Loving people can be hard but also so rewarding. It all depends on the people in our lives. If you’re life is anything like mine, you’ve got plenty of difficult people in it who make loving them kinda hard. Have you ever wondered how Jesus managed to love all the difficult people in His life? Cuz boy oh boy were there a lot of them. Today we’re going to answer the “how do I love difficult people” question by looking at how Jesus showed unconditional love to the difficult, hard to love people in His life. But first we’re going to define love, so we’ll better understand what the Bible says about how to love.
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him – the people who give you their food give you their heart.” This quote by Cesar Chavez embodies what Jesus teaches about meals. Meals are tangible experiences of grace the book of Luke is full of. The lessons in this post are sure to guide and equip you for every meal you provide, and are part of, this holiday season. What better Bible study for the holiday season than learning from the meals Jesus shared. Eating with Jesus shows that meals aren’t just about comfort and familiarity, they’re opportunities to put God first, serve, rely on God’s provision, and disciple.
Waiting…not something anyone likes or, for the most part, is very good at. Maybe you’re in a season where it feels like you’ve been waiting forever for God to do something. No matter what your waiting season looks like, this post has something for you. We’ll use David’s life, and the Psalms he wrote, as our guide for discovering what the Bible says about “waiting on the Lord” and how waiting benefits us. By the end of this Bible study style post I pray you’ll be able to do as it says in Isaiah 40:31.
Keeping your mind on God or “setting your mind on things above” is tough, but tough doesn’t mean impossible. If you’re struggling to keep your mind stayed on the Lord, you’re not alone. Even Jesus’ disciples, who were with Him all day, struggled with this. We’re going to use their stories and Jesus’ replies, to learn why you and I are supposed to keep our hearts and minds on things above. Before we get to the disciples we’ll explore Colossians 3:1-4 to learn what we can about this mindful Christian behavior of keeping your heart and mind on God. After all, there are a lot of other things to think about and fill your mind with, right?
If you’ve been a Christian for more than a minute you’ve likely heard the phrase “pray without ceasing” but…What does it mean, Why should I do it, and How in the world is a busy woman supposed to find time to pray all the time? There’s good news – Praying without ceasing is easier than you think and you can pray all the time, even if you spend your day sprinting from one thing to the next. The following what, why, and 7 “how-to’s” will show you just how to fit praying all the time into each and every day.
Did you know that meditation is in the Bible? This often surprises people, but God’s Word reveals that it was God’s created intent for us to meditate on our Creator. If meditation is in the Bible then it’s important Christians know what it means to meditate on the word of God. This post will define what modern mindfulness meditation is, what the biblical meaning of meditation is, and then go to God’s Word to discover what meditating on God’s Word means. Meditation appears in Scripture at least 23 times and most of those references are in Psalms. Because of this we’re using Psalm 119 to answer our what is biblical meditation question. I pray this post helps shape how you use and value God’s Word. The Psalm 119 section is peppered with Bible study questions for you to answer as you read through this post or spend time later, meditating on God’s Word.
Mindfulness is something you’ve likely heard of in some context. It’s become the hot way to fix all that ails us. From stress and anxiety to overeating – mindfulness promises to show us how to solve life’s problems. The question is, what is mindfulness and is it something Christians should partake in? This post will explore what mindfulness is, where it originates, and what God’s Word says about mindfulness practices. In John 8:31-32 Jesus said “if you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” I pray you ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truth as you prayerfully read this post.
Have you ever walked away from a conversation knowing you asked all the wrong questions? Wondering what in the world you should have said to help the other person? Asking good questions is tough. Some people are good at it but for most of us…we have to learn. Asking good questions shows we truly care and can help others grow spiritually. We’re going to use questions God asked Adam and Eve to learn how we can love others by asking good questions.