Israel’s future & Our future

It is prophesied in the Bible that the Jews will return to  their land. They they have done so during the last century. This has happened in our lifetime (Ezekiel 37:24).

However, God prophesied that there were to be nations round about Israel who would try to get rid of them (Ezekiel 28:24).

 We have the awful situation in Gaza today, but this is only taste of an invasion by a combination of nations (Ezekiel 38), against Israel, when the Jewish State will almost be wiped out. However, the Lord Jesus Christ will appear on the earth (Zecharaiah 14:4), as he promised (Luke 21:27) and will save the remnant of the Jewish people, and begins to establish the Kingdom of God upon the earth, with the World Capital being in Jerusalem.

 At the birth of Jesus the promise was given to Mary telling us that Jesus would be King of Israel, reigning in Jerusalem (Luke 1:30-33). This Kingdom will be world wide, bringing justice and peace to all the earth.

The bad times we are all experiencing are prophesied in Scripture, a time of trouble such as never was before (Luke 21:25 -26), but they anticipate the fulfilment of God’s purpose, a glorious time, when the terrible problems will be no more.

All nations living in harmony and peace, ruled over by God and his son The Lord Jesus Christ. (Daniel 7:27, 2 Timothy2:11 and 12).

Why not look into these important and challenging matters before it is too late?   

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An unexpected lesson from the birth of Jesus

It’s the time of year when we particularly focus on the story of Jesus’ birth. Though the greatest lesson we can grasp from this story is simply Jesus himself, have you ever noticed the example of his mother, Mary and Joseph his earthly father? Perhaps it is being a new mum myself, but I have never before stopped to consider the wonderful character they display. So I pray that you will indulge me for a few moments as we explore how we can apply this lesson in our own lives, hopefully leaving us even more in awe of Jesus our Saviour at this time of year.

Then the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and give bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.” – Luke 1:30-31

I know when I think of Mary, my mind usually drifts to the excitement in her assignment from God. What an unbelievable opportunity – to be the mother of God’s son.

But while her task was certainly unique and exciting (and probably a bit terrifying), and Mary is spoken of with great respect and admiration today, it wasn’t like that 2,000 years ago …

Most historians suggest Mary was between 15-16 years old when she gave birth to Jesus. Add in the gossip and chatter that emerged because she wasn’t married. In fact, when she told Joseph her fiancé, he didn’t believe her and wanted to hide her away (Matthew 1:19).  But an angel appeared to him and told him not to be afraid and confirmed what Mary had told him was true. (Matthew 1:20-21).

Then after them getting through that initial trial, she and Joseph had to travel hundreds of miles on foot, while in labour … and give birth in a stable! Ouch.

So, how, I hear you asking, does this relate to us today? Well, the bottom line is: living your life in accordance with God’s ways can at times seem hard, but it will be worth it. For God gave His Son Jesus that we can have the hope of living forever in a peaceful world.

So how do we stay encouraged when times get tough? Maybe the Christmas you’re facing isn’t quite as you’d hoped it would be. Well, look at what Mary sang:

“For He who is mighty has done great things for me … His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation” – Luke 1:49-50 Mary wasn’t focused on the here and now. Mary was focused on what she knew God would do for her and many generations to come. Let us be motivated in the same way. All this world has to offer will fade away. So don’t worry about today. Know that God never wastes an opportunity, and even if results don’t come until later, God’s purpose will prevail.

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What does your Bible mean to you?

If your house was on fire and you were only allowed to chose one object (obviously all the people and pets are safe in this scenario) to save, what would it be?

For me, it would be my Bible.

But why? Today, Bibles are not rare – more than five billion copies have been sold worldwide, and over 100 million last year alone. Not only are there millions of Bibles circulating in the world, but now, with the innovations in technology, there are so many free Bible apps that you could have a different Bible on every device you own!

Surely then, it is a strange object to save if you could choose only one. It is not unique after all.

For a moment, let us consider the following scene: a person bursts through a door shouting, loudly and excitedly, that he has just discovered the word of God for the first time! Just imagine it. Would you be excited?

