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VerseD: Colossians 3:13

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Colossians 3:13, ESV

When we stand together, we are stronger. When we feel (or are) slighted, get over yourself and love them through forgiveness.

VerseD: Romans 5:3-4

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Romans 5:3‭-‬4, ESV

The reward helps us endure.

The process mabites us more like Christ.

Christ is our hope!

VerseD: Romans 15:4

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4, ESV

Once again, if anyone says we do not need the Hebrew scriptures, the Old Testament, does not know the Bible. Here, Paul explicitly reminds the reader that even those writings give instruction, encouragement, and hope.

VerseD: Isaiah 54:17

But no weapon will be able to hurt you; you will have an answer for all who accuse you. I will defend my servants and give them victory.” The Lord has spoken.
Isaiah 54:17, GNT

Today, we know we have truth on our side, and living rightly leaves no room for debate or accusation.

Soon, the Lord’s victory will be complete, His enemies made His footstool, and we shall dwell in His presence forever!

VerseD: Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Isaiah 43:2, ESV

Trust the Lord. He desires to take care of us, watch over us, and rescue us, even miraculously.

VerseD: Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18, ESV

First World problems? Third World problems?

Persecution? Annoyances?

War? Feuds? Squabbles?

Whatever afflicts us, let us remember that we are either being transformed or being used to transform for Christ’s glory.

VerseD: Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33, ESV

The Bible makes many promises for how God will bless us, but it all hinges on this: we must be in relentless pursuit of His righteous Kingdom.

VerseD: Psalm 33:18

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
Psalm 33:18, ESV

Our God is always watching over us. Remember, “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

VerseD: Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29, NIV

Our culture is steeped in dirty jokes, personal roasts, and vile notes.

God calls us to more. A joke is fine, but we should build each other up, help each other out, and invite Christ in.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 4:16

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV

Life is hard.

As Christians we are called to reconcile with a world that makes life hard. But we have a Savior who understands and strengthens us.

Trust Him.