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Ephesians 5:2

Constructively discuss this verse.

“Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.”

Ephes. 5:2

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Matthew 16:24-25

Im going to start by stating the verses.

24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

I have heard these verses more at college then I have anywhere else. I am involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and these couple verses have been the topic of discussion more then any others. In verse 24 it says “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself” This is to say that if we want to become what God wants us to be we need to not look at our own needs. We need to look at others and what they need. This is not to say we need to completely ignore ourselves. If we do that we will not know when we need help ourselves and need others to pray for us. Understanding when you are struggling is important because when you start to struggle you need to start praying about what you are struggling with and also get others to pray for you. Others praying for you can help you a lot with challenges in your life because it is encouragement to have other praying for you (at least it is for me).

In verse 25 it says For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” This is not to say that God wants us to go out in the middle of the street and stand there and He will protect us. It is to say that if God sends us to serve Him and we lose our lives that this would be the greatest sacrifice for Him. This also has another meaning, for us to be as strong as we can, as Christians, we need to die to ourselves daily and dedicate ourselves to God everyday. He is the protector, the healer, and our strength. We need to continually grow in Him. Praying to Him for the strength to get through the day and walk and talk the way He wants us to.

Feel free to post comments.

Proverbs 15:1

Today the format is going to be a little bit different. I am just going to post a verse, and I want you to leave comments on what you view this verse to mean. REMEMBER keep the discussion CONSTRUCTIVE.

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1

James 1:19

I am subscribed to a daily email that sends me a random verse daily. I usually make it my facebook status and now I am going to start blogging about it. The verse today was James 1:19 which says;

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

This is a core belief of mine, that we (as Christians) shouldn’t get angry at other people’s beliefs. This isn’t to say that we should accept the beliefs as our own, but we shouldn’t turn others away because of their personal beliefs. Some of the best conversations I have had with people were when they didn’t have the same beliefs as me. I have some friends that they know they can come to me and talk to me and I will not judge them on who they are or where they have been in their life. I am in no place to judge them because God doesn’t judge…He forgives. With that said, we shouldn’t tell people that their life is alright. We should show them, through how we run our life what is correct in God’s eyes.

We should also not speak to anybody in a way that turns them away from God. I have seen people yelling at people because of their beliefs. This will get you nowhere. When people get you upset, take a deep breath. Try to understand where they are coming from. Listen to them. Take every word in. If the situation that you are discussing with them makes you uncomfortable, tell them you don’t feel comfortable with the situation and tell them you can’t discuss it with them.

First Blog

Hi, I am Robbie Arnold. I am a 21 year old that is living for Christ Jesus. I am going to try every morning or every other to reflect on a verse or set of verses from the bible. This is a place where Christians and non-Christians alike can come and talk. Please be civil to each other. I do not want my blog to become a place where constructive discussions can not take place. Please discuss just keep the discussions constructive.

Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 22:6 says ” Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This verse means a lot to me. One reason is because I am going to be a teacher and this is one of my core beliefs. That if you teach (train) a child from when they are at a young age that they will remember the things they were taught at a young age. This goes for both the teaching at school and also the teachings of God. Who doesn’t remember the story (if you were taught it) of Noah and the Ark, or Jonah and the Whale. Both of these are examples of stories from the bible that any one person that was anywhere near a church when they were younger would remember.

Children need to learn from an early age what is correct and what is wrong, so that when they approach situations in the future that they will know how to react.  I know I am not a parent yet, but I hope that once I do have children that they will be able to know what is right and wrong and will make the decision on their own. In my life, my parents raised me as well as they could but at the end of the day it was me making the decisions in my life. They showed me how to respond in some situations so that when they came up I would react in the correct way. To this day I think this thought, if my parents knew the decisions I was making would they be happy? I used to be ashamed to think that thought because I knew the answer I would get. Now I know that they would be very happy of the decisions I am making in my life.

This is my first reflection on a Bible Verse. Please leave comments and start discussing. Just remember make it Constructive and not Destructive.