Without so much as a thought at times, a phrase is shared as a tidbit of Encouragement, or possibly added as a quip to things we say to others, in an effort to bring emphasis to something we are trying to convey or get across in a more lighthearted manner. It appears that all the “good” stuff seems to have already have been “dreamed up” or has already been said, which is then when we depend on quotes from other people, some famous and others not so famous. Amazing to note, many of them have a basis and founding in the Word of God, the Bible.
How many times have we quoted someone, without fully realizing where the thought behind the quote may have actually come from? There are possibly more quotes about, concerning and throughout the Bible than we may have considered. Christians and non-Christians alike use them, in such regularity that those who even deny the Deity and Existence of Christ, use them. This Series has been driven by the impressing upon my heart, by the Holy Spirit to show each of us, how even in the lives of non-believers, they are affected by God just being God!
How Quotes Affect Us
Quotes have the power to affect people’s thinking. How and where they are used can boost or stifle the intended purpose, because the quote giver is eliciting a specific response from those who are being exposed to the hearing of it. A positive reminder to do something, like say “thank you” and “you are welcome” would be an example of this solicited behavior that a person may try to reinforce with a “quote” like the following:
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”
This quote, which is used in the composition of the first print, serves several purposes. The first of which is to say “Thank You” and the following one is to do so without expecting any kind of reward for do the kind act. By doing so, as well as being genuine, others will more enjoy being around you and take pleasure in being so.
Not just those that are kind to you should be the only ones you consider, Jesus said even of your enemies shall you be tempered in your response.
(35) But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (36) Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.Luke 6:35-36 | King James Version
There are thirteen (13) Quotes that are utilized in this Series which each have a founding in the Bible to remind us that what we use in everyday conversation has rooting in the Word of God. So much of our culture and structure of living is more influenced by biblical definition that many realize.
Making Habits | Being True | When We Rise | Encounter ChangesWonderful Happens | Dwelling in Him | Share Our Faith | Take HeedGod’s Reach | Simple Direction | God-Given | Gratitude Living | Thankful Mode
Are there things that you say that would remind others of things that can be found or related to in the Word of God? It may surprise you that many of the common sense things we hear today have a strong hold, reach and rooting in the Bible. Knowing this is the case can provide us an opportunity to share the Gospel with others as they may express an interest in where that “quote” may have originated. Maybe even a conversation starter could be made of that something familiar a person can relate to, which could well be the Holy Spirit working in the heart of an individual to draw them to Himself. We cannot dismiss the opportunity to share with those that develop that interest in how we know or knew how find the basis in which a quote is built upon. There are thirteen (13) of them to begin with – pure amazing that conversation starters can be found which have basis in where we would like to take those we are witnessing to, hoping that starting will become a life changing event for them when they Hear from the One and True God, as they consider His Word for the only basis of and for their Salvation. It is when we consider death, that life become so much more IMPORTANT and others are more open to hear what God and His Son have done for each of us who makes a choice to Believe.
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