As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be reminded of the past pain of a previous relationship or the loneliness of being single. I know that it can be difficult to carry on with life when the world makes you feel like a relationship will make your life “complete.”
In the midst of this pain, I want to share some reminders to hopefully encourage you during this possibly difficult time:
➊ Although the world tried to convince us that relationships will bring fulfillment, eternal satisfaction can only be found in Christ. [John 6:35]
➋ God is the Healer of our hearts. If you offer up your heart to Him, He will put the broken pieces back together and He will bind up your wounds. [Psalm 147:3]
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➌ Your pain has a purpose. [James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6-7] God may be allowing you to experience heartbreak because He wants to lead you to a better person. He may be using your season of singleness to bring you closer to Him.
Although you may not understand how God is working in your life, you can trust that the Lord knows the desires of your heart [Psalm 37:4] and that He is working everything out for your good. [Romans 8:28]
➍ There is a time for everything. [Ecclesiastes 3:1-8]
➎ You are not alone. [Deuteronomy 31:8] The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and He saves the crushed in spirit. [Psalm 34:18]
➏ Jesus is your Friend, and He will never turn away from you if you come to Him. [John 6:37]
➐ You do not have to be afraid to share your honest feelings with the Lord, because He knows all things and He cares for you. [1 Peter 5:7] He is here to comfort you.
While growing up, I often overlooked gentleness when I recited the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. At that time, I did not understand why gentleness is considered a fruit of the Spirit, mostly because it seemed so similar to other fruits of the Spirit such as love and kindness. Although that did not make any sense back then, God has recently shown me the importance of gentleness.
Over this past year, I have been feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I started feeling this way around April 2018, when projects, essays, and SAT tests began piling into my lap. The stress continued over the summer, and “summer break” did not really feel like a break. During that time, I started working on college applications, which was a lot more work than I had imagined it to be. Not only did I have to write multiple essays, but there was so much paperwork to fill out about my general information and extracurricular activities.
During my free time, I was able to do fun and relaxing things, but thoughts about how far behind I was in the work that I needed to finish were always in the back of my mind.
As my work load became heavier, I started to realize that the stress I had been feeling caused me to become more easily frustrated. I noticed that I was not as patient with others and that I had a shorter temper than usual.
While I was trying to choose my one little word for 2019 during these past few weeks, God placed the word “gentleness” in my mind and He showed me that gentleness really is an important characteristic to have. I learned that gentleness can be applicable to many different areas of my life.
So this new year, I want to start being more gentle in the way I speak, more gentle in the way that I respond to others, and more gentle in the way that I treat others.
Below, I will also be sharing some verses that I want to live by starting 2019. (As I searched for a life verse to pick for this upcoming year, I found it very difficult to pick only one, so I picked multiple!)
James 1:19-20 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Philippians 4:5 says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all.”
Proverbs 15:18 says, “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”
Proverbs 21:23 says, “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”
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