Pride

Proverbs 8:13

To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
    I hate pride and arrogance,
    evil behavior and perverse speech.

A while back I started doing blog posts inspired from the book of proverbs. Verse by verse I was going. Eventually all the verses just started to become the same thing over and over again. I lost a lot of inspiration. In fact, it’s been since March 14th of last year since I last posted about Proverbs (view here). I have kept checking back on this next verse, reading it across almost every translation just to find some inspiration. I just honestly haven’t wanted to write about this verse, or any of the rest in the chapter. It’s all just become the same thing over and over again.

But alas, today I am pushing myself through it because sometimes with your relationship with God, and with others, you just have to keep pushing through despite how you feel.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil. Looks like we can categorize pride, arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech under evil. How many of you hate evil? How many of you hate talking to someone and they start to get prideful, nothing they say is wrong, they have all the best stories, their way is always right, etc? Or how about arrogant people? Like trying to talk with Tony Stark, or Steve Jobs for example? Talking to people who are full of themselves is the worst. I think it’s clear to say we all hate this kind of evil.

But what about when it is in yourself? It’s easy to recognize it is within others, but what about yourself? Are you/can you be prideful or arrogant? Do you find yourself to be more right than wrong? Looking honestly at past situations, why do you think that is? Where you truly right, or was pride getting in the way from you admitting your wrong?

Maybe pride is stopping you from opening up to others. You like to control how others see you, you show others an edited version of you, but not the raw footage.

But to fear the Lord is to hate evil and pride and arrogance and evil behavior and perverse speech.

What is it in your own life that you are failing to recognize, but you can so easily recognize in others?

Raising Holy Hands to God

1 Timothy 2:8

NLT

 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

The first time I noticed this passage was a while back while reading it from the NLT version. What really stood out to me was that men should raise their hands during times of worship to pray to God. For what? I had supposed it was to pray for the people and that their hearts may be opened to God’s greatness and that all would worship Him as one body.

It stood out to me mostly because, well I am not a hand raiser. Why? I’ve never seen how raising my hands make me any closer to God as to not raising my hands. I’ve always thought it was a personal thing. Some people raise hands, some people dance, some people sing, some people run around, some people digest it all inside. Everyone is different. Everyone has their own way of worship and I am personally not one to conform to what everyone is doing just because. I need a reason.

Shortly after I read this passage I heard a sermon by Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch (or ChurchOnline). His message was about worship and he made an interesting point about raising hands in worship. It basically went like this: If you’re surrounding yourself, wether to the police or in a game, don’t we surrender with our arms in the air? Or how about when we receive victory, let’s say a touchdown, goal, etc. Don’t we also celebrate by placing our arms in the air in celebration?

Now, what is the point of worship? Isn’t it to surrender our lives to Christ while also proclaiming victory in His presence?  It makes me think a little, but the idea of it just seems silly. But then I think of 2 Samuel 6:21-22

.. will celebrate before the Lord.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes..

David knows his dancing is silly before the Lord, but He doesn’t care, in fact he says he will get even more silly. Why? Because his love for God is greater than his own pride/ego. That’s interesting to think about.

But there’s more. I looked at several other versions of 1 Timothy 2:8, and the NLT was the only version to use the word, “worship.”

1 Timothy 2:8

NLT

 In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

ESV

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

NIV

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

NKJV

 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;

MSG (8-10)

Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

All these other versions say “everywhere.” Paul is telling us to raise our hands in prayer everywhere, it’s not just in the place of worship, it’s everywhere(well actually worship can be any and everywhere). I think that is pretty radical. For me, it’s a challenging idea.

Pray with your hands lifted to the Father.

That’s what I want to leave this post to be challenged by. Just once, try it. I know I will.

Why? Well cause I can’t imagine any other idea what Paul would have meant in raising holy hands to God. Maybe it was just a figure of speech, but maybe there is also some kind of power of lifting your hands, free from angry, free from pride and embracing in the silliness.

I don’t now, but I am willing to try.

Who Do You Trust, you or God?

Imagine this, you’ve grown up close to your family your whole life. You’re about 43, and you still live decently close to your parents.  In fact it may even be getting close to time where you have to start taking care of them. You’ve got a job and home, but no kids though, and you spend a lot of your free time doing activities through your church.  It might even be better to picture yourself in the 1800s before the west was really habited.

