Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
How much different do you think the world would be if we all applied this verse to our every day lives? What would happen when the traffic is bad during drive time and the road is narrowing down to just a couple lanes? What would happen in line at the grocery store? How would spouses treat each other and their children? Goodness, people may even choose the words they use more carefully, I am tired of all the foul language that is used, even in professional situations, when all it does is show a lack of intelligence to use a better word……. sorry, that is my rant for the day! Sorry, but no, you don’t get an honor badge because you swear.
Anyhow, back to treating others with the love of God! There’s so much hurt and pain out there that as Christians we can show that there is hope! The world is full of hopelessness and they need to see that there is hope found in God and God alone! It is our responsibility to show them! It is our job to love them. Take a look around and you can see that pain in their eyes! Oh, how the Lord’s heart must break! He wants us to be His hands and feet! He wants us to minister to “the least of these”: Matthew 25:39-40 tells us, “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Life is short, so what are you doing with yours? What are your priorities? Are you as concerned about serving others in some way as you are about yourself? Are you as concerned about eternity, not just for yourself, but for those around you? There’s nothing wrong with being motivated to be successful in life, in fact God expects you to be motivated and do your best with the talents He has given you, but He wants you to be motivated in showing His love to others at the same time! He loves you and He loves them and He wants us to show the world His hope and love! You can’t do that if you are constantly on edge. So, if you are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and angry with life yourself right now, it is time to sit down with the Lord and be still for a moment. Ask Him to help you sort out your priorities and to show you what it is that is making you feel the way you do. It could be that you are trying to do everything in your own strength and you need to give a bunch of that stuff to Him and leave it there! It could be that you are trying to just do too much period and somethings just need to go! Then ask Him to fill you with His love until it just spills over to everyone around you! Ask Him to give you compassion for all of those angry people you encounter. His desire is to fill you with His love so others are drawn to Him as well so please, let Him love others through you today, knowing that His best is yet to come!
“Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life, not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our seeming greatness.” ~ William Arthur Ward
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