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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

{ Who sinned? }

John 9:1-3
 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 
 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? 
Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”
 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. 
“This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.

I recently was telling a friend about someone we knew and a misfortune they had happen to them. The question was asked by someone else listening about did they deserve this, what sin had they done to bring this on?  It kind of took me by surprise and I've thought about it off and on since. The Bible tells us that it "rains on the just and the unjust" (Matthew 5:45), meaning "good" and "bad" things happen to all of us, Christian or not. It made me wonder how many times I've passed that same judgment on others and on myself.  I know many times in my own life when something happens that I deem as not so good I question if I'm being punished instead of asking myself how can I allow this to bring God glory.  Now, I'm not saying that we don't have to pay for bad decisions we make, because I know for a fact that we do (I could write a book, people).....
but according to the scripture I shared at the beginning, EVERYTHING  that happens is to show the power of God and to give Him all the glory (not us). I'm reminded of a man who said that everything he had he got on his own, it was because of his own hard work, that God had done nothing for him. Oh, be careful little mouth what you say.

Another thing I feel God was speaking to my own heart because of this conversation was why can't we just all love one another?  Why is there so much jealousy and backbiting and judgment and pride and not taking other's feelings into consideration?  

Life is short.

Let's long to love like Jesus!



9 comments:

  1. Wonderful post Debbie. We can all relate to this. I'm sorry I'm not able to see the photo you posted along with it. Have a day of blessings my friend.

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  2. Had to come back and let you know that yes, now I can see the picture. Love the 10 Steps To Happiness. :)

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  3. Love the ten steps. I'm like you Deb, why oh why do we spend so much time on the negative things of the world. Our time should be continuously serving God and giving Him glory and praise. We waste so much 'effort' on the wrong things. This was a good post, made me stop and think! Sending you ((hugs)) across the miles my dear friend.

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  4. How I wish we could all just love one another, not judge, help one another in time of need....I truly feel that is what God wants us to do and said it in his Word. Have a lovely afternoon.

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  5. Very good post.
    I think it isn't our business to know why but to pray for one another in love and genuine concern.
    I enjoyed the 10 steps to happiness a lot

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  6. Oh my! We do run into people who still think that everything that happens in life is because of someone's sin. Well, probably, in reality, the truth is, yes, because of the original sin of Adam and Eve, we are all under that curse...but because of Jesus Christ, we have freedom from sin and judgment...we are forgiven...and yes, it rains on the just and the unjust...sometimes seems like more on the just than on the unjust, but again, it is for the witness to many that we go through these trials..that Christ may be glorified...and that the lost will see Christ in us and be drawn to His light in us. Great post, Deb. Something to really think about! How quickly we forget what Christ did for US.

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  7. All we need is love... why is that so hard?

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  8. Thank you Deb. Good to read.

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  9. OH your talking to me yet again, smiles. A great post, Debbie.

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Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24