One day you get a letter in the mail, it says “Go west! Once you start going west, I’ll show you where to go! On top of that, I will make the father of the future U.S.A. All that it is, will be yours!

What a bold offer. Would you take it? Or would you just throw it away, and keep living in your comfortable life? What if, instead of a letter, it was God telling you that?

Would you go?

Genesis 12:1-2

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

You see that is the same thing God told Abram when Abram was 74 years old! He told Him to go! Don’t worry about where you go, I will show you and be with you! Then I will make you into a great nation!

So Abram trusted God, he left his life, and God fulfilled His promises!

Stepping outside of our comfort zone can often be to radical for us. We find ourselves saying “I trust God” or “In God we trust” but when the situation calls for it, do we really trust Him?

Another story that comes to mind is when Jesus was walking on water.

Matthew 14:29 – 31

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Jesus tells Peter to “come” and walk to him on water, so Peter does. But as soon as Peter saw the wind he began to doubt and in his doubt, He began to sink! Luckily Jesus still grabbed him and pulled him up despite his doubts.

The obstacles we face tell us “you can’t do it,” “this is to big for you.” Don’t believe it’s lies! God is bigger than that! He can do all things! When we forget that Jesus is on our side like Peter did, we will sink! So don’t doubt!

To put it another way, if you are building a church, a ministry, or maybe dealing with sin, temptation, money, etc, and we look at the obstacles that are attacking us and lose our faith, Jesus won’t hold us on top of the water anymore and we will sink! We have to trust Him for His power.

I want to challenge you today, to do that thing that scares you! Trust that God is behind you, and once you start, don’t get distracted by the obstacles! If you do, you will surely sink!

When we don’t have faith, we don’t give Jesus the opportunity to use His power!

Faith=God’s power.

Loss of faith = Reliance on our own power.

You may not be able to accomplish it, but God can!

Give Up Your Cross Daily

A common theme I have been hearing lately is to “give up your cross daily.” At first I didn’t really know what this ment. What does giving up your cross even mean? Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but what does that have to do with giving up my cross daily?

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

So it has to do with giving up ourselves to Christ to serve Him as a disciple.

A rich man came up to Jesus and asked Him “Lord, what good thing must I do to enter Heaven?” But Jesus responds by telling him there is no good man, and we must obey the commandments. He goes further by saying:

Matthew 16:21-22

If you want to be perfect go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Before I get to the point, I want to share another set of verses of another man wanting to follow Jesus

Matthew 8:18-22

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Following Jesus isn’t about what you can do for Him, but rather giving up everything for Him. We all want to follow Jesus our way, the easy way. We want to follow Jesus when it only means going to church, when it only means praying to God before you go to bed, when it only means professing His name on your facebook/twitter page, we only want to follow Jesus when it means doing the easy stuff. But when it gets hard and nasty, hey, thats what God’s grace is for right? .. Maybe, but if you can only commit to the easy things, ask yourself where is your heart? Is it truly for God?

In the two biblical passages, both of these men wanted to follow Christ but when Christ laid out the guidelines for them, neither one of them could commit.

I find it fascinating that that there are a few more stories (I believe) like this in the New Testament where people asked Jesus to follow Him, but once He told them what it means to follow Him, they all backed away. They couldn’t give up their cross to follow Him.

Those asking Jesus to follow Him, went away knowing they couldn’t live up to it. But then there are those, the 12 disciples, Paul, and some others throughout the bible, who God came to them first and said “Follow me” and they did, no questions asked. They gave up everything in their life, they gave up their comfortable home, their friends, their money, their family, everything they knew, to follow Christ.

The men Jesus sought out, who knew little about the man, gave up everything to follow Him. That takes quite a bit of faith.

So what does it mean to give up your cross daily and follow Him? It means giving up every part of your life to follow Him. It means stepping out of your comfort zone to share His Word. It means to keep on going, when others tell you you’re crazy. It means to confess all your sins before the Lord and admit your weakness. It means making Christ the focus out of everything in your life, the little things and the big things. It means giving up your life for Christ.

To add an ever more serious tone to it, many of the Apostles gave their life for Christ. To the apostles, taking up their cross daily and following Him, ment giving up their own life. I can’t even begin to express, or fathem, how serious their love and their relationship with Christ was. Some of us get uncomfortable just talking to our own family about Christ, but these men kept expressing their love for Him. To the point where government officials told them to shut up or they would crucify them, but they just couldn’t stop sharing His Word!! This is what it means to give up your cross for Christ.

