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There is no such thing as a “lost cause” for the Christian. The perfecting work that was begun at salvation will continue until we graduate into glory. Jesus has not and will not stop the work he started in molding you into His image. We must remember that Christ never leaves work unfinished.
The opposite of hopeful is despair or hopelessness. God does not want us to live hopeless lives. He wants to be the source of our hope. However to many times He is our last hope instead of our only hope. Hope in God is a confident expectation that He will keep His promises. If we are willing to make God our hope, joy and peace are sure to follow.
We have all heard someone curse God when over some event in life. David, however, committed himself to blessing the Lord no matter what was going on. To bless the Lord is to praise Him. To know God is to know that he is worthy of praise at all times. Cursing God is out of ignorance of Him, blessing Him is out of knowing Him.
As imitators of Christ we are to be longsuffering towards those that have offended us. To be longsuffering is to patiently endure ongoing offenses. If we are tempted to lose patience with someone we need to remember how much patience God has shown toward us. In like manner, extend that same patience to others.
Meekness can be defined as having the right or power to do something, but refraining for the benefit of others. A meek person submits themselves to the will of God. Jesus is the greatest example of meekness. He had a right to be treated with reverence, yet, he did not demand this right and instead allowed himself to be crucified for our benefit.
Humility is a hallmark trait of a Christian God uses. In order to be humble we need to put on humbleness of mind. This is to lower ourselves in importance or in rank. In turn we are to elevate others or as Phil. 2:3 says, “esteem others better than ourselves.”
As Christians we are to put on kindness. Kindness is a disposition to do good to others. Look for opportunities to display an act of kindness today.
As children of God we are to put on and put off certain things. In these verses we see that we are to put on bowels of mercies or you could say “compassionate hearts.” A compassionate heart sees those that are suffering and has empathy. Take time today to empathize with someone that is hurting and reach out to them to let them know you care.
The apostle Paul had a great passion to share the gospel with the world. In his endeavors to do so he realized that the great treasure that he wanted to share was held within a weak vessel, his body. He wanted everyone to know that the power he had to serve did not come from himself, but from God.
We live in a world that loves competition. When you run a race in track you run to get first place beating all others. If you are in sales you want to be the leader of your company with the most sales. The thing with competition is that there are winners and losers. I believe one of the reasons that Paul was used by God in such a mighty way was not because he desired to have the most followers, but because he viewed himself to be in first place of all sinners.