As if you needed anyone else to tell you: if you live in the U.S., your taxes are due! Whenever tax season rolls around, I think of two passages from the Gospels in which Jesus discusses money, wealth, and taxes.
I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. - John 14:27 (NCV)
STUDY THIS: Peace … my peace. A common Hebrew greeting, which Jesus uses here in an unusual way. The term speaks, in effect, of the salvation that Christ’s redemptive work will achieve for his disciples—total well-being and inner rest of spirit, in fellowship with God. All true peace is his gift, which the repetition emphasizes. (Taken from the Case for Christ Study Bible) ---Sign up here: fal.cn/4RXR for BibleGateway Plus to get access to more Study Bible Notes! ...
Let the skies rejoice and the earth be glad; let the sea and everything in it shout. Let the fields and everything in them rejoice. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy Psalm 96:11-12 (NCV)
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
“‘For he [the Lord] does not afflict or grieve the children of men from his heart.’ Though God sometimes hurts me, the hurting is not the desire of his heart. The hurt turns out to be necessary for my heart, though I don’t usually see the necessity of the affliction until the affliction has become a memory with no sting in it…” Read more in Jack Deere’s new post, “Two Scriptures I Rely On When Life Hurts.” bit.ly/2HDKibO
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