“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of his benefits, who pardons all your iniquities and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion, who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” —Hebrews 4:16
“For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” —Isaiah 54:3
This week’s Peace Pal, 13-year-old Damien from Bryan, was a wonderful friend to have in the studio! He told us about doing tricks off the diving board, his love of singing, his family’s pets, and his enjoyment of soccer and running!
We really enjoyed having Damien as our special guest! We can’t wait for our next Peace Pal, next Tuesday on Peace 107!
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“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” —II Peter 1:20-21
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Peace family, how can we keep our words sweet today?
The Bible is clear about the power of our tongues to build up or tear others down. Whether we’re tired, sick, frustrated, or hurting, we still have a choice of how to speak to the people around us. I speak for a living, and I still struggle with this problem; I’m pretty sure that everyone does!
We all say things we regret from time to time. For example, I recently said something that was dishonoring about a good friend of mine. I was frustrated with my friend, and the coworker that I spoke to doesn’t even know that friend, but as soon as I said what I said (I wasn’t asking for advice or even explaining anything- I had no excuse), the Holy Spirit convicted me. I thought, “Wow, there was no reason for me to say that and point out my other friend’s faults.” I felt like a big jerk.
It was an unloving thing for me to do, I apologized to God, and it made me re-evaluate my speaking habits. I want to have a life that loves my friends and honors them, and doesn’t tear them down. I want to remember my own faults, and have grace for others.
If we aren’t speaking in a way that is unloving about someone else, it is also crazily easy sometimes to speak in a way that is unloving to someone else. We use rude tones of voice, and say rude things like, “Wake up!” if our friend doesn’t seem to be as focused on us as we’d like. We are impatient, and tell our loved ones, “Get to the point,” in a frustrated voice as they hem and haw or take longer to relate information than we’d like (I’ve been guilty of this one from time to time.) We are sarcastic, we scoff, and we talk as though we had everything all together, and are right about everything. Are we right about everything? Absolutely not. This attitude is not the love for others and humble spirit that God asks of us.
We can also get focused on negative things. Sometimes complaining can become a habit. We complain about our jobs, our families, our spouses, our children, strangers, the weather, our health, our houses… is it just me, or could most of the things I’ve mentioned above also be listed as a blessing?
There are all kinds of other ways we should be careful with our words- using language that honors or dishonors God, flattering others with insincere compliments, and speaking the truth or lying, hiding truths, and exaggerating, and not doing what we say we will do- but guarding our mouths in how we speak to and about others is a great place to start.
So how can we keep our words sweet? If we focus on God and his goodness and mercy, those are the quality of things that will most likely come out of us. If we are meditating on his scripture, and telling him about our frustrations through prayer, praying for those people and situations that hurt and anger us, then we won’t feel so compelled to complain. Let us live lives that love others well, including with our tongues.
“Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.” —Acts 2:43-44 (NIV)
Peace family, I don’t know if this is something that you need to hear today, but I know this is the kind of thing that I need to remember from time to time. A friend and I recently had a conversation in which my friend told me about struggling with belief, and asked me if I thought they were really a Christian. These were my thoughts for that friend, and if you feel like you are struggling with your faith, these are for you, too.
First, where you stand with God is something that only you and God personally know. However, from what I have observed in your life, (and I have observed many fake Christians in my day), I would say that yes, you are a Christian.
Sometimes life, mistakes, sinful choices, and even sins that are done against us, or circumstances that are just hard, can absolutely disorient and confuse you.
This has happened in my own life. However, a hard season, where we fail to fully embrace or understand the grace that God has for us, or we choose sin over obedience, or we believe lies about who God is or who we are, does not mean that we have lost our salvation, or that we are no longer Christians. The Bible says that when we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead (in order to atone for our sins), we will be saved.
I have seen you struggle, and I have seen God’s supernatural fruit in your life. Can you remember some of the victories that God has done in your life?
It’s also normal as you grow and get to know yourself more deeply, to rededicate your life and give the deeper levels of yourself to Christ as you discover them. It doesn’t mean that you weren’t dedicated to him before. It’s just like a friendship, where you are going deeper as you grow.
Another thing to examine, when we question our faith; if our close relationships with people have become unhealthy, unstable, or hurtful, I’ve found that sometimes I can project those feelings onto God. At least, that’s something that I sometimes struggle with.
I also know that when I feel ruled by sin and death and not by grace and life, it is usually a problem with my perspective.
God can handle it if you say, “Lord, I know my perspective is wrong, but I don’t even know what up and down are anymore, or how to fix it.”
He can also handle it if you say, “Lord, I know that this activity/habit/choice is a sin, but the truth is, I want this more than I want you right now. I also know that it’s also a sin that I don’t feel sorry about it right now. Please, change my heart.”
I love you, dear friend. I will keep praying for you. I think your plan to start really digging in the Bible and experiencing church in a deeper way is absolutely a good one. You have free time; take time to remember the sweetness of God, and the majesty of his character. Even if everything in your life is totally (and seemingly irrevocably) broken, we can at least count on the trustworthiness of God, his wisdom, his perfection, his beauty, his creativity, his power, and his understanding despite our pipsqueak lives. Take time to remember WHO he is, who made you and loves your soul. You are going to make it!