Genuine, unconditional love is giving selflessly. The kind of love Jesus extends to us. The kind of love Jesus commands us to give to our family and….our neighbors. Jesus is not just referring to the people living beside us or in our neighborhood. He is referring to everybody! We are commanded to love ALL others …
Last week, we talked about loving one another as Jesus commanded. Remember, love is not merely an intent or feeling. Love is an action. Loving others is an action. When we love others unconditionally, our hearts will lead us to serve them unconditionally. Our service to others begins at home with our family. Think about …
We tend to think love is an emotion. But love is an action. God is the source of love; love in action. He sacrificed his only son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Therefore, Jesus is the greatest example of love. He lived, He died, and He rose for US.
When we accept God’s gift of salvation, we also inherit that same love power; we can love selflessly through the Holy Spirit. We are commanded to use that power to love one and serve one another.
Do we act in love?
It is easy to confess our love for God by going to church once a week or quoting a Bible verse once in a while. But real love in action (or not) is how we treat the people God places in our lives; family members, friends, church family and even strangers. The Bible says we cannot truly love God if we cannot truly love those who are created in His image.
How are you loving today? Are you loving through the true Source of love?
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
– 1 John 4:11 & 14-16
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day; the traditional holiday set aside for honoring our mothers. Many of us will be able to spend time with our mother this weekend, while others will have to settle for phone calls, Skype, or Facetime. What ever time you have with your mother this weekend, I pray it is precious and …
The entire book of James is a guide to Christian living. But it’s not solely intended for new believers. Mature Christians need to be reminded how to live because we can become complacent, discouraged and grumpy. Yes, it is true! We all fall short!
The world is in utter chaos. Governments cannot get along. Families cannot get along. Friends cannot get along. AND, God’s own people struggle to get along sometimes,
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are supposed to be setting the example for the rest of the world to see. We are supposed to be reflecting the love and light of Jesus.
We must obey God. The Bible (God’s word) holds His instructions and promises for us.
While we cannot control how the rest of the world behaves, we can control our behavior and strive to be doers of the word. Let’s stop our petty debates and redirect our focus the things of God, serving Him and others.
God never promised us that His plan for our life would be easy to follow, but He did promise us abundant blessings along the way. Let’s pray to be stronger witnesses of God’s word and the good news.
Let’s be doers of His word.
The Holy Bible, the true word of God, tells us we are not accidents or happen-stances. We were purposely and wonderfully made by God, the creator of the universe. He knew us before we were born and He made us for his divine purpose.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14
This includes you. God created you. God loves you. He wants you to live in joy and free from the bondage of sin. God’s divine purpose for your life is to have a personal relationship with Him through his son Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for your sins. And through that relationship, share the good news of Jesus with others, for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Ready or Not, He is coming back for us!
God’s word tells us Jesus is coming back soon!
My sincerest and deepest prayer is that all of my family, friends and readers are ready for Jesus. Are you ready for Jesus to come back?
What does it mean to be ready for Jesus?
God loves you more than you can comprehend and He wants to give you an immeasurable gift: salvation. All you have to do is profess Jesus as the son of God and King of Kings, confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then, you will have eternal life! And when you experience the joy of living with Jesus, you will want to tell others the Good News!
If you believe Jesus died for you and you are ready to accept the gift of salvation, just pray:
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for my sins. Please forgive my sins. I proclaim Jesus as my Lord and Savior and invite Him into my heart and life. Please direct my life according to your purpose. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN
If you made a decision for Jesus just now, please reach out to someone at your local church, a Christian family member or myself for prayer and direction as you begin your relationship with Jesus. God bless you!
Life is better with Jesus!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
A friend and I were discussing recently how our culture has become conditioned to accept every thing we see as ‘okay’. But, is it? The things man defines as okay are not always the things God says are okay. Sadly, Christians sometimes become lazy in their filtration of good versus evil. Jesus said, we would …
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,whom he has redeemed from trouble.” Psalm 107:1-2
There seems to be so much individual discontentment in our society about things we do not have, rather than gratitude for what we do have:.
“I need a new car!”
“I need new clothes!”
“I need the latest, greatest phone!”
Sound familiar? How many times do we whine about wanting more of something?
Yes, there are times that we really do need to replace old things. But many times, we find ourselves, or at least I do, complaining about what we already have not being good enough. We focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. And if you’re like me, what you have are abundant blessings from God: everything you need and more.
On the last Thursday of November, we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. By tradition of that day, we reflect and give thanks for the blessings of the year. But God wants us to be thankful EVERY day. God wants us to praise him EVERY day.
But, do we? We have so much to be thankful for in our lives!
Let’s start counting (literally) our blessings every day; praising God for his grace, gifts and love, and cultivating a lifestyle of Thanksgiving and contentment.
Green does not look good on me. Especially when its label says envy, or bitter jealousy. How about you? I am sure it doesn’t look good on you either. It is so easy to fall victim to the enemy’s blurbs in our head. More so, when our own life seems to be turned upside down …