Today is 1-22-21 and James 1:22 NIV, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” When we live out in our daily lives, truly with our whole heart, loving each other by laying down our life for someone else by choosing to stop what we are doing to hear their heart loving them, we are actually being Jesus hands and feet! We are meant to be doers of God’s word not just listeners of the word! We are not meant to be watchers but be busy in our fathers business! Also, James 1:23-25 NIV, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” When we listen and do what God asks us to do for each other, you will be blessed! It will be hard because you are sacrificing something for someone else! Also, people who might not know the love of God yet are observing what we do and how we respond by being lead by the Holy Spirit instead of reaching from the emotions from the flesh or human nature! They will be drawn into wanting to know Jesus in the same way! This love comes from God and the world doesn’t know it or understand it! God’s love doesn’t line up to what everyone else is experiencing or doing in the world! When we chose to give up comfort for a sister or brother, when you sit with them to hear their heart while they are struggling in need of comfort from a friend! When you cloth and feed them allowing them to rest! It’s like what the Good Samaritan did! (Luke 10:25-37 NIV) Taking care of each other instead of leaving them where they are! Its choosing to lift them up with encouragement by loving them deeply where they are! All through scripture God shows real life struggles and how we love each other through them! It’s like when Moses grew tired and Arron and Hurr not just noticed Moses struggle and hoped he could make it but came to help encourage and support Him to finish what God called Him to do! We are meant to do life together! Remember we need to we awake, alert, and sober minded in everything we do in life! The distractions are loud and used to rob and steal precious time that you can’t get back! Arron and Hurr didn’t take the responsibility from Moses, instead they brought a rock to him so he could rest and they helped hold his hands up! Exodus 17:12-13 NIV, “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” When we love each other we go where our sisters and brothers are by praying and doing what we can with what we have been given help them do what God called them to do! We always tell them the truth with love and respect using wisdom and discretion given to us from God! Telling the truth can be hard but love lives out truth! Love come from God who is our foundation that we all stand on!Love depends and trust God’s understanding by choosing to listen to those sisters and brothers who God places in your life to help you stay on course! Love is being completely humble as you accept and listen to correction and allow yourself to be disciplined because God disciplines us for good! We need to align our lives to what the Bible says and we point each other back in the right direction! Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres! Love never fails!
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
1 Corinthians 13:6-8 NIV” It’s choosing to ask questions rather than making accusations or guesses based on what you see in your sisters and brothers life. Because love always trust, this mean knowing what they say, is for good as they are led by God! Loving each other so much that if you know your sister or brother needs help, you won’t let them go the wrong way! We love them completely and we need to help each other stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life, because there are so many distractions and struggles which can make it hard! Everything is surrounded by being humble in every part of your life, loving unconditionally because this love comes from God first! God loves us all equally and He has no favoritism!
This is how we live the Kingdom Mindset by living out love by staying in relationship even when it’s hard! Jesus says, if you do this for your sisters and brothers, you are doing this for Him! Matthew 25:39 NIV, “When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “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.’ I’m thankful for all my sisters and brothers in Christ who love us! We deeply and sincerely love them too! I’m praying for Unity and for relationships to be strengthened as we look for ways each day to live out loving each other! I’m praying we standing firm in faith being Unified in Jesus as we live out what we are called to do for God’s Glory!
1 John 4-8 NIV “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. “