Yet there was a time when it was truly exhilarating to find the word of God. This story is not fictional, but based upon an actual event. It is something that happened during biblical times, a long time ago. During Jeremiah’s time, Hilkiah the high priest found the book of the law and gave it to Shaphan, the scribe, who brought it before the king of Judah – King Josiah (2 Kings 22:8).

Imagine what it must have been like for the young king to hear the word of God read to him for the very first time. On hearing the law, the king was moved with such emotion that he told everyone in Judah about God’s holy ways.

Now bring this stirring account back to us. Are we excited about opening the word of God and reading it (Acts 17:11)2 Do we long to read our Bibles? Have you ever been so interested, so absorbed, in a section of scripture that you have spent hours studying it, even into the long hours of the night? Do you read the Bible daily to learn more about God’s plan? Do you consider it the most precious possession you have? Our answers are good indicators of how much we genuinely love and value the Bible.

The value of our Bible is not in its printing and binding but in its words. The words have come from God Himself, the author of this extraordinary book. Although many people own a copy, sadly few read it today – as predicted by Jesus when he said, “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Let us try to emulate the same level of excitement and enthusiasm for God’s precious word as Hilkiah, Shaphan and King Josiah. Read it every day and at every opportunity and love its words and message. And let us make it central in our lives and view it as the most precious thing we possess.

Tell others you have found the word of God!

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A life of Devotion

Life. It’s a funny old thing isn’t it? Everything can change in the blink of an eye. We have experienced an extraordinary few years, with a series of unprecedented events came unimaginable change.

Just as it felt that life was beginning to return to “normal”, we in the United Kingdom have now experienced the death of our Queen. Queen Elizabeth II was a constant of our nation for more than seventy years, she steadfastly led us through so many historic changes. This loss now feels quite daunting and we are on the precipice of a new era, many are feeling anxious and unsure.

The Queen was a wonderful example, the key thing which she has been credited for, is living her life through her faith. Whatever happened, it was her devotion to God which provided her with the strength to carry on.

God’s Plans for Our Lives

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

I love this proverb, it is one that I repeat to myself daily. It is a beautiful reminder that although we make all sorts of plans, ultimately God is in control and what comes to be, is always HIS will, not mine.

Give it all to the Lord

For me, it wasn’t until I began to give all of my concerns to God, daily, that I was able to stop feeling so overwhelmed by things outside of my control. I had to give all my worries to God and recognise that I can’t, but HE CAN! He tells us so in one of my favourite verses, Matthew 11:28-29:

“Come to Me, all of you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take up My yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

When I took these verses to heart, I not only felt relief and comfort, but I found that He was leading me, helping me make big decisions with a clear mind and a real sense of relief! Sure, I still get overwhelmed, but when I do, it helps to remember what Deuteronomy 31:8 tells us: “The Lord is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you nor forsake you. Do not be fear nor be dismayed.”

How encouraged I was as I rested in those beautiful verses, finally beginning to understand the impact of each word. Another verse that has encouraged me in the hard times is Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.”

Did He say everything? Yes, Everything! I find myself talking to God many times a day. Sometimes it’s as simple as “Help!” And what’s so exciting is that we are told to come in confidence, knowing, with relief, that He loves us enough to want us there, right at His feet resting in His love.

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Are you going through a big life change? Or feeling overwhelmed by the changes in the world around you right now? I invite you to seek comfort in the verses above and look to God and ask Him to guide and comforts you in the next steps of your life. We have a choice, we can either allow our concerns to consume us with dread – or to bring us closer, in our desperate need, to the One who created us and knows us better than anyone else!

While we begin a new era with King Charles III as our monarch, ultimately, we look forward to that great day when God will send His son Jesus Christ back to the earth to set up his everlasting kingdom of peace and reign as King evermore.

Quotations from The New King James Bible

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A life of contentment

Contentment doesn’t feel like a word or topic that is discussed very often. We speak of people’s feelings, emotions and mental state, but not the idea of being content. Which is surprising, as when we think about it, we live in a very discontented world. Everything around us is driven by discontentment.

This discontentment can come from many things: being dissatisfied by a relationship, work, or the circumstances you are currently in.

These can take all sorts of forms in our lives and manifest themselves in many different ways, such as envying, anger, bitterness or even worry and anxiety. These emotions often come from a root of discontentment.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that we can achieve contentment in Philippians 4 v 11-13: “For I have learned that whatever state I am, to be content, I know how to be brought low and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Paul tells us that contentment is something we must learn. “I have learned.”

The only way to do this is through Christ who strengthens us, it is something God wants to teach us, something we must practise every day to achieve.

Do you want to find that contentment?

The best way to do this is to approach God, read his word The Bible and follow his ways.

As Jesus teaches us in Matthew 11v28: “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The word labour here is for those physically tired and the words heavy laden means mentally exhausted, when we are in this way we can find our rest, our refreshment and satisfaction in the Lord God.

In 1 Timothy 6v6-11, we are advised: “Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we carry nothing out … Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and into many foolish and harmful lusts … But flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

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Nourished by the Bible

We have become accustomed to our ‘five-a-day’ fruit and vegetables, recommended for the health of our body and brain. The food we eat affects our frame and functions! 

The Bible is the spiritual equivalent BUT there are nine of them! We find the ‘fruits of the spirit’ (as they are known) in Paul’s words to the Christians living in the first century in a place called Galatia – modern day Turkey. 

His message to them was urgent – they were not to falter in their faith. Paul was encouraging them all to remain true to the gospel they had originally grasped. That they would stand firm in Christ, that he died to provide freedom from sin by his sacrifice, once and for all. But being free did not mean indulging their sinful nature, developing hatred, discord, sexual immorality, and such like. Their freedom in Christ was to serve one another, to develop spirituality and to mature in themselves the mind of Christ. And so, we come to the nine fruits of the spirit given in chapter 5 of Galatians. They are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

To cultivate these is to develop our character, “to be transformed by the renewing of your mind” as Paul wrote to the believers in Rome (Romans12 v 2). This struggle to mind the things of the spirit is a thread throughout the Bible and is explicit in the New Testament books. The real emphasis is in being Christlike and then doing good will be the natural outcome. Let’s look at these lovely qualities of the Godly mind:


It’s so much more than good neighbourliness and brotherly kindness. It involves considering how Christ would’ve behaved and talked to any individual. It is unconditional, constant-caring, underpinned by the wisdom of God.


A contentment and happiness within, regardless of circumstances because we are certain of God’s care and purpose and his love and mercy, giving us a deep-seated security.


This involves an ease of mind, essentially untroubled by stresses and strains because we are confident that God is in control. “All things work together for good for those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8 v 28)


This quality is slow to anger, long-tempered with endurance. So it is unlikely to be hostile, give stinging remarks or angry glances! It’s a forgiving spirit too!


Essentially this is a genuine kindness of heart, not out of obligation or from a social motive. An attitude which makes allowances, has generosity and bears with the person, having empathy. Kindness can be inconvenient to the giver!


Not a bland, low-key quality. Rather, goodness combats ‘badness’. It works effectively against error, corruption and distortion, championing truth, judgement, and discernment.


This involves the realisation and certainty of what we hope for, it is a solid ground and carries conviction. Believers must believe! Faith needs to be personal and then it will transform our lives – because we know God exists “and rewards those who earnestly seek him”. (Hebrews 11 v 6)


Not timidity, nor weakness! Rather it is strength and control arising from our security in the Lord. Being empowered by God’s word. It is strength with gentleness because the true Christian is God-reliant and not out to impress.


An old-fashioned word for self-control but, really it is being controlled by the word of God, with its immense transforming power. “He who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city”. (Proverbs 16 v 32) We need to control our thoughts which in turn influence our actions and habits. 

Fruits often grow on trees and the person who develops the fruit of the spirit has often been likened to one! The very first psalm describes it:

“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.” (Verse 1)

“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.” (Verse 3)

And how do we do this? 

“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and he meditates on His law day and night.” (Verse 2)

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Is prayer relevant to me today?

Prayer resonates throughout the Bible – both in the Old and New Testaments.

