Before I even start off the study I feel there is something else I must talk about first. I want to tell those that suffered from the attacks in Manchester last night my thoughts and prayers are with you. What an awful thing to have to go through. I hope and pray that the authorities will get to the bottom of this and find all of those that were involved in this attack. I pray that God will show his loving mercy on those that lost loved ones in this attack. That his healing hand will be with all of Manchester in this tragedy.
On the subject of the attack I feel this verse was really talking to me. There were so many good verses that I could of chosen this chapter is full of great verses. I just felt that these verses were talking the loudest. It is easy for us to read these words and say “oh yes, Jesus I can do this.” But, it’s another thing to actually put it into practice.
Now, we have this horrible attack and we want revenge, we want to see whomever put these plans in place to pay for what they did. This was a terrorist attack, all of them deserve to die! We must do something and we must do something now! If we are to do what Christ is telling us to do, is that what we are suppose to do? Of course not! We are to pray for them, we are to love them, we are to bless them, and do good to them!? What is God talking about? Doesn’t he understand what just happened? Doesn’t he understand what these people did? They killed children, women, men. How do we go about and do such things when these people have done such horrible acts?
Christ never told us it would be easy did he? Maybe we can start on a smaller level and work our way up to something this big? Would God penalize us for doing such a thing? It would show that we are trying to follow the example Jesus showed us. He did show us the example. He still loved, blessed, those that crucified him. He even asked God to forgive them while he was on the cross! Now that was love! We are to follow that!?
Maybe God will see if we start with the smaller things in our life we can get to the bigger things like the terrorist. He will know we are trying to get to the ultimate example that Christ did set for us.
I feel that this verse does all the talking for us. How hard is it when you are out in the world for you to tell others that you are a Christian? I know how hard it is for me. I know that it is hard for me to tell people who are not part of my “Christian” circle that I am a Christian. I feel that I have to keep it a secret.
I have to admit that sometimes I am embarrassed that I am a Christian. I just want to have fun like everyone else. I feel sometimes I can’t have fun like everyone else because I have to abide by certain rules and if I break any rules I can’t be a Christian. I think that is why I had trouble getting this blog up. I made it a Christian blog, so that meant I could only talk about Christian things nothing else. I couldn’t be anything but a Christian blog and I felt that I wasn’t being truly me if I did that. I was using excuses for not getting this blog up and running.
I came to a conclusion that I have to be myself (hence the name) or it would never work. I am a Christian I need to yell that from the mountain tops. I have other likes, and I have to admit to that also. Not everything in my life revolves around God, and I know it needs to. I am a work in progress. As long as I can admit to that I am being myself. As long as I am not embarrassed to say that I have Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I’m a work in progress that is all that matters! Period! Nothing more! That is what I think God wants from us. Just to know we are working to get to where we are supposed to be, that we love him, and we will do what he wants us to do. He is happy with that.
So, how about you? What did you find in chapters 6 and 7? What were the verses that spoke out to you? What were the meanings for you?