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Casual People

But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain people. 1 Peter 5:5

It’s wrong for us to snub someone or treat them with coldness. I stand guilty of this at times. God calls that pride and it doesn’t make Him pleased. God must be filled with irritation at us proud people. Whenever I say “I’ve had it” I usually run my hand above my head saying the irritation has filled me.

There’s a way out. It’s to be down to earth. It’s to be a plain person. In the movie, Kate and Leopold, Kate is a business woman in every way. Her job is the world to her. Then she meets Leopold. He’s gentle, he’s relaxed, he’s honest and he has principles that he holds to. Kate begins to fall in love and slows down and humbles a bit. Then something happened to cause her to be angry at Leopold. She almost lost her chance to live a life as a casual person who was down to earth and not proud and haughty. But her eyes were opened and her heart melted and she left her fast-paced competitive business world to marry gentle Leopold.

Sometimes a person will rescue us from our pride. Sometimes our Savior painfully but sweetly humbles us. That’s a good thing though because God gives grace to the humble. Pride is no fun but grace is precious.

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2 comments July 7, 2011

Love Each One

Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. 1 Peter 2:17

Every individual is unique. They were created with and still bear the image of God. They’ve had experiences that have shaped them, some shaped into someone we may not approve of, but our God says they deserve dignity from us. We have no right to condemn. John 3:17 says “Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world…” Life has a way of harming all of us and we need to be respectful to each other.

Love your spiritual family…We should pray heartfelt for each other. We should have fun together and learn God’s word together. Common experiences make us one and even the fun helps us grow.

Revere God…Sometimes we want to blame Him for our heartbreaks and mistreatments. Life’s tragedies need to be blamed on someone, we feel. But if we even tentatively trust God He can make a bitter life fill with a little sweetness. That doesn’t make our heartache disappear but like Rod Stewart’s song says “ease my troubles, that’s what you do.”

Respect the government…It can be hard for all of us depending on our political view and who’s in office. In actuality whoever’s in office, whatever our opinion is we should respect the government. We are nowhere near fearing for our lives like Paul was and he respected and even complimented the government officials who were threatening harm to him. The politicians  need and deserve prayer for their safety, for wisdom. For clarity because there’s a lot of blindness on both sides of the camp. And we have to follow the law unless it goes against God’s principles. 

The theme of this verse from 1 Peter is that all people deserve respect. I would say that our Savior would love…other people, our spiritual family, especially our God, and yes even the politicians need someone with a heart praying for them.

2 comments July 2, 2011

Inherent Purpose

Philippians 2:2-4 …make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 

We were talking in Singles the other night about unity of the Spirit. Here’s one description of unity. We count others as better than ourselves looking out to the things of others.  

 Looking out to the things of others is not so much watching  their material goods as watching their situations to see if you can help by praying or in some other more tangible way. It’s being available for other people’s troubles and giving the appropriate assistance. Sometimes all a sick person needs is your prescence to give them a smile. It goes a long way in helping them to heal.

Everyone with no exception was born with pleasure in God’s heart and a purpose for their lives…a fresh, new little person. Sometimes someone ruins their purpose nevertheless the image of God remains. So all people deserve respect and should be looked up to so their purpose can be realized or fulfilled. My brother who is a policeman treats with respect all his juveniles who get into trouble. Each situation is different but he tries to sit at their level and discuss with them their issue. He listens and  solves it with the least amount of punishment and the greatest benefit for the youth. That should be the attitude of all of us: how can we better the other person’s life so they grow and fulfill their purpose.

These don’t come easy. But I’d love to grow in this area…treating everyone from leaders to children with respect and helping them to realize their purpose

Add a comment May 25, 2011

His Language

1 Thessalonians 1:11 And that ye study to be quiet…

I’m a really quiet person, at least I was when I was younger. But now I’m always wanting to chat and write and comment.  If I had to be quiet God would have to bridle my tongue because I can’t. 

Actually, what God is saying in this verse is I can but it takes work. He’s also saying I need to work on it. It’s not an option.

Quiet is not a void of words, it is a gentle spirit that is trusting Jesus.  It’s a spirit that isn’t angry. So you can talk a lot and do it peacefully and gently. Sounds like what I need.

So how do I work on that? I study…but what? Verses on fear and what the chasers are. Verses on condemnation and how there is none. Verses on grace how it forgives and how it sustains. Verses on God and His plan to redeem from almost “in the beginning.” We just have a beautiful God. I want to study and learn to speak His language

Add a comment April 29, 2011

That Dark Afternoon

But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 1:7, 8

 Jesus said, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, … how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  Luke 13:34, 35

When we deal with each other there’s a lot of room for kindness. Maybe I don’t like what you’ve done. I can still speak to you with gentleness. And it shouldn’t be a smiling facade. The people who wrote 1 Thessalonians gave love to them with their very own souls.
    