We read of men who commanded great armies, of people in high office in government, of mothers and fathers seeking the best for their children, of farmers and fishermen, tradesmen and craftsmen — people of all types and backgrounds who sought out the Lord Jesus Christ because some need or other could not be fulfilled elsewhere. And as we see Jesus always finding time to listen, to advise, to help, we see how he reveals to us the character of his Father:

“for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

The Bible makes it clear that God wants to help us. We should never feel that it is only good people that He will hear. In fact if we think we are rather good and managing quite well on our own, the chances are we shall be less inclined to rely upon God. The Bible leaves us in no doubt that believers ought to pray:

“Men ought always to pray and not to lose heart.” Luke 18:1

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6

It is vital to realise that prayer cannot be separated from a knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. For prayer is communication with God. The communication is two-way. It is not enough that we should speak to God. He expects us to listen to Him. In fact, we shall often be better occupied meditating on His Word than trying to talk to Him at great length. The Bible itself warns:

“Let not thine heart be utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you upon earth: therefore let your words be few.” Ecclesiastes 5:2

The Lord Jesus himself emphasised this point:

“When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7

The many examples of prayer in the Bible make it clear that God responds only when man prays in accordance with His will. After all, God knows best what is in man’s interests and can control events accordingly.

Daniel prayed as a man who had humbled himself before God, who listened to God and became thoroughly familiar with what God had revealed in His Word and who prayed in harmony with what he knew to be the will of God. He was the sort of person referred to when God earlier declared, “on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2

The Lord’s Prayer was uttered in response to Jesus’ disciples’ request for instruction in prayer. Clearly the prayer given by Him is not something to repeat vainly, like a magical incantation. Its true meaning can only be appreciated by those who know the teaching of Jesus, have committed themselves to his discipleship and have become children of God, hallowing God’s name and striving to live in anticipation of His coming kingdom when all the world will be governed according to His will.

“Our Father, in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10

For many people prayer consists of asking God for favours. For some the proof of whether God is actually there or not consists of testing out whether God will grant a particular request Jesus said “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find.” Matthew 7:7

Our prayers must not be selfish, though we may lay all our problems before the Lord. Even in our best and apparently selfless requests, we must accept that God knows best: “Shall we indeed accept good from God  and shall we not accept adversity?” Job 2:10. Whatever we ask must be conditioned by the Lord’s phrase, “nevertheless not my will, but thine be done”. This does not apply, of course, when we are asking God for things which He has clearly declared to be His will. It is unnecessary, for example, when we pray for the coming Jesus, to add “if it be thy will”, since we know it is God’s will.

It is good that in our prayers we should bring before God the needs of others. Not only will this in itself help us to see our own problems in perspective, but it will remind us of our responsibility to do something for those about whom we pray. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers he recalled how regularly he prayed on their behalf, but he also recalled the practical steps he took to minister to their needs when he sent to them Timothy, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers” 1 Thessalonians 1:2, “sent Timothy……to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith” 3:1-3, see also Paul’s words in 3:9-13

So Jesus exhorted his disciples: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41. If we pray for help to avoid sin, we shall certainly receive that help we need to allow ourselves to be influenced and guided by God’s Word, we need to strive to avoid those situations which we know will weaken our resolve from following God

An invitation is extended to each one of us that we may be given a place in His kingdom. Until then praying helps us to have “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guide your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Gods ears are open 24/7 and He is waiting to hear from YOU!

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The Bible’s Guide to Happiness!

Some think that the Bible is an old and outdated book that offers little help for us today. However, if you want to be happy, not just happy but joyful and blessed, you need to read the Bible. The Author of the Bible is God, and He created us. Surely, He is the one who knows and teaches us how we can achieve this.

It is sad that many people mistakenly believe that money will bring them lasting happiness. However, many who have taken this path will soon realise that they are on the wrong road toward happiness.

The key to happiness is not money, but contentment and our contentment must be coupled with godliness. Contentment is not about laying on our beds all day because we are “content” with our lives. Godly contentment means that you have put your trust and confidence in God, that He will provide all your needs. It is the confidence that after you have done your best, God will do the rest.

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” I Timothy 6:6-7.

If you put your trust in God you will soon feel happy and joyful being content with your life, this will give you peace.

When we look at others, it is very easy to notice the things that we lack instead of appreciating the things that we have. You can never win the “compare game.” If you consider yourself superior to others, you will feel ignorantly proud of yourself. On the other hand, you will find yourself bitter and sad if you find yourself inferior to others.

God does not determine your value through the life of others. Thankfully for us, He does not use other people to measure our character. So why do you have to compare yourself to others? We are unique, and we have our own advantages and disadvantages. We all experience life in different ways.

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” II Corinthians 10:12.

Instead of comparing yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself. Compete with yourself striving to be a better person each and every day by reading the Bible and following God’s commandments.

“What does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and love Him. To serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” Deuteronomy 10:12

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” I John 5:3.

Open the Bible and read it, will soon see how blessed your life can become.

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How can the Bible help us overcome life’s problems?

We often become discouraged and bogged down with life’s cares. The fact that both the Old and New Testaments address this problem the same way indicates that God knows problems and worries are inevitable in this life. Thankfully, He has given us the same solution in both the Old and New Testaments:

“Cast your burden on the LORD and He Shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

“Casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Contained within these two verses are some amazing truths:

· God will sustain us

· He will never let us fall

· He cares for us

Taken one at a time, we see first that God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support—mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He is able (and best of all, willing!) to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our benefit. He has promised to “work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Even at times when we doubt Him, He is still working for our good and His glory. And He has also promised that He will allow no trial to be so great we cannot bear it and that He will provide a means of escape “God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you will be able to bear it” 1 Corinthians 10:1). By this, He means that He will not let us fall, as He promised (Psalm 55:22).

The third statement—“He cares for you”—gives us the motivation behind His other promises. Our God is not cold or unfeeling. Rather, He is our loving Heavenly Father whose heart is tender toward His children. Jesus reminds us that just as an earthly father would not deny his children bread, so God has promised to give us good gifts when we ask Him, (Matthew 7:7-11).

God reveals to us through His Word, the Bible that we can be of good “cheer,” that we can rejoice in our problems because God will use them to our benefit. “Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” Romans 5:3-4. We can see our “worries” as an opportunity to practice. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

So, each day, taking one step at a time, we should pray for God’s Word to guide us, read or listen to God’s Word, and meditate on God’s Word when the problems, worries, and anxieties of life come along. The secret to giving things over to God is really no secret at all—it’s simply asking Him and Jesus to take our burdens “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Matthew 11:28

God loves us so much that He sent His son “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16

God is bigger than any of our problems.

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In the name of Love

We read in the New Testament that God gave His son in order to re-establish a relationship with us.

“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice that could bring about that restoration. Jesus was without sin, yet He obediently accepted His Father’s will, He took on the sins of the world and nailed them to the cross. “He (God) who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all” Romans 8:32

We see in the life that Jesus led the definition of love. He freely served His Heavenly Father by giving His time, energy, food, friendship, love, and grace. He offered His love, obedience, fellowship, praise, and will to His heavenly Father. He lived to serve others. His eyes were never on Himself. He looked for ways to satisfy a need, quench a thirst, teach a lesson and please His Father. His joy came from serving His Heavenly Father and giving to others.

We are called to live a life of love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:2

By looking into the Word of God and contemplating the life of Christ, we see that the power of love is remarkable but costly. Individual acts of sacrificial love have a transforming power.

There were lepers, cripples, and blind men transformed by the healing hand of Jesus. The sacrifice Christ made on the cross has transformed you and me! We were condemned in our sin but His sacrifice has provided us with a real hope. We can rest in the promise of eternal life.

This Easter, let us all reflect on the command to love one another. Let us love show our love in our actions to others. It will require sacrifice on our part, but let us all strive to be His hands!

“Not with eye service, as men-pleasers but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” Ephesians 6v6

“For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” Mark 3:35

Below are three excellent examples of how we must show the love of Christ to one another in every aspect of our lives:

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

“… Do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;does not behave rudely, does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

By doing the will of God in our lives like Jesus did, we can have everlasting life.

“That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life … For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:15-16

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