Institute of Love

STOP THE WORRY!

By Edwin Christiaan

Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what He wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.Matthew‬ ‭6:31-34‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭CEV‬‬

In other words,

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.1. Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

HOW TO DEAL WITH ANGER AND BITTERNESS

By Edwin Christiaan

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:26-27‬ ‭NLT

“If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things God wants done.” James‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:31-32‬ ‭CEV‬‬

“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James‬ ‭1:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Bottomline,

“You must quit being angry, hateful, and evil. You must no longer say insulting or cruel things about others.” Colossians‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭CEV‬‬

WAYS OF GENUINELY ASKING GOD AND PEOPLE FOR FORGIVENESS

By Edwin Christiaan

Please forgive me Lord, even when I sin without knowing it.

What I did was stupid and terribly wrong. Please forgive me. I am so sorry.

Please be kind and forgive me, especially for those sins I didn’t mean to commit. I repent Lord Jesus.

Please forgive me for doing you wrong.

Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way.

I am so sorry for the evil things I said about you. Please, I ask you to forgive me. I was wrong.

I ask and beg you to forgive me for the hurt and pain I have caused you.

I have sinned against God and you. I am so sorry.

I ask for your forgiveness for the lies I spread about you. 

Please forgive for me for the bitterness and hatred toward you. 

I am so sorry for holding a grudge in my heart against you. 

Please forgive me Lord for not having forgiven others for the wrong they have done to me. I am terribly sorry.‭‭I confess I was jealous at you, please forgive me.

I ask you to please forgive me for taking revenge [...]

THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS

March 15, 2019

A Christian is supposed to pursue a lifestyle of living in peace with everyone and to be holy, and not going around pursuing signs, wonders and miracles. (See Hebrews 12:14)

Jesus taught the opposite to His disciples when He told them that miraculous signs will follow or accompany those who believe. (See Mark 16:17-18)

GOD IS NOT UNFAIR

March 14, 2019

Jesus never promised that His followers would be immune from death and grief. Just the opposite He said, 

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NLT

What Jesus did promise His followers was that He give them eternal life, and they will never perish. And that no one can snatch them away from Him! (See John‬ ‭10:28‬)

THE PITFALLS OF COMMITTING ADULTERY

March 13, 2019

The Bible says,

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.Hebrews‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. Proverbs‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Isn’t this the way it often goes?

She threw her arms around you and kissed you, boldly took your arm and said, I’ve come to find you, and here you are! Come, let’s make love all night, spend the night in ecstatic lovemaking! My husband’s not home; he’s away on business, and he won’t be back for a month. (See Proverbs‬ ‭7:13-20‬)

Making love to another man’s wife will cost you everything.Proverbs‬ ‭6:26‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Yes,

The man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself. He will be wounded and disgraced.Proverbs‬ ‭6:32‬-33 NLT‬‬

He will come to the brink of utter ruin, and face public disgrace. (See Proverbs‬ ‭5:14‬)

In the end he will groan in anguish when disease consumes his body. (See Proverbs‬ ‭5:11‬)

Lesson

Keep your distance from such a woman. Yes, stay away from [...]

WHAT LIVING FOR CHRIST REALLY MEANS

March 12, 2019

Living for Jesus Christ means that,

I love the LORD my God with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. And, that I Love my neighbor as myself. (See Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬)

I received His new life and I no longer live for myself. Instead, I live for Christ, who died for my sin and was raised for me. (See 2. Corinthians‬ ‭5:15‬)

I give my body to God because of all He has done for me. I let it be a living and holy sacrifice, the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. (See Romans‬ ‭12:1‬)

I give up my own way, take up my cross daily, and follow Him. (See Luke‬ ‭9:23‬)

For I don’t live for myself, but I live to please the Lord. (See Romans‬ ‭14:7‬-8)

Even if I suffer for doing what is right, God will reward me for it. So I don’t worry or be afraid of being threatened. Instead, I worship Christ as Lord of my life. (See 1. Peter‬ ‭3:14-15‬)

I have been given not [...]

A CALL TO SALVATION

March 5, 2019

Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ. Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, so that everyone who has faith in Him will have eternal life and never really die. John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭CEV‬‬

Jesus said,

I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live, even after dying. John‬ ‭11:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

And,

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts.” Hebrews‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes!

Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭2:38‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you [...]

THE WAY TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS

February 25, 2019

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark‬ ‭11:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Have faith in God! You can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. (See Mark‬ ‭11:22-24‬)

Keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Hebrews‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I AM PREDESTINED

February 19, 2019

Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. Ecclesiastes‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So God will do to me whatever He has planned. He controls my destiny. Job‬ ‭23:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like his Son. Romans‬ ‭8:29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will. EPHESIANS‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In other words,

God chose us in advance, and He makes everything work out according to His plan. Ephesians‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes,

God decided in advance to adopt me into His own family by bringing me to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. (See Ephesians‬ ‭1:5‬)