ephesians 2: 4 5

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, evenwhen we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved.

Verses for when you doubt God’s love:

1 John 4:10 (NKJV)
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  

Sometimes we fall under the very wrong assumption that God values one person more than He does another, or that His love for us is conditional based on how “good” of a Christian we are. Maybe that’s due to experiences we’ve had with the people around us, or just simply placing too much emphasize on our actions as opposed to God’s character.
I’ll let you in on a little secret though; you can’t earn God’s love. Even if you were to intentionally do everything in your power to grieve Him, He’s still going to love you. He’s not an imperfect earthly parent, who may shower you with love one day and then voice how much of a disappointment you are to them the next.
God omniscient, so nothing you’ve ever done or said has been a surprise to Him but despite all of it, He still chose to create you. He still said, “I want her, I want him. They are going to stumble but I still want to be there to pick them back up again.”

God loved you at your worst:
Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 2:4-5
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

Colossians 1:21-22
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

Nothing can separate you from His love:
Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.


Isaiah 54:10
“For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.


John 6:37
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.


He values you:
Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Matthew 10:29-31
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of  them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.


Isaiah 49:15-16
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.


Psalm 139:13-16
For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.


Who He is:

1 John 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Malachi 3:6
“For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”
(God doesn’t change. Therefore His love doesn’t change either)

1 John 4:16
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.

Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Titus 3:4-5
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

ARE YOU A CROWN TO YOUR HUSBAND?
A woman who is a crown to her husband is one who… .

C Cherishes her husband. (Titus 2:4).
R Reverences her husband. (Ephesians 5:33).
O Obeys her husband. (Titus 2:5).
W Watches over her husband to do him good. (Proverbs
31:11-12).
N Never nags her husband. (Proverbs 19:13; 21:9,19; and 27:15).

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anonymous asked:

What happens to an aborted baby? Do they go to heaven? If they haven't asked for forgiveness or have been baptized logically they don't get to go to heaven?? This has been weighing on me lately and really bothering me.

The official answer is, we don’t know.

We speculate that there is a limbo, which in tradition is the shallowest region of “hell” where virtuous souls go if they could not have known God. Traditionally, people like Plato and Aristotle are in limbo because they were good people with good wisdom but who did not know God. It’s not supposed to be a painful place of punishment, but a realm where souls just “are.”

But we don’t know for sure.

From the Arlington Catholic Herald:

First, the idea of limbo is a theological speculation, not a defined doctrine of the Catholic Church. Remember we must uphold what our Lord taught concerning the necessity of Baptism: He said, “I solemnly assure you, no one can enter God’s kingdom without being begotten of water and Spirit” (John 3:5). Therefore, the Catechism rightly asserts, “The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude” (#1257). Limbo, consequently, was a speculation as to what happened to the souls of children in particular who died and who through no fault of their own were not baptized. They did nothing to warrant eternal damnation in Hell, but because of Original Sin and the lack of Baptism they could not enter Heaven. Consequently, theologians, including St. Thomas Aquinas, posited there was a limbo, a place of benign existence. Nevertheless, the teaching of limbo still remains undefined and speculative.

Second, the unborn child is indeed a person at the moment of conception. The Declaration on Procured Abortion asserted, “From the time that the ovum is fertilized, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor of the mother; it is rather the life of a new human being with his own growth. It would never be made human if it were not human already” (#12). The Church, however, does not specifically define when ensoulment takes place. However, we rightly believe that Almighty God infuses the soul into the body when in accord with His will that creation is a person: for most of us, that would be at conception, but for identical twins or others, this would be after the initially fertilized single ovum divides. Here again the Church emphasizes that life is sacred from that moment of conception and must be protected. Even if a doubt existed about the personhood of the child in the womb, to risk murder would be an objectively grave sin (#13).

Returning now to the fate of children who are murdered through abortion, or die in the womb before birth, or are miscarried, or are born but die without the benefit of baptism, the Catechism asserts, “The Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God, who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused Him to say, ‘Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,’ allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism” (#1261). Therefore, while upholding our Lord’s teaching about the necessity of Baptism, we also focus on “the great mercy of God.” Throughout Sacred Scripture the mercy of God is extolled: For instance, Psalm 136 reminds us, “His mercy endures forever,” and Psalm145:8-9 proclaims, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all His works.” Throughout the Gospel, Jesus dealt mercifully with sinners who had freely chosen to sin. St. Paul wrote, “God is rich in mercy; because of His great love for us, He brought us to life with Christ when we were dead in sin” (Ephesians 2:4-5). In all, Sacred Scripture consistently emphasizes the infinite mercy of God.