What are you prepared to do?


Here’s a link to a song by Christian rapper KB about giving up your cross daily. For those that don’t like rap, I will post the lyrics below the song.

Lyrics:

Yo, so they may be like KB you got it goin’ on
In twenty years they’ll forget me like Kevin in Home Alone
Sown, grown and blown, mown and then its gone
That’s the history of grass, and man ain’t much more (Talk about it)
(Hit me) No one will care what you invented
Half the stuff that we use we can care less ’bout the origin
Listen, I ain’t trippin’ I love to lift up inventions
But more than liftin’ inventors, who invented the inventor That’s God (Talk about it)
My whole clique Christ lovers,
My outfit it might be plain, but I’m fly with the (w)right brothers
Life covered, Jesus he saves well
Free’s the mind for those doin’ time in a brain cell
Jesus ’til I expire, I may have a good year of
Fire stones fall from the sky, I’ll never tire
Serious don’t use the word play, this consonant word play
Competent conquerin’ content content e’rrday

We lost judged
Dead men walking on a dead earth
Looking for a heart and a soul search
Everything I want
It don’t mean much
It don’t mean much to me
Money, fame
Coming for your heart
Sex, drugs
Secret of the dark
Everything, everything the world wants
It don’t mean much
It don’t mean much to me

Yeah, Lord sometimes its envy on my lips, lust on my hips
Feet prone to slip because I’m so weak
We often fake like we’re meek, say we’re the least, speak deep
But the Lord is like son please
We exaggerate our strengths, hide our mistakes
That’s a bad place, cuz we only make his grace cheap
When I’m angry my pride wants to slay me
I know one person who needs to take up his cross daily, that’s me
Yeah, and our deepest desires might be the worst thing
Our hearts are wicked, you don’t know what that curse brings
I get something new then I look at you
If you have one and a litle that that, I want two, greed
We have peasants mimicking’ the life of kings
Yeah you have fame and things, you never had peace
Made in his image, but then we made a mess
Win, lose, or draw, he’s a picture of success
Say cheese

We lost judged
Dead men walking on a dead earth
Looking for a heart and a soul search
Everything I want
It don’t mean much
It don’t mean much to me
Money, fame
Coming for your heart
Sex, drugs
Secret of the dark
Everything, everything the world wants
It don’t mean much
It don’t mean much to me

You make a song about Jesus, you never going to hell
Yeah that’s written in the first book of (what was it) nowhere
I know that’s no bail , but his fare won’t go well
Lord help ‘fore our days end, like a hotel
‘Cuz death doesn’t care how many albums you sold
And death doesn’t schedule like this time or no
Death clock reading it’s sooner time to go
But it’ll be soon time to go
Chose God and grow
Watch the throne all you want, but it’ll never be ya’ll seat
The throne’s occupied like it’s palace on Wall Street
My God so great that He puts great to shame
Ain’t a man bad enough, he ain’t bad enough to save
Jesus, came here to save the worst of sinners
How you think I’m able to rap these verses with Him
To the earth He entered
Full of mercy in a
Death and the resurrection He got your boy singing

We lost judged
Dead men walking on a dead earth
Looking for a heart and a soul search
Everything I want
It don’t mean much
It don’t mean much to me
Money, fame
Coming for your heart
Sex, drugs
Secret of the dark
Everything, everything the world wants
It don’t mean much
It don’t mean much to me

Prayer: Draft 1

I’m looking into doing some vlogs (Video Blogs) this summer. I’m really excited and nervous for it. I feel like that is the direction the Lord is currently taking me. Below, is a first draft I have made, with a large amount of help (well pretty much all of it was done) with The Lord. I plan on making a few more drafts of the message below, but before I go any further, I wanted to know all of your guys thoughts. I’ve never done this type of thing before.

Thanks in advanced for all who read and share your thoughts!

Just for reference, I read the script below out loud and timed it at a little over 9 minutes.

Prayer is a funny thing. I’ve talked to many people about prayer throughout the years. Christians have told me they believe God tells us to pray, but that they aren’t sure if it works. Some have told me it’s a waste of time to pray for them, and that they don’t even want me pray for them. Some Christians pray only once in a few weeks because they just plain forget about it. Then there are people who don’t live a life for Christ, but because they pray once in a while, they believe they are going to heaven.

