The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something (or someone).
Thanks to WordPress for encouraging a positive post.
In a world so bereft of positive news, good examples, reliable information, and guidance it is good to take time to reflect on what is good.
The world struggles from day to day with fear of war. People live is squalor and starvation. Moral degradation is the norm and not the exception.
The Bible continues to offer hope of better things and if applied seriously and earnestly is the best way of living.
Who could possibly argue with the text at Acts 20:35: “…there is more happiness in giving rather than receiving.
Often what is spoken of as the “Golden Rule” is indeed golden. It is found at Luke 6:31 “Just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them.”
How many personal conflicts would not escalate to bitter hatred if one simple Bible verse were taken to heart and applied; “An answer when mild turns away rage…” at Proverbs 15:2.
Thinking in terms of forgiveness before taking offense is encouraged at Colossians 3:12-14; “12 …clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, lowliness of mind, mildness, and long-suffering. 13 Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Even as Jehovah freely forgave YOU, so do YOU also. 14 But, besides all these things, [clothe yourselves with] love, for it is a perfect bond of union.”
There is not better hope for the future than what is recorded in the book of Revelation 21: 1-5; “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”
This is part of what the Bible refers to as “gospel” or “good news.”
Thanks for allowing me to share a few good things with you.