Jesus gave His life that dark afternoon not for us to quibble over the choices we make, not for us to cause each other embarrassment, not for us to be condemning.  He gave His life for grace to be shown, for us to feel loved, for forgiveness to be born and freely given.

 Jesus wanted to take the Israelites under His wings. Our love should be like that for each other. Giving of ourselves to protect those we are near to so that they’ll know we are Christians by our love.  

Add a comment April 27, 2011

Surprises

 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one. Colossians 4:6

If you want to know what to say in an awkward situation, err on the side of grace. Be as loving and gracious as you are able. If someone has sinned show them grace. If they’re giving up on life show them grace. If they’re grumpy show them grace.

Grace can turn a life around. When I was at my worst my friends showed me grace. I wondered how could they. But grace washes off on you. I began to learn how to show others grace. Grace feels as good to give as it does to receive.

Most grace surprises us…we’ve done something wrong and someone forgives us. Life should be full of gentle surprises. All of us need a cup of grace.

Add a comment April 22, 2011

Good and Fruitful

…being fruitful in every good work.Colossians 1:10 There must be good works that are unfruitful. Such as the good work is that I do to get attention or honor. There’s a good work that’s unfruitful when I do it out of displeasure with someone.. There is a good work like speaking Scriopture when I’m  really angry and not speaking in love. But there are good works that are fruitful.. That’s what I want my works to be.. Fruitful…Done in love, done in wisdom, for the sake of the other person and to glorify God.  That’s a heavy request but we can tell it’s a necessary one or our works just don’t  count. Paul prayed this for the Colossians because it was important. We need to be praying this for others and for ourselves that what we do would really matter for the Kingdom It would be a warm hearted, holy gift to God.

Add a comment April 9, 2011

Encourage One Another

We all sin. I do. Do you? I sin mainly with my thought life. I can get pretty ornery there. Moses sinned with anger – hitting the rock to make water come out instead of waiting on his God. Paul said of himself he was the chief of sinners. Poor Peter denied the Lord at His most needy time. So we’re in good bad company.

How do we find forgiveness for our sin? Guilt is a heavy burden to bear. Confess and He will forgive like a river of cleansing to wash every spot away. He does this from the cross. Back in time He’s washing our future sins away. So that just when we need it it’s there for us.

Between each other we need to be patient. If I’m a sinner and you are we need willingness to wait for each other to get it right. An encouraging sister can be just what I need when I’m condemning myself for a sin. “But encourage one another daily while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened by sin’s deception.” Hebrews 3:13

A man named Mark was serving alongside Paul and Barnabas to reach those who need to know Jesus. Mark went home in the middle of the journey for some reason. On the next journey Barnabas wanted to take Mark again and Paul did not because he wasn’t strong enough to get through a journey. But Barnabas went a separate way and took Mark with him. Barnabas encouraged Mark and kept him from being hardened by sin. Paul eventually requested Mark go on a journey again because he was helpful to him. We should be a Barnabas to each other.

This is not about serious sins. They are forgiven but are handled in a different way.

Add a comment March 26, 2011

Indelibly

Abraham interceded, prayed on behalf, of some people. He didn’t just intercede once but time after time until he was afraid he was bugging the Lord. But he said, Behold now I who am but dust and ashes have taken on myself to speak to the Lord. He became very humble as he finished his intercession. He was humble but determined that God would hear.

God doesn’t take our intercession lightly. As we plead for the salvation of people or for their lives to glorify God He hears and doesn’t forget. Genesis 19:29 says “He earnestly remembered Abraham [imprinted and fixed him indelibly on His mind]…”

Indelible ink is stuff you can’t wash out in the washing machine. It’s called permanent. Indelible on God’s mind must mean etched or carved there. God will never forget Abraham’s intercession. It was given with concern for the righteous and the unrighteous alike. He was determined to physically save those who were spiritually lost and those who were spiritually saved.

There’s a verse in James that says The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Abraham pleaded with much fervency and with great love. That’s our God too. He is fervently concerned for us and has great love for us whether we are lost or saved. That’s why Abraham’s prayer was indelibly written on God’s mind, Abraham’s heart was God’s heart.

Add a comment February 24, 2011

May the Lord be with the Good

2 Chronicles 19:6-11 “And (Jehoshaphat) said to the judges, Be careful what you do, for you judge not for man but for the Lord, and He is with you in the matter of judgment. … Deal courageously [be strong and do]. and may the Lord be with the good!”

In these days we should judge with grace the way Jesus taught us. When the bag boy talks way too much, when a girl has had an abortion, even when someone is gay, they deserve our love to help them grow in grace and to give them hope.

The ones that Jesus judged with harshness were the Pharisees…those who judged others harshly themselves. They knew the law of the Bible but not the heart of the Bible. They judged with no compassion or grace.

This week I want  to show grace to those around me. I want to judge by my heart not by the law. I want to ask the Lord how to judge the situations of people because He is with us in the matter of judgment. May the Lord be with the good!

Add a comment February 13, 2011

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