The Lord is my Shield, Sustainer, Protector, and Salvation: Psalm 3

When in prayer in the morning, I like to pray the Scriptures back to God. I often turn them around and place my name in when I pray. This morning, I was reading Psalm 3 and then I started to pray the Scriptures back to God.

Here is Psalm 3:

O Lord, how many are my foes!
    Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
    “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah[a]

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
    and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

I lay down and slept;
    I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord!
    Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
    you break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;
    your blessing be on your people! Selah

As I read through these, the Lord impressed on my mind and heart the following prayer:

Dear Lord, You are my shield, my Glory, and the Lifter of my head. I cry out to You and you answer me. When I go to sleep, I wake up and You have sustained me. It is only through You that I am protected and kept safe. Salvation belongs to You Lord, You are the giver of Salvation, and Your Blessings is on Your people.

Please note the words underlined. God is our Shield, Glory, Lifter of our heads, Sustainer, Protector, Salvation, and Blessings. It is only through Christ Jesus that we are His people. He is our all in all.

I pray that you too may come to know the saving grace of Jesus. May the Lord Bless you today and throughout your Christian journey.

Copyright © August 19, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

How Did You Become a Christian?

Most recently, I had an encounter with a young man who said he wants what his girlfriend has. As I was speaking with him, I asked him if he had any spiritual beliefs? He said that he did. He said that he was a Christian. Then I asked him a point-blank question to determine if he really was or was saying it because he wanted me to think that he was. I asked him “How did you become a Christian?” What did you have to do to become a Christian?” His response was almost priceless as he stared at me and could not even move his lips. He looked as if he were a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming truck! He could not respond because he had no clue of how he became a Christian. As I delved a bit further, he still did not comprehend the actions one must take before they become a Christ Follower.

His first response was that he met his girlfriend and he decided to go to church with her. Therefore, his first response was “salvation by association.” Unfortunately, no one can become a Christian by association. It does not work that way. Then after many analogies given by my wife, he stated that he was “interested” and wanted to believe. But he still could not tell me the three simple steps of becoming a Christian. Unfortunately, we are seeing this all over the United States because these young people do not know the simple steps of coming to Christ. With the great number of churches in America, why aren’t we doing a better job in sharing our faith? Is it because of the politically correct and not wanting to “offend” anyone? I would rather not be popular and tell someone about the saving grace of Jesus than to find out they were killed driving down the road and having the guilt of never saying anything to them!

As born again Christians, our faith is not private. Our Christ died a very public torture and crucifixion and suffered greatly for our sins. How can we remain silent and not share the most precious gift with another human being? Therefore, to share the three simple steps in becoming a Christian, one must know the steps themselves. The Bible is very clear on this. These are the three simple steps: Believe, Confess, and Ask Forgiveness of one’s sins. One is to believe and then confess their wrongs and their sins to God. Then they are to pray and ask Jesus to forgive you and to come into your life. And once one does these three simple steps of faith, He will send His Spirit to dwell in the person and guide them in their walk with Christ. Three simple steps: Believe, Confess, and Ask Forgiveness.

Let’s review some Scriptures that substantiate this requirement.

  1. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  2. Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death (hell), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  3. John 3:3 – “In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
  4. John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
  5. Romans 10:9-11 – “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:15 – “And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”
  7. Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”

If you believe these scriptures and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Son of God and has risen from the dead, you will be saved. You must acknowledge that you are a sinner. You must ask forgiveness of your sins. Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus Christ and invite Him into your heart? If you are, then pray this prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you. I want forgiveness for all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my life and into my heart. This I ask in Jesus name. Amen.”

I hope that those who do not really know Christ as their savior asks Him in. You cannot get to heaven on your Grandmothers, Parents, or your Girlfriends coattails. If you have never prayed a prayer like this, and never have had a heart change, according to scriptures, you are not saved and not a true Christian. I pray that those who are not will make a commitment to come to know and accept the saving grace of Jesus!

(Subject matter and prayer taken from William Fay’s “Share Jesus Without Fear.”)

