God permits suffering in the life of the believer in order to strengthen his faith. It is precisely when the hedges are moved from around us that we find ourselves depending upon God. The more we are deprived of the temporal supports for our earthly happiness, the more we are driven to the Lord for our comfort. This is why Job was chosen. Because of his completely undeserved suffering, his steadfastness in faith, and his complete submission to God, Job received the honor of becoming a chief figure in the Bible (Psalm 23, Hebrews 12:11, James 5:11).
An excellent example of faith in God in the Old Testament would be Abraham being tested by God. It starts in Genesis 22:1-19 and provides a resounding story of faith in God. After asking Abraham and Sarah to wait all those years and then miraculously giving them a son, God here asks Abraham to give Isaac back as a sacrifice. God had already shown Abraham that when his human reason disagreed with God’s reason, he could always trust God to be correct – and that’s a tough lesson for many people to understand. It would seem Abraham, if he cared to, could have argued from many positions that God had no logic reason to sacrifice Isaac.
He is so holy and so awesome that being in His everlasting presence brings an inspiring fear.” (CARM) As this CARM states, God is so amazing and so powerful. He is not there to intimidate Christians but instead inspire them to follow him and live after the life that he had laid out for all Christians. “Dis•ci•pline: control that is gained by req... ... middle of paper ... ...ighty ways of forgiveness, it is just that person’ job to decide which road to take. God forgives all of his children no matter what they have done in the past, are doing now, or will do in the future. God also asks all of his followers to forgive other because he has forgiven them.
When a king was upset he would often take a violent path. God, on the other hand, chose to send someone kind and loving to help us rather than to hurt us. This proves that God is and was genuinely concerned for us, and wanted to see us prosper. “ Now that the common savior of all has died on our behalf, we who believe in Christ no longer die” (Athanasius 21). God wants us to have faith in Him, He wants us to live forever with Him.
This is because every person is created in the image of God whether they are a convicted criminal or law abiding citizen. “If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:20-12, New international Version) It is of paramount importance that as Christians we live our lives not only by a heavenly standard “The standard is that a believer should conduct his lie in this earthly world by the principles God has bestowed upon him in the heavenly world.” (Towns, 2007, p. 62) Therefore, we must treat others using the same standard th... ... middle of paper ... ...rror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
Christians understand that suffering is used as a tool for God’s punishments. Also, Christians comprehend evil as wicked, hurtful, painful, and deathful; the opposite of God’s will allowing them to seek forgiveness (Rubin & Yasien-Esmael, 2004). Christians lived humbly because they depend on God by living life by the righteousness of his faith (Habakkuk 2:4). In addition,
One of these commandments was “love your neighbour as you love yourself.” So as a Christian we are given the responsibility from God’s law to love and respect everyone no-matter his or her race. This is a very significant law and responsibility as the Ten Commandments can be summed up as two: “love thy God” and “love thy neighbour” One very popular and notifiable parable told in the bible is that of the Good Samaritan. The goes like this. Basically, there was a man who was mugged; many people passed him yet none of them helped him. Then there came along the Samaritan.
All humans, save Christ, have sinned. Sin is inevitable for all humanity, for we are a fallen people. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Sin created a great divide between Mankind and God. Because of this, Jesus was sent to bridge that great divide by atoning for our sins. However, Jesus did not remove the issue of sin, for we still sin today, but he took the blame for it.
I would soon learn that I can trust Him in everything because as it says in Scripture, “if God is for us, who can be ... ... middle of paper ... ...of mockery and insults directed towards God. By attacking the Christian faith in this way, the king of Assyria was trying to prove the Christian’s God was just like all other gods, powerless. Similarly, Paul persecuted Christians by going to Damascus to capture them and bring them back to Jerusalem. He hated the Christian faith and persecuted it without mercy. He, however, converted to Christianity later and became an awesome tool of God’s for spreading the Gospel.
(Rom 6:23) Not only do we deserve death but because of our sin mankind is in opposition to God to the point that “God’s wrath burns against you and me” (Etzel & Gutierrez, 2015, p133). Nothing we can do will ever bring about a right relationship with God. However, God provided an atonement for our sin and through the death of Jesus upon the cross, and by His sacrifice, we are shown mercy. (Etzel & Gutierrez, 2015). Through this act of love, we are reconciled to God and spared from eternal separation (Towns, 2002).