So this reveals another evil of abortion. By aborting one’s child, you voluntarily condemn them to an unknown fate. You don’t know where the soul of that child will go, whether they will wander forever in limbo, or whether God welcomes them into His Kingdom.

Here is something that can provide some comfort. It is a sin to preach falsehoods about God, right? It’s a sin to even believe falsehoods. For example, believing God doesn’t exist or that Jesus was merely human or so on. It’s a sin because it separates you from Truth (and Truth is synonymous with God). So do not believe lies or preach lies after hearing this: He has infinite mercy. He is infinitely merciful. People can reject that mercy, which is really what hell means, but the mercy is so readily available, so free to give, which is just so amazing. It is a sin to limit that mercy. God has forgiven St. Paul who killed and tortured. God asked while on the Cross to “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” God is slow to anger, because Love is patient and Love is kind. Remember this and relish in it and rejoice over it. There is no sin that God cannot conquer, no evil stronger than Him. All things are possible through Him. 

Because of the ambiguity, we can always pray for the souls of unbaptized children. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 

God bless and take care.

anonymous asked:

Give me the biggest arguments against Catholism.

So I am working on the assumption that you mean my biggest arguments against Catholicism from the viewpoint of Christianity. This entire post can be wrapped up in a phrase, “I am against false teachings; those things which are contrary to Biblical doctrine,” and there are a lot of false teachings in the Catholic faith. I will start with two and pile on as necessary. 

 Longpost inbound.

On the Heretical Tradition of Apostolic Succession

Nowhere in Scripture did Jesus, the apostles, or any other New Testament writer set forth the idea of “apostolic succession.” Further, neither is Peter presented as “supreme” over the other apostles. The apostle Paul, in fact, rebukes Peter when Peter was leading others astray (Galatians 2:11-14). Yes, the apostle Peter had a prominent role. Yes, perhaps the apostle Peter was the leader of the apostles (although the book of Acts records the apostle Paul and Jesus’ brother James as also having prominent leadership roles). Whatever the case, Peter was not the “commander” or supreme authority over the other apostles. Even if apostolic succession could be demonstrated from Scripture, which it cannot, apostolic succession would not result in Peter’s successors being absolutely supreme over the other apostles’ successors.

Catholics point to Matthias being chosen to replace Judas as the twelfth apostle in Acts chapter 1 as an example of apostolic succession. While Matthias did indeed “succeed” Judas as an apostle, this is in no sense an argument for continuing apostolic succession. Matthias being chosen to replace Judas is only an argument for the church replacing ungodly and unfaithful leaders (such as Judas) with godly and faithful leaders (such as Matthias). Nowhere in the New Testament are any of the twelve apostles recorded as passing on their apostolic authority to successors. Nowhere do any of the apostles predict that they will pass on their apostolic authority. No, Jesus ordained the apostles to build the foundation of the church (Ephesians 2:20). What is the foundation of the church that the apostles built? The New Testament – the record of the deeds and teachings of the apostles. The church does not need apostolic successors. The church needs the teachings of the apostles accurately recorded and preserved. And that is exactly what God has provided in His Word (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:2).

In short, apostolic succession is not biblical. The concept of apostolic succession is never found in Scripture. What is found in Scripture is that the true church will teach what the Scriptures teach and will compare all doctrines and practices to Scripture in order to determine what is true and right. The Roman Catholic Church claims that a lack of ongoing apostolic authority results in doctrinal confusion and chaos. It is an unfortunate truth (that the apostles acknowledged) that false teachers would arise (2 Peter 2:1). Admittedly, the lack of “supreme authority” among non-Catholic churches results in many different interpretations of the Bible. However, these differences in interpretation are not the result of Scripture being unclear. Rather, they are the result of even non-Catholic Christians carrying on the Catholic tradition of interpreting Scripture in accordance with their own traditions. If Scripture is studied in its entirety and in its proper context, the truth can be easily determined. Doctrinal differences and denominational conflicts are a result of some Christians refusing to agree with what Scripture says – not a result of there being no “supreme authority” to interpret Scripture.

Alignment with scriptural teaching, not apostolic succession, is the determining factor of the trueness of a church. What is mentioned in Scripture is the idea that the Word of God was to be the guide that the church was to follow (Acts 20:32). It is Scripture that was to be the infallible measuring stick for teaching and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is the Scriptures that teachings are to be compared with (Acts 17:10-12). Apostolic authority was passed on through the writings of the apostles, not through apostolic succession.

