up permanent residence, to teach and equip you to walk in Christlikeness. This study touches on some of the helping ways the Holy Spirit works in lives of believers.
Bible accounts do open up the possibility that James and John might have been first cousins of Jesus, but we don’t know definitively. This possibility is raised by comparing the four gospels and looking at the women who were nearby when Jesus was crucified.
The holiness, sovereignty, and majesty of God can sometimes make it seem like He is too far removed from us; or cause us to question whether we’re a disappointment to Him. While our perception and feelings about ourselves are powerful and seem real to us, they aren’t reality. Reality is who God says we are in Christ.
The Bible says, “Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him (John 6:64). As Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas Iscariot would betray Him; how does the phrase, “in whom I trusted,” from Psalm 41:9 apply to Jesus’ trust towards Judas?
Were a man to speak of God’s goodness, generosity, and grace with every breath for the remainder of his life, he couldn’t skim the surface of the Lord’s blessings. For, the Lord’s blessings to us are boundless and “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).