The other day my post spoke of my need for the Lord to help me love him....... Today I wanted to share on what that truly looks like. In 1st John 3:16-20 he says this:
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life fo us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us.
WOW...... This passage has surely given me much to meditate on. I live on a farm. I haven't even been running cattle, horses or anything on it for over 6 years since my husband left me. I held on to the farm (saying it was for my children, etc.) but the truth of the matter I believe was then PRIDE.........OUCH! Today I believe I keeping it for a heritage to leave my Grandchildren... Which is definitly more biblical.... But the above scripture convicts my heart.
I have lifted up the people of Haiti, the starving in Africa, the homeless in St. Louis even.... I donate what I can in the form of money. BUT - Oh my the BUT.......
Am I laying down my life?
I must love them all as my Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters out there... What would I do if my little Grand babies had no food in their home? I would go without?
My prayer is to love as Christ loves. John 3:16 says: FOR GOD SO LOVED - THAT HE GAVE.....................Look at what our heavenly Father gave.
This scripture has challenged my heart and I pray it challenges yours as well!
God did not just give a little or just lift up a few prayers for us, did he? No - HE GAVE MUCH!
Be blessed my dear Sisters and talk with you soon...... Bear Hug!