Why strive and STRIVE with people when you can simply abide? "If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place." ~Eckhart Tolle
— Kurt von Schleicher (@kurtwvs) August 22, 2014
1.) Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior
2.) Recognize that Jesus is your Savior and died on the Cross for your sin
3.) Repent of your sin (admit it and quit it, turn from, change)
4.) Receive Christ into your life by simple faith
Did you pray and take that 4th step? Way cool! Now I encourage you build simple friendship with God. Sure, pray (talk to Him), read your Bible (hear from Him and learn), fellowship with growing believers, and go tell your friends about what Christ has done in your life. This stuff is so edifying! And.. go beyond being a believer and become Christ's disciple. Yes, allow Jesus to lead you step by step forwards and be your Lord daily. Sure, every disciple is a born again believer ..spiritually.. but not every believer is necessarily a true disciple ..even if they often attend church and claim to be.
"Either you will have harmony with God and friction with people, or you will have harmony with people and friction with God." ~ Greg Laurie
Too many people spend a lifetime striving as they try to fix and maintain all their relationships on the horizontal plane, but when a person simply pauses to biblically get right on the vertical plane with their most important Relationship ..then everything else on the horizontal plane just falls into place.
You can enjoy peace, joy, and order..yes harmony with God..instead of chaos, emptiness and frusteration apart from Him. Why miss out on peace with God and the peace of God? Why strive in the strength of your flesh (with people and circumstances beyond your control..) when you can abide in and walk in His Spirit? Listen, anything short of biblical discipleship, is settling for much less than what God really desires for each of us. He has more He wants to give you and your friends. Being an obedient disciple who embraces the Lord and Christian Essentials..this involves loving the Lord more than anyone or anything else. This is the very foundation of being a disciple. If you want to live your Christian life to its fullest ..want to have life in the Spirit more abundantly.. then love the Jesus of the Bible more than anyone or anything else. Trials will come and go, but He won't. He's here to stay. He is with you.