But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
God is holy and He is calling you to be holy. Before you knew God you didn’t know any better, but now that you know God, He expects more from you. God wants you to be obedient and live according to His will in every aspect of your life. He expects you to be holy, but don’t worry if you fall, He is also forgiving.
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
We all have times when we feel discouraged and we feel like giving up. If the Lord has put a “work” in your heart he will make a way for you to do it. That doesn’t mean it won’t be hard, because it might be, but that’s okay because God is on your side. Be strong and don’t give up!
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
As followers of Jesus Christ we should follow the example He set for us. Jesus showed us how to help the weak and we must, with humility and love, also do the same. How wonderful it is to serve God by serving others.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
Honestly, this lesson is hard for many to learn. You may be determined to demand your rights as a citizen of this country but it’s not always what’s best for you as a Christian. Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. Knowing the difference between your rights and what is right for you comes with spiritual maturity.
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.
God is generous with us and He expects us to be generous with others as well. We serve a compassionate God and this creates a compassionate heart in us. The awesome thing is that when we give to others from our heart God blesses us even more. We can never out give God.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
If you are listening to the word of God but not applying it to your life and expecting your life to change you’re fooling yourself. That would be like reading about a diet then eating junk food and expecting to lose weight. You have to apply it to your life, you have to change your habits and it has to be a way of life not just a Sunday event.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
There is no denying that evil exists in this world. Some may ask why God allows horrible events to happen. The truth is we may never have the answer to this question. What we do know is that God loves us so much He sent His only Son to offer salvation to all. Even though we may suffer in this world, as Christians, we have the hope of eternal life with God.