Yesterday I lightened the mood with my bathroom mishap. Steve said “Wow. You’ll become all things to all people to get one more for Jesus.” And he shook his head. Yep! I’ll proudly throw myself under the bus so someone can hear (if just a little) about Jesus! That being said, today I want to share with y’all. I’ve decided to allow guest bloggers from time to time.
A big part of using your gifts and talents for God is fanning into the flames of other’s spiritual gifts. We’re not doing much good if we’re not encouraging others. Plus, contrary to what my flesh often tells me….I’m not the only one to whom God gives something to say. 🙂 So, if God gives you something that needs to be shared, and you don’t have a blog of your own of course, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
All blogs will be subject to my approval. Should I make any changes, which would not be to the content, (if I don’t like the content it probably won’t make the blog :-)) it would only be grammatical or wording issues; I would email it back to you for review. Don’t freak out, and think that I don’t like it if it’s not published right away. I don’t know how often I’ll do this. Anyway, sorry to go on and on. Today’s blog was written by my best, had for the longest time, friend. She’s an awesome woman of God, and a dear friend. I hope y’all enjoy!
Love Sums It Up
The other day at work, some friends and I were discussing worldly issues. When I came home, the events and conversations of the day were playing over in my head. I thought of the different opinions, the different backgrounds and life experiences of those involved in the conversation. We agreed on some issues, and disagreed on some, but overall the conversation was as pleasant as possible when discussing the issues of this day and time. A lady perfectly summed the discussion in one sentence – “It’s all about love.” And I totally agree!
No matter our differences in this life, the love we have, for our fellow human beings, is most important, and I add, NO ONE knows how to love without knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior. He IS love. We love because He first loved us. We may have our own opinions and ideas, but the most important thing is how we show love through our actions, even when dealing with people with different views. That doesn’t mean we have to agree, or tolerating what God’s word says is sin. It means we learn how to love others despite our differences.
It’s tough to find a balance sometimes. It’s tough to love others, simply because love isn’t easy. Love isn’t always doing what “feels right”. Sometimes it is making some difficult choices, and doing difficult things. When I think of how God loves I ask, does He always give me what I ask for? The answer to that would be a big N-O… Because he loves me enough to say No..
He loves me enough to try to save me from the consequences that the yeses may hold.
So, loving someone isn’t always agreeing and saying yes. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to say No to the ones we love. I think when we say yes to all things, it becomes more about ourselves being comfortable instead of looking out for the interest of the other person. Love is wanting what’s best for a person no matter how they make us feel.
We will never find a person who will always be, and do exactly as we expect, but there IS a way to ALWAYS show every person (even those we don’t agree with or those living in sin) the true love of Christ! Respond to them with love! Responding to people with love, rather than trying to convince them of their sin, will speak volumes more about the love of our Savior, and our love for Him, than anything else we could possibly do. “It’s all about love.”
*1 Peter 4:8
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
*God’s Love and Ours
1 John 4:7
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.