In some cases prayer is a last resort.  It’s the last thing we do. We will say “Well I guess all I can do is pray now.” In other situations we will tell our friends “I’ll pray for you. I’m sorry I can’t do more.” We’ve lost the sense of the power prayer has.

I think you can relate somehow. I can. Sometimes prayer gets hard because we feel Christ just isn’t answering it and it may even cause us to fall a little bit in our faith.

We’ve lost hope in prayer.

I want to share with you ways that you can regain your hope in prayer.  To pray bold and confident prayers that you’ve never even dreamed of. It starts with Scripture.

One of the biggest things Christians over look is placing themselves in the Word of God. Some of our excuses are “I’m to busy.” “I just don’t understand it.” “It’s just not for me.” And “it doesn’t apply to me.” “I just don’t want to read.” Those excuses exist to serve one purpose, to keep you away from God’s Word. The devil knows the power of God’s Word and he fears it greatly, so he wants to keep you away from it.

What opened up my mind were the epistles that can be found in the New Testament. Paul’s letters opened up my mind to how awesome my God, our God is. I fell in love with God, and with this love came the first step of prayer, communication.

Prayer is communication with God, and the more you love Him, the more you communicate with Him, and the more you communicate with Him the more you love Him and recognize Him in all the different areas of your life.

It’s like when you have a crush. You just want to talk to your crush more, and the more you talk to them, the more you like them, and the more you like them, the more you want to talk to them. It’s a cycle.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

 

Never stop praying

 

With Scripture comes the second step of prayer, aligning your hearts with God.

When God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you want Him to, it is not because He is not there, it is because you are asking for stuff that is not for your greater good, or for the greater good of Heaven.

It’s difficult to accept when your grandparent, or other, passes away after you have been praying so hard for their survival.  But we cannot lean on our own understanding, as stated in Proverb’s 3:5-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

 

Maybe God let your grandparent die to ease their pain, maybe it was so they can rejoice in the kingdom of Heaven, maybe it was to bring recognition to whatever they stood for so that others can follow in their footsteps. There could be so many reasons, but you got to trust that Christ has a plan.

As we read Scripture daily, God puts a transformation in you that is beyond belief. It’s amazing the amount of wisdom, understanding, and peace He places upon you. In this transformation we begin to yearn not the things of this world, but for the things that are Christ pleasing. When we start praying Christ centered prayers, and giving up our earthly desires, we will begin to see Christ answering our prayers in the way we want them to be answered. We will start to recognize His presence in our life.

But you can’t expect them always to be answered. Not even all of Jesus’ prayers are answered. If you open up to Luke 22 you can see Christ praying to God for a way out of His death, He prayers so hard that He is covered in sweat, and then His sweat turns into blood. But God tells Him no. Jesus was rejected by God as well.

I want to share a few stories of my own about prayer that come to mind:

Between my freshmen and sophomore year of college I was a graphic design student. One of my teachers was a complete stickler. Everything had to be professional, on time, done right, and absolutely positively no excuses! She was the strictest teacher I have ever had. She didn’t like to be strict, but she did to prepare us for ‘the real world.’ Well on three different occasions throughout those two years, I had either forgotten or just wasn’t able to finish my art projects. Not showing up to class on a day a project was due, was simply not an option. If we did, we had to have a perfectly valid excuse, and have our project turned in a head of time. If not, the consequences were even worse than showing up with an unfinished project. So there was three occasions that I just couldn’t finish my projects for whatever reason, so I prayed. But before I prayed each time, I told myself I would only pray once, and I would trust that the Lord would take care of it. Sure enough He did. One time, I completely wrote down the wrong due date so I came to class and found out I had a whole another week to do it, and the other two, by the grace of God, we came to class and she randomly decided to push back the due dates for whatever miraculous reason.

The second is a story of a butterfly. I was sitting in chapel one day and a butterfly flew past my feet. Just for the fun of it, it wasn’t to test God it was just spur of the moment. I asked God to make that butterfly come back. And it did! Then I said, make that butterfly land on my foot, so it did! But it immediately got back up and started flying back the way it was going; I was dissatisfied. Then I said, Really God, I want a real landing. Making it land again on my other foot! So it turned around and did! I was simply amazed!

