Love’s Great Benefits

18 Jan

God’s Word: 1 John 3:18-24

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

The world spends millions on self-help resources trying to help humanity get over their self-criticism—their feelings of guilt or inadequacy.  It is all so unnecessary—even if there is good reason for their self-criticism.  That is one of the benefits of My Word—helping a person realize their great value—to Me.  Jesus died for you—while you were still sinners—you are that valuable to Me.  And if you are okay with Me, then don’t you dare condemn yourself!

And how is a person to feel self-confidence instead of self-criticism?  Simple—practice love in all your relationships.  True love, My love is the SUPREME CONCERN FOR THE WELL BEING OF OTHERS WITH NO REGARDS AS TO WHAT YOU RECEIVE FOR YOURSELF.  “What”—you may respond—“with NO regards as to what I receive myself?  I don’t think so.”  But wait—look at what Jesus did for you?

Remember how you like to quote the Golden Rule of relationships?    Well, that is it!  Treat others as you wish to be treated.  You surely wish everyone would treat you with no regards as to what they receive for themselves don’t you?  Then that is the secret to building your self-confidence and getting rid of your self-criticism—have a supreme concern for the well-being of others with no regards as to what you receive for yourself.  Love others as you are loved by ME and you will be blessed with a peace that passes understanding and a joy unspeakable.  My Spirit dwells with the person who loves unselfishly.

God’s Question for Me: Will you willingly give pure, unselfish love, to all who surround your life?

God’s Promise to Me: To those who love Christ, accept his forgiveness, and pass that love and forgiveness on to others—I have reserved a place in heaven just for you.

God’s Word to me in Song:

So send I you to labor unrewarded
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing
So send I you to toil for Me alone

So send I you to bind the bruised and broken
Over wandering souls to work, to weep, to wake
To bear the burdens of a world a-weary
So send I you to suffer for My sake

So send I you to loneliness and longing
With heart a-hungering for the loved and known
Forsaking kin and kindred, friend and dear one
So send I you to know My love alone

So send I you to leave your life’s ambition
To die to dear desire, self-will resign
To labor long, and love where men revile you
So send I you to lose your life in Mine

So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred
To eyes made blind because they will not see
To spend, though it be blood to spend and spare not
So send I you to taste of Calvary

“As the Father hath sent me, so send I you”

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