Choose Love

17 Jan

God’s Word: 1 John 3: 11-17

God’s Message to Me: (My interpretation of what God is saying to me through these verses)

All the evil in the world begins as a simple lack of love.  That lack of love springs from extreme self-centeredness—which is demonstrated through selfishness.  I created the animals with an inner instinct they must follow to preserve their lives.  But you are not an animal.  You are made in My likeness—meaning you have the capacity to make choices about whether to love or to hate.  From the beginning of time this capacity has caused the ruin of many lives by making the choice to hate.  Cain killed his brother Able because he made the choice to hate the righteous acts Able performed.

Do not be surprised when you are rejected, even killed, because of your choice to perform righteous acts.  Jesus set the example by performing only righteous acts throughout His life and was killed because of that.  Don’t suppose that by making good choices that means your life will always turn out good.  You must keep in mind that this world is not your home, you are just passing through.  Don’t sink too much effort into making yourself comfortable.  Instead I need you to become My comforters of others.

My call to you is really very simple.  Christ sacrificially lived his life and died for you.  He left you this example with the call to follow in his steps. He reached out to those in need and brought them healing, hope and wholeness.  When you see a brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love?  It disappears.  And you made it disappear by your choice.  Choose love!

God’s Question for Me: Will you make the choice to stifle selfishness and choose to love?

God’s Promise to Me: My peace in the innermost part of your being is the reward of your choices to love others.

My Song to God:  I would be True   Howard Walter  1906

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.

I would be faithful through each passing moment;
I would be constantly in touch with God;
I would be strong to follow where He leads me;
I would have faith to keep the path Christ trod.

Who is so low that I am not his brother?
Who is so high that I’ve no path to him?
Who is so poor I may not feel his hunger?
Who is so rich I may not pity him?

Who is so hurt I may not know his heartache?
Who sings for joy my heart may never share?
Who in God’s heav’n has passed beyond my vision?
Who to hell’s depths where I may never fare?

May none, then, call on me for understanding,
May none, then, turn to me for help in pain,
And drain alone his bitter cup of sorrow,
Or find he knocks upon my heart in vain.

 

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