Sometimes we forget that Jesus said the greatest commandment was to Love one another.
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love All the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.”
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 NKJV
If you are willing to give it, you get it. This is simply a natural law of reaping what you sow.
I John 4:1, 8, 11, 16, 18, 20-21 NKJV
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.”
How we live is worth so much more than a grudge. Grudges deteriorate at our souls. It’s like having a small leak in a pipe. For the most part you don’t notice it and it really doesn’t seem to be significant. However, over time it wreaks havoc. Don’t let this be you.
““And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.””
Mark 11:25-26 NKJV
The saying of choosing your battles or letting sleeping dogs lie is a big deal. Sometimes it just isn’t worth our brain damage, hurting our testimony, or causing someone else to stumble when we get involved.
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:12-15 NKJV
Consider pondering these three main points:
1. You give it you get it
“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.”
Matthew 5:7 NKJV
2. It’s worth more than a grudge
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:12 NKJV
3. Let it be
“The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”
Proverbs 10:22 NIV
I want blessings not curses
I know beyond the shadow of a doubt if you forgive, show love and prefer your brother this is your blessing Deuteronomy 28:11-13:
“The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”
Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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