Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- Year of the Bible
To be kind to someone who treats us badly is probably the hardest thing to do. When someone hurts you, the first thing you think of is to plan out your revenge. It takes self-control to honor God by learning to “turn the other cheek.”
God did not create humankind to eventually die. He created us to be immortal—life without an end.
I have a reminder on my phone with this verse, and I contemplate and pray it every morning. Being reminded daily that He affectionately cares and closely watches over me helps me grasp that there is nothing that gets past His loving attention.
When I read this verse, it reminds me that we can come to Jesus just as we are. There is no need to pretend like we have life all figured out or that we don’t have problems.
From age 7, this was my favorite Bible verse, never knowing how it would carry me through the darkest period of my life, when a trusted friend and colleague tried to destroy me as a pastor with false allegations.
By clinging to 1 John 4:16, and reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice—love’s ultimate expression—my faith strengthened. May yours too.
When you feel you aren’t good enough, smart enough or just enough, know that this is when God is getting ready to show up big time, and you’ll be more than enough for whatever the situation.
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because of the comfort it has brought me. In my life, I have struggled with mental health issues. These struggles can vary from mild anxiety and discomfort to full-on breakdowns and fearing for what the future holds.
Early in his childhood, my friend Igor was often corrected for his inability to name colors. It wasn’t until elementary school that he learned he was color blind, a condition that affects one in 12 men and one in 200 women in the world. However, on June 8, 2020, Igor’s life forever changed.
Whenever I feel like I’m losing control, I need to remember His promise: “Let not your heart be troubled.” Do I always remember? No. But He who has promised will indeed never leave me nor forsake me.