PSYCHOLOGY: the study of how sin – and the menace, mayhem, and malfunction it produces – is manifested through the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of human beings, and how this influences and affects our lives and relationships.
Many perhaps, may question and argue with this definition, but apart from the fall of humankind in the Garden of Eden and the fact that sin became a part of our DNA from that moment on, there would likely be no reason to study how we think, feel, and behave if sin didn’t exist. Without sin, and the flaws and brokenness it generates in us and in our lives, we would all be doing all the right things in all the right ways at just the right times. But we don’t do that do we? No, most of us have little or large abnormalities and we find a variety of maladaptive ways to cope with or compensate for these – both in dealing with our own issues, and with other peoples issues.
If we can be honest with ourselves, we must admit that each one of us is a good study in the field of psychology. We are fallen people who inhabit a fallen world; thus making sure the hope, that only GOD’s grace and the forgiveness found through faith in His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, can cure and heal our flawed and broken lives and relationships.
Here is something to try today, tomorrow – everyday.
STOP and take in the life that is happening wherever you find yourself.
LOOK at the people around you. Wonder for a moment who they are, what they are doing, where they might be going.
LISTEN to what people are saying. What are the issues and concerns you hear them talking about.
PRAY for these people. You never know what they may be facing today. You never know what role your immediate prayer may play in their lives. They might be going to the doctor, the hospital, to a funeral, to court, or to visit a friend in jail. They might be going to a job interview, to class, to work, or to the park. Whether they are dealing with something serious, simple, or fun, your prayer just might make their day – and it might make yours too.
Verse 2 May GOD bless you with His special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our GOD and LORD, better and better.
Special favor and wonderful peace. These are here for you today. These are here for me today.
Verse 5 So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life.
Jesus’ part is grace and peace. The Holy Spirit’s part is power and counsel. Your and my part is discipline and diligence.
Verse 10 So dear friends, work hard to prove that you really are among those GOD has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.
“Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread” – D.T. Niles
The Beggar’s Crumb begins today!