Bible Verses

Look Down On You

Let me start this Superhero Sunday post off by stating that all talk of ages is excluding Thor. 🙂 Also, no spoilers for Age of Ultron, just in case you’re wondering. Haven’t watched it, so yeah…

Did you know that Hawkeye and Tony Stark are the same age? Go figure. They’re both 44. Bruce Banner is the oldest Avenger at 45, although technically Steve Rogers beats him, at 96, but “biologically”, he’s 29. And since Natasha Romanoff is 30, that makes Steve, technically, the youngest Avenger. (Also, I must admit the Steve/Natasha shippers out there have the better age difference, compared to Clintasha and… Brucetasha? Speaking of which, I wrote a letter about this…)

Back on track. Steve’s the youngest Avenger. And yet, in The Avengers, he’s the one calling the shots. I was thinking about this, the other day, and it brought to mind this verse:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

-1 Timothy 4:12

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This is quite possibly one of the most useful quotes from the entire movie.

So maybe you’re younger than Captain America. Maybe you’re not a super soldier, with five amazing people at your back, fighting off a group of Chitauri.

But you are you. You don’t have to wait until you’re older to make a difference. You can do that now. You can make a difference at school. You can make a difference at work, or church, or the grocery store. You can make a difference at home. You can make a difference online. You can make a difference anywhere.

And it all starts with you.

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After all, you’re more than just a kid from Brooklyn.

Wings of Eagles

All of us go through hard times in our lives. Sometimes there are physical trials, and other times we go through rough spots in our relationship with God. When I go through tough times, I like to remember Isaiah 40:31, which says: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.” If you trust God with all your heart, he will give you the strength to get through the hard times.

True Beauty

What does true beauty look like? In 1 Samuel 16:7, God tells Samuel that: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” We shouldn’t judge beauty by outward appearances’ we should look at people’s hearts. Instead of judging others or ourselves by what the media tells us beauty is, we should look at everyone, including ourselves, with God’s view of true beauty. The one who has Jesus in their heart and follows his commands is truly beautiful.

Take Out The Trash

So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

James 1:21

When you accept Christ into your life, you’re inviting him to live inside of you. So doesn’t it make sense to take out the trash?

Forgiving One Another

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

-Ephesians 4:31-32

Hulk Smash – Part One

Anger.

Yep.

I think that pretty much describes the Hulk. Unless you want to be more specific, using words like “wrath” or “rage”.

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.

Ephesians 4:26b

Ever heard that verse before? A lot of people have probably heard it in some form or another at some point. The Hulk would do good to follow Paul’s advice.

What Paul is saying right here is that we shouldn’t hold grudges. We should be kind to others, not staying angry at them. If we show God’s kindness to them, we can help to change their hearts.