The words of the proud man impose silence on all others, so that he alone may be heard. The humble man speaks only in order to be spoken to.
A mature Christian recognizes that correcting every wrong on the Internet would take more hours than a full-time job. If you snap every time your great-aunt’s friend’s cousin thrice-removed makes a snarky comment about “all the contradictions in the Bible,” it will consume you and your joy.]
Faith does not eliminate questions, but it knows where to take them.
The Christian is joyful, not because he is blind to injustice and suffering, but because he is convinced that these, in the light of the divine sovereignty, are never ultimate. The Christian can be sad, and often is perplexed, but he is never really worried, because he knows that the purpose of God is to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
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If you place more hope in any leader to make things 'right' again than you place hope in Jesus, you are heading for a major crash. God does not tolerate idols in our lives, be they wealth, prestige, government leaders, or influencers of any type. He will tear them down before they destroy us.
We can be optimistic, positive, enthusiastic when we know the process of God is at work in us, changing our very difficulties into miracle grow for our soul! James said, "Consider it PURE JOY when you face trials of any kind!"
[Christ] is the breathing forth of the heart, life and spirit of God into all the dead race of Adam. He is the seeker, the finder, the restorer of all that, from Cain to the end of time, was lost and dead to the life of God. He is the love that prays for all its murderers; the love that willingly suffers and dies among thieves, that thieves may have a life with him in Paradise; the love that visits publicans, harlots and sinners, and wants and seeks to forgive where most is to be forgiven.