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
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.
“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.
LUKE 21 During the last few days before His death, Jesus spent much of his time preaching and teaching. He did not leave His disciples and the people(and us) unaware of things to come. As we read today’s scripture, let’s ask ourselves these questions: What does it mean to be ready for Jesus’ return? Am …
LUKE 20 The chief religous leaders began challenging Jesus’ authority. However, their plan backfired as Jesus turned the questions on them. Jesus knew their hearts just like He knows our hearts. Therefore, Jesus knew what to say that would make the leaders realize He knew their true identities, which in turn confirmed His deity. As …
When we use the word masterpiece, we are usually describing something of divine grandeur, priceless and perfect in form. What if I said, you are a masterpiece? According to the scriptures, you are a masterpiece created by God. You are magnificent, priceless and perfect in the sight of God, your creator. You were created in …
“Be yourself.” How many times have you heard that statement? You have probably said it to someone else as well. I know I have, and now I am saying to YOU: be yourself. There is only one like you in this world. God created you to be you and only you. There are no carbon …
Most people have a favorite sport and team they like to follow. And there is nothing wrong with that; God wants us to enjoy our lives. He designed us to work, play and to worship HIM, not a football team, basketball team, race car driver, etc.
I used to be a real fanatic over a ACC basketball team. But soon after I rededicated my life and service to Jesus, I realized my emotions were too connected to the idea of that team being the best. So, I stopped following the team. I still enjoy watching a basketball game but no more on a ‘have to tune in tonight’ basis.
What would our nation be like if we all were as radically excited about Jesus as we are about the Super Bowl, the NCAA Championship, the Daytona 500, or the Kentucky Derby?
Some people are not fanatics of sport but enjoy hobbies like the beach, boating, secular music groups and concerts. In other words, many times we are just not spectators, we are active participants of our hobbies and points of interests. And there is nothing wrong with that at all. God wants us to relax and have fun. BUT He also wants us to worship HIM! Everything has its appropriate time and place by God’s design.
What kind of foundation are we building in our children’s lives when we trade Sunday worship time for a hobby? More importantly, what are we saying to God?
Professing Christ-centered families and homes should place Jesus first, before everything. If we do, it will go without discussion that time with God is priority over all other activities.
If we want our children to put God first, we must worship God with them, before everything else and put first God before everything else.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.” – Matthew 6: 24