Friday, June 18, 2010

Forgiveness


Forgiveness


Real forgiveness
Do we live out what we believe?


PHILADELPHIA - An Amish community that lost five girls in a Pennsylvania schoolhouse shooting massacre last year has donated money to the widow of the gunman.
The Nickel Mines Accountability Committee, which was set up to handle more than $4.3 million in donations from around the world after the shootings, said it had given an unspecified "contribution" to Marie Roberts, a mother of three.
Her husband, Charles Carl Roberts, a local milk truck driver who was not Amish, tied up and shot 10 Amish schoolgirls aged 6 to 14 in their classroom last Oct. 2, killing five of them before turning the gun on himself.
After the shootings, members of the deeply religious Amish community in Lancaster County about 60 miles west of Philadelphia, said they wanted to forgive the gunman.
In a statement released on behalf of the community, the committee said, "Many from Nickel Mines have pointed out that forgiveness is a journey, that you need help from your community of faith and from God ... to make and hold on to a decision not to become a hostage to hostility.
"It is understood that hostility destroys community," it said.
The Amish, descendants of Swiss-German settlers, eschew many aspects of modern life such as cars and telephones, and place particular importance on the principle of forgiveness.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)
14 "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
What does today's God's Story scripture teach us about forgiveness?
Jesus makes it real plain, even though it seems far from simple. If we don't forgive others, God won't forgive us. Why?
Because when we don't forgive others, we are acting as if we don't need God's forgiveness just as much as those who have sinned against us. God forgives us because of His mercy and grace. His forgiveness is not the direct result of us forgiving someone else, but it is based on our willingness to come clean and repent of our own sin.
Have you noticed that it is much easier to ask God to forgive us than it is to forgive others?
We know that Jesus forgave those who crucified Him. We believe what He taught about forgiveness. Are we living it? Abiding in Christ will make us want to forgive like Jesus forgives.
The updated story of the Amish giving money to the wife and children of the murderer who killed their loved ones in the school shootings is an amazing example of living out the words of Jesus.

How can we connect today's God's Story scripture to our lives?
 Talk to God right now. Thank Him for His forgiveness for your sins through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Confess the lack of forgiveness toward others in your own life. Ask His Spirit to empower you to stay so connected to Jesus every day that you will forgive others as Jesus does.
 Whenever you ask God to forgive you of some sin, ask Him to remind you if you have forgiven someone who has wronged you?
 Keep a written journal for two weeks and answer these three questions every day: (1) Was I willing to love others like Jesus? (2) Am I willing to forgive those who wronged me today? (3) Am I trusting God because He is in control, no matter what?
How can we connect today's story and God's Story and our story to others?
 If someone needs your forgiveness, trust Jesus to give you the love you need to give it. If you need someone to forgive you, trust Jesus to give you the humility and courage you need to ask for it.
 Use this incredible story of the Amish being willing to forgive the murderer and now give money to his family as a conversation starter with someone in your storysphere (circle of influence). It should help you learn the story of someone else and give you the opportunity to share part of your story.
 Encourage your family, your small group, or your youth group to pray for the Amish community and the family of the murderer in Pennsylvania. Use this time to also pray for the need for your family or group to be able to forgive as Jesus forgives.

Got forgiveness?
This week the DailyBide is examining the key attitudes and actions in personal relationships. Forgiveness is key to knowing God and long-lasting relationships.

