Loving Others

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I heard a really good sermon last night on love. It was a reminder of how we should love our neighbor, how we should love ourselves, and how if we loved our neighbor we would care where they ended up when they died. Truly it was a wonderful reminder to witness to others and to bring your friends and loved ones to church and let God permeate their hearts. I appreciated the sermon and I needed it.

This sermon also reminded me of how Jesus showed love to those in scripture and how we can use that example in the way we approach others. What I find interesting, is when Jesus approached sinners (such as the women at the well, the woman caught in adultery) He did it with compassion and truth. He told the women at the well that he possessed “living water” which if she drank it she would never thirst again. Then He told her to get her husband of which she said she didn’t have a husband. He then told her the truth of her life – He knew she had five husbands and the one she was with wasn’t her husband – Read John 4  for the full story.

What I want to point out here is Jesus first gave this woman respect even though in this time in history, Jews didn’t speak to the Samaritans. They were considered unclean. They were part Jew and part Gentile. In fact, in those days a Jew would take the long way around so as not to even step foot in Samaria. Yet, here is our Savior, God’s son, a Jew talking with a Samaritan woman and giving her respect.

Second, Jesus witnessed to the woman of who He was and what He was there to offer her. He was there to offer her “living water” that only He could provide. He was there to offer her eternal life. He didn’t care who she was or where she was from – He loved her just for who she was right then and where she was spiritually. He knew the only way to change the heart is through Himself. He offered her LIFE!

Lastly, He exposed her sin. When He asked her to go get her husband and she said she didn’t have one. He told her she had five husbands and the one she was currently with wasn’t her husband. He didn’t beat around the bush – He exposed her sin. We, as Christians, must understand that the exposure of sin is not a hateful act. It is an act of love. HOWEVER, we aren’t very good judges of this practice but what we are is equipped with God’s word to show the unsaved how they are lost, why they are lost, and that they are in need of a Savior – Romans road is a wonderful way to lead an unsaved person to Christ. We are not only made to share this but it is every Christian’s calling to share the good news! We expose sin, like Jesus did, using His Word.

Please join me in Part 2 when we look at how Jesus loved those who should have known who He was. Those who professed to know who God was, yet treated others unlovingly.

Till then….

Shine Your Light and Be Silent

Be silent — be still.

That is what I’m hearing from the Lord now. Anyone who truly knows me knows how I am about being silent when I feel like “I” need to say something or “I” need to make something better. However, there are things in our lives that do not get better when we get involved.

This video has spoken volumes to me today. I hope that if God has told you to be silent and you just don’t understand why….this video will give you the answer you are seeking. It sure helped me!

Video Friday – Lean In

I have had the phrase, “Lean in” going off in my brain for a few days now. I was reminded of this because a friend of mine has been having some difficulty in her life  and it reminded me of times when I had difficulty. Our circumstances are a little different but the way we need to go about them is the same – Lean into Jesus!

This has been a difficult lesson for me to learn (and I’m still learning it) because I’m a runner. When things get bad and there isn’t anything I can do to fix it, I take off. After all my thought was, “if I can’t fix it, what is the use.” But God wants us to LEAN IN when these things happen. I’ve been practicing this along with WAITING on the Lord for an answer (whew is that a hard one!).

This video is short but it is EXACTLY what I discovered the hard way and I want to share with you in hopes you won’t go through the tough times I went through as a result of not leaning in. Enjoy!

Video Friday – Lecrae

As I was looking for a video for today, I had one thing in mind that I was looking for – a talk about listening. This has been on my mind since a conversation I had with my husband about listening (yes ladies, I had that discussion with my husband and he actually listened!). Anyhow, this video really isn’t what I was looking for but it was something I needed to hear (thank you Lord!).

I am getting ready to start a new job. To be honest, since being off for a couple months I have enjoyed the extra time with the Lord and I don’t want that to end. I even asked the Lord if it were possible for me to be able to go part time instead of full time because I didn’t want to stop doing those things I had more time for – making video’s, blogging, spending time with Him, oh yeah, and cleaning my house!

Then I come across this video. Truth is, I don’t have to separate the sacred from the secular. I’m born again, I take Jesus where ever I go. Watch this video. Although it is geared toward college age students, I promise you will get something out of it. I sure did.

 

Lecrae is a Christian hip-hop artist. His music has reached so many people for Christ. In fact, you will find part of his testimony in the video I have on here to learn about who Christ is and what He can do in a broken life (Click here for that video). 

