Yesterday was another one of those days that reminded me of the truth that following Christ and serving Him can be quite uncomfortable and somewhat hurtful. Obviously, this is a season that the Lord is allowing me to go through and He is intending to grow me in some serious ways. And I am told in James 1:1-8 (and am trying to be by the Lord’s strength), thankful.
As Beth Moore says, “If the Lord is seems to be allowing you to be sifted, then something in your life needs to be sifted out!” I am grateful He loves me that much…AND I am grateful that I don’t have to experience this season of life by myself.
Joel and I had worked from the time we woke up until late last night. But, as soon as we settled in, we both decided we were starving! So, VERY uncharacteristically, (of me) we decided to “Late Night it” at Taco Bell (Taco Smell, as I call it)! This funny little spontaneity was just what I needed to get my mind off the really hard day I had just had. We laughed and made fun of ourselves and our greasy food. So, the Lord blessed me with a partner in crime to minister alongside and to help me be more light-hearted!
But, then this morning, the Lord gave me ANOTHER dose of encouragement! Look what was on my front porch this morning!!!!!
My co-worker, Christi, began her “1/2 Day with the Lord” by going to all the staff girls houses and delivering flowers and hand painted cards with Scripture in them…Can you believe that? She had no idea that she was such a blessing to me. Not to mention, I am obsessed with fresh flowers! I really felt that the sweet thoughtfulness was such an act of sacrificial love from Christi, and ultimately from my Heavenly Father. Thanks to both of you!
I am sitting at “Cool Beans Coffee Shop” spending time w/ God and just finished listening to the 1 Cor. 13 Sermon from Christ Church of the Carolinas–about Love–it is an awesome sermon…just adjusted my heart! Thought these quotes would encourage and motivate us today to love others as Christ has loved us. That’s what transforming grace propels us to do!
“Love is the gift that permeates all. Nothing surpasses it. Christian love sacrifices with out receiving. Gives and expects nothing back. This is especially true in marriage and in ministering to others. Christian love exercises kindness that gives and gives and gives. It is not provoked. Not steaming or ticked off. It is like the prodigal son’s father. Only looking and loving.
Love is intentional spiritual devotion such as inspired by God’s love for us and in us. No, I don’t know your circumstance that challenges you to NOT love, I don’t know your situation, but I know your God. (OUCH) I know your God and He is commanding you to love.
Love does not insist on it’s own rights or it’s own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it.It pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
If you don’t count the wrongs you’ve suffered you’ll never lose a friend or get divorced, because you won’t remember why you should separate or get divorced!
Love bears all things. You are to be silent when you are wronged…love throws the coat of Christ’s love over the hurt. Love refuses to broadcast the wrong. Love excuses faults.
“Well, I can’t do it.” “Well, you’re not a Christian.” “Well, I AM a Christian.” “Well, then you can do it! Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.” (WOW!!)
God’s love never fails. Never. Do you want fairness or mercy? Love endures all things.”
Just wanted to share this with you, because I think that it is good theology for life. What has God called you to sacrifice today so you can be Christ’s justice and love to the world?