i know this is proberbly going to annoy a few people here, but i can't be bothered trying to find and write verses down. i'll just put down what i remember from air and if someone can find fault, they can just write it down correctly
To me, being a Christian means putting Jesus first. this contains placing His authority over our enemies, friends, family and ourselves. the last i believe is the most important as if we do this, then the former should naturally fall into place.
O.K. Enemies First.
i know about a man in Afganastan who recently converted from islam to Christianity. America freed this country and gave it democracy. WTF... this man could get sentenced to death for his belief in Jesus. this is common place around the world, so hey Mr. Bush stop listening to those half-wits around you, pull your finger out and help your brother. you know it's wrong... fix it!!!
this is something that weighs heavy on my heart. i believe this is an area where many Christians have commited suicide because of what i am going to talk about.
i reckon many Christians give their hearts to Jesus and find they no longer are able to have the same friends as they want to have a life in Jesus, yet they are tied to addictions which remain.
as a little boy i remember a man who attended the church i had to go to. he would stop going for a while and then come back in a repeating cycle. i felt so sorry for him as people would talk about him behind his back. i got annoyed at those dirty christians mouths who thought they knew what they were doing, yet did not realise they were also putting the nails in Jesus's hands without even realising.
this could be a painful one for some? i remember a verse in the Bible about anyone who gives up their own mother and/or father will be blessed ummm.... lots.
it don't take a genius to work out why this would happen as anyone who does this would have a really strong faith in Jesus that they would do more for Him. live your life for Jesus and you are going to be blessed... sometimes a few lucky ones even get blessed in this lifetime too.
Mine Own Self.
well this one is simple. it's found in your submission in your personal relationship with Jesus.
. you're loved by him i guess.