Charles Johnson took his problem right to the top. He was scheduled to lose his house in foreclosure to his mortgage lender, Bank of America last week. It would have put him and family (six children) out on the street with no place to live. So Charles boldly called the president of Bank of America, one of largest national banks, for a personal appointment. To his great surprise the bank president agreed to meet with him.
According to an unnamed bank source, at the conclusion of the appointment, the bank president was moved by Charles Johnson's desperate situation and forgave the outstanding, overdue debt of $483,686 owed on the Johnson family mortgage.
In this time of increasing foreclosures, this forgiveness of a substantial mortgage is a remarkable act of compassion and mercy by a major financial institution. A family facing the loss of their home was saved from homelessness..
In a strange turn of events later that same day, Charles Johnson was arrested outside a convenience store near his home and charged with attempted assault on a man who Johnson said owed him $75. Eyewitnesses said Johnson was very angry and threatening violence while demanding payment from a former co-worker. They had worked together at a local Management Corporation until they were both laid off last November. No further details about Johnson and the alleged victim are available at this time.
Ephesians 4:32
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Matthew 6:12
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 6:15
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (ESV)
What does today's God's Story Scripture teach us about forgiveness?
Today's story is as old as Jesus. He told it to let us know how ridiculous it is to not forgive others when we have been forgiven for everything we have ever done or ever will do. If we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. God's command is absolute and crystal clear.
Forgiveness is something we decide to do. It is unconditional, not based
on behavior or how often we ask for it. It is not granted or withheld
according to the severity of the offense or limited to a certain number of
requests. While we may want to add conditions to forgiveness that make
sense to us, God adds none. He says in all situations, at all times---he
forgives and he commands us to forgive.
Like Charles Johnson (a.k.a. you and me) it is hypocritical not to forgive.
As God loves and forgives us, we love and forgive others. If we don't
forgive we hurt ourselves as much as we hurt the person we refuse to
forgive. Holding on to a grudge and unforgiveness is like letting a person
live inside your head rent free.
How can we connect my story to God's Story Scripture?
Forgiveness is the major link between you and God. Nothing makes a relationship stronger than to know that all mistakes have been forgiven. The walls of separation between you and God are torn down and obliterated when you understand God's unconditional forgiveness.
Forgiveness from God is the life blood of a Christian. It is acceptance, freedom and motivation. It is unspeakable joy and security—nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Write your own song of praise to God for the remarkable, undeserved, unconditional forgiveness and love given to you.
Live in freedom and forgiveness. Show it and share it.
How can we connect today's story and God's Story and our story to their story?
Psychologists tell us that most of the troubled people in the world are desperately searching for forgiveness. It's what everyone needs. God's Story is unforgettable and unmatched when his only son willingly gives his own life to purchase forgiveness for the whole world.
  • Tell God's story with passion and enthusiasm. It will sweep away feelings of doubt, fear and condemnation in all who hear and believe.
  • Demonstrate the freedom God gives us when we forgive others completely as he forgives us.
  • Find songs and stories about God's forgiveness to share with your friends. Invite them to experience it for themselves.

To Worry or not To Worry?


To Worry or not To Worry?

Mat 6:25-34



What is worry?
a. Worry is to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing, thoughts; fret
b. Worry is to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.
c. Worry or anxiety is currently the number-one mental health disorder in America according Dr. Minirth and Meir in their book Worry Free Living.  

What do people worry about?
a. Food, Shelter and Clothing  Mat 6:25-34
b. Health or Sickness – Noble worry about his dying son – John 4:19
c. Sleepless worry for friend  - King Darius worry about Daniel after he was tricked into putting Daniel in lion's den  - Daniel 6:18
d. Worldly worry -  Mary and Martha   Luke 10:38 – 42


Why do we or people worry?
a. Fear of unknown outcome -
b. Lack of faith in God  - Disciple in the boat with Jesus
c. I think it's a defense mechanism that is built in us to warn us about the possible problem so we can do something about it.  The problem is when we worry but do nothing about it or when we can't do anything about it but still keep worrying to the detriment of our health.


What is the danger of worrying? Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually?
a. Stress which lead to health problem such indigestion, as high blood pressure and stroke.  32 yrs study show men who worry were 4 ½ time likely to have heart attack then worry free counterpart.
b. Emotionally imbalance can cause communication problem which lead relationship problem – we can't give an undivided attention to our family because our mind is in the thing we worry about.  
c. Worry is a sin because we do not trust God. We take ownership of the problem instead of relying on God to help us after we turn it over to Him.  The bible tells us not to worry

How do we stop worrying?
   
a. We must remember that worrying is choosing not to trust God.  
b. We need to understand how harmful worry can become in our life
c. Instead of worrying about what we can't do, we need to focus on what God can do
d. We need to keep things in proper perspective
e. We need to replace worry with prayer
f. God's peace can replace worry



Mat 6:25-34 (NIV) 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  

1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) 6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7  If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


Philippians 4:19 (NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.


Psalms 37:1-11 (NLT) A psalm of David. Don't worry about the wicked. Don't envy those who do wrong.
For like grass, they soon fade away. Like springtime flowers, they soon wither.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
Stop your anger! Turn from your rage! Do not envy others- it only leads to harm.
For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
In a little while, the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone.
Those who are gentle and lowly will possess the land; they will live in prosperous security.



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The Blessed Man


The Blessed Man
Psalm 1:1-6

I. The practice of the blessed or godly man
A. What they do not do (1)
1. Follow the advice of the wicked
Ps 81:12,  Proverbs 1:10-19,


2. Hang around with sinners
Psalm 26:4,5


3. Join in with the scoffers
Jeremiah 15:17


B. What they do (2)
1. They delight in the law of the Lord
Psalm 40:8    Psalm 119:1,55,97    Joshua 1:8

    
C. What they received (3)
1. They are like fruitful, well-watered trees.
Jeremiah 17:7,8        

II. The ungodly man (4-6)
A. The description of the ungodly
1. They are reverse of the righteous, both in character and condition.
The ungodly (are) not so (KJV), Not so the wicked (NIV)

B. The destiny of the ungodly.
1.      The Lord protects the godly, but the wicked are worthless chaff     who will one day be condemned and destroyed.
( Mat 25:45, 46 ).
C.    The reason rendered of this different state of godly and wicked.
        1.    The Lord approves and is well pleased with the way of the                 righteous but He is angry at the way of the wicked, all they do                 is offensive to Him, and therefore it shall perish, and they in it.
( Psa 37:13 146:8 Pro 4:19 )


Proverbs
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. ……..15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;

Psalm 26: 4 "I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites; 5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.

Jeremiah 15:17 "I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation."

Psalm 40:8 " I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."

Psalm 119:1 "Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord."

Psalm 119:55 "In the night I remember your name, O Lord, and I will keep your law."

Psalm 119:97 "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long."

Joshua 1:8  "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

Jeremiah 17:7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him."

Jeremiah 17:8 "He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

Matthew 25:45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' 46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Psalm 37:13 "but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming."



What Christian Are

What Christian Are
1 Peter 2:9

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."

Intro:    Many Christian today don't really know who they are in Christ, they live in a defeated live and sometime are ashamed let other know that they believe in Jesus Christ.  That should not be, let look at the bible and see what it says about us.  
            Read the Bible Verse
The bible several wonderful things about us here.  It says we are a chosen people,  a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, and that we're to declare praises of him which is God.


I. We are a chosen people.  

"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love" Eph 1:4

In the Old Testament time, Israel was the chosen race to be God's people, today we Christian are the chosen people of God.  By God grace we have been chosen by God to be His.  Do you realize how wonderful that is, being chosen by the king of kings and Lord of lords.  Like Cinderella story the prince chose her over all the other girls. The only difference is that she was the most beautiful girl in the ballroom but we are not.  God chose us by His grace.  The bible says that while we were yet sinner, He died for us.  We were not lovely or worthy but He chose to die for us.  That should mean something to us, don't you think?



II.    We are royal priesthood.  Ex: 19:6

"You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites."  Ex 19:6

In the Old Testament time, the Jew had a high priest to make sacrifices for them and the priest has to live a high moral or holy lives or they will be dead when they enter the holy of holy temple.  

As the high priest of the OT, we are to
Reflect the holiness of God and that of high priest
Offer spiritual sacrifices (Rom 12:1)
Intercede for others before God
Represent God before men.



