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And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Heb 11:6 BSB
Do you tend to focus more on the faults of yourself and others? I have, at times. Have you ever tried doing the opposite? It makes a huge difference, helping relationships while combatting dis-ease with peace.
When we focus on our faults, we express ingratitude for what God has done and make ourselves and others miserable.
When we focus on the faults of the unsaved, we forget God's love and kindness is what saved us when we were in their position.
When we focus on the faults of ourselves and other believers, instead of our faith, we do just the opposite of God.
"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8 NAS
The hall of faith in Hebrews 11 is full of men and women of great faith and great sin. Their sins, doubts, worries, and fears listed plainly in the Old Testament, but God only lists and applauds their faith in Hebrews. God is always faithful to His Word, focusing on our faith, not our sin.
"I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Isa 43:25 ESV
… in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.2 Cor 5:19 ESV
This New Year let's make our Father smile by focusing on our faith, what we get right, and our gratitude to Him for it all. When we meet others, let's love them as Christ loved us, focus on what they get right (no matter how small), encouraging their faith if they believe. For those we struggle with, let's start praying for their best right now, make a list of what they do right and focus on it until God's peace prevails. We will be thankful we did.
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Rom 14:19 BSB
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