JANUARY 14, 2018
At the beginning of each year, it is traditional to make New Years resolutions and evaluate our lives and commit to making changes to improve our selves in some way. As a Christian, we take the time to seek God in prayer and fasting to better hear from God about any area that God leads us to improve upon. The most common of course is stop smoking or promise to eat healthier and loose a little weight.
These are good goals to improve our physical lives but I want to challenge each person reading this to step out to improve your attitude and the condition of your heart. Make a commitment to be kinder and show more love and patients to those God has placed in your life. Love is not just an attitude it is also ACTION. LOVE HAS SPECIFIC ACTIONS. God said these actions are how we can recognize people in this crazy world whoa are of our own family who possess God’s agape love.
1 Corinthians 13, “ If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.
Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him.
All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. Someday prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge—these gifts will disappear. Now we know so little, even with our special gifts, and the preaching of those most gifted is still so poor. 1 But when we have been made perfect and complete, then the need for these inadequate special gifts will come to an end, and they will disappear.
It’s like this: when I was a child I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I became a man my thoughts grew far beyond those of my childhood, and now I have put away the childish things. In the same way, we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face-to-face. Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.
There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
When Jesus came He summed up all of God’s commands by saying we should aggressively seek daily to love God and love people. If you would get your focus on that everyday all your other problems that are consuming your thoughts would fade away.
Matthew 22;37-39, “Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’
Your first step to loving God is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
“Jesus I am a sinner. Save me, help me, I need you. I know You died on the cross for my sins, rose from the dead and now live at the right hand of God. I know that you shed your blood and sacrificed your life JUST FOR ME. I choose to live my life according to Your Word, the Bible. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for writing my name down in the Lambs book of Life. Jesus I receive you as Lord and Savior of my life forever. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Congratulations you are now ready to meet Jesus face to face!!