I find it interesting that at times we all undermine God's love and faithfulness by putting Him on the back-burner. He has done so much for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. He has given us wonderful blessings in our lives, such as families and friends, but we still are unappreciative at times. He is so kind that despite our wickednessHe still wants to help us be happy. He knows how it is possible and He gives us ways to be happy through obedience to His commandments. This is the kind of being God is. His motives aren't for dominion over us, but are out of love. Why would we put anything above Him?
Keep the Sabbath Day holy by attending church.
Yet we do, by using all of our time watching T.V. or playing games and taking no time to read His Holy Scriptures, we also do this by treating the Sabbath Day as if it is our day to show respect to ourselves for all that we have done, instead of thanking God for all that we have received. We do this by not praying and talking to Him and most importantly by not following His Son's example of the only true way to happiness. Our obedience to God's commandments is a reflection of our belief in His reality. Let's put God first in our life and let the rest follow.
So have you ever been offended? Well, prepare to be. Just kidding. This blogs purpose isn't to offend you, but to help you realize how to overcome offense and what you can do when you are offended. I have been offended several times, most have come from being a missionary and knocking on someones door who isn't as happy to see you as you are to see them. Before I can even open my mouth I've been swore at in 7 different languages and threatened me with barbed-wire wrapped around a baseball bat. (None of that was true.)So as shocking and as offensive as a situation like that would have been, I know just how not to take offense. This can apply into any offense that you may have been exposed to. 1st.) Forgiveness. You have got to forgive them first, not out of self-righteousness pride, but out of a sincere love for your Savior and therefore your fellow man. 2nd.) Long Suffering. Despite the sour offense that has just occurred you cannotlet it allow you to question your love for Jesus Christ and thereby deter you from keeping His commandments and being obedient. 3rd.) Humility. I have found that it is easiest to take offense when you are perfect, or at least think that you are perfect and better than those around you. When you realize the struggles you have and the imperfections you have, you are better able to have patience with those imperfect people who surround you.
Nature's fiercest creature would shrink in the presence of a honey badger in a bad mood. Very few creatures, if any, could take on a blind honey badger with both paws tied behind it's back and live to tell the tale. I hope I'm getting my point across. Honey badger's are easily nature's most fearless animal. It has been known to take on lions, king cobras, and other animals expecting a "flawless" victory, but only obtained defeat. They have thick rubbery skin that helps them take bites and attacks from predators. Believe it or not this is actually all true. Honey badgers are unbelievably aggressive and will not back down from confrontation.
This is why this blog can help you. Everyday we are faced with choices and with temptations that seem like "lions", but all we gotta do is "Bring Out The Badger"!Be ferocious in standing up for what is right and what is true. Be fearless in the face of foes and "badger" the bitterness of the diabolical one. Prepare your thick rubbery defense by reading the scriptures, praying and treasuring up the words of Eternal Life continually. Maul the snot out of those who attempt to lead you astray and corner you in peer-pressure. Don't give in or give up. In all seriousness you really can determine if you will be valiant or cowardly.Let's follow the example of our dear Saviour who as Hebrews says, "but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)