“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”- John 13:34
Happy Saturday everyone! I just want to thank all of you that have had my beautiful Bride in your prayers this week. She has been dealing with so much these last couple of years with the chronic pain she has been in it just breaks my heart. Through it all though I have seen strength in her that I could never have and I know a big part of that is all of your prayers. So again thank you and TGBTG! Amen?
Ok, so, I have to say that I am really disappointed in myself and many of my fellow believers right about now. I start with myself because like Paul once said, I’m the biggest sinner of them all; especially in this area. As the title says, “We Have To Get back On Our Job”. What do you mean David? I’m glad you asked!
The world is a tough, evil place right now; on that I think we can all agree. It has become so tough and evil that it is no surprise that many of us have lost our way or direction. We have taken on roles that our not ours to take and because of that the Gospel message has been lost in a sea of judgmental tweets, news reports, and Facebook messages that serve only to drive people further and further away from Jesus Christ.
Here are some bullet points to ponder…
1. We don’t always have to be right or “win” every conversation. Sometimes we serve God better just by listening to others. If we are always talking, we can’t listen, and if we are not listening, we have no idea what we are truly dealing with.
2. We are so busy telling others what is wrong, we never tell them what is right. Almost every conversation I see on social media consists of telling everyone that what they are doing is wrong and the punishment for thinking and acting that way. While our statements might be true, do we really think that OUR words and OUR thoughts are going to bring anyone home? It has always been and always will be the Word of God that brings people to Him.
3. We are not doing our job. As the passage above tells us, God gave us a new commandment; to love one another as He first loved us! I’m not saying we can’t speak our minds or lovingly offer advice to those going down the wrong path, but if we aren’t FIRST showing love and compassion to them, do you really think your words will hold any meaning? I was brought to Christ not because someone threw a bunch of words at me it was because of the loving actions that person showed me.
Friends, I know from personal experience that the world we live in makes it difficult to love and be compassionate. Our first instinct is to lash out when we feel attacked or mocked. But we must always remember the example Jesus set for us. Thank about what HE went through and yet He loved us enough to die an undeserving death that WE should have paid. Let us today get back to our jobs, loving others and showing the love of Christ in all we say, all we do, and yes even all we type. Love to each of you!