On the Heretical Tradition of Salvation Through Works

Paul made it exceedingly clear that Salvation, being “born again”, is singularly and uniquely through faith alone.

Romans 3

1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3 What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?4 Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:

“So that you may be proved right when you speak
   and prevail when you judge.”

5 But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly,what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)6 Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world?7 Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?”8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

No One Is Righteous

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11    there is no one who understands;
   there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
   they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
   not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
   their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14    “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16    ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
18    “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

Romans 4

4 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God.3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those
   whose transgressions are forgiven,
   whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
   whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness.10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Furthermore, Christ Himself spoke on the matter.

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
- John 11:25 and 26

He is clearly making a point here beyond “I am going to raise Lazerus” and this passage lends credence to my interpretation that what might be described as works is something we do to maintain our relationship because we are to live in belief and by belief and if we are indeed believers we will bear fruit, these works. But the fruit does not come first. You must first plant the tree and tend to it. Salvation is through faith alone. Christians will do works and they will show fruits of their Salvation but it is not through works that they are initially saved. 

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- John 3:16

Once more, arguably the most popular verse in the Bible, “that whoever believes” there is no “and”, there is no “in addition to” or “while also”. Jesus Christ told you it was through faith alone that one is saved.

Who does God say that I am?

“God loves me and has chosen me.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 1:4

“I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved.” ~ Colossians 3:12

“Christ is in my life, and I will be revealed with Him in glory.” ~ Colossians 3:4

“I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ.” ~ Ephesians 2:13

“I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise.” ~ Ephesians 3:6

“I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ.” ~ Ephesians 3:12

“My new self is righteous and holy.” ~ Ephesians 4:24

“I was formerly darkness but now I am light in the Lord.” ~ Ephesians 5:8

“I am a citizen of heaven.” ~ Philippians 3:20

“God supplies all my needs.” ~ Philippians 4:19

“I have been raised up with Christ.” ~ Colossians 3:1

“I have been made complete in Christ.” ~ Colossians 2:10

“I am a child of God.” ~ John 12

“I am a friend of Jesus.” ~ John 15:15

“I have been justified and redeemed.” ~ Romans 3:24

“I have been accepted by Christ.” ~ Romans 15:7

“I have been called to be a saint.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:2

“My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

“I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:17

“I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.” ~ Ephesians 1:4

“I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ.” ~ Ephesians 1:7

“I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance.” ~ Ephesians 1:11

“ Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ.” ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

“I am complete in Him who is head of all principality and power.” ~ Colossians 2:10

“I am alive with Christ.” ~ Ephesians 2:5

“I am free from the law of sin and death.” ~ Romans 8:2

“I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me.” ~ Isaiah 54:14

“I am born of God and the evil one does not touch me.” ~ 1 John 5:18

“I have the mind of Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:16

“I have the peace of God that passes all understanding.” ~ Philippians 4:7

“I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world.” ~ 1 John 4:4

“I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ.” ~ Romans 5:17

“I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened.” ~ Ephesians 1:17-18

“I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me.” ~ Colossians 3:9-10

“I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:19

“I can do all things through Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:13

“I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.” ~ 1 Peter 2:9

“I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever.” ~ 1 Peter 1:23

“I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works.” ~ Ephesians 2:10

“I am a new creature in Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

“I am a spirit being alive to God.” ~ Romans 6:11

“I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind.” ~ 2 Corinthians 4:4

“I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions.” ~ James 1:22

“I am a joint-heir with Christ.” ~ Romans 8:17

“I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me.” ~ Romans 8:37

“I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.” ~ Revelation 12:11

“I am a partaker of His divine nature.” ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4

“I am an ambassador for Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:20

“I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people.” ~ 1 Peter 2:9

“I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21

“I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

“I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath.” ~ Deuteronomy 28:13

“I am the light of the world.” ~ Matthew 5:14

I" am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and long suffering.“ ~ Romans 8:33.

"I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood.” ~ Ephesians 1:7

“I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom.” ~ Colossians 1:13

“I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty.” ~ Deuteronomy 28:15-68

“I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude.” ~ Colossians 2:7

“I am called of God to be the voice of His praise.” ~ Psalm 66:8

“I am healed by the stripes of Jesus.” ~ Isaiah 53:5

“I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places.” ~ Ephesians 2:6

“I am greatly loved by God.” ~ Romans 1:7

“I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power.” ~ Colossians 1:11

“I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus.” ~ James 4:7

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.” ~ Philippians 3:14

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

“It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me.” ~ Galatians 2:20

“I am a place where God’s spirit lives.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19

“I am God’s incredible work of art.” ~ Ephesians 2:10

“I am totally and completely forgiven.” ~ 1 John 1:9

“I am created in God’s likeness.” ~ Ephesians 4:24

“I am spiritually alive.” ~ Ephesians 2:5

“I am God’s messenger to the world.” ~ Acts 1:8

“I am the salt of the earth.” ~ Matthew 5:13

“I am the light of the world.” ~ Matthew 5:14

“I am greatly loved.” ~ Romans 5:8

Covetousness
Psalm 119:36; Luke 12:15; Colossians 3:1–2, 5–6; Philippians 4:11–12; 1 Timothy 6:6; Hebrews 13:5

Pride
Proverbs 16:18; Galatians 6:3, 14; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5–6

Lack of discipline
Romans 12:11; 1 Corinthians 9:26–27; Philippians 4:12—13; Hebrews 6:12

Lust
Romans 6:11–12; 2 Corinthians 10:4–5; Ephesians 4:22–24; Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 2:11

Anger
Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 14:29; 16:32; Ephesians 4:26, 31; Colossians 3:8; James 1:19–20

Worry
Matthew 6:25–34; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7

Bitterness
Ephesians 4:31–32; Hebrews 12:15

Unhealthy Eating
Judges 3:14–22; Proverbs 23:20–21; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 10:31–33; Philippians 4:12

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.

Ephesians 2:4-5

If God judged us by our actions we’d all be doomed
Luckily He knows that we are human and imperfect
And we are judged by our hearts
He’s merciful like that
——–

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV

Whatever you might be going through right now, hold onto these couple of things. I hope they encourage you as much as they have me:

God is good. Always. (Psalm 100:5)

He loves you intensely. (Ephesians 2:4)

He has given you all you will ever need. (1 Peter 1:3)

He alone is worthy of alllll the honor and praise (Revelation 4:11)

anonymous asked:

I'm a really screwed up person. I'm a liar and a hypocrite. How could God love me when i'm such a mess

Because Jesus was thinking about you on the cross. Because He made you to love you and have a relationship with you! he knows all of your funk. And he wants to change you!

God has been chasing our hearts ever since. He wants to be close to every human being He has made (which is all of them)! He even sent His one and only Son to encourage His people, teach them, and ultimately save them from their sin (John 3:16; 1 John 3:16a).

How can we even question if God truly loves us when He sacrificed the life of His only Son to redeem us? All mankind falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). So how can a sinful being like me or you be right with a perfect God? Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved from the punishment due to you because of your sin (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9). The Lord will keep His promise even for those who take a while to figure out that God loves them. “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

His love for us is unconditional; there is nothing you have to DO to earn His love. He loves you anyway, and He died to protect you before you even asked for it (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5) Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). God is not stingy. He wants to shower His love on you and save you from your shame (Romans 8:1-2).

Maybe like me, you have lost faith before, but Jesus Christ never loses faith in us! He has given us our lives. Has God shown you a personal revelation of His love? If you ask, I am confident He will! I already know how much He loves you and me.

Whenever you fall down on your knees and can’t seem to get up, ask Jesus Christ to hold your hand. I know for sure He will—even if it doesn’t feel like it (Corinthians10:13). God never promised that we would always feel loved, because feelings come and go. But He loves us despite what we feel. If you’re wavering in faith, ask God to help, and He will gladly scoop you up and fly you to safety, just like a Super Man He is. (Or should I say Super Messiah?)

Love is God Himself. He is the definition of perfect love—Holy, Glorious, and Majestic. And He loves YOU so much that He gave you life and gave you a second chance before you realized you even needed it. What you do with your life is your gift to Him (John 15:9-11; Ephesians 5:1-2).

anonymous asked:

Jesus Christ is our justice because He rescued us from sin and death (see Romans 5:6, Ephesians 2:4-5). abortion is against these values. Refrain from your support of murder right now. I'm praying for you.

Okay, no. I’m just being facetious. 

You are entitled to your beliefs.  But the same is said for everyone else.  They are entitled to not believe what you believe.  Your religion has no place in our legislation.

If you’d like to talk about religious matters in the abortion rights discussion, I’m recommending the first few blogs that just came to mind:

God-is-Prochoice

Provoice

For the Catholic Girls

There are many out there!  Check them out.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
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Ephesians 2:4-5

immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced me. he took my sin-dead life and made me alive in Christ. wow.