We Can’t Change People – Though We All Wish We Could And We All Try To. This Is Reserved For The Holy Spirit Alone

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If things don’t happen as we think they should we tend to become impatient. Especially with people.

We often want to change people around us to suit us better.

The Christian walk is all about change …a changed heart, a changed life, a changed covenant with God. But none of this change is brought about by us.

We can’t change people either – though we all wish we could and we all try to. This is reserved for the Holy Spirit alone.

That’s a big challenge to accept – especially in close relationships – to take our own hands off – and let the heart of God in.

In other words to be ready to take my eyes off another’s issues and to turn to the Lord with the attitude of heart to say, “Lord what do you want to do in my heart through this situation?”

This leads us to the cross. To lay down my own life and find God’s Grace. My faith and patience will be tested – but nothing is proved genuine until it’s tested.

Matthew 7:3
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

James 1:3
knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

  • Mark Saunders

Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

New International Version

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What does Hebrews 1:3 mean? 

This verse also provides important support for the divinity of Jesus. That is, these words imply that Jesus Christ is, in fact, God. The Greek word characktēr is translated here as “exact imprint” or “exact representation.”. The Greek word for “nature” here is hypostaseōs. This is the source of the theological term “hypostatic union,” a fancy way of saying that Jesus is both God and man. Combined, these words mean that Jesus’ nature is identical to that of God. Christ is divine, exactly as God is divine.

The reference to sitting at the “right hand” is important in ancient literature. This is a symbolic reference to honor and power. A person seated at the right hand of the king was considered trustworthy, and he was bestowed with the power of that king. References to Jesus as “seated” at the right hand of the Father imply His absolute power and authority.

Ref: https://www.bibleref.com/Hebrews/1/Hebrews-1-3.html

The Cross Is The Deepest Example Of God’s Love We Have. Once A Man’s Heart Grasps That His Life Can Never Be The Same

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The desire for perfection often brings with it a lot of pressure and frustration. It’s impossible to be perfect.

Yet the Lord instructs us to be perfect. What does He mean?

All of us have sinned and fallen short of the grace of God. Perfection is not never missing it – it means “complete.”

People say there’s an emptiness in a man that only God himself can fill. We try fill it ourselves with many different things. It can only be filled by Jesus Christ.

Jesus once told to a rich young man to sell all his possessions and follow Him to be perfect. Why? The man’s heart was attached to his riches. Jesus knew that riches could never bring completeness to this man.

Jesus also prayed for perfection of unity amongst his followers – the love of God in Him and Him in them …as a testimony to the world of the love of God.

The only perfection we will ever find is the love of God. That’s why Jesus wants us to be perfect as He is perfect.

Apostle Paul encourages us to put on love which is the bond of perfection.

The cross is the deepest example of God’s love we have. Once a man’s heart grasps that his life can never be the same.

God doesn’t want us to feel that we need to be perfect. His word says that His power is made perfect in weakness. The Holy Spirit helps us even in our weakness.

What He does want is that we accept His love for us – that love is shown in Jesus.

There is no barrier between us and God other than either our unbelief or our pride. Put these aside, find the completion we have in Christ.

There is no religious law He places on us. Are you ready to surrender your life to Christ?

Only His love can make you and I perfect.

Matthew 5:48
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Colossians 3:14
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

  • Mark Saunders