Growing up in a racist society doesn't just happen when you encounter the police. It is on every level, around every corner, and sown into the very fabric of life in America as a black person. From high school functions to encounters with police, housing, jobs, going to the grocery store, and even raising your children, racism is always there lurking. Let me share with you some of my own experiences.
I'm back! And ready to bring my spiritual point of view to the unprecedented times that we are all experiencing. From nationwide issues to personal struggles, it always helps to remember that deeper issues are always at work.
Does Christian forgiveness mean always being walked on?
Scriptures to note:
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
1 Cor. 5:11
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
So watch yourselves. "If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying 'I repent,' you must forgive them."
You must not harbor hatred against your brother in your heart. Directly rebuke your neighbor, so that you will not incur guilt on account of him.
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. "If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
2 Thess. 3:14
Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
And we urge you, brothers, to admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.
1 Thess. 5:14
Stephanie Kekeocha discusses Reason #3 in her 9-part series, "God, Why Am I Not Married? 9 Reasons You Might Still Be Single."
Stephanie Kekeocha explains topics from her book series "God, Why Am I Not Married? 9 Reasons You Might Still Be Single" as well as her motivation for writing the books.
How our issues and spiritual growth are connected.
Scriptures to note:
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, Heb. 6:1
You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. Jer. 12:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Pet. 2:3
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Pet. 1:5-8
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom. 12:2
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:22-24
But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Col 3:8-10
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph. 2:10
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
He who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. Pro. 28:13
3 tips to keep in mind while waiting for God to send a husband and how to spot him.
Scriptures to note:
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:22
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, as long as he belongs to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:39
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Gal. 5:16
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us walk in step with the Spirit. Gal 5:24-25
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Pro. 4:6
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. Jam. 1:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Pro. 3:5-6
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, Pro. 3:13
The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. Pro. 14:15
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. Pro. 28:26
To all my Marvel fans, here's what I thought about Avengers Endgame. Let me know what you thought in the comments below.
Sexist men vs. feminist women: whose side is God on?
Scriptures to note:
The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:31
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3:28
Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
1 cor. 11:11-12
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Pro. 16:25
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Isa. 5:20-21
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jer. 17:9
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Cor. 13:11
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense. Pro. 19:11
Stephanie Kekeocha was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). (read more)
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