Dear Hearts Belong In God
Are there any out there who get to feeling their life has no purpose? A feeling of loss and emptiness, even in the midst of friends and family? I have been there and I have compassion for others who are suffering through such thoughts. We all have times when we need a light to guide us out of dark places. We find that light in our God and in fellowship with his family. It's a light that will guide us with great love. In the heart of our God there is a plan and a life purpose for every man. He is so good and so kind and life with him, living under his favor, is so wonderful. All men are invited to seek him and come into relationship with him as our heavenly father. To know him and experience the reality of all of his life renewals and eternal blessings. If we call out to him with a sincere heart he will show us the way.
We have to watch and pray always. We can really get lost in the crowds and miss God's best for us if we allow the personal opinions of friends or family to affirm us and guide us. The command God gave us about loving others has never meant that we are to conform to the peer pressure that's evident in any group of diverse people. It means that we are to respect and honor, as much as it is possible with us, whoever we're doing life with. And in the brotherhood of believers we are especially blessed with the wonders of the love of God's family. But our trust is not set in men, it is set firmly in our God. We're taught in God's word that we are a special people, purchased by God because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. God gave his son so that we could trade our sorrows and griefs for his joy and deliverance. He must have all the glory and honor that is due him, above all. No man, including the godly, loves us like he does or is able to care for us like he does. He is Creator of all good and perfect things. His fatherly heart is always jealous to do good and lay the strong foundation for our lives that will keep us secure and safe in all of the storms of life that all men walk through. However, our life must be entrusted to him and done his way and in living that out we will certainly experience times of confusion and conflict. It's difficult to wade through the pressures we all encounter when we're really serious about seeking the will of God for our lives. Many would try to tell us how we should be and how we should worship. But truth is that it's Christ alone who is our living hope and he is able to bring us into a right relationship and lifestyle. We learn how to become overcomers of all that would come to harm us and to labor with the Father to care for his people. As he leads, we follow. It's a life that is peaceful, powerful and eternally secure. We are privileged to live it out before men for the good of men and for the glory of God.
Real Christianity is about everyday life lived in the vine of Jesus, the life giver. It's for the common man yet the common man has been recreated into a vessel of light to guide others to Jesus. The deep strength of his joy keeps us and the power of his love changes us as we submit to his Lordship. By being faithful in little things as the Lord directs we progress through his processes into new faiths and new glories. Training in righteousness and loving and tender purgings as needed keep spiritual fruit healthy and prospering. Truth and mercy kiss one another and peace reigns.
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