God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful

Posted: October 10, 2015 in God's Love Letters to you - The BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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Most people would agree that attributes such as patience, cheerfulness, hope, peacefulness and kindness are universally desirable. God declares in his scriptures that He is the giver of these beautiful characteristics:

God is the one who makes us patient and cheerful. I pray that he will help you live at peace with each other, as you follow Christ.” (Romans 15:5) What is more beautiful than a fruiting tree bursting with a bountiful harvest of colorful fruit? What is more beautiful than a child of God bursting with the fruit of Holy Spirit?

Here is the key. Following Christ Jesus will allow God to be the one who can deposit these positive attributes into your soul through his Holy Spirit.

So many strive on their own..willfully employing their own power…and then fail in the area of peace, hope and kindness. We are being bombarded with incidents of church and campus shootings and religious clashes in the Middle East. God is the bringer of peace, so conversely, without Him, there will be no peace. Humans are inherently arrogant and sure they can solve all this world’s problems politically, but God warns that without Him, our efforts will be puny and futile.

He also plainly states right before this chapter in Romans “And so, each one of us must give an account to God for what we do.” (Romans 14:12) Well, that’s sobering.” Each of us” includes everyone: rich, poor, humble, obscure…ALL of us. And how will we be judged? What is God’s criterion for a well-lived life? God (through Paul) explains: “God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won’t he freely give us everything else? …Christ died and was raised to  life, and now he is at God’s right side, speaking to him for us.” (Romans 8:32,34)

I don’t know about you, but when I pass from this life, through death’s doorway into eternity, I want the only acceptable intercessor, Jesus Christ, standing with me as I give account of my life to God.

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