The love you show to others is valuable. This love is valuable for our walk with Christ, our testimony and our blessings.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
Proverbs 3:3-4 NIV
Listening is loving. Take time to listen to others. This is one of the hardest battles many of us face. It is difficult to listen when you don’t want to hear.
“Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”
Psalm 143:7-12 NIV
He listens to our heart cry and it’s important that we listen to others. God blesses our faithfulness. Part of this faithfulness is preferring others.
Preferring is loving. Give that parking space up. Let someone sit in your seat. Maybe even let them cut in line.
“Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?” They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.” Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage.”
Exodus 2:16-21 NIV
Moses gave preference in spite of himself or his pain. God rewarded him.
Your love can change the world. Imagine a world where people showed one another love like no other. This effect would change the world.
“I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,”
Romans 9:1-3 NKJV
Look at Paul’s love. His self-sacrifice for others truly changed Christianity and the world. You can be that same world changer and God has many blessings for your faithfulness.
Remember the following valuable points:
1. Listening is loving.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;”
James 1:19 NKJV
2. Preferring is loving
“Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.”
Luke 12:3 NKJV
Cut them a break it could end up everywhere.
3. Your love can change the world
“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.””
I Peter 3:12 NKJV
As you live it and show it you will be blessed by it.
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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