Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fifteen Verses That Combat Cynicism

Jesus came that we might have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).  Nothing in the world can compare with the satisfaction found in a fulfilled Christian life.  Regrettably cynicism and sarcasm can creep into our lives; however, as Christians we have unique power to resist this trend.  With the Holy Spirit within us, and plentiful reasons to rejoice we can change the world. Jesus Christ didn't die on the cross so that we could wag our heads and complain about what's wrong with the world. He came to redeem the world, and the world is being redeemed. If you've slipped into cynicism here are fifteen Bible verses that combat negativity. Follow the links to examine the context of these verses, or try meditating on one of them using Lectio Divina. May you find courage and empowerment.
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Fifteen Verses That Combat Cynicism


When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean.

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

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