Our greatest asset in life is love. No matter what we may lack in gifts, talents or abilities, the love that we show to one another makes up for all of these. When we let others know that they are loved and cared about, they receive an assurance that they are not alone in this world. Letting our love be made known is more powerful than we can ever think or imagine ourselves. When the Lord Jesus was with His disciples He wanted them to know that love is the most important thing. The Lord Jesus declares in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” The Lord could have said if we “give to one another, encourage one another, inspire one another, lift up one another”, but He didn't. The Lord chose the word love and I believe it is because love encompasses every good virtue that we can ever hope to offer another. (1 John 4:10-12) (1 Peter 4:7-11)
No matter where you are in life and no matter what troubles you have been through, I encourage you to put on love. See the best in others when you are tempted to give them a piece of your mind. Forgive the offenses of others when all you want to do is cut ties with them. See others for who they can be and not for who they are presently. We are all a work in progress. We all need grace and mercy to carry us through our many shortfalls and when we adopt the same love that God has for us towards our fellow man, we will be making an impact that is unimaginable in our own minds. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7) (Luke 6:31)
I encourage you to let your life be significant. Allow love to answer when revenge wants to take charge, allow encouragement, inspiration and affirmation to speak when pessimism and doubt want to come forth. Let us follow the command of the Lord Jesus and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Let us do unto others as we wish for them to do unto us. Leading our life in love will only leave a legacy of love that will live on in the hearts and minds of those whom we were fortunate enough to cross paths with. Living a life in love will always be a life well lived. (Philippians 2:14-15) (Matthew 22:37-40)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to spread as much joy and love into this world as humanly possible.
A FEW SIMPLE SECRETS
There is a story from long ago that I really love. A young novice had entered a monastery run by a wise abbot. One day the abbot told his monks that he was going to share a secret teaching with them that would bring them lasting peace and happiness, but if they shared it with anyone else they would be expelled from the monastery. The next day several of the older monks saw the young novice sharing the secret teaching with everyone in a nearby town. They ran back and told the abbot what they had saw. The abbot just smiled and said, “I can teach this young novice nothing further. He is already an abbot in his own right.”
In the spirit of that young novice then I have a few simple secrets that I would love to share with you today. In truth, they aren’t really secrets. Everyone knows them in their hearts even when they don’t accept them in their minds. Like that young novice, though, once I welcomed them into my soul I couldn’t wait to share them with all of you. Here are a few simple secrets from a student of life who is still learning.
God loves you. God loves you even when you don’t love Him back. God loves you with a love so powerful and eternal that nothing can destroy it. And you can love too. You can choose love. You can share love. You can pray for love. You can learn of love. You can grow in oneness with
God’s love each and everyday of your life here. And when you love, you will have joy. You will have the lasting peace and happiness we all search for and want. Then no matter what troubles you deal with or tragedies you go through you will know God is with you and you will face them with love.
The secrets of life are simple but never easy. Do your best then to learn them, live them, and share them with everyone you can. Be the eager student and loving teacher of life always.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them,
Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to
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.”
Proverbs 16:18-20 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU SAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry