Monday, May 10, 2010

Loving Life

What is the most important element in life?  Confidence, happiness, contentment and love rank high. Courage, successful living, hope. But all of these come from a single source.
Confidence is faith in God and yourself. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Happiness and contentment arise from faith that God’s hand is in everything that happens. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).
Love is faith and trust in another. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).
Hope is faith for the future. “Put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).
Courage is faith that you can win. The Bible’s heroes “through faith conquered kingdoms…shut the mouths of lions…escaped the edge of the sword… (Hebrews 11:33-39).
Successful living
 is taking action through faith. “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

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