Your real identity is rooted in the purposes for which God created you. And Paul said that God’s purpose includes making you holy and blameless. In other words, while you will not reach a point of perfection in this present life, you will definitely make progress toward it.
The very moment you trust in Jesus, you become a temple for the continual, never-ending presence of God through the Holy Spirit. He takes up residence in your life. And together, corporately as the church, all who follow Jesus represent the house in which God lives.
You don’t always get to choose what happens to you. But you do get to choose 1.) what you focus on, and 2.) what story assign to what you’re focusing on. So focus on eternal truth. Focus on Christ and his love. Focus on people. And repeat biblical stories about yourself, about God, and about others, about your past and about your future.
God is always at work in, around, and through you. He graciously invites us to join him in that work, even while we wait on his perfect timing.
If you struggle with outbursts of anger, it’s almost always because you’ve repressed your emotions. That could be as small as having a bad day and getting really grumpy with your family because of it, or it can be as devastating as repeating generational cycles of physical or emotional abuse.
We walk by faith, not by sight. We also walk by faith, not by feelings. Faith doesn’t always fix depression, but it definitely equips us to suffer through it with strength.
There’s a big difference between knowing about God’s love and actually knowing God’s love by experience. Have you received God’s love for you?
When you need hope, you’ll find it in the heavenly realm, which is accessible by prayer. When you need peace, or joy, or purpose, or security, or anything else, it’s already available in the throneroom of God.
I believe marriage is a divine growth opportunity. It’s our chance to grow deeper and to develop virtues that outlast any season of infatuation. What started as a couple falling in love can become a couple rooted in love.