It is important that we always lead our life with love. Keeping love at the forefront of our life means that we don’t hold grudges, we don’t harbor unforgiveness in our hearts and we don’t wish ill on anyone no matter who they are and no matter what they have done to us. Just as we have received forgiveness from the Lord for our great and many sins, so must we offer mercy and forgiveness towards those who have trespassed against us. The Lord Jesus declares in Luke 6:35-36
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
By loving the unlovable and forgiving the unforgivable we are fulfilling the mandate of the Lord to treat others as we would want to be treated, to be merciful just as we have received mercy and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (Mark 11:25-26) (John 13:12-17)
Having love for our fellow man means nothing if we don’t put action behind our love. Love has to be proven. Love has to be made an example with. When we love others, we do good unto them, we see past their shortfalls, we encourage them to be better and do better so that their life may be beneficial for them as well as for those that are around them. Our love has to be unconditional just as God’s love is towards us. We can’t favor those who are only good to us and push away those who have done us harm. Our life’s example has to be love inclusive so that all who see our life may more importantly see God’s goodness through us. We are admonished to not play favorites when we offer our love as we read in Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-8) (Mark 12:29-31)
Be encouraged to think about how you are leading your life in love. Are you being a good example of God's love? Do you forgive quickly? Do you see past someone’s shortfalls and encourage them to do better? We have to ask ourselves these simple questions so that we may do right with our life so that our simple life may be a living witness and testimony of God’s love towards humanity. That’s all that matters in the long run because every possession and every material thing will have no relevance in our eternity, but how we treated one another will testify on our behalf when we stand before the Lord giving an account of our life. May our good works outweigh our desire for earthly possessions so that on that day we may hear those words “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” (Luke 6:31) (Matthew 25:21)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do all that you can to love others, to prefer others and to lead all to the One whose love is offered to all mankind.
LOVE IN ACTION?
“If anyone...sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
Tim Hansel tells of a seminary professor who set up his preaching class in an unusual way. He scheduled his students to preach on The Good Samaritan. One by one they were to go from classroom to classroom, preaching love and compassion for others. Some students had 10 minutes between classes, but others had less time, which forced them to rush in order to meet the schedule. Each of the students had to walk down a certain corridor and pass by 'a beggar' who had been deliberately 'planted' there by the professor.
What happened was a powerful lesson! The number of would-be-preachers who stopped to help this man was extremely low, especially those who were under the pressure of time! Rushing to preach their sermon on The Good Samaritan, they all walked right past the beggar at the heart of the parable!
Today I read again these words: “I was hungry and you formed a humanities club to discuss it. I was imprisoned, but you just complained about the crime rate. I was naked, and you debated the morality of my appearance. I was sick and you thanked God for your health. I was homeless and you preached to me about the shelter of God's love. You seem so holy and so close to God; but I'm still hungry, lonely, cold and in pain. Does it matter?”
Addendum -- The last two sentences above are true for me. I have prayed, and ask many for help. Where are those that "could" help me? Sadly, I'm sure I am not the only one in this type of situation. Please read: 1 John 3 in the Bible. “Walk-the-talk” -- Christians!
Show in Context
1 John 3:17 “But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help, how can God's love be in that person?”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 3:16-18 “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.”
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in 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: GOD WON'T ASK
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Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry