- Religion and Philosophy
A Father's Letter
My son, before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart (Jer.1:5). For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer.29:11). For I came that you may have life and have It more abundantly (John 10:10). You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
What is like a righteous person? Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers (Psalms 1:1-3). Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him (Jeremiah 17:7). For when the righteous prosper, the city rejoices (Proverbs 11:10).
Heed to instruction and be wise. Do not neglect it (Proverbs 8:33). For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:12). Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6). The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:30). The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). As my father is working until now, and I too am working. (John 5:17). Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phillipians 1:6).
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34). Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Phillipians 4:6). Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8). For, your Father knows what you need even before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8). By your faith, It shall be done for you (Matthew 9:29) .When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18). Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Consider it pure Joy for the testing of your faith produces perseverance and let perseverance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2). These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world (John 16:33). No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13). And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4). For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:21). Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (Proverbs 16:24) How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Romans 10:15). Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. (Luke 11:28)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). Delight yourself in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4). Commit to the Lord your plans and you will succeed (Proverbs 16:3). The Lord did not give you a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 1:7). But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13). As iron sharpens iron, so as a friend sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17). Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly father which is in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). And, let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:20-21).
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Luke 6:31). “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40). If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles (Matthew 5:41). Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. (Matthew 5:23-24)
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:14). In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2)