We should always be quick to share love with one another. How do we share love? We do so by honoring one another, preferring one another, lifting one another up and showing them by our deliberate actions that we wish for their betterment in every way. A true and selfless love is shown when we do our kind deeds with no motive behind it. We who call ourselves Christians must act as Christ did. He loved the unlovable, forgave the unforgivable and welcomed all who came to Him. We must have the same compassion as the Lord had while He was on the earth and emulate His examples of love towards our fellow man. By simply seizing the opportunities that come our way to be a blessing, I believe we will strengthen, encourage, affirm, inspire and lift up a generation of people who did not believe in themselves as they should have. (John 15:9-13) (Romans 12:9-21)
No matter what you may be going through in your own life, I want you to know that you can still be a world changer. When we take our eyes off of our own troubles and focus more on the troubles of others, I believe our burden will be lightened and our heart filled with gladness because we helped to make one's situation a little better than it was before. When we take the initiative and strive to be a blessing, I believe the Lord smiles upon us and returns to us every blessing that we bestowed upon others. I encourage you to remember the example of the Lord Jesus and follow His command to do to others as you would have them do to you. (James 1:27) (Luke 6:31)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to go the extra mile to be a blessing when you have the chance because you will not only be lifting another up, you will also be lifting up your own life.
GIVING, HAVING AND RECEIVING
Love is an amazing thing. It is a glorious gift from God that defies logic, reason, and even explanation. It created the universe, it bonds us all together, and it shines bright in every soul that chooses to share it. The truth is the more love you give the more love you have, and the more love you have the more love you receive.
This truth was made especially clear to me one day last Winter. It was during a spell when each day brought another 8 inches of snow and we wondered if it would ever end. On this day even the heavy snow plows couldn’t keep the roads clear. I was on my way to the post office driving 20 mph under the speed limit. It was then that I saw a man and woman hitchhiking on the side of the road. I carefully pulled over and asked where they were going. Although it was an extra 10 miles out of my way I agreed to take them anyway. Traffic was light and I didn’t see them catching another ride anytime soon.
As we drove along I learned that they were headed to an elderly friend’s home to shovel out her driveway. They had agreed to do so out of the kindness of their hearts, with no thought of reward, and knowing that it would take most of the day to do so and get back home. They thanked me more than once as I dropped them off, but they didn’t have to. Their loving example had already touched my heart. It made me smile knowing that my small act of kindness had helped them with their large act of love. Driving back home I felt a wonderful peace and happiness that nothing in this world can give. I felt the powerful, limitless love of God fill my spirit full to overflowing. At that moment I knew what it felt like to live as a true Child of God.
Love truly is what life is all about. It enlightens our souls and encircles our lives here. It connects us to Heaven and makes us one with God. It brings us what we all want: Joy!
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 3:17-18 “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.”
Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
2 Timothy 4:5-8 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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Today's Selected Testimony: WHO CRUCIFIED CHRIST?
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry