The Bible my dad gave me on my 15th birthday

The Bible my dad gave me for my 15th birthday. The same year I gave my life to Jesus. I love the inscription my dad wrote & even though my earthly father is no longer with me, my Heavenly Father is. ☺️

“always be prepared to make a defense… but with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15, ESV

I wanted to make this post because I had received a notification that someone had commented on one of my Instagram quote reels. The post was about God and the person had left a negative comment because of their own beliefs. My first thought was to respond and hope that I could say something that would possibly convince this person of why I believe the way I do or to change their mind. However, the Holy Spirit stopped me and changed MY mind. I decided that I wasn’t going to respond, but I’m going to pray for this person instead. I could sense this person was hurting & in my limited knowledge & understanding, nothing that I could do or say would make their hurt go away.

OUCH! DING DING!! HEART CHECK!! 

I was so quick to reply in hopes of changing THEIR mind that the Holy Spirit had to stop me by changing MY mind instead regarding the situation.

Sometimes I think “we” as Christians instinctively have this need to “prove a point” and to tell everyone why “we’re right and everyone else is wrong”. I see it too many times, especially when tragedy strikes. Everyone is quick to jump on social media to voice their opinions and the moment someone comes along that disagrees with them, it gets ugly. We’ve suddenly forgotten how to respectfully disagree with someone and try to understand where they are coming from.

I do agree that we should stand up for what we believe in, especially when we see injustices done in the world, but I also believe that we as Christians shouldn’t be so quick to judge and point fingers. The moment something happens that we don’t like or agree with, instead of hoping on social media first to voice our opinions, or share a post that expresses our beliefs, we need to seek God’s face and see what He would have us do or say.

Life is too short! My peace & mental health are more important than trying to prove a point on social media. So, I’ve decided that I want to be known as someone who is loving, gentle, kind, and compassionate, especially with those who have different beliefs and opinions as I do.

“The greatest pain of the cross was the pain of sin…” Max Lucado #quote

The greatest pain of the cross was the pain of sin. Jesus didn’t deserve to feel the shame, but he felt it. He didn’t deserve the humiliation, but he experienced it. He had never sinned, yet was treated like a sinner. He became sin. All the guilt, remorse, and embarrassment– Jesus understands it…

Max Lucado