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Loving by Serving

Jesus told His disciples that they were to love one another. But what does that mean? What does it look like? How can you love others well? One great way to love others is by serving them. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan and discover some practical ways to love through serving.

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Seeing Through Heaven’s Eyes

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just wish I could get a spiritual eyeball transplant so that I would be able to see myself, circumstances around me, other people, and even God like God does. As humans our “sight” is so limited sometimes and we really need some help seeing from a different perspective. Today’s devotional by Lee Strobel reposted from biblegateway.com encourages us to see those around us in a new way: through Heaven’s eyes.

 

I periodically need to remind myself of the value that God places on other human beings, even when I don’t know the other person or when he or she is very different from me. But to be honest, that’s not natural for me to do.
Every once in a while, though, I get a reminder, like reading about an incident that occurred in North Carolina in 1995. Ten year-old Lawrence Shields was picking through a bucket of debris in a gemstone mine when a rock piqued his interest. “I just liked the shape of it,” he said.
When he knocked off the dirt and grit that were clinging to it, and as he rubbed it on his shirt to polish it up, he saw that this was much more than just a rock. It turned out to be read more

source: Bible Gateway

Rock Gardening: The Impossible Person

There are very few among us who do not have a person – or several – who are just flat out difficult to love. Today’s devotional addresses the problem from the perspective of a gardener. It offers helpful suggestions as we navigate these relationships.

 

 

Who is the seemingly impossible person in your life whom you must interact with on a regular basis? There’s someone like that in everyone’s life. Perhaps we work with them, serve with them, gave birth to them, married them, or go to school with them. These people are often socially challenged or just plain self-centered and stubborn. We make various attempts to develop a harmonious relationship, pleading with God to enable us to love this person with His love. Nothing works. Even if we managed read more

Source: Rock Gardening: The Impossible Person

Love is Stronger Than Fear

I don’t know about you, but all the anger and craziness that’s out there right now is getting old. I was hoping things would calm down on some of the social media sites I’m on, but it hasn’t gone away. Not to say that we shouldn’t stand up for what’s right or we shouldn’t have the freedom to voice our opinions, but things have gotten way out of hand. Today’s devotional, reposted from Holley Gerth’s blog, addresses the issue and gives us some down home advice on a way that we can help diffuse rather than inflame the emotions of those around us.

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“…But what if instead of those angry words and that tirade online we simply go to the person who is standing in our kitchen today and say, “I love you and I am for you”? Or we reach out to someone who is different than us? Because we also fear what we don’t understand. And if we’re spending all our time saying, “here’s my opinion” then we’re not listening, not understanding. Fear wins.

Jennifer asked, “What would it be like if we made a commitment to fight for each other instead of with each other?” It’s a question worth considering if we want to defeat fear. Because if we live with swords drawn in defense then we are always on guard, looking for the next fight, seeing threatening shadows in every corner.

We have a Protector. He is good. He is wise. He is kind. And here’s what we need to know: He hasn’t asked us to be right all the time. He has called us to love. This is the harder, braver choice. Because it requires read more

(c) 2016 Holley Gerth Used with Permission

A Thing Called Love

Love is a way overused word. We say everything along the spectrum

from “I love peanut butter and jelly” to “I love my dog” to “I Love God”. But what does it mean, really, to love? Not in the shallow, generic “I love everyone in the whole wide world” sense, but really loving? The rubber-meets-the-road kind of love. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message on the subject of love.

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Forgiveness

Today’s devotional by Max Lucado points our hearts toward what Jesus did for us in order to help us do that which Christ asks of us.

 

“We will never be cleansed until we confess we are dirty. We will never be pure until we admit we are filthy. And we will never be able to wash the feet of those who have hurt us until we allow Jesus, the one we have hurt, to wash ours.

You see, that is the secret of forgiveness. You will never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you. Only by letting him wash your feet can you have strength to wash those of another.

011-jesus-washes-feetStill hard to imagine? Is it still hard to consider the thought of forgiving the one who hurt you?

If so, go one more time to the room. Watch Jesus as he goes from disciple to disciple. Can you see him? Can you hear the water splash? Can you hear him shuffle on the floor to the next person? Good. Keep that image.

John 13:12 says, “When he had finished washing their feet … ” (NCV)

Please note; he finished washing their feet. That means he left no one out. Why is that important? Because that also means he washed the feet of Judas. Jesus washed the feet of his betrayer. He gave his traitor equal attention. In just a few hours Judas’ feet would guide the Roman guard to Jesus. But at this moment they are caressed by Christ.

That’s not to say it was easy for Jesus.

That’s not to say it is easy for you.

That is to say that God will never call you to do what he hasn’t already done.”

 

(c) 2016 Max Lucado Used with Permission maxlucado.com

Great Value

Today’s devotional reposted from Christine Caine reminds us again of the immense value that God places on each individual. We can rest secure in God’s love and care for us and then be conduits of that same love to others.

12 God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient. 13 Put up with each other, and forgive anyone who does you wrong, just as Christ has forgiven you. 14 Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together. Col 3:12-14 CEV

“Nothing about my birth—or yours—was random or accidental. I was born for this time—and so were you. We were each chosen for a particular, cosmically important task that can be done by no one else. We need to be diligent in listening to God’s voice calling us to that task—and in encouraging others to be similarly obedient.

That means that we can no longer overlook the grocery clerk at the checkout stand or the downcast person we pass on the street. Instead, we should choose to recognize their value, and call out their worth. It means caring enough to help the mom at preschool whose child won’t come when called, loving enough to offer a word of cheer or humor to the receptionist at the doctor’s office struggling to answer phones and still respond to every question at the counter. It means thanking the garbage man lifting bins at the curb, and recognizing the God-made-and-paid-for-soul in every person we encounter throughout the day. But we won’t—we can’t—help others know they matter unless we first recognize how much God loves and chooses each of us. And that’s a challenge we must face inside.

One day I was shocked to learn that I had been adopted. My mum wasn’t really my mum. But then I asked her about the day she got the call from the hospital that I had been born. How had she felt? What expectations had she had? Her eyes lit up. With enthusiasm, she explained that she and Dad were desperately hoping for a girl, since they already had a son. But there were no sonograms back then to reveal whether you were having a boy or a girl. Mum was very close to her sister, who had four boys of her own and also hoped for a girl, so they would chat often about names and dreams for me.

One day my aunt suggested, “Why not Christine?”

“I like that,” my mum said. And so the decision was made over a cup of tea. There was nothing deep or spiritual in that decision—they just both liked the name Christine. Yet I know that my name, Christine, is derived from the Greek and Latin and means Christ follower.

And the Christ I follow has given me another name, too—a name by which he calls me. And he calls you and others by that same name—a simple name; one word; just four letters, like love—that rings loudly through time and space because you have been chosen before time, He calls us: Mine.

Point to Ponder

God says, “You are mine.” He has chosen you. Can you hear him calling? You matter to him and you always will.”

 

©2015 Christine Caine Used with Permission christinecaine.com  http://www.christinecaine.com/