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Love People to Jesus

Is love your number one goal? We live in a world today where people believe it’s OK to say whatever you want to because it’s true. It’s a free country, and you certainly have that right to, but how you say it and your motive behind it could be more harmful for you and them than you realize. So, let’s just get to the nitty gritty.

Jesus wasn’t a pushover. We like to use the term, “I have my truth.” Well, Jesus had His because He literally was the truth. And even in the things He said to the Pharisees that may make us blush in embarrassment for them, were said out of love for them. Jesus felt nothing but love for people, and no matter how aggressive His speech had to be to get that point across, He did and said everything out of love.

So, what’s my point? Do we do what we do or say what we say out of love? Or are we more motivated by the opportunity to correct someone? Or maybe the opportunity to just be right? And for some, even the opportunity to just call people out?

Here’s the bottom line.

If love wasn’t your goal, you were wrong. When you said what you said, was it because you loved them? When you did what you did, was it because you loved them? If it wasn’t, you were wrong. And no matter how true it may have been, if you didn’t say it as an expression of love in leading someone to Christ, you were wrong. See, no matter what, if you spoke the truth in selfishness, comparison, and pride, you didn’t speak it in love. And that’s wrong.

If love wasn’t your motive, then you may have made a mess.

 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  (1 Cor. 13:4,5).

1 Corinthians 14:1 Let love be your highest goal…

 

 

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Jesus Cares for Your Two Cents 

Mark 12:41-44

The Widow’s Offering

41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.

43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”

 

We live in a world where the phrase “who asked you,” is all but too common. A world that says speak only if spoken to. And a world that says good enough, really isn’t good enough actually.

However, there is a God that cares for your two cents. There is a God that cares about what you have to say. A God that longs for you to speak to Him (and listen too). A God that created the universe and all that is in it, yet waited until His creation of man to say what He created was very good (Genesis 1:31).

God cares about everything you say. He cares about everything you do. And He cares about everything you have. Never believe the lie that God is too good to want what little you have, if you’re giving it with all you heart. While the world may not care for your two cents, God does.

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2018 Scripture Motto

Hebrews 10:24

My scripture motto for 2018 is Hebrews 10:24, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”

Originally, this verse to me was simple, do good things for people. Just make sure that out of love you do good things for people so they will be encouraged to carry it on. And while that is true, there’s more.

See, encouraging those around me will require getting to know people a little better. And it will certainly require listening more. Because to encourage an individual is to know what it takes for them to be encouraged and following through with it.

While kinds words may encourage me, a pat on the back is what someone else may need. The verse says think of ways, meaning what works for you might not works for others, so don’t assume it does.

So, want you join me in intentionally encouraging others to love and good deeds, not only by encouraging them the way you like to, but the way they need you to?

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Study this Book – Proverbs 17

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Motivated by Love

Where there is no love, there is no point. Let every you do be done with love. We may argue whether or not that’s possible. Who loves doing dishes? Who loves cleaning up, right? 

But I don’t think it’s the task we’re supposed to love. It’s being able to help that we’re supposed to love. I don’t have to love doing the dishes in order to love the fact that doing them will make someone else feel better. 

A lot of times we think that because we don’t love it, we can’t do it with love. That’s just not true. We tend to think that if we’re not in love with the task, we shouldn’t even have to attempt doing it. However, I believe this verse means that we do things out of love. 

I may be wrong, but I’m sure that out of all that Jesus was able to do on Earth, washing the disciples’ feet wasn’t done because He loved washing feet. And that is the point. Setting an example of love and sacrifice was more important than anything to Christ. 

What does it mean for you to be able to do for others? It means serving, serving means sacrifice and sacrifice is love. At the end of the day, if you’re not willing to sacrifice, some would argue whether or not you’re even willing to love. 

And where there is no love, there is no point… is there? 

1 Corinthians 16:14 And do everything with love. 

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God Cares

Psalm 56:8 (NLT) 

You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. 

God cares. It’s just that simple. He is never too busy for you. He is never bored with you. He is never tired of you. He cares. 

He keeps track of your tears and records each one in His book. He remembers. He cares enough to remember. The amount of hairs on your head are considered important enough for Him to know. He cares to know. 

Isaiah 49:15 Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you! 

If God cared this much for Jerusalem, how much does He care for you? In other words, can He forget His prized possession? YOU! Does He have to be reminded of His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)? Nope. Why? Because He cares. 

God cares. He cares about you. He cares about me. He cares enough to remember. He cares enough to know the things that you don’t even care to know about. God loves you enough to care. So, why don’t we do the same?  

Additional Scripture: Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. 

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,

    but dwelling on it separates close friends.

I don’t like arguing with my husband or anyone. I don’t like disagreeing with people. I don’t like being hurt and having to forgive. Who wants any of that, right?

Today, I read Proverbs 17:9 and I thought about my roll in a person’s forgiveness story. Now, I’m not saying people should hurt you just so you forgive them over and over and over. I am saying that every time you forgive a fault against you, you do your part in preserving love.

Every time I forgive my husband or vice versa, our marriage grows a little more love. When forgiveness takes place, love prospers. It’s dwelling on mistakes that strains the relationships.

Is it easy to forgive? Not always. It is right to forgive? Always. If we’re placed on this earth to love and forgiveness makes love prosper when we do, forgiveness is that much more important.

I believe, we’re most like Christ when we serve and when we forgive. Christ didn’t have to do either, but He chose to. He chose to set the example. Surely I can do both because I need to. Really, I believe God is saying, just put a little love in your heart.

If Jesus can forgive crucifixion. Surely, we can survive and find a resolution – India. Arie

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