This is my day of sharing. The post is from rpcablog.wordpress.com. Thanks OP.
In the theme of Random Acts of Kindness, I am reposting Stephen C. Weber’s post.
Message summary: Thank God for the blessing of a kind word!
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25). “Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24).
Last Friday we visited with an employee who shared with us about her ongoing heartache concerning a young man’s suicide. He had been her grown son’s closest friend since kindergarten and took his own life in July. She keeps his memory alive by distributing small printed business size cards, with his photo, reminding people of the vital importance of…
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I’m Reposting Vickie’s Post because sometimes we need a reminder that God knows all.
I have been going through a lot lately, which you already know if you read my previous post. But, through it all, God continues to speak to me daily that nothing is happening in my life that He does not already know about.
I desire to be Godly and not to whine and moan and complain about my plight. So that is what I am working on these days. Yes, my holiday plans had to change, but then change is part of life, isn’t it? And no matter what path I am on in life, I want it to be the one that God approves of.
Lest anyone think that God is not watching you all of the time, I would like to put in my two cents here. God is omnipresent and omniscient. As I told my students in Sunday school class yesterday: Yes, it is possible to cheat…
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Love does no harm. The Holy Spirit resides in us. We are love. Therefore, we should do no harm.
Light breaks through the darkness. Love breaks through hate. A soft voice is louder than a high volume pitch. An act of kindness changes the atmosphere.
The term ’Neighbor’ is figurative describing all people in your sphere. All people are your neighbors.
Our command is to love all people. There are no exceptions. Jesus did not categorize people to exclude them.
We can make a difference. It is time we overcome the hate that is blanketing the planet. We can change the world through the daily demonstration of the Holy Spirit who indwells us.
Do no harm…
Hearts, not lips. How many of us are Christians but feel forced to hold daily communication with our Lord. You know what I mean, praying becomes mechanical and routine. You don’t open up to Him, you hold back in shame, and choose to put on your professional Christian attitude when praying, much like we do among people. We have a public face and a private face. We have a heartfelt spirit we share with our Lord, and we have a mechanical spirit when we simply recite prayers in a mono fashion. We do not operate from our heart. We do not allow our inner spirit to live in victory. Our communication with the Lord suffers, as does our outward man who operates in fear of being judged.
Our Lord cries, why do my people say they honor me with their lips, but their practices are not heart driven? Why do they treat me with anguish? Why is our relationship so impersonal? The fact is, we are God’s children (wayward or not), or we are not God’s children. We either have a strong relationship with Him, or we do not. The way we treat God, the way we treat others, the way that we exhibit His love determines who we are in Christ. If we fail to show our love in practice and live a heartfelt life, then we are giving lip service to all that we do, including communion with our Lord and Savior.
Our life begins with our relationship with our Lord. It encompasses all that we are and all that we do. Is this an easy process, not necessarily. Often, we, I, stay in communication only to become comfortable and then complacent. My daily time becomes a coffee break, rushed through and checked off. Does this sound familiar?
God never fails. He sees our tears, our anguish, our anxiety. He also sees our compassion, love, empathy, kindness, trustworthiness, patience, and self-control whether we display it to Him or the outside world. He is our witness to all that we do. He is the recipient of all that we hold in or share with Him. He is our Father. He created us and delivered a divine plan nestled deep in our heart. He is our promise keeper.
It is time to free ourselves, from our banality, our public selves, and go deeper. It is time to risk opening our hearts. It is time to strip off the façade and welcome our God-self into the world, and most importantly in our cherished moments with our Lord and Savior in prayer. Our God-self is the Holy Spirit who projects light through our being into the world. Our relationship rests in part on our prayers being aligned with our lips. Our heart and our lips must project the same things, they cannot work effectively (if at all) if they are not in sync with the Word, and our relationship with the Lord.
No parent should cry, why do my children’s hearts and lips seem disjointed, disconnected, and artificial? Why do they fail to honor our relationship, why are they so far from me?
Jesus wants us to come home. He wants our hearts to be full. He wants us to commit or re-commit our relationship to Him with honest heartfelt prayer, praise, and worship.
December is the month that focuses on Christ’s birth. Our gift to Him is our heart and our love. Speak to God through our hearts, express it with our lips. It is time to open our hearts and not just our lips.
Other Related Posts:
- God’s Word, Our Life, Oct 18, 2018. Short link: https://wp.me/p98Coa-C4
- The Goal and Purpose of Faith, Oct 11, 2018. Short link: https://wp.me/p98Coa-G0
- Heaven and Earth, Sept 18, 2018. Short link: https://wp.me/p98Coa-xu
- Focus Above, Find Peace, Sept 13, 2018. Short link: https://wp.me/p98Coa-wd
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When we do everything in love, we are reflecting God‘s love for us. Our motivation in life should be doing for others before doing for self. God’s sacrifice should be our sole motivation to live a Christian life.
We are seeing stories of kindness and goodness in the world despite the darkness surrounding us. We are the light that causes change. Love outshines everything else.
Love others today through acts of love and kindness. God‘s mercy and grace give us the air we breathe. Share love-purpose-kindness without thinking how it will affect you first.
Loving ensures we are becoming Christian Warriors ready to deflect darkness.
Do everything in love!
We are commanded to love. I believe this is true of all faiths. If we fail to love, all else fails. Love is powerful. But, as Christians, we are commanded to love our neighbors, love our enemies, love the sick, the poor, and downtrodden. We are to love others as we love ourselves. We are commanded to love because God first loved us. All things are possible when we love. We can move mountains through faith if first, we love.
As Christians, our very existence is linked to ‘love’. Romans 12:9-10, NLT reads, Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
The Bible is replete with scriptures about God’s love for us and how we are commanded to love others in the same way He loved us first.
Romans 5:8, NIV reads, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 5:1-5, NLT reports, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Matthew 5:43-46 NLT, You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ ]and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?
Romans 12:9-21, NLT, goes on to read,
11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Friends, the maxim is – love conquers all. Love fires up our faith to move mountains, but as 1 Corinthians 2:13 reads, if we fail to love, moving mountains is nothing, because our lives are not based on God’s love for us, and moving mountains becomes a phrase and not an action, God gifted to us, His children.