The point of these two stories is this, prayer is a powerful thing. It calls directly on God. God is the creator of all things, if you call on Him, have confidence that He will deliver! Philippians 4:13 states

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

This is more than just a verse guys, this is truth! Have the confidence that you can do all things. Matthew 17:20 states:

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

We have so much power at our hands; we need to have confidence with it! This is not to say God is a genie to grant all your wishes cause you have confidence, remember you have to align your hearts, this is just saying don’t doubt the creator of all things.

Don’t be afraid to pray bold prayers.

The last step is to pray frequently.

Prayer isn’t always a once and done thing. Lets look at Scripture to see it was to say about praying often.

First look at Elijah in 1 Kings 17:21-22

Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.

Elijah, a powerful prophet of the Lord didn’t just ask God once to bring the boy back to life, he had to cry out three times! But he did so in confidence in the name of the Lord!

Luke 11:11-13

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks fora fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

Luke 18:1-8

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Always pray, and never give up. This woman begged the king for justice. At first he didn’t give it to her, but through her persistence he let her have her wish. Will God, who loves us, not give us more?! Cry out to Him day and night, and He will give you what you ask for.

Prayer needs to become like breathing, always do it.

Lastly, don’t forget to recognize answered prayers. In 2nd Samuel 6:22 David says, “I will become even more undignified than this,” I think that is an awesome response to going crazy about an answered prayer. He just rejoices. Some of you may have heard of Kari Jobe, a very talented Christian singer. On March 27th she wrote

Wow..I prayed a very specific prayer this morning and The Lord just answered me in the way I asked Him to. What?!! So faithful! Faith!!!”

I love her response! She just straight up rejoices!

I hope this has helped you as much as it has helped me in my relationship with Christ and my view on prayer. To dig further, I suggest a book by Pastor Craig Groeschel from Life Church called “Altar Ego.” He tackles prayer throughout his book, and uses some amazing examples of answered prayers.

God bless y’all! Stay true to His discipleship!

New Year. New Life. New You.

Happy New Years to y’all!

With this new year, comes many new years resolutions! Some of the most popular resolutions being:

  • Drink Less Alcohol
  • Eat Healthy Food
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit
  • Lose Weight
  • Manage Debt
  • Manage Stress
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Save Money
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others
  • (All according to http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml)

The average person gives up on their new years resolutions in less than a month, then we wait a whole another year to try again. Even if we were to go through with all of them, at the end fo the game of life, it all goes back in the box. Everything we worked for gets put away.

There is one thing that doesn’t get put away, and that is Christ. The more we work on our relationship with Christ, the more everything else aligns into place. When we gain by seeking out Christ, it is not just us that gain, but all those around us who benefit from our relationship with Christ. All it takes is a little bit.

Luke 13:20-21

He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

Let your new years resolution not just be a new years resolution, but rather a daily resolution. Seek out the Lord in everything you do, look to Him, put Him first, and make your actions pleasing to Him. When we seek to make our relationship with Christ greater it ripple effects into all parts of our life.

Make your resolution count this year. How do your resolutions reflect your heart?

Matthew 16:26 

 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

God Bless you all on your New Year!

The Hatred and Love of Our God

Proverbs 6:16 – 19 (NIV)

There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

God hates sin with a burning desire. It absolutely disgusts him!

Today there was s shooting this morning in a grade school in Connecticut. 27 people are conformed dead so far, 18 of those dead are children. When hearing of this news I felt a level of angry that I have never felt before. My bold was boiling. I can’t even imagine how those who are directly involved are feeling. I can’t imagine how those who lost a child, or maybe even two, to the shooting. What pain, what sorrow that family would have. To me, the worse thing one can do is to take away the life of in innocent child, a child that may not have even heard or accepted Christ into his or her heart.

I wonder how God feels.

Well, I know how God feels. God feels a level of angry and betrayal way beyond I can even imagine, but Jesus saying to Him, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” and then God doing exactly so.

We may get extremely upset over the innocent children that were lost today, but remember because of us, and our sins, Jesus who is and was perfect and completely innocent suffered hell on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He could have easily wiped us all out kept His Godhood, saved himself from the humility and started brand new. Instead He gave Himself for us so that we would not have to bear the punishment of our sins.

The love of God is beyond all human understanding. God may hate all sin, as He rightful should, but at the same time He forgives us of our wrongs time and time again. There is no end to His forgiveness.

Today I may be upset over the shooting, but I know I am just as guilty and that God forgives us all. I am thankful for the God I serve.