If we never take the time out and ask people what they had to do to become a Christian, then are we really showing the love of Christ to them? Are we loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind? Are we loving our neighbor as our self? If we never ask people about how they came to know Christ, then we are not doing what Jesus asked us to do. We are not loving our neighbor, our loved ones, and our friends. Then there will be millions that have the “Deer in the Headlight” look!

References:

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Fay, William, and Linda Evans Shepherd. Share Jesus Without Fear. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 1999.

Reposted from “Deer in the Headlight” written by Joseph Lee in 2017. Copyright © July 19,2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

His Banner is Over Me

His Banner is Over Me was written by Kay Lee Vincent

Good morning! This photo I took of Crape Myrtle trees is a great photo op for my thought this morning. When I saw the tree hanging over the drive, the first thing I thought of was “His Banner over me is love”. I remember that song from taking my kids to Bible School. “He calls me into his banqueting table, His banner over me is love”. Then I thought of what His love gives to us and I noticed all the pink and purple on the driveway.

Flowers that have fallen from the tree. His love covers me and falls down on me. He is above me and below me. There is no place that I can go where I will not have His love with me. He promises never to leave me or forsake me. His Fragrance is all around me!!

Wow!! I think I am going to shout!! Do you feel the praise we should be feeling for His abounding never ending love? If not, stop and think about how He shows His love to you everyday. When you start thinking of your blessings, I pray you will become overwhelmed with the knowledge of His love for you. Even when times are hard and bad, His love is still there.

Paul said in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.

That ought to put some skip in your step!! Let Him shower you today with that everlasting powerful saving love!! And then, let us love one another.”

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Written by Kay Lee Vincent. Copyright © July 19, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Light of Christ

The Light of Christ by Kay Vincent

Good morning!! Got a photo op this morning of Mutt looking in the front door when I got up. He does this every morning while waiting for me to open the door so he and Jeff can eat.

Looking at the darkness of the house early in the morning and the light coming in from outside reminds me of how, after I receive the Light of Christ in my life, I may still long for sin. Sin, which is darkness, still looks attractive. We are humans with weaknesses. Stop thinking you are a Super Christian and that you won’t be tempted to sin. Sin equals anything that goes against a Holy God.

The world is full of sinful temptations and they don’t have to be those really bad sins we think about. We pat ourselves on the back that we have never killed someone but have we done it with our tongue? What about robbing a bank? No, but have we ever brought something home from work that we needed that we didn’t pay for? Sin is a dark tunnel that we look into every day and have to make a decision whether or not to open the door to it.

We are in the Light but that darkness looks attractive. I fight it every day and so do you. The longer we live with Christ and He with us, the less vulnerable we are if we seek His strength but the lure of sin is always there. Sin was the reason that Christ went to the cross. The great news is that we can be forgiven of those sinful choices we make by simply confessing and repenting (turn the other way—turn away from that sin and turn to Christ). He promises to forgive us and to forget that we ever did anything that offended Him. I’ll take that promise!!

This same example can be used for what we are facing now with the Coronavirus and the state of our country. We must not look down that corridor and think all is woe and defeat. Christ is the Victor no matter what happens. And we are victorious if we are in Him. Don’t let circumstances overwhelm you. Keep looking up and be strong in Him.

So my challenge to all of us is that, when we look into the dark places that are calling us, to just turn around and look into the Light that surrounds us. The Light of the World!! Love you!

Written by Kay Vincent. Copyright July 17, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Willful Sin

In Hebrews 10:26-31, it reads; “26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Can you image a born-again Christian turning back into their sin after receiving Christ Jesus?  R.C. Sproul wrote, “The willful sin is abandoning one’s confession altogether, trampling on the Son underfoot, treating His sacrificed blood as unclean, and insulting God’s gracious gift. The seriousness is measured by its willfulness and the measurement of knowledge and enlightenment it refuses. The passage is not teaching that true Christians can lose their salvation, but is a warning for Believers to persevere and for those who profess faith without possessing it to trust in Christ alone.”[1]

Persistence in sin is a guaranteed road for disaster. To think that after receiving such a gift of salvation, that we can turn back into sin! But this happens more frequently that we think.

