Church always makes me feel so awesome, especially when I go to church back home... I just leave on such an emotional high, fueled and spiritually refreshed.
Today we talked through Philippians 2:14-16.
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain."
The purpose of the message was to emphasize the importance of learning the right way to relate to others. It was about how truly important it is to LOVE others, christian or not. Jesus was sent to teach us the power of forgiveness, humility, strength, courage... but most of all, love. In order to live the way God intends, we have to learn to love others unconditionally, the way the Lord loves each and every one of us. In the midst of a world of darkness and confusion, we must learn to shine like stars.
It is so hard to control our anger, hurt, fear, disappointment. No matter if we want them to or not, our emotions have an easy way of getting the best of us. They take over without us even realizing it. I encourage you to take a step back in tough situations, learn to ask God how to respond... because he is there, and he will help. Learn to love others in the midst of hurt, betrayal, sin.. in the midst of this crazy life we live on Earth.
Shine like stars. You could end up being the light in someone's life.