Posts Tagged ‘Bible verses’

Reflections in Romans 5:2-17

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into his grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:2-5 NIV

By having faith in Jesus Christ, we gain access to his grace, and have peace with God the Father. We gain His mercy, love, and joy by having faith. So it’s an awesome thing to have! We rejoice not only in the good times with God, but also in the bad times. By suffering, we gain strength we never knew we could have. Like when someone cheats on you- you suffer, but through it you become a more independent, smart, careful person. The same principle applies with Christ; a group of people might make fun of you for believing in Christ, and you suffer. But next time people make fun of your faith, you are strong enough to let their comments roll off you like water, and may more adequately be able to stand up for you faith. Suffering makes us stronger, so persevere, and through perseverance we gain a new character, which is the stronger, more patient, more competent us. By having good character, we are able to have hope. God pours his love into us by the Holy Spirit.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 8 NIV

A good parent loves, and leads their children even when they are doing horrible; a good friend helps their friend and leads them when they have gone astray. Jesus is both our Father and our friend, and even when we were full of sin and were helpless, he lead us and helped us. He suffered pain for us, so that we wouldn’t have to suffer and we could be free; this is true love. This shows that it’s not what we do that gets us into heaven, but truly, we only get there because Jesus loved us first, and rescued us. It was his love, not the “good things” we did that gets us into heaven. We just have to have faith in Him and He protects us.

“But this gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgement followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:15-17

God’s gift of Jesus to us is not like the sin of one man. One man, Adam, sinned and caused the death of many. But one man, Christ, has mercy and grace that overflows much more than sin does. One man’s sin causes him to be condemned, but Christ’s grace takes away many sins, not just the one, and frees us from condemnation. He wipes away the sins of many and makes them clean, not just one man. He takes care of many. His grace and love is much bigger and stronger than all our sin, so it is only by faith in Him that we have our sins erased.

New Hugs Bible for Women, Bible Verses, Poem- Constantly Inspired

New Bible!

I bought this Hugs Bible for Women from Books a Million. It’s the first bible I’ve ever bought. The first one I really used was a free one from Newspring Church, but it felt good that out of love for Jesus, I was willing to buy one for myself.

It’s pink and girly and full of inspirational quotes. 😀 But of course, it’s not about how it looks, but only useful if I actually get into it and read it. And if it changes me in my heart.

Bible Verses

I also have a couple other books with a bunch of bible verses for different times in your life, like when you doubt yourself and trouble hits your life. It has sections that tell you about Jesus as being your savior, your friend, security, etc. It breaks the bible down into sections so you can find anything you need at any given moment.

One is called God’s Promises for Every Day. The other is called Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life.

I’ve learned that these kind of books really give me inspiration whenever I’m down. They really open my eyes to see that the bible truly is healing. I could be down in the dumps about to cry because someone made me mad, about boys, my mom.

I could be confused about God or upset with him. But when I read these bible verses, they always manage to touch my heart in a way that I need them to. They make me feel more secure in my faith, and make my problems seem smaller.

I love spending time with Jesus because when I feel His word in my heart, He feels close to me and more real to me. I know His word makes me stronger, too.

Speaking of inspiration, I wrote a poem awhile ago about how great it is.

Constantly Inspired

Inspiration is a flare of hope.
It is a bird singing in the morning,
Making one aware of the beautiful dawn of the new day.

Inspiration is hope in itself,
It is encouraging.
Inspiration is music in a person’s heart;
Giving them an upbeat rhythm
To hold on to all day long.
Inspiration is brighter than sunlight,
Wiser than… the wisest owls,

Inspiration is a yes as opposed to 10,000 nos.
It is a hope versus 10,000 pessimisms.
It is a loving heart versus 10,000,000
Black holes,
That live drearily in this world.

Inspiration is morning dew dripping from leaves.
It pours into someone’s heart like a mesmerizing sunset.
Inspiration is a mesmerizing hope.
It keeps people witty, bright, and full of ideas
On how to make themselves feel better, be better, and constantly do better.
Inspiration is following an impulse to make a kind comment.
Inspiration stomps out the toughest, deadliest of criticisms
And remarks that one could ever stand.
Inspiration is a lion; it is king of the jungle.
Inspiration is like settled snow: calm and tranquil.
It lubricates the mind so that it might conceive sharp and brilliant in ideas,
I mean ideals.
Inspiration is feeling ice on the ground with one’s bare feet;
It is mesmerizing in feeling.
Inspiration is an awesome thing.

An inspiration is people making progress.
It is people learning to love one another,
For loving one another helps people love themselves more;
Yes, somehow, even more.
Inspiration is like fire, burning someone’s spirit inside;
Burning hope into it, and warmth and trust, and sincere concern.
Inspiration is perfection in a small way,
In a kind word on an otherwise horrid day.
It is beautiful
Like poetry.

Inspiration is a loving God in the midst of mankind,
Even as mankind shuns his heart and
His awesome, holy spirit.

Inspiration is a spark of perfection
In a dull world,
And inspiration heals and makes all well
In small and sometimes, incredibly subtle ways.
Inspiration thrives in the deepest crevices in my heart,
In my soul.

So hop to it, and get
Constantly inspired.