I lost my brother to suicide in 2016. This brought a deeply personal angle to my previous thinking. I still believe that God redeems tragedy for his glory.
Faithfulness is absolute loyalty, reliability, and consistency in your commitments. In the Bible, God’s faithfulness is to His name, to His character, and to His word.
Goodness is not just an additive thrown into this list of otherwise good things. Goodness is a multiplier of all of these things wrapped together.
Kindness is paying forward what we’ve received from God, what we have received from Christ. We give what we have to those who do not deserve it.
Patience is one part restrained anger, one part enduring through hard times, and one part waiting. Patience is learned, it does not come to us all at once.
Peace is not just about you. It’s not just about your personal tranquility. It’s not just about your inner peace. Peace is fundamentally relational and communal.
Joy is not the same thing as happiness. Happiness is an emotion that depends on circumstances. Joy is a choice first, then it is an experience.
That may be a scary question, but it should also be very encouraging. It’s scary because it puts a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. But it also puts a whole lot of power and control right in your hands.
Sounds scary, right? That’s a lot of responsibility. It should be encouraging because that’s also a lot of power and control that you have in your hands.
How do you cultivate love in your life? You cultivate relationships. You do that by building closeness, communication, and conflict management.