Loving Like God

Loving like God is easy to talk about but hard to practice.

This morning on my way to work, I was listening to the Bible. There were two verses that stuck out, I John 4:7-8. These verses talk about the love of God. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

One of the best ways to describe God is love. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 The greatest act of love ever displayed throughout history was when God gave His Son to die for sinners.

One thing that amazes me about God is how just He is. How fair He is. How equal He is. Because as much love as God has, He has the same amount of wrath. Reading through the Bible, we find stories of God’s love but we also find stories of God’s wrath.

God wants us to be like Him, He wants us to love one another…but He wants us to hate sin just as much. We should never hate the sinner, we should never hate one another. But in this day and age we, as a people have a hard separating the sin from the sinner.

How are we as Christians supposed to love like God?

In this world full of hate, how are we supposed to love like God?

The way to love like God, is to tell people about God’s love. The way to love like God is to be a witness. The way to love like God, is to spread the Gospel wherever you go.

We are all human, and at some point we will all disagree with one another but that doesn’t mean we can’t love each other. As a Christian, I want to show God’s love by being a witness to those around me, whether we agree or not.

When it comes down to it, if we don’t love than we don’t know God like we should. Each one of us should strive to be closer to God and one way we can do that is by loving others!

Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 19

Chapter 19: The Right Way to be Selfish

Everyone to some extent loves themselves. We all have a selfish nature in us. Some people are able to keep it in check while others let it run their life. There are those selfish people out there that do everything for their own good and well-being and do not care for anyone else. They are the ones that constantly hurt those around them, not caring how it affects their family and friends. This world is full of selfish people. Each one of us needs to do our best to stop living for self and start living for others.

With that being said, let us look at verse eight. This verse says, “He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.” I read this verse and my first thought was, “Hey, I can be selfish and it is alright.” The Lord is saying that if you truly love your own soul, you will get wisdom. It is alright to be selfish if I am gaining wisdom.

If we are going to be selfish, lets make sure it is about the right thing and that is wisdom. Money, fame, and other things cause people to be selfish but this selfishness is a sin. Each one of us should strive to not be a selfish person like this.

So if you are selfish, get wisdom! Then use that wisdom to help others and lift others up and live a truly selfless life.

Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 14

Chapter 14: Keep On Working

I know that we talked about hard work the other day in Pathway Through Proverbs: Chapter 12, but I want to talk about it again today. Hard work is a lost art in our generation today. Most people want everything without doing anything for it.

“Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4

” In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.” Proverbs 14:23

These are two really good verses about hard work. Let’s take a quick look at both of them. In verse four we see that it is talking about oxen. Oxen are beasts of labour, they are beasts of hard work. God is showing us a picture here that the only way to get increase is by hard work. Yes, the crib will be clean if no oxen are in it, but just don’t expect any increase from not working.

In verse twenty-three we see that labour brings profit. We also see that talk brings penury which means extreme poverty and destitution. If we look at all the successful people in the world, they got there through hard work. They just didn’t talk about wanting success, they worked for it. They probably had late nights, early mornings, long days; they probably were tired all the time but they knew it was worth it at the end.

The reason why people don’t see that profit or that success, they quit at the first bump in the road. They stay down after the first fall. If success and having profit was easy, everyone would be successful.

Too many people want the fruits of success without tilling the ground, sowing the seed, watering, and pulling the weeds. The people that truly enjoy the harvest are the ones that put in the sweat and labour to make it happen.

If you have been working hard and giving everything you got but still don’t see success or profit, DON’T GIVE UP!! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you can and will make it if you continue to work hard.