As followers of Christ we are commanded to love one another. But God wants to remind us today that love is more than emotion. Pure love is active. You can’t really say you truly love someone without doing something to express it. That’s what Jesus did. He sacrificed and humbled Himself because of His love for us, and He wants us to do the same for others, even to those who don’t deserve it.
[ A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.-John 13:34-35 ]
The Bible teaches us that faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen. It gives us assurance about things we cannot see. God is reminding us today, that whatever it is we are going through, all we need to do is just believe in Him 100%, then according to our faith, it will be done unto us.
[ “For I am the LORD, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13 ]
The best way to respond to something wrong is to do what is right. Yes, some people are hard to deal with, but life can still be lived with joy and peace when you focus on following God’s will. Remember that at all times, God looks at our heart. He is just and He is our Rewarder. In life, there will be testings of patience and faith, but our God will be faithful to give us the strength to do what is pleasing to Him.
[ “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” -Romans 12:18 ]
[ “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” -Ephesians 4:29]
Friendships can either benefit us or bring us down. We need to surround ourselves with friends who will lift us up and help us be the best person we can be. God is reminding us today to be aware of who we spend most of our time with and who influences us. We should be strong with our commitment to live a fuller life which includes positive people who inspires us and lead us closer to God.
[ “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”-Proverbs 13:20 ]
Do you get upset every time someone tries to correct you or if someone doesn’t agree with you? Proverbs 9:9 says, “Wise men love to be corrected, for they know it is the only way to be wiser.”
Sometimes, God will use the negative experiences in our lives as stepping stones to prepare us for what He has in store next. So don’t be discouraged and choose to be wise. Take captive every negative thought and win this battle. When you choose humility over pride, favor & blessings will take over your situation.
[ “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” Psalms 25:9 ]
[ All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5 ]
Part 6 of “Becoming Like The Teacher”
The true test of humility happens when you encounter someone you don’t agree with or when you are being corrected. The Bible says there is a time to speak & a time to be silent. Jesus knows this that’s why He himself gave us an example on how to be humble.
Keeping silent is never easy especially when you feel that you have done nothing wrong. But when you choose to humble yourself and give the proper respect to your superiors, you will be wise & victorious. The favor God will be on your side and your blessing will be greater than the pain that anyone has caused you.
[ “The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” – Exodus 14:14 ]
Part 5 of “Becoming Like The Teacher”
We all want to be great at something. We want promotion at work. We want success in school and business. We want to be recognized and appreciated by our friends, family and co-workers.
It’s not wrong to have those feelings because God has placed in our hearts the desire to be great. Today, Jesus wants to let us know that the measurement of true greatness is by service and not status. A man of God once said, “God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.”
So if you love the Lord & work faithfully to honor Him with your life, promotion is on the way! Be willing to do more for others and do not look at your position. Focus on serving others with all of your heart & you can be assured of the great reward that comes through following God.
[ “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 ]
[ He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35 ]
Dealing With Those Who Hurt Us:
God sees us when we are in pain. He knows it when we cry for justice for the wrong things done to us. He wants to assure us today that He understands how we feel & will never allow evil to prosper because He is a just God. But as our Father, He also wants to teach us a different way of dealing with our bitterness. He wants us to learn and follow what Jesus did. Not giving in to anger and surrendering our battles to God gives us the assurance of favor from Him. By letting God avenge for us, we are setting ourselves up for victory over our enemies. So when the enemy is trying to tempt you to fight back, remember what Jesus did.
[ When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly. -1 Peter 2:23 ]
[ For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. – Deuteronomy 20:4]
Importance of Prayer
As followers of Christ, God wants to take us to a higher level when it comes to our character. He wants us to live a life that is not only pleasing to Him but will also bring blessing to others. Jesus was a prayerful Teacher and He wants us to be the same. In this message, we will learn the value of humbling ourselves in prayer and receiving what we hope for through our faith in Jesus.
[ Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. – Matthew 7:7]
The Power of The Word Part 2 – Discipleship & Mentoring Series
The Bible declares that love never fails. If your life is consumed with failure after failure & you can’t seem to find the joy or fulfillment that you are longing for, start following Jesus and show love for others. Make an effort to be blessing to someone. Remember that the smallest good deed is worth more than the biggest intention. If you need help today, you can start by helping others.
[ “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”-Galatians 6:9 ]