John 2: 24-25 ” Jesus did not commit Himself to them…for He knew what was in man.”

Bottom line…you can’t trust people.  They’ll say one thing, but do the opposite.  They’ll promise things they can never deliver on.  They’ll declare their love and then turn around and break your heart.  Mankind is just that…humans with lots of flaws that disappoint each other daily.  And that’s difficult when we demand perfection from those who can’t achieve it….for it leads only to disillusionment.  And we need to be careful that disillusionment doesn’t cause us to become cynical, critical, and bitter.  Bottom line…you can’t trust people – but you can trust God.  You can fully trust God with your life, your future, your everything.

Romans 1:11-12 ” I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

There’s no way around it…we all need to be around fellow Believers.  There’s nothing like being with like-minded Christians…sharing, listening, and bearing each others burdens in prayer.  All of us need encouragement and our faith strengthened by interacting with other Believers…we all need to hear how God is moving in other’s lives.  As it says in Proverbs 27:17, ” As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”   Think of it…something the Lord has brought you through is exactly what someone needs to hear today.

Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”

When I first hear the word meek, I think of a spineless, unassuming person, that’s too cowardly to do anything. But then I remember a chance meeting I had with a former CIA agent. He wasn’t that big of a man, he didn’t say but a few words, his demeanor was very unpretentious…but he commanded the entire room by what he didn’t do. He knew who he was and who he represented… and that self-confidence was almost palpable. Jesus was the same way…He didn’t have to prove anything. His real strength came from knowing who He was. And that should be true of us also, knowing who we are through Christ Jesus, and aware that in our weakness we are made strong in Him.

Colossians 3:21 ” Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”

This verse deals with the real cause and effect of negative emotions. If we constantly provoke a child, they will soon start to feel disheartened, with low self confidence…which can lead to feelings of hopelessness, indifference, and defeat. Negative emotions can and will only produce more negative emotions in others.

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