Making sure I plant wisely

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Galatians 6:7‭-‬8 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.6.7-8.NLT

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Hope when approaching the middle-age years

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/2co.4.16.NLT

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Simply said yet difficult to begin

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:34‭-‬35 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jhn.13.34-35.NLT

The old covenant, like a type of contract between God and the nation of Israel, is replaced by a single commandment. It’s a promise covenant with God taking on all the work and the individual only needing to accept.

I think what makes it so hard to live out the single command is pride. I naturally want everything to be about me, not others and the connectedness of human beings. When I must evaluate my decisions and words by the effect I’ll have on others, whether helpful or unhelpful (terms I prefer rather than good or bad) there’s no room for self-centred living. I have to fight off the natural tendency to get my own way. But the reward! Relationships improve, self-confidence grows, satisfaction with life increases… Why have I been fighting an others-focused life for so long when it is just what I need?

And once I determine that this will be my life mission, I find that God does the work by giving me the desire to live differently and then the ability to do it. Little by little, I am changed. The challenge to resist being self-absorbed remains in this life (with eternal relief from it in Heaven, along with an absence of pain and sorrow) but I am certainly maturing day by day. What took such effort of will at the beginning becomes more habit as I go along, like learning a new skill demands practice and focus until it may seem effortless to others.

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The mission, should we choose to accept it

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Proverbs 21:21 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.21.21.NLT

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Rejecting pride, gaining restoration

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/2ch.7.14.NLT

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An amazing book!

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/2ti.3.16-17.NLT

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A new and different life

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/gal.2.20.NLT

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