The apostle John wrote to Christians facing false teachings about the practice of their faith. Love for God means love for his people. "Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child and knows God" 1 John 4.7 NCV.
Jesus makes it possible for everyone to participate in his service. "And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward" Matthew 10.42 NET.
Some people adamantly refuse the truth and resort to violence to squelch it. "But they covered their ears, shouting out with a loud voice, and rushed at him with one intent" Acts 7.57 NET.
What is most important to you? Devote time to it now, for if you don't, time will slip through your fingers, and you will end with many a regret.
Sight is a gift from God. What we choose to see is our responsibility. Seeing the Christ is blessing. "Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said privately, 'Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!'" Luke 10.23 NET.
The death of Christ came at the right time, in the fulfillment of God's plan, not because he fell powerlessly into men's hands. "So then they tried to seize Jesus, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come" John 7.30 NET.
Graceful under fire. Christians exhibit the spirit of Christ in all circumstances. Persecution does not cause a disciple to turn ugly. Opposition to his faith does not make a saint forget who he is. The church continues as a place of spiritual peace, a force for positive good.
"Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble" 1 Peter 3.8 NET.
God desires to be close to his creation. He is not only God of a people, but of the individual. "As for me, I will continually tell what you have done; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob!" Psalm 75.9 NET.
Idolatry fails to admit the nature of the incomparable God. "To whom can you compare God? To what image can you liken him?" Isa 40.18 NET.
The Almighty disciplines his people. He also delivers the repentant ones. “O God, invincible warrior, restore us! Smile on us! Then we will be delivered!” Psa 80.7 NET.