Insulting God: Something We All Do

        Have you ever felt down about your appearance? Maybe it’s your eye color, your hair color, your weight or height…the list can go on and on. You hear the message “Be Yourself” and “Accept the Way You’re Created” so maybe it cheers you up for a little bit, but soon you forget it and you go on comparing yourself again – which is way wrong.

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.

Galatians 6:4-5

         See, let me share with you something about that. When you insult your appearance, you insult God. That sound a little over-excessive? Let’s put it into story-form.

          Imagine that you drew a picture of a face. (Artistic abilities do not apply in this case) You’re really proud of it – you finally got the eyes right and the mouth is near perfect. You’re holding it up to the light, thinking about framing it maybe, but all of sudden, it says something. Something along the lines of this:

“Why couldn’t I have blonde hair instead of being brunette? Ugh. Oh, that little freckle is annoying me so much – I could be so pretty without it! If only I had a nice complexion and curly hair…I’d be so much happier then!”

      (Note: We are disregarding the fact that pictures do not and cannot talk)

      How would you feel? Insulted, right? I mean, you just created that face and now it’s basically telling you that you messed up! Well, Romans 9:20-21 gives us a pretty good verse telling us that God feels the same way.

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

Romans 9:20-21

       We all believe that God created us, right? Well, when you complain about how you look, you’re basically accusing God of making mistakes. He doesn’t. God never, never, never, let me repeat never makes mistakes in how you’re made.

      If you believe that you’d be prettier with longer lashes – let me tell you, I’ve thought that a lot – then you’re really actually saying that God didn’t know what He was doing when He created you. Is that really what you want to say?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

      A lot of girls in our society don’t know that, though. They believe that wearing tons of makeup to cover those freckles or using dye to change that hair will answer their problems and make them beautiful. They’re wrong.  By doing that, you are insulting God.

       Even if you think, “Oh well, I don’t really complain that much and I really don’t put on as much makeup as the next girl” that isn’t an excuse. In fact, it’s even worse because you’re putting others down and feeding your pride while you’re at it.

       So, I want you all to be satisfied with the way that you are made. Even if you believe that you’d be prettier with a few pounds shed or a different eye color, you wouldn’t be. God knew exactly what He meant when He created you, and if you try to change anything about that, you’re saying that He was wrong. Would you really want to go through such terrible extremes? I think not.

        Thank you so much for reading, and God bless you! Because believe it or not, He loves you. ❤

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8

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Forgive, But Don’t Forget

So, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a lot of hate in my heart lately. Against who? Various people – some even my best friends. Why? Because, even if I’ve forgiven them already, I go back on what they did and I feel angry again.

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Forgive and forget.” That’s not true. No, you shouldn’t hold grudges against others, but you shouldn’t forget their sin. Why? Because the point of forgiveness is acknowledging what they did and loving them anyways. 

Be aware of their trespasses against you. At fieat, this may lead your thoughts to how wrong they were, but instead think of the kind things they’ve done to you – if you can’t find any, look harder

Nothing hurts harder than insincere forgiveness. After they apologized, start loving them instead of grudging them. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t do when or after another person apologizes:

  • Remind them of more things to apologize for. Listen, they’ve already put down their pride to say sorry for what went wrong in the first place – don’t push.
  • Going over every detail of what they did wrong with them. They already know that they sinned – by doing that, you’re just supporting pride.
  • Talk against them later. You already said that you forgive them – if later you turn your words on them, you’re little better than a traitor.
  • Have pity-parties. Okay, so it’s  kind of fun to go ever how you’ve been wronged and sympathize with yourself. But  really feeding Satan.

What if you apologize but that person doesn’t forgive you? There’s a simple answer – forgive that person for not forgiving you. 😉

Thank You for reading today – may God bless you!

 

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Our Struggles

             You’ve heard this before – Jesus is with you all the time, He will help you, don’t worry…blah, blah, blah. Not that it’s not true – but sometimes, we get the idea that the people that tell us those things – the Bible really – don’t understand. 

            You hear all these gospel songs saying about how Jesus will lift you up when you are falling, but you can’t help wondering whether or not they really know. And you still struggle. But, let me tell you something – Jesus understands. 

           Life is swimming in the ocean – if you stop too long, you drown, but sometimes the current will carry you farther than you want it too. It will throw your head underwater till you feel like you can’t breathe anymore. Till you feel like you possess no strength to keep your arms and legs moving. Till you just want to fill the ocean with your tears.

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         At those times, it seems hopeless to receive help. It feels like the largest lifeboat can’t save you now. But there is one that can. Jesus. He is your boat, carrying you through the rushing tides and powerful winds. If you are thrown offboard, He will catch you again. He will clasp a seatbelt on you – a seatbelt of strength and faith. He will hold you till the storm is over – or if it never ends, throughout it until the wind carries you up to the heavens.

       You may not feel like it, but He loves you. Call upon Him and He will answer you and lift you up to extremes that you yourself cannot imagine. Even if you can’t feel it, even if it seems too hopeless, it isn’t. No, even if you’re shaking your head and whispering, “She doesn’t understand” it isn’t hopeless.

      Do you think that God would give us a life if it was just to fail? No! It doesn’t matter how long it is – you are safe in His loving arms until the storm is over. But you will not be shaken out of His boat of life into the watery depths – no, you be carried out into the sky of a life a thousand times greater than anything you can imagine. Because He loves you. 

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      There was a reason that God decided to bring you on this earth. Do you think that He’ll just give up on you and say, “Oh, he/she can deal with her own problems now.” No! A million times no. Even if the storm seems too powerful, it isn’t. Because He makes the storms – do you think that He can’t help you conquer them? To rise above them whether it is to be years more on this planet or rising instead to His home?

        Jesus loves you. That old childhood song is true. Sing it in your hearts, repeat it in your minds, because He Loves You.

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