Movies and TV shows have two different sides: the camera side seen by the viewers, and the other, seen only by those who go behind the scenes. From the camera side, buildings and landscapes and luxurious living rooms and even campfires at night look absolutely real. But behind the scenes, everything is exposed as nothing more than a thin veneer of plastic, wood, and metal, held together with flimsy, temporary materials. On the surface everything seems genuine and sturdy. But behind the big front, there’s hardly anything there! It’s all a big, painted, professional show!
Grace is undeserved. You can’t earn it, it’s free, and you can never pay God back. All you have to do is admit your need and receive God’s grace. That’s how a gift works—you simply accept it.
Being a friend means being available, especially in times of crisis. You give the greatest comfort by simply being there and listening. Your caring presence can help start the healing process in a troubled person’s life.
There is no pain harder to bear than domestic difficulty. We can bounce back from blows at work or recover fairly rapidly from problems at school. Even physical infirmities or emotional battles, as hurtful as they may be, can hardly be compared to the devastating impact brought on by trouble in the home. Family feuds, wayward kids, parent-child clashes, husband-wife disagreements, and other in-house pressures have a way of breaking our spirits and stealing our joy. And no one is immune who compromises with God’s standard—not even a king such as David.
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