An important aspect of any Christian's life is how they are leading their life. Are they leading with love? Are they showing the likeness of Christ with their words and actions? These are questions that we should always be asking ourselves to see if we are following the command of the Lord Jesus who told us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We can't call ourselves followers of Christ if we are not leading our life in the same manner that He led and also called us to lead. We read very clearly in John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Love is our greatest asset. With love we can encourage, we can inspire, we can affirm, we can forgive, we can renew. No matter where you are in life I want you to know that you can lead with love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7) (1 John 3:8)
What greater legacy can one ever hope to have than to be remembered for their love? I believe that is why the Lord Jesus is our greatest example. Love brought Him from the heights of heaven to this earth so that He could live a sinless life and take upon Himself our sins and die for our eternal redemption. There is no love greater than that and when we aspire to emulate Jesus's love I believe we are making God proud with how our life is being used. I pray that you will become introspective about your own life and see where you can offer love to someone else. When we do our best to leave every situation better than it was before we arrived I believe we will make an impact upon this world that will never be forgotten or erased. (Hebrews 4:14-16) (Hebrews 9:28)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to think of how you can make an impact upon someone else that will lift up their hearts and encourage their spirits.
THE WORK OF OUR SOULS
I always avoid the automated checkout in the grocery store. I rarely if ever use an ATM either. It isn’t that I fear them or can’t work them. It is just that there is something missing from them. The automated checkout has never once given me a warm smile when I pulled my grocery cart up to it. The ATM hasn’t once shared a kind hello or asked me how I was doing today either. The automated checkout has never given me a compliment or lightened my heart with a gentle joke like the cashiers I know have. The ATM hasn’t once offered my kids a lollipop like the bank tellers I know often do. No automated checkout has ever thanked me for something I wrote, given me a friendly hug, or even looked me in the eye. No ATM has ever wished me well or told me to have a great day. Neither one has ever made me feel happy that I came into the store or bank that day either. The cashiers and tellers I know always have. Machines may be able to do some things for us, but they can never do these things for us. Machines may be able to do a lot of work in this world, but they can’t do the work of our souls.
The work of our souls is the real reason we are here, after all. The work of the world may put food in our bellies and clothes on our backs, but the work of our souls puts love in our hearts and joy in our lives. There is an old saying that goes we all should: "Work to live, but live to love." People can do both. Machines never can.
Remember then to always love from your heart and work from your soul. Every time you share a smile at work God smiles as well. Every time you bring a little laughter to those you work with you bring laughter to the angels as well. Every time you give a little love from your heart and joy from your soul you do the work of Heaven while still here on Earth. The work of machines may make our lives better, but it is the work of our souls that make life worth living.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Luke 6:30-31 Jesus declares “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
1 John 3:16-19 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.”
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: BRIGHTEN YOUR CORNER
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE SPARROW
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry