Archive for January, 2009


“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
COMMENT: (After starting to read today’s message, you might be wondering how the most familiar Scripture in the Bible is connected with what we’re discussing. Just hang on, in time you’ll see how it fits in.) More and more, we are reading in the newspapers of young people doing horrible things to their friends. A couple of weeks ago a 15 year old boy stabbed a 17 year old friend to death. It was said that the reason for the incident was :”battlin”. I understand this is a way one youngster ridicules another with a rhyming “rap”. (In my day, we use to call talking about someone’s mother “playing the dozens”. I never played the dozens. . . .too chicken.) Evidently the younger boy could not take the ribbing and struck out at his friend. I believe that much of the violence we see in our youngsters today is the result of a poor self-image. They are continually on guard, thinking that someone will try to put them down. (“diss” them) Unfortunately, we Christians often suffer similarly and are easily offended by others. The value of anything is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for it. 1 Cor. 6:20 tells us “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” God bought us back from the devil with the most precious thing He had, the blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus. Anytime your self-image needs a boost,  just think about how valuable you are to your Heavenly Father.
A BIT OF WISDOM: “God gave the most precious thing He had in exchange for you. If you act like you are worthless, what are you saying to Him – that the sacrifice of His only Son was a rip-off? Do you think God felt ripped off when He bought you? No! God loves you. He has called you and has placed a purpose on your life. He believes that you were worth the price He paid. If you belong to Him, you are living here by design, not by default.” (From the Booklet “Self Esteem” by Michelle A. Butler)