I once knew a man and woman who were not married, but were living together as a husband and wife would live together. They later came to Christ and were convicted of their sin of fornication. They decided that they should get married and the man moved out of the home until they would get married. This is the right thing to do according to God’s way. This couple although they were in sin, are living holy lives and ultimately got married.

Then, there are couples who receive the Good News of Jesus Christ, accept Him as their Savior, but continue to live in sin by sleeping together and fornicating. This is a willful sin and they have trampled on God’s gracious gift. God will forgive them if they repent and turn from their sin.

JC Ryle wrote, “The extent to which we may harden ourselves by resisting light and knowledge is one of the most fearful facts of our nature. We may become past feeling, like those whose limbs are mortified before they die. We may lose entirely all sense of fear, or shame, or remorse and have a heart as hard as the nether millstone, blind to every warning and deaf to every appeal. It is a sore disease, but one which unhappily is not uncommon among professing Christians. None seem so liable to it as those who, having great light and privilege, deliberately turn their backs on Christ and return to the world. Nothing seems likely to touch such people, but the voice of the archangel and the trump of God.”[2]

Deliberately turn their backs on Christ and return to the world. That is exactly what willful sin is. When we do not love our neighbor, we turn our backs on Christ. When we willfully sin against our neighbor with hatred, we turn our backs on Jesus. We hammer those nails into His hands and feet one more time as we continue to sin and not follow His ways.

My concern when writing this piece is the racism that prevails across our nation. Brother is turning against brother and sister is turning against sister. We live in a world made up of many races and nationalities. Jesus gave us a commandment to LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OURSELVES, yet we continue to hate, and drive those nails deeper into our Lord and Savior. If you have truly accepted Jesus, then live your life in a manner that is pleasing to Him. Forgive those who have wronged you. Move forward in love for one another.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father accept through me.” (John 14:6) JC Ryle paraphrased Psalm 119:17 by saying, “The strongest Christian is the one who feels his weakness most and cries most frequently, ‘Hold me up, and I shall be safe.”[3]

Please consider following in the ways of Jesus Christ and living your life in a manner pleasing to Him. One way to ensure that you stay on the right path is to pray to Him and read the Bible. The Bible is God’s message to you. It is like a handbook on how to live your life, in a manner pleasing to the Lord.

If you have strayed back into the world, please consider turning back to Christ. Ask forgiveness, and follow Jesus all the days of your life. He will forgive you if you ask Him.

I pray that you will stay steady in Christ.


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[1] RC Sproul, ed., The Reformation Study Bible (Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust, 2015) 2214.

[2] JC Ryle, Compiled by Robert Sheehan, Daily Readings of the Four Gospels (Grand Rapids, MI: EP Books, 2015) Evening July 11.

[3] Ryle, Daily Readings, July 11, Evening.

Copyright © July 12, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Today, a publication of Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Bear One Another’s Burdens: Loving your neighbor!

Most recently, a good friend lost her job right in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic. With all the businesses, schools, and churches closed because of state mandated stay at home orders by the Governor of Virginia, I can only imagine what this person is experiencing? This person is highly educated, has a doctorate in her field, and is one of the most talented people I know. She would be very marketable, but the state has these shelter in place orders and will be reopening the state totally by possibly August.

Finding a new job may be difficult, especially right in the middle of this pandemic. From what I understand, this was a planned termination, which the employee was told about it in January 2020. But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic and the mandatory sheltering in place orders. I have great concern for my friend during this time of uncertainty.

In Galatians 6:1-10, the Apostle Paul wrote about Christian brothers and sisters in Christ bearing one another’s burdens. Let us look at what he said in that short passage.

Brothers if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Although the first verse speaks of a brother or sister in Christ caught in a transgression or sin, the same should apply even if the person needs help and support. The focus is to bear one another’s burdens, even if the burden is not being caught up in a sin. Although an ensnarement in a sin is not the other Christian’s private problem, it is the problem or burden of the Church to help him or her by intervening in order that he or she might be able to escape that sin. We are to help that brother or sister in Christ to overcome that circumstance in hope that they might be restored to the Body of Christ. This fulfills the Law of Christ. Fulfilling the Law of Christ loving not only one’s neighbor (Matthew 22:39) but also one’s enemy as well (Matthew 5:43-44).

