September 1, 2013
Too many people believe that what matters most is if you have a job, stable roof over your head, and other worldly stuff and that if you are missing any of these things you are not qualified to talk to others about anything important and that the other person is lazy, along with other bad things they think of people missing any of the worldly treasures and needs. These same people who believe that worldly stuff is more important than anything else are the same ones who do not have the real and truly most important thing anyone can have in their life, and that is Jesus. Either they are too narrow-minded to accept Jesus into their hearts, they have been burned by life’s bad situations too many times (too many times for their own comfort), or for whatever reason they have, they are without Jesus’ love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and saving power.
Talking trash to another person about someone who does not have a job or stable roof over their heads and telling the person they are talking the trash to that they are not fit to give advice and other mean things that will not be repeated is judgmental, wrong, and cruel. Nobody has any right to judge someone else when they have no clue what the person they are trashing has been through or what they are currently going through. Without knowing the reasons why people are in the situation they are in or why they do the things they do, and without understanding what it is like to be in that person’s shoes, you are better off keeping your opinions to yourself. Your words affect the people you talk to, so trying to put someone off of someone else by saying rude and untrue things about them is not a nice thing to do. People need to realize it is not what you have in this world that matters, but what is in your heart and what is waiting for you, if you are a child of God, up in Heaven.
Worldly possessions like jobs, houses, cars, and other material things are only good as long as you are alive. As soon as you die, these things are of no use to you. What you need is the right attitude about life and about the situations life throws at you. The right attitude is that of faith and to make sure that your heart and mind are open to Jesus. Heavenly treasures will last forever, and your life has the ability to be eternal as well if you accept Jesus into your heart and make him your Lord and Savior, confess your sins and repent (never commit the sins again), get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The right attitude also includes having love for God, yourself, and everyone in this world including strangers and enemies. Jesus teaches us this in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). If you don’t have love for others, then you are not truly a child of God and you will have to answer to Jesus when he comes back to judge the world based on their words and actions, and how they lived their lives. This is not meant to condemn or scare anyone, just to be informative. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Love is also understanding, faithful, kind, patient, is not proud or rude, is forgiving, and endures through everything (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 lists all attributes of love, this is a translation of it). Hate on the other hand, is bitter and is like cancer to your bones. Hatred starts fights (Proverbs 10:12). Hebrews 12:15 warns us, “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Your bitterness and hatred can negatively affect the lives of those around you and anyone you come into contact with in any way whether it be in person, over the phone, or via the internet (but especially for the people who come into contact with face-to-face). Why not try spreading love to others instead of hate and bad attitudes that can hurt yourself and others? The world would be a much better place if everyone worked hard at spreading love instead of hate.
The person who has evil words spoken against them will be rewarded by their Heavenly Father since it is for following his Son Jesus Christ that the person is being persecuted, lied about, and having all sorts of evil things said about them (Matthew 5:11-12). God is the Vindicator to the innocent and who live to please him. It is important to believe this and to believe that no matter how badly we do sometimes screw up, that God will always love us and show us forgiveness and mercy because of his unconditional love for us. Faith that things will work out in your favor is pleasing to God and it also brings you peace (to know that things will work out and that you will come out of your situation better off than before it started). An attitude of love, faith, gratitude (for all God has done for you and all he will ever do for you), and peace (keeping the peace with the people in your life, no matter how difficult that can be at times), and patience is the right attitude to have and will lead to a successful, prosperous, healthy life filled with joy, peace, and love. It is not too late to start living this kind of life. Give your negative attitude and all of your worries and cares (burdens and problems) to God and ask him to help you make the positive changes within you that need to be made. Again, this is not meant to be condemning or judgmental. Hopefully you feel encouraged and will want to seek this peaceful kind of life you can have if you trust that God will take care of the problems you face now and all future problems in his perfect timing. While you wait for your situation to turn around, try thinking what you can learn from your current experience and how you can grow spiritually.
It is in order to grow spiritually and grow deep roots into Jesus that we are given trials and tribulations, and so that our faith has a chance to grow and we can see how strong it already is based on our reactions to our circumstances (1 Peter 1:6-7). Do you believe God exists? Do you have faith in his unconditional love for you, his promises, and in his mighty power – which raised Jesus from the dead? How strong is your faith? Hopefully these questions will lead you to a deeper study of God’s word and that the studies will bring understanding and peace. These are questions that we should ask ourselves frequently so that we can see how strong our faith is and make the adjustments needed, when they are needed for our faith to grow stronger, until we are so deep in faith that we feel complete and need nothing (because we realize that when we have God, we have all we truly need because spiritual well-being is more important than physical and worldly needs). If you have God, a roof over your head, food to eat and water to drink, and clothes on your back then the Apostle Paul tells us we should be content in 1 Timothy 6:6-8: “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” Paul actually does not mention a roof over your head, so if you have food, clothing, and are blessed above that to have a roof over your head, then be content. You can be content because you know if you have those bare life necessities, that God will provide the rest of your needs as well, which he promises to do in Philippians 4:19. Therefore stop struggling your way through life on your own with a negative attitude and lay all of your burdens at Jesus’ feet for him to take care of in your favor and receive his peace and rest (restful spirit) in return. Let Jesus’ love shine on you, his healing power heal you, and his peace dwell in your hearts and minds. And for those who are persecuted and spoken evil against for following Jesus, have peace knowing God is your vindicator and a God of justice and that the people speaking evil against you will answer to him for their words and actions and that all wrongs in your world will be made right by God. In Psalm 23:5, (King) David says that God will prepare a feast for you in front of our enemies and you will be honored, anointed, and have an overflow of blessings. No matter what you are going through right now, God has you covered so be sure to show God your gratitude by keeping the right attitude and hold on to your peace, joy, and loving attitude towards God, yourself, and others. Things will get better when you let faith in God conquer your fear, doubts, anxieties, anger, hate, and other negative feelings and attitudes.