“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1 NIV)
Jesus had told the disciples that He would be leaving them soon but He would return. The disciples were distraught over the thought that their beloved master leaving. Jesus gave them assurance. When this world gets you down with all the violence and suffering going on, remember Jesus’ words, “don’t let your hearts be troubled”. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is returning soon to put an end to sin and suffering. Just hold on a little longer. Trust Him.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)
Paul says, “we know”. We know God always has our backs. We know He is always with us. We know He loves us. We know _________ (you fill in the blank). This is a good verse to remember when you are going through a challenging time. When the dark clouds of life are hanging over your head and the world looks bleak, remember God is using your difficult circumstance to bring something good for you. There is always a silver lining with Him. He uses those difficult experiences to help you grow spiritually. He uses those difficult experiences by giving you understanding when someone else is going through something similar. The outcome will be realized when you see Jesus face-to-face throughout eternity.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 KJV)
Two of my most favorite verses are Jeremiah 31:3 and John 1:9. Some years ago I started a program to memorize Bible verses. These two verses were included in the section “Love of God”. As I meditated on the verses as I tried to memorize them I was blessed. I came to realize that God loves us with an everlasting love. If we choose to reject Him, He still loves us. His love is so great that He allows us to choose who we want to follow, Him or the world. It grieves Him when we choose the world because He knows that is the way to eternal separation from Him. What I feel really shows His love is He will forgive us for rejecting Him. If we sin, we can go to Him and say we are sorry. Not only will He forgive us but He cleanses us from all unrighteousness. No sin is too great that He won’t forgive. Now that is real love!
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)