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The Greatest Gift of All



The Greatest Gift of All



For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16. KJV

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NIV





I. The Love and Gift of God

a.    God so love the world – for some people's love are limited to their family and friends only.  But God's love is unlimited and unconditional.  The Jew thought that since they are the chosen race that God only loves them, but as stated by Jesus to Nicodemus that God so love the world.  He does not care if you are black or white, short or tall, smart or dumb, big or small, good looking or not, you are all belong to the human race and you are part of the world that He so love.  A famous pastor Dr. R.A. Torey said that as he had come to know more and more of the evil in the world such as cruelty, greed, falsehood and selfishness in the world, he sometime wonder why God did not destroy them like He did to Sodom and Gomorrah of the old.  "Why does He not do it? I will tell you why. God loves the world. In spite of all its cruelty, in spite of all its greed, in
spite of all its selfishness, in spite of all its lust, in spite of all
its vileness in thought and word and deed, God loves the
world. Is it not wonderful, is it not amazing, that a Holy God
should love a sinful world like this? But He does!
There is not a man whom God does not love. There is not
a woman whom God does not love. There is not a thief whom
God does not love. There is not a woman who has forgotten
her modesty and her true womanhood that God does not love.
There is not an adulterer whom God does not love, not a sin-
ner, not an outcast, not a criminal of any kind whom God does
not love. "God so loved the world."  God does not just love but so love the world that





b.    He gave his one and only Son – When you love someone very much     you want to give the best give to them don't you? And God so love us     that He gave     his one and only Son to us.  Jesus is the most valuable     gift that anyone can gift to someone else.  And God gave Him to us     "This is real love. It     is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and     sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."  1 John 4:10 Jesus is not     only a     gift to us from the Father but He also was willingly came to save     us.  Jesus was God's

b. Sacrificial love and gift to us – If you don't love someone you can not give sacrificially.  Because God so loved us that He gave sacrificially so that we might live.  Have you ever given sacrificially to someone that you love.  Illustration "Caleb Holt of Fireproof movie" was able to give 25 thousands? to help his mother in-law's medical bill because he love his wife.  At first he wasn't able to because he had saved the money to buy a boat which he really want.  


II. The Reason for the Gift – Why did Jesus have to come and die?

a.    Because the world that God loves is perishing  - the bible tells us that             there is no one righteous. For all have sinned and fall short of the                 glory of God.  Rom 3:23 and the wages of sin is death …. Rom 6:23.              That means the world that God loved would perished, eternally                 separated from God.  The world or sinner can not save himself.                  He is like a prisoner in a death row waiting for execution.  The only             possible way out is by mercy of governor or president of the United             State to pardon him.  The bible tells us that the world is lost. "They are             darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God             because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their             hearts." Eph 4:18.  Since the world or sinner can not save himself and             because God so loved the fallen world or sinful people that God the             Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together to save the world through             Jesus Christ from perishing.  Jesus not only willing to save but also             able to save the world from their sin and the control of Satan.                  There     are many out there that claims to be able to help you but in the         end they fail.  Illustration …. Home Rescue Attorney, Organization             that take the homeowner's money but at the end can not help.  

        Now we know that God loves us and He gave His one and only Son             Jesus Christ to save us, what should we do with His Son?





III. The world's response should be

a.    Need to believe – whoever believes in Him.  Each individual must             believe, your parent's belief can not save you, you must sincerely             believe with your own heart "that if you confess with your mouth the         Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from             the dead, you will be saved."  Roman 10:9.  We can not be save             without faith, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and         this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-" Eph 2:8, salvation has     always been and is by grace through faith. "And without faith it is     impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe     that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Heb 11:6

a. Need to receive- "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-" Jn 1:12,
To believe is to receive. Who among you here knowing             that you are dying and someone can save you if you just accept his help         would refuse it. Only a fool or unbeliever would refuse it.  When we     believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we become     children of God.  And since God is eternal and when we become children     of God we will have.

c.    Have eternal life with God– Whoever believes and receives Him will     have eternal life, will not perish but have eternal life with God in heaven     where there is no war, sickness, sadness of any kind.  It is a holy city, a     place of joy, a     place of eternal rest and a place without confusion.  



For God so loved the world, that is you and me, that he gave the greatest gift of all that is His Son Jesus Christ through whom we can be save and have eternal life.  What is your decision today. The question I want to ask you is have you receive this gift, if not will you receive Him and have eternal life.   

IS SMOKING WRONG ?

IS SMOKING WRONG?

    Smoking is drawing tobacco smoke from cigarette or cigar or pipe into the mouth and often into the lung and puffing it out. Tobacco and smoking has a long and checkered history dating. The tobacco plant is believed to be widely spread in America since the first century. People have smoked tobacco for thousand of years. Pictorial records of smoking date back to the 11th century. Now there are hundreds of millions smoker world wide. A research says that everyday about one millions people take their first puff of cigarette. (US. Department of Health and Human Service, 2009) Every years million of people die from the effected caused by smoking cigarette. Each year million of people have cancer and many other diseases caused by the tobacco and cigarette. Many people thought that nothing is wrong with smoking cigarette. Because they think that smoking only affect them. But according to the Bible smoking is wrong and it is a sin to smoke because smoking doesn't have that many benefits for the smoker and other people. And everyone knows that smoking is bad for them and the people around them. The Bible never really has a verse telling us not to smoke. But every one knows that smoking is bad. And there are many bad effects from smoking.

    Ethics is the study of good and evil, right and wrong. Christian ethic is inseparable from theology because it is grounded in the character of God. The task of Christian ethics is to determine what conforms to God's character and what does not.
Christian uses the Bible and the character of God to determine what is right or wrong. Christian morality is founded on the conviction that an absolute moral order exists outside of our being. There really isn't a bible verse telling us not to smoke but according to God's character we shouldn't smoke and the bible also gives us warning using the excessive drinking of wine as an example the Bible also tells us to seek the Holy Spirit to feel good rather than other chemical.

    Christian morality is founded on the conviction that an absolute moral order exists outside of our being. It is a morality from the nature of God. The Bible tell us "The true light that gives light to everyman" (John 1:9 NIV) The Christian also uses the law of love to determine what is right or wrong. As Christian our responsibility to love our neighbor entails an even more fundamental obligation: our duty to love God. "The moral end or the highest good is the glory of God." (William Young, Baker Dictionary of Christian Ethics, 432-433) The Christian who recognize the truth of God's law will dedicate their life and obey it.

    Smoking is bad for our body. The Bible told us "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." From this bible verse we know that we should take care of our body and stay healthy. And smoking is not a good way to stay healthy. And Jesus also teaches us to be healthy in physical and spiritual life. Smoking is undoubtedly very bad for your health. Smoking has been proven to damage the lungs and the heart. A research say that every years 5.4 millions people die from lung cancer, heart disease, and other illness directly linked to tobacco use.

    The Bible tells us that "Everything is permissible for me- but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me- but I will not be mastered by anything." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV) Smoking is not considered beneficial and smoking is not truly honoring God with our body. Nobody is smoking for the glory of God. Everyone knows that there are no benefits from smoking cigarette there is benefits from selling cigarette but you get nothing for smoking. The bible command us not to allow our bodies to be mastered by anything and smoking can be addictive and some people are mastered by smoke and they just living waiting to smoke and all they think about is cigarette. God don't want us to harm our body or anyone around us and smoking can harm us the people around us.

    There are many reasons not to smoke. Some people say smoking make them feel good and it make them forget about bad things. Some people think that smoking help them lose there weight but smoking is horrible for your health and leads to numerous disease and disorders. Smoking lead to cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. God doesn't want us to get disease and die from smoking. And smoking has many bad effects on the smoker smoking gives you bad breath and yellow teeth. Smoking also has negative effects on the skin. And it is hard to tell people about Jesus if we are smoking.

    People shouldn't smoke because smoking habit is very bad for their financial. Christian should not spend there money on smoking and drinking. Many cigarette companies spend billions on marketing each year in 2005 they spend $13 billion to promote cigarette. Because cigarette companies make billions of dollar each month selling cigarette. The smoking habit has gotten more and more expensive every year. The average smoker spends $30 a week for smoking. A study estimate the total cost of smoking for a person each year is $3391. (CDC, 2002) That is the money that could go toward bills and life expense and we could help the people who are in need with that money. Lower income people smoke significantly more than the wealthy, and spend a much higher proportion of the income on tobacco. And smoking health production costs reach $150 billion a year. (CDC , 2002)  If a smoker continues to the point they get diseases then they will have to spend money to treat these diseases. Also, smoker may have to pay more money for health and life insurance.

    Tobacco companies make so much money from selling their product. Some Christian thinks that there is nothing wrong with selling smoke if we don't smoke them. But the bible told us that "So in everything, do to other what you would have them do to you, for this sum up the law and the prophet."(Matthew 7:8 NIV) A lot of people become rich from selling cigarette. But Jesus tells us to love our enemy and pray for them and one of the ways to love other people is not doing harm to them. And Christians are called to live "in" the world, not "of" it. So we should not do what is wrong even if other people make a lot of money from selling cigarette. The bible also say "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Roman 12:2) Even because other people make money doing things that is bad like selling drug and cigarette. However, Christian should not do that and show to the other people how Christian live there holy life.

    Since 1910 people have learned about the bad effect from tobacco. And people know that smoking is bad things and many people are trying to quit smoking. In 2001, 22.8% of American adult, about 46.2 million, smoked, and 70% of them said they wanted to stop. (CDC, 2002) Many people who tried to quit smoking have failed. A lot of people are addicted to smoking. Christian who doesn't smoke should help people quit smoking and should help prevent people from smoking. Because if we don't' help ban tobacco or help prevent other people from smoking it is a sin because it is not doing what God want us to do. Today more and more cities are passing law preventing smoking in public places like restaurants and park due to known effect of smoking and secondhand smoke. In fact, secondhand smoke can be more dangerous to a non-smoker than the direct smoke to smoker. Christian shouldn't smoke because it will harm other people and Christian should help prevent smoking because preventing smoking can help those other people who don't smoke to be healthy and live a good life. So Christian should prevent other people from smoking because secondhand smoke can kill us and we should take care of our body. Many people start smoking and they think that they will never get addicted and become a smoker. Other people think that smoking is easy to quit. But quitting is not as easy as they think it will be. And there are ingredients in the cigarette that make the smoker addicted and make it hard to quit smoking. As Christian if we know people who smoke we should advice and help them to quit smoking. Smoking is hard to quit but with the help from God and people around they could quit smoking and they could become Christian.

    One of the ways to help prevent smoking is to teach our children about the bad effect from smoking. As with virtually all public-health problems, a major huddle to reduce smoking is the lack of public education. People are not fully aware of the hazard of smoking, and it is a weakness that the tobacco industry is quick to exploit. A research show that only 25% of the Chinese population knew that tobacco is was is bad for their health. (WHO, 2007) Christian should tell and warned other people about the bad effect from tobacco. Christian parents should prevent their children from smoking. As children grow into teen, they may seem to tune out of what their parent says. But researches shows that parents are still the strongest influence on adolescents, big decision, like whether to smoke or drink or have sex. ( Philip Morris USA, 2005 ) As Christian we should teach other people about the bad effect of smoking and we should tell them about Jesus.

    Christian attitude to smoker should be good and understand them because some people smoke because they are stress and they don't have any hope in life. Even those people know that smoking is bad for them but they do not care because they don't have any hope in life and smoking make them forget about the bad thing. Christian should go tell the, about god and tell them that Jesus love them and show the love. And it will make them have hope in life and quit smoking.

     Is smoking wrong? Some people think that nothing is wrong with smoking because it is not doing anything bad. Other people think that smoking is not wrong because they think that if smoking is bad why would God created tobacco. But we know that every thing that God created is good but because men sins against good and that make all the bad things in the world exists. But everyone that smoke knows inside their heart that smoking is wrong and they shouldn't do that. Smoking is a sin. But maybe in the future if we could make cigarette that does not harm our body maybe that day smoking is not a sin. But for now smoking is wrong.





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