Category Archives: thoughts by Rick Warren

Look Behind the Behavior of Those Who Frustrate You

Why do wise people ignore an insult? Because they look behind the behavior to the pain. When you understand a person’s pain, it helps you respond with patience. Continue reading

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Don’t Stuff Your Pain, Tell God about It

“Get up, cry out in the night, even as the night begins. Pour out your heart like water in prayer to the Lord” Lamentations 2:19a (NCV). Think you’ve had a bad day? Continue reading

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God is Real, No Matter How You Feel

It is easy to worship God when things are going great in your life — when he has provided food, friends, family, health, and happy situations. But circumstances are not always pleasant. How do you worship God then? Continue reading

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Open Your Ears and Sympathize

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT, 2ndedition). Jesus gives us a … Continue reading

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You’re Alive Because God Wants to Love You

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NIV). When you say, “I don’t love God,” it’s because you don’t understand just how much he really loves you. The reason you are alive is because God wanted to love you Continue reading

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Easter Shows Us God’s Amazing Love

“God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners Romans 5:8 Everything that Jesus did for you He did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be loved by God. Continue reading

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Time to Tell Yourself the Truth

“The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves” Proverbs 20:27 TEV). The best way to get off a guilt trip is to first admit your guilt. Don’t bury it, don’t deny it, and don’t ignore it. Just own up to it! Continue reading

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The Height of God’s Love

There is no place that you can go where God’s love isn’t. You’ll never be separated from God’s love. Nothing — no circumstance, no situation — can separate you, because God’s love is everywhere. Continue reading

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How to Get Past Regrets

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” Isaiah 43:18-19 Continue reading

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Change Takes Time

“Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:24 (ESV). When God wants to remove the defects in your life, he doesn’t just snap his fingers so that it happens instantly. … Continue reading

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Let Go of Your Hurt

Many of us have someone in our lives who has done some crazy, hurtful thing to us or, maybe even more importantly, to somebody that we love. In our minds we think, “I know the Christian thing to do is to forgive, so I will. I will forgive him as soon as he gives me an apology.” Continue reading

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Four Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Worry

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25 Continue reading

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You Can Count on God

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” James 1:17 (NIV). When everything’s changing around you, it’s important to remember that God is a … Continue reading

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God’s Rod and Staff Comfort, Not Condemn

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15 (NIV) God is a God of compassion. Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to … Continue reading

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Becoming Like Jesus is a Slow Process

“This will continue until we are . . . mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him” Ephesians 4:13 (CEV). Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor … Continue reading

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