Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Issue

The following posts are part of the Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Issue. Articles that are in this issue contain information about Knowing Your Enemy the devil, find out how not to use God’s love as an excuse, learn God’s definition of homosexuality, discover if you are a light of the world, plus topics on how to be a modest woman and a godly, submissive wife.

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Hope for a Better Tomorrow by Patrice Wilkerson

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Last night, I got into a big argument with my friends that left me feeling sad and depressed. I was hurt because I go out of my way to be nice to them, yet I don’t get the same in return. The only thing I get is rejection, sadness, and disappointment.  After our argument, I had thoughts of committing suicide so that I wouldn’t feel pain anymore.  I just got tired of feeling hurt and disappointed.  I find it amazing how quickly the devil can weaken and distract us. If only my friends could see how their actions really affected me. The devil really wanted to see me give up, but I just couldn’t.  I realized that they were not my real friends anyway.  Real friends will love you and not cause you pain.  God loves me and will always be there for me.  I shouldn’t hurt myself because He will make everything better for me.  Every day I pray for them in the hope that they can grow spiritually.

Often, people don’t understand how their actions really affect others. There are so many who have committed suicide because of how other people have treated them. My faith in God teaches me to treat others the way I would want to be treated, I can’t expect people to have the same way of thinking as I do, but I can pray for God to touch their hearts. God’s word tells us,

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” ~Ephesians 4:32, KJV

In the midst of my feelings of sadness and depression, I talked to God and just told Him how I felt. I got on my knees and I prayed for my situation to get better; this was such a relief. My troubles will not last forever; I have a God who is working things out for me, but I must be patient and hopeful. The Bible tells us,

“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” Romans 12:12, KJV

I was hesitant on writing this article, but I believe God wanted me to share my story with others who may be going through the same thing. Certain situations may bring us to a point where we want to give up, but we must know that a brighter day is coming. God knows what you are going through and He will not put more on you that you can bear. Just hold on and keep praying; everything will work out.  You have to understand that even though friends may hurt you, God is always there to love you unconditionally.♥

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Thank you for reading!

Patrice Wilkerson 


Suggested Scripture(s):
  • Be Like-minded Having the Same LovePhilippians 2:2 KJV

    Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

  • Let Love ContinueHebrews 13:1 KJV

    Let brotherly love continue.

  • If Your Brother in Christ Does Not Ultimately Repent for His FaultMatthew 18:15-18 KJV

    [15] Moreover if they brother trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone:  if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. [16] But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. [17] And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. [18] Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

  • Don’t Break the LawGalatians 5:14 KJV

    For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

  • Shutting Up Compassion1 John 3:16-18 KJV

    Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [17]But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18]My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

  • Hatred is Murder1 John 3:14-15 KJV

    [14]We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.  He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. [15]Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

  • Children of God and Children of the Devil1 John 3:10-13 KJV

    In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:  whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. [11]For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning that we should love one another. [12]Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.  And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.[13] Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

Reconciliation is important.

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