From: Lorayne Wernecke
This is being written to all of you who think you have the greatest love for your husband, wife, children, friend, oh yes, and many of you, for your pets - dogs, cats, or whatever pet you might have.
Well guess again. You have no idea of the kind of love Iím talking about. So Iíll be telling you.
That love is only the love of God for all who will believe in His Son who He sent to this earth over 2,000 years ago. He told Him to go and die for all of you, even when you might have said, ďI donít believe in all that stuff you people are always telling us about Jesus coming and dying for all of our sins.Ē Yes, he died for you too!
So really think about it. Who else would do something like that? And who else would send his son to die for you? Could you send your son or daughter to die for someone? Iím thinking very hard about this and do not believe I could do that. Of course Iím just human, like you. But to think about having our child (male or female) put to death for someone else.
The Bible is Godís love letter to us who will read this and believe in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all of us. He told us in these scriptures how much He loves us and wants us to be saved and live with Him in eternity.
Me and my big mouth
From: Mary Zimmerman
Me and my big mouth...what do you mean, you say?
If youíre wondering where this big mouth topic comes from, itís the title of a best seller book written by Joyce Meyer (very informative). We are using this book at the Bible study I belong to as a training session for our tongues, hopefully to receive the wisdom to control and guide our tongues from bondage to freedom.
Thoughts and words are first conceived in the womb of the mind, then born of the tongue, which seems like such a useful part of the body, yet Jesus says the same as for other parts of the body - use them right or get rid of them.
St. Paul says (Ephesians 4:29-31; 5: 1-2) ďNever let evil pass your lips...get rid of all bitterness...harsh words, slander and malice of every kind... Be imitators of God as His dear children. Follow the way of love, even as Christ loved you.Ē
But there is a reason to speak up at times to correct the one who speaks wrongly, perhaps not to the point of a heated argument, as it sometimes seems fruitless to try to win someone over to the truth which would set them free. Thatís where God comes into the picture. Prayerfully seek Godís guidance and intervention then let go and let God.
Actually, we are saying something similar when we pray the Lordís Prayer. ďForgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.Ē Oh, with what conviction we ought to say these words, then we have advanced greatly with our hearts, minds and mouth, donít you think?
Alas, a last we are, with the grace of God, conquering our big mouths. Praise the Lord.