Loving my neighbor means that I would want to share in his or her burdens which could also include financial help, buying groceries for them, helping them in their time of need when the future is uncertain. By helping them until they can obtain other work is part of being a good neighbor.

The last verse of the passage reads, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Let us do good to everyone, especially those who are of the household of faith, meaning the Church. We are to take care of another Believer in Jesus Christ. Although we are being charged to help other’s outside the fellowship, we have a special responsibility to help those brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need. See 1 Thessalonians 3:12, “and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.”

If you know of someone who has been laid off, lost their job, or has some other financial hardship, won’t you consider sending them a card and a check for whatever you feel led to send? Do not expect it back. It is not a loan, but a gift from your heart because of your love for Christ Jesus. Let others see Christ in you by giving of yourself through a financial gift to someone in need. The key then is not to boast about it. It is your gift to them from God who has blessed you! What greater way to love your neighbor as yourself!

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Copyright May 13, 2020. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Who do you say I am?

This past week, my wife and I watched God’s Not Dead 2 on PureFlix. Grace Wesley, played by Melissa Joan Hart, had a secret. God had spoken to her when she was walking home from class. She read on a church marque the words, “Who do you say I am?” Then she heard Jesus say to her, “Who do you say that I am?” She said that you are the Christ, the Son of God. This film inspired me to write about it.

As I even think of these very words, an overflow of emotion is swelling in my heart and even tears are coming to my eyes when I think that the Christ is even speaking to my heart right now. Jesus, you are the Son of God, my Savior, Healer, Emmanuel, Lord, Master, Son of God, Son of man, Lamb of God, Light of the world, King of the Jews, Rabbi, Second Adam, Almighty One, Alpha and Omega, Advocate, Bridegroom, Advocate, Deliverer, Messiah, Our Hope, The Truth, The Way, The Life, Redeemer, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, just to name a few.

Jesus, you are my only hope! You are my only salvation! You have forgiven me when I deserved death! You are my Lord and Savior! You took my sin on your back. You took the blows and strikes for all my filthy sins, you were nailed to a rugged cross, and you died an agonizing death so that God would forgive me for all the sin in my life. And you just did not do this for me, but for every living person in the world. The only requirement for this forgiveness is that we believe that you are the Son of God, that you came into the world to save it and not to condemn it.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father God, except through me.” John 14:6.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ – Matthew 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

According to Peter, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. But who is Jesus to you? Is He your all in all? Do you only call on his name when you are sick or need help? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Do you talk with Him daily? Do you read His Word? Is He just someone you call on once or twice a year, possibly at Christmas and Easter? Jesus is the Christ who came into our wretched world to offer hope and salvation. He is standing at your hearts door and knocking. Why don’t you allow Him to come into your heart and into your life? Develop a relationship with Him so that you will have a full life with the One who loves you so much, that He laid down his life, so that you might live and be forgiven.

My question to you is, who is Jesus to you? To me, He IS everything! He is my Rock and my Salvation. Without Him, I am nothing! My identity is in Christ Jesus, no matter what! What about you?

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COVID-19: Working from home

COVID-19 has changed many lives and working environments. With shelter at home orders, employers have accommodated employees to work from home. By doing so, it seems that employees cannot get away from work. It is always with you even if you try to leave it.

Many employees now have their company emails dropping into their smart phones. In my opinion, this could be a bad idea. An employee must separate work from home life. I used to love being in my home and relaxing in a comfortable setting without having problems and headaches from my job constantly bothering me. Now, with stay at home orders from the governors of many states, the job is constantly facing you.

I am a business owner and I learned a long time ago how to separate my business from my personal life. The first thing that I did was to remove my company email off my iPhone. By doing this, I was not constantly at work even when I was trying to enjoy time with family. There is nothing that is so important to take you away from your children or wife when you are off and being part of a family.

