“An empty threat is about as useless as a gun without bullets in it’s magazine.” If people know you won’t follow through with what you say then it’s about as if you never said it at all
Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.——Jesus taught this powerfully, he also lived it. On one occasion he went into a Samaritin village and they rejected his message and James and John said “Lord shall we call fire down on them?” and basically Jesus said “Shame on you” Jesus loved even those who hung him on the cross in His dying hour, he cried out “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” Jesus bled the love and compassion of God through his teaching and life. Let us do the same.
The Gospel preached is powerful, but the Gospel demonstrated is even more so. It is ultimately the kindness and love of God that draws men and women to the truth, and when we exercise God’s love as we should it can be that bridge that can reach even the most hostile of unbelievers. Always try to reach their hearts when you cannot persuade their intellect.
Romans 8:24 says ” For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?”
Sometimes you won’t always see or feel the results of your hard work for the Lord immediately, and other times it won’t be until you arrive in Heaven till you see the fruit of your labor. Have you ever gotten paid for your job immediately? That’s not how it works. And when you plant a tree or a seed of some sort, does it spring up in an instance? No! Remember, hard work for Christ pays off even when you do not see it, it takes faith to say, “Lord I did this for you with good intent in my heart, now I trust you with the outcome.”
The Lord does not expect success or harvest from us, that is his job. He does expect our obedience. Galatians 6:7 says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family
(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(James 2:17) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
We must take an initiative and expect God to meet us.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’
John 14:6 Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.