How We Treat People

HELLO EVERYONE AND WELCOME to another weekend! I hope that everyone made it through the work week in one piece and can enjoy some time of rest the next couple of days. Everyone ready for my message today? Let me know, I’ll wait…..

Ok, that’s enough time. So as usual, every week God seems to want to teach me something different. Which is fine but some weeks I’m like, “I haven’t even come close to mastering the other teaching yet”. But God is God and knows more than me so this week He changed it up again; focusing on how I treat people…

First off, you have to ask yourself, how do you view other people? Actually, I guess it starts off with, how do you view yourself? This is a vital first step because if you view yourself in a poor light, then typically you will view most others the same way. So, how do you view yourself? One that struggles with weight? One that struggles with addiction? One that struggles with your career?

Or do you view yourself as God sees you, which if you have given your life to Christ, is as a model of perfection! He no longer sees the sinful creature you used to be but instead a Child of Glory that He created and with whom He is pleased. So if God sees you that way, do you? Why not? I mean, after all, He did create you and lead you to salvation; do you think He really devalues your worth because you have gained some weight or struggle with a certain sin? Of course not! So again, why don’t you?

Now, once we come to terms with ourselves, that is where it really gets tough because God has called us to treat others, especially our enemies, better than we treat ourselves! So the only possible way to do that is to see others as God sees them. Not as Muslims or Democrats or Republicans or what ever they are, but as children of the Most High filled with potential to also be seen as perfect! Is this making any sense??

I see so much hatred against other people (yes I’m talking to you Christ-Follower as well). Yet we ourselves don’t follow the most basic of Scriptures…

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”- 1 Peter 2:9

 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.– Luke 6:27-36

A few years ago in college I read a book that changed my perception on male/female relationships forever. It was called The Five Love Languages and in that book it talks about how as men we need to look at our wives with “pink” sunglasses and wives need to look at their husbands with “blue” sunglasses because of how different men and women look at the world. Friends, it is time we put on our “God sunglasses”. To treat others the way God has called us to is impossible without first understanding how God sees them.

In this world of hate and insulting, can we listen to the teachings of our Savior and spread some hope? Can we do that CHURCH? Stop the insults of your supposed enemy and spread God’s love; whether you think they deserve it or not! Peace be with you all…

Blessings and Love,

David

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Agape Love,

David

Transparency

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Hello everyone! Its been a minute as the younger generation says. I will say right off the bat that if you are looking for a feel good message today, this post may not be for you. My wife and I have been going through alot and honestly at first I wasn’t even going to write anything. But my oldest son reminded me that I have always been transparent with my readers and that is partially what makes me relatable so with that I guess my open book continues…..

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that being a follower of Jesus is easy. I swear that is one of the biggest lies ever told. It is like some preach that the minute you become saved the heavenly lights open up and all is rosey and clear from that moment on. WRONG! (Not to mention Jesus never promised that so stop preaching it folks). Anyway, with that as a backdrop things for the last two years have been just one train wreck after another in my life. My bride and I have been in and out of the hospital with surgerys, near death experiences, career problems, family issues, I mean its like the book of Job all over again except not as many people have died. Maybe train wreck is too soft an expression for what we have been through in the last two years. Even our vacation we were so looking forward to wasn’t what we had hoped because of our health issues. And of course the inevitable question of “where is God in all of this” keeps popping up. I get alot of the usual Christian one-liners from folks because that is what they are programmed to say but real, physical action, not so much. And all the while it just seems like God is sitting up there on His hands watching the carnage unfold…..

I told you this wouldn’t be a pleasant post right? Oh and I forgot to mention that we just moved in with my in laws to help them out of a financial jam. That too is going swimmingly…..So what now, what do I do? Well God knows my displeasure with all of this happening and two things have come to me this week which I will share with you now. (Maybe this will help someone out there that is also suffering with life..) 

1. Jesus also suffered. Suffered greater than me or anyone else ever would. Why? To save the world. If we are supposed to do all things through Him would it not make sense that we also would suffer to serve a greater cause? Even if unlike Jesus we don’t know the end result?

2. I have always told my oldest son that my life is alot like Moses’ was; I was to lead this family to the Promised Land but that I would never actually see it; that the next generation of my family would be the one. Then a couple of times this week Jesus whispered to me “why not you?” Then I thought, well, maybe that is why the Enemy is pulling out all the stops on us for he fears what my bride and I have on mission coming from God. Maybe that is the same for you today? Maybe its just life in an evil world but I’m convinced God has something special in store for all that seek Him…

Even knowing these two things hasn’t made this time any easier; we just want a break I guess. Then again, so did Jesus….Jesus could have used a break from all that suffering He went through but never got one until it was finished. Maybe our break will come sooner, maybe it wont but of everything I am not sure of, which is just about everything, the only thing that keeps this life upright most days is knowing that Jesus really is there at the finish line just cheering us on. One day all of this pain will be a distant memory; one day the suffering will no longer exist, one day all of our tears will be wiped away. Oh how I yