“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭27-28‬ ESV)

“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭27-28‬ ESV)

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ ESV)

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. (‭1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭18‬ ESV)

What Does the Bible Say About Sportsmanship?

What Does the Bible Say About Sportsmanship?

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What Does the Bible Say About Sportsmanship?
by Kimberly Amici

My seven-year-old boy loves sports. So far, he has played soccer, baseball, football, floor hockey, lacrosse, and basketball. When I ask him which one is his favorite, he has a tough time choosing. While the sports he plays will change from season to season, I hope the one thing that will remain the same is his good sportsmanship.

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O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (‭Psalm‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ ESV)

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (‭Psalm‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬ ESV)

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ ESV)

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ ESV)

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭37‬ ESV)

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; (‭Luke‬ ‭6‬:‭37‬ ESV)

V. Justice - 5.1 #trrts | trrts.com

V. Justice – 5.1 #trrts | trrts.com

STEP V. JUSTICE  The first step on the Romans Road to Salvation is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives.

Keywords: Sin, Fallen, Short, Standard. 

V Justice

 

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, (‭Psalm‬ ‭103‬:‭1-2‬ ESV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, (‭Psalm‬ ‭103‬:‭1-2‬ ESV)

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IV. Call – 10.9 #trrts | trrts.com

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STEP IV. CALL The fourth step on the Romans Road to Salvation is Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, “for…

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Let it go

Sometimes we just let go because we were supposed to let go. Not because something better is in view. God just makes it clear that the time has come.

Letting go like that is the hardest. And the days after, when you have to stand by what you know is right - that’s when courage has to bubble out of you. It’s then that my insides have to be like steel. And all the times that God has been right before, in the Bible and in my life, were on a movie reel through my mind, reminding me of His faithfulness.

I watched it, that film on repeat in my head, because I had to know and believe He knows what He is doing (Philippians 1:6).

It may be a relationship or a job or a city or some money or old hurts. When it is time to let go, you know it. Your hands long to ungrip, but your heart begs them to hold on. But only in letting go are your hands free to grab on to the next thing.

Courage doesn’t tell you to let go when you know what to grab next. Brave people let go when it’s time to let go. And so I turn these empty hands skyward, trusting they are better off this way.

Please let go.

Please be brave enough to empty your hands without seeing the next monkey bar. Sometimes you have to let go of things that are bad for you - addictions, abusive relationships, sinful habits. That takes courage too. It doesn’t matter if the thing is good for you or bad for you; if it isn’t the best for you, you have to let go.

Do you know what I know about you? I know that if you are meant to let go of something right now, your heart is beating out of your chest. You don’t have to ask yourself what it is - that thing is blazing on your insides:

You see the picture of the relationship that isn’t right.
You see the dollar sign telling you that giving away that money, letting go of it, is the bravest thing you could ever do.
You see the addiction in its ugly, slimy form.
You see what you’re supposed to jump away from even if you don’t see what it is you’re jumping into.
It brings to mind a favorite verse that, if you are right on the end of that plank, will make you absolutely insane. I’m sorry in advance:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5–6

I let go of someone close to me because I chose to trust God with all of my heart and not lean into what I understand. I flew away from Nashville to live in a foreign country because I knew that was what submitting to God meant. For all the moments when I have missed courage and chosen the easier path (and my friend, there have been many), I got these two right, and my life will never be the same.

I don’t know how, and I can’t put the right words to it, but I know the courageous sacrifices are always worth it.

So, friend, let go.

Let it go

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭33‬ ESV)

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭33‬ ESV)

III. Gift - 5.8 #trrts | trrts.com

III. Gift – 5.8 #trrts | trrts.com

STEP III. GIFT The third step on the Romans Road to Salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God…

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‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32‬:‭17‬ ESV)

‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32‬:‭17‬ ESV)