Part 1: I choose to love God?
Part 2: I choose to love myself!
If not go do so now!
I choose to love others
It is easy to love people we want to love. It is one of the hardest things to love people who cause grief and stress or who simply rub us the wrong way. But God doesn’t give us an out just because we don’t like someone. Nope matter of fact in Matthew 5:43-47 says:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
I know that makes many people cringe because like the beginning of the scripture says, many of us are taught to do exactly the opposite. However, I must say when doing things for God out of the goodness of your heart the
inconvenience of loving inconvenient people doesn’t really feel all that inconvenient anymore lol...Loving on others and SHOWING that love is an awesome way to show God that you love Him. Hugging someone in need is like hugging Him. Giving up time to counsel someone when you would rather sleep is giving Him a kiss on the cheek. Giving when you feel like taking is like...idk I'm out of affectionate moments in my head right now...ummm getting a piggy back ride? Lol whatever you get it.
What about when it comes to showing love while speaking truth and battling against strong opposition? Sorry folks we still get no free passes. The responses that people posted in reference to the rulings this past week made my whole world sad. I appreciated posts that discussed God's truth in a firm but loving manner. That is what God commands us to do in Ephesians 4:15. The ones that condemned, cursed, and talked about people so wretchedly without fully sharing truth made me cringe. We may not all believe the same things and I do not believe there is room for compromise when it comes to the word of God BUT we have got to learn how to respond in a way that doesn't contradict the word. There is a thin line regarding this as well so that we don’t fall to the side of compromise while forsaking the word of God. But remember, how we respond to others in times of testing is how others will respond to us, more specifically how they respond to God, especially if they do not have their own relationship with Him. The way we love others is key to loving God and helping to spread His love to a world that doesn’t know Him.
Understanding God's love for us and learning to love Him back has huge and positive implications for the love we show to ourselves, others, and everything we do...I challenge you to focus on love this week! If you commit I'm almost positive that God will give you plenty of opportunities to practice. Lol have fun!
I love you all! =) See I started it by expressing it! Check out the daily devotions later this week!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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