The second most important requirement to separate your work from family time is to have a designated place to work. In my case, I have a dedicated room over my garage which I have converted into an office. I have everything I need, a computer, a printer, and my phone. I will spend about eight hours in my home office and then I am off.

On occasion, a client will call me on my cell to discuss their policies. I do not have a problem with them having my cell phone, but when I am with family, it is important to set guidelines. Many times, I will ask if I can return their calls the next business day. Many times, that would be acceptable, but sometimes, if a client has an urgent need or emergency, then I will take the call and help them resolve their problem.

By separating your business from family time, it will relieve stress and you will enjoy working from home. By having a separate place to work in your home and setting office hours, and adhering to them, this will relieve any stress and will make an excellent work and family environment.

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Breaking News: Jesus of Nazareth Has Risen from the Dead! The Tomb Is Empty!

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April 12, 30 AD: At about 4:30 this morning, Mary Magdalene reports that she went to the Jesus’ tomb and found it open. She peered inside and saw that Jesus was nowhere in sight. His body was gone and his burial cloth was neatly folded up. According to John, “So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  So, Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.  Both were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.  And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in.  Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the…

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Be Kind: But Are We?

Most recently, my neighborhood Facebook Page had some controversy pertaining to children who were seen in a pavilion area. Accusations were made by older adults that the children were vandalizing the ceiling fan in the pavilion by throwing rocks at the motor and hanging off the fan blades! Older adults took pictures and it is alleged that they posted those pictures on the Facebook Community Page without the parent’s permission. It is also alleged that public shaming ensued from the older adults. I never saw the post as it was removed by the Administrator of the page.

Wow! That is a lot of drama for our little community! At the same time, the “Be Kind” movement is all around our town with families and businesses hanging “Be Kind” signs on their front porches as well as in their businesses. I personally have one of those signs on my front porch as well as in my office. I love them and it is a constant reminder to me of The Great Commandment as written in Matthew 22:34-40:

“34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Notice, Jesus commanded us to love God first, and then love our neighbors. This means to “Be Kind” to our neighbors.

It also reminds me of this verse, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). This of course is known as The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you” (Luke 6:31). In other words, “Be Kind.”

Getting back to the neighborhood drama. I tried to add some advice about being kind and I wrote the following: “Why not try love? Why not try to love your neighbor’s as you love yourself? Just my opinion. But I would highly recommend that you try to show love to fellow neighbors.” Then, I followed up with one last thought. “Anyone can have a “Be Kind” sign on the front porch. I have one. But that sign doesn’t change the heart condition of people. The only thing that can change the heart is God Almighty! Only through Him can one truly love another person.”

Shortly after that, one resident accused me of proselytizing!  As a Christian Minister of the Gospel, I will always speak the truth and will not compromise my stand to cower to the politically correct. The “Be Kind Movement” is grounded in Biblical roots.

Hearts cannot be changed just because one places a sign on the home or in their business. We were all born into sin, have a sinful nature, and we all deserve death because of our carnal nature. But the one person, the one power that can transform hearts into being a loving person is God Almighty, our Heavenly Father, the Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Savior, Deliverer, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Good Shepherd, Great Physician, our Creator, the Maker of Heaven and Earth; Jehovah, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Only through Christ Jesus can one be saved, and his or her heart transformed, so that one can love their fellow human beings who share this Earth.

Be Kind means that we love our neighbor as ourselves. Be Kind means that we want the best for others and will do what we can to help them. If one truly can “Be Kind” to their neighbor, then most likely they love God with all their soul, with all their heart, and with all their mind. This is what “Be Kind” really means. We as men and women do not have the power in our own selves to overcome the carnal nature and hatred, but only through Christ Jesus.

Unfortunately, I do not think there will be any forgiveness or resolution unless people are willing to allow God to change their hearts. As I mentioned before, the condition of the heart causes men and women to hate and not be kind. We should all be praying that God will change hearts and transform them into loving men and women. I also pray that people will come to Christ Jesus and repent from their sins.

I will end with this last verse. 1 John 1:9 reads, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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