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Be Approachable

 

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Photo by Kevin Laminto

I find it amazing how God brings to me the subjects that I blog. I read something or hear something and its as if a light goes off. It isn’t just once, its several times which leads me to believe it’s a God thing and I need to study on the subject matter.

The idea of being approachable has been in and out of my head for quite some time. Social media fuels the fire of approachability (as it fuels many fires – some not so great).

Our culture has encouraged women to fight for who they are and to do whatever it takes to have their voices heard. To some degree, I agree with being heard. Lord knows, I love being heard — really heard. I want people to believe I’m strong and capable of doing anything anyone else, regardless of their gender, can do. However, this “girl power” mentality has morphed into something I can NOT stand behind. It has made women unapproachable, unkind, hard hearted, and bitter. The saddest part – a lot of these women are Christians.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19-21

The girl power culture of today is a manifestation of the flesh; it is of the world and not of God. Look at some of these things in the above verse that pertains to our subject (and remember I’m talking to my Christian sisters).

  • Fornication – There is an idea that a woman can, without any consequence, have relations with anyone she wants married or unmarried.
  • Uncleanness – Purity is looked at today as “old fashioned.”
  • Lasciviousness – Where I see this most is the shamelessness. The idea that, “I have the right to do or say whatever I want because that is just who I am.”
  • Hatred
  • Variance – Look on social media, people are causing strife all over the place and a great many of those are women – Christian women.
  • Emulation – Trying to get ahead no matter who gets in the way and allowing jealousy to be the fuel.
  • Wrath – An unquenchable anger. You see this all through social media. There are Christian women who are angry about EVERYTHING and their light is so dim.
  • Strife – To put oneself before anyone else no matter the cost.
  • Seditions – Causing division among one another.
  • Envyings – Jealousy can cause so much division among sisters.

I know this seems raw and tough to hear and to see – especially if you are guilty of one or more of these things. I know just by looking each one of these up, I have seen how I’ve been like this at one time or another. Trust me ladies, I am not innocent of never doing any of these since I was saved but that doesn’t mean at any time I should be proud to have them in my life.

Now back to our subject at hand – approachability. If you have any of these manifestations of the flesh as seen above, how can you be someone that others want to approach? As Christian women, our desire should be to do the will of the Lord. We are ambassadors of Christ. That means, we represent Christ on earth. Many times, we are his mouth piece. How can we be when people fear approaching us? How can we be approachable when we put on social media that we are a malicious woman? None of these attributes foster approachability. In contrast, they feed division and inaccessibility.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-25

I love how God leaves the good stuff till last! I just didn’t think it was right to say, here is what we shouldn’t be without finishing it off correctly. These are the attributes that a Christian woman (or man for that matter) should exude.

  • Love – This is the type of love that God has toward man (agape). We can never love exactly as God does but if we are trying to, I guarantee you will be doing a fine job!
  • Joy – This is a woman who rejoices in the Lord and with her sisters. You can see it even before she even opens her mouth.
  • Peace – No drama for your momma with this woman. She wants people to be at ease around her and the environment around her is tranquil. People feel safe around her.
  • Longsuffering – This woman has endurance with others. She sees everyone has struggles and is patient with her sisters.
  • Gentleness – Kind is how you would describe this woman. You know when you go to her for help, she will never bring you down. She will always be a soft place to land.
  • Goodness – Here in the south, they would say this woman has a good turn. She is pleasant to be around. You know she is always going to treat you fairly.
  • Faith – This woman seeks the truth, finds it, and lives it out. She loves Jesus and believes in the power she has in Him.
  • Meekness – This woman has a humble spirit. She knows her strength comes from the Lord. She is gentle with others and with herself.
  • Temperance – Again, God left the good stuff for last. SELF CONTROL! This woman realizes she has a “natural man” that can come out to play and when he does, nothing good comes of it. She understands she must put her flesh under the authority of Jesus Christ. She doesn’t use terms like, “that is just how I am,” as an excuse for bad behavior. When the old man comes out to play she quickly pushes him away and then asks God for forgiveness of her sin.

All these characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit are approachable characteristics. These are the things that attract people to want to talk to us and more than that, it is what attracts them to Jesus.

Be approachable ladies; it isn’t weakness. It is what makes us strong in the Lord and brings others to Him. Love you all!

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