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Let Them See You

At work, I am required to wear a red t-shirt. It just so happens that the only red t-shirt I have is my #JESUS shirt that I was given to by our church. Every single day, I am required to interact with people.

All types of people.

Happy people, mad people, tired people, lost people. I think you get what I am saying. I am in retail. There are many different types of people that walk through those doors.

I am called to be joyful, loving, forgiving, slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. I am called to respond in love, not matter what the person comes in with. As I look down at my red #JESUS shirt I am reminded, even without the shirt I am always carrying Jesus with me.

I am his child.

Therefore, no matter where I am I should be responding the way he would. In love, joyful, abundant in mercy, slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen. This shirt has given me an unexpected accountability. It does not matter how people treat me, I choose to respond in love.

There are many times where I do need to pray and ask God to help. He has been faithful to point out and show me things through his eyes. He has shown me those who have needed prayer and given me the opportunity to do so. Glory to God for even giving me the opportunity to be a vessel.

No matter if you have on the red #Jesus shirt or not. Let us be reminded that we are always called to show love and respond just as Jesus would. Those we interact with should hear him when we open our mouth and our actions should all reflect him. The fruit we bear should be fruit of the spirit, ripe and juicy all the way through.

The love we show is not based on how they treat us. Aren’t you thankful that God’s love is not based on our performance? I am so thankful for his mercy and his grace.  Because, I do slip up from time to time.

I write as a reminder this morning, let Jesus shine through you today. Let your speech be seasoned with salt and every action you take be motivated by his love.

Let all we do be done for him and his kingdom.

When people see us, let them see and feel the love of our heavenly father.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. -Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

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

But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge]. -Galatians 5:22-23 AMPC

 

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Joshua’s Conquest Of The Northern Cities

I can only imagine staring at an army as big as “the sand on the seashore” & God commanding me to not be afraid and telling me tomorrow would be the day they would all fall. God gave Joshua a warning that this war was about to be long. But, God also gave Joshua a command to be strong and a promise of their fall. I could not help but notice that Joshua killed them all with the sword just as God has commanded. He did not miss one beat. He completely destroyed all of them. They very thing that destroyed them all was what Joshua was standing on, God’s Word. After a very long time of war standing on God’s word and being obedient in what God called him to do, the war had ended and there was rest in the land. Rather than looking at the war that we are in the midst of, let us be like Joshua and our foundation be on God’s Word. Let us put on our armor and draw our sword, trusting in God and walking by faith rather than what is in front of us🗡📖

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Love Gives

I want to love.

I want to love like Jesus. But, the more than I studied love and the action of love put in motion…the more I realized I needed a deeper revelation of love in it’s TRUE form, God.

See, God’s love is heavenly. Jesus is truly the perfect representation of love. Here on earth, love has expecatations. Unhealthy ones at that. Here on earth we tend to hold people to a standard that they don’t even know we have and then grow disappointed when they do not reach it. But, that is not love at all. Love does not have expectations of what it can get. Love gives without an expectation of a return.

When we had nothing to give, Jesus gave us everything. That is love. Rather than holding people to a certain expectation and loving people based on their actions…we need to love like Jesus. We should freely give love to others, because Jesus has freely given it to us. When we had nothing, he gave it all for both you and me.

I am not sure where you are at. But take the time to reflect on your relationships. Are you loving to recieve or are you loving freely?

Love gives & love gives some more.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:4‭-‬7 NKJV

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“He Loved Them To The End”

As I read and studied John 13 this morning, the love of Jesus began to shine through the pages and upon my heart. As I studied, Jesus gave me a fresh perspective of his love. His love for others, including Judas. He never stopped loving him and he commanded us to us to not stop either. While Judas was betraying Jesus…Jesus actually gave the disciples this commandment:

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”-John 13:34-35 CSB
I cannot help but think of the actions of Jesus during this. He knew what was going to happen. He knew what Judas was doing. Yet, while he was being betrayed, he commanded the disciples to love one another.
Jesus never stopped loving Judas.
He never told us to stop either.
Jesus commanded us to do the opposite.
Even though Jesus knew Judas’ heart and the pain he was about to endure, he still had communion with Judas and he still washed his feet. He still humbled himself and served him.
When I began to re-read the chapter, there was an essential part that I missed in the very beginning of the chapter.
“Before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”-John 13:1 CSB
Judas was one of Jesus’ own. He loved him till the end and commands us to love him till the very end too. No string attached. Just love.
Have you ever been betrayed by someone you love? Someone you thought would never hurt you?
If you are reading this right now, I am sure you have. Jesus is the perfect example of how we are called to live our life. He is the perfect example of pure love. Pure love, love’s even when it has been betrayed. Pure love, love’s even in the midst of of being hurt. Love does not give up or waver due to to circumstance. Pure love, love’s despite people’s actions. As God’s word states, by loving those that have done us wrong, we show that we are his disciples & we are following his example.
If you are hurting because of someone as you read this, take this moment to have communion with the father and forgive them. For me, this meant me asking for forgiveness too. I am still learning to love. I still stumble from time to time. However, I choose this day, at this moment, to love like Jesus. I choose to love not based upon other people’s actions. But, love because Jesus commanded me to and gave me the perfect example to do it. I hope you take this moment to chose to love like Jesus too.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have#LetLoveBeMyMotive