After church I saw a person standing on the corner of an intersections asking for money. I gave him some, because I knew that is what the Lord wanted me to do. Honestly though, can’t these people get a job? Last Wednesday night at Bible study that new gal told us she had messed up in the past with some “inappropriate behaviors”. Really? I told her that God loved her and would forgive her, but I know she will do it again! Gees, I go to church every time the church doors are open…cannot say the same for my neighbors.
We go out and eat every Sunday after services. I swear though, I told my husband and kids that I will never go back to that restaurant. That waitress was simply awful! I don’t know how many times I had to correct her and let her know she was doing a lousy job. One of her co workers whispered to me that her husband and just left her and her two year old little boy. Well, I felt bad for her, but she had a job to do and was getting paid. I expected better service and I told her so before we left!
NOW, before you start throwing tomatoes….or stop reading…this is an exaggerated story! I would hope that I never consciously said or acted this way! I especially would not have wanted to act this way in front of my kids….but, it does sound vaguely familiar. That isn’t good. Did I say things as I “do good Christian” things in front of my children when they were at home with me? What message have I sent them?
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all the mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing…..Now we see but a poor reflection in the mirror, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Our lifestyle and the good “Christian things” that we do to be a “good Christian” keep us from loving. This type of bondage enables us to do things which mean nothing to the kingdom. They are done out of obligation and not out of love. Agape love allow us to love without condition. The highest form of love is when God infiltrates our hearts and we are able to allow Him to love through us…agape love.
Is this easy? Not always, but it is completely attainable when we understand the love that GOD has for us. When we abide in his love and surrender our will and life to him, we are able to love, and that love drives us. It allows us to “want” to love and share. We are personally convicted to do out of our hearts, and not out of obligation. It is useless to do anything…without love.
Children are beyond honest. I messed up…alot. They could tell you stories, I am sure. These simple lessons of loving, without obligation….and through love are the lessons I hope my children remember. And if they remember my mistakes( I am sure they do when I think of hearing them repeat my words as I yell at the driver in the next lane)….I pray that they do learn from them, and not repeat them.
IN CHRIST ALONE
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