Spread Love, Not Hate

Spread Love, Not Hate

The recipe for love

Over the past month or so I have noticed an increase in negativity with hateful posts, comments and pictures being shared on social media. When I saw the rudeness and controversial comments on Facebook, it upset me and put me in such a horrible mood. Due to all of this, I tried not getting on social media as much, but due to my curiosity I wanted to see what was being said. Thinking about the stuff that has happened, and is still happening, saddened me. It saddened me to think that people can be so hateful towards each other and then wonder what is going wrong with the world and why it is so cruel. I am not perfect by any means, but I do try to spread positivity by watching what I say, how I say it and how it can be taken by someone else. Words are powerful and believe it or not, they do hurt -- a lot.

My challenge to you is to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. By making that hateful comment or posting a controversial picture are you being a good role model? Are you sending a positive message? Are you "helping" someone or leading them astray? If you are a Christian, are you okay with being hateful, judging someone, leading people away from God and possibly not being someone they can come to when in need? I know that I would not be okay knowing that a comment I made resulted in someone turning away from becoming a Christian much less them physically hurting themselves. Ask yourself this question: is it worth it?

Spreading positivity, loving others as you would love yourself, giving a helping hand to someone in need, and spreading God's goodness and message can make all of the difference. I can tell you that it'll make you smile knowing that you helped a person, prevented something from happening to that friend of yours, and that you are doing what it takes to make a change for the better and toward a positive, bright future. I can also tell you that it brings the biggest smile to my face seeing people wave and tell people hey (even if they don't know them), giving someone a compliment or telling them to have a good day. That alone can make the difference in your day and most importantly theirs, because behind closed doors you do not know what that person is going through. Instead of spitting out hateful words, you should give someone words of encouragement, comfort and love, show them kindness, lend them a helping hand, and give them someone they can count on.

I challenge you to stop and seriously ask yourself what would Jesus do, the next time you go to speak before thinking.

Lastly, here are some Bible verses that have been heavy on my heart.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8.
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs." Proverbs 10:12.
But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs of you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:27-36.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Ephesians 4:31.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.

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20 Promises Found Over 20 Years

You've made it this far - what's another 20 more years?

I checked turning 20 off my checklist this week. Just like everyone else, I've had my share of struggles already. But one thing is for sure - I couldn't have gotten through any of it if it wasn't for my faith.

Here's my top 20, go to Bible verses that I've collected while growing up. And guess what?

They've never once failed me.

1. "God has made everything beautiful in its time" -Ecclesiastes 3:11

Our time doesn't work like God's, and I've learned that that's something we should all be thankful. He'll always come through, we've just got to remind ourselves to the see the bigger picture.

2. "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" - Romans 12:12

There's always hope, and that's enough to get you through anything you may face. Find the joy in that.

3. "So is the word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" - Isaiah 55:11

People say things they don't mean and make promises they can't keep. God never does that. His promises are always true, and they are always kept.

4. "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy" - Job 8:21

For whenever you're feeling down, there's a joy you've yet to experience. Hang in there.

5. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance for what we do not see" - Hebrews 11:1

Adulthood - know what you believe and stand firm in that faith.

6. "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love" - 2 John 1:6

Love makes everything better, no matter the situation.

7. "Jesus replied, 'What is impossible with man is possible with God'" - Luke 18:27

Even when things seem impossible from our point of view, it's nothing new for God.

8. "And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me" - Psalms 50:15

Calling on him is quicker than any text message could ever be.

9. "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" - Romans 12:15

Finding friends who are there for you through the good and the bad is one of the best things that you can ever do for yourself.

10. "What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?" - Matthew 16:26

Don't get caught up in the things that really won't matter in the long run.

11. "'I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born', says the Lord" - Isaiah 66:9

There's always a reason for whatever it is you're going through. Nothing is ever wasted.

12. "People throw lots to make a decision, but the answer comes from the Lord" - Proverbs 16:33

Once again, God doesn't operate like we do. At the end of day, take comfort in knowing that things are in greater hands.

13. "You will make me greater than ever, and you will comfort me again" - Psalm 72:21

One of my very favorite verses. God is a God of redemption and there's no depth that He can't reach.

14. "If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17

There's nothing more refreshing than new beginnings.

15. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" - Hebrews 13:8

In a world where everything is always changing, find that stability in who Jesus is.

16. "Think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected" - Phillippians 4:8

You'd be amazed at how much change a positive mindset can bring about.

17. "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you" - Isaiah 43:2

I don't know if there's anything more comforting than knowing that we don't have to face anything in this life alone. The Creator of the world is on our side.

18. "You only need to remain calm, the Lord will fight for you" - Exodus 14:14

Deep breaths, and check out Romans 8:28 while you're at it.

19. "So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free" - John 8:36

Who doesn't want to experience being truly free?

20. "We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed" - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

I saved my favorite promise for last. For every negative that this world can bring, God gives us a postive - a reason to keep going.

So hang in there. You survived these last 20 years, what's another 20 more?

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5 Bible Verses To Keep Up The Faith

Keep calm and rely on God.

Ever feel the pressure of the world falling on your shoulders? Read these bible verses to help calm the stress and rely on God.

1. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

2. "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24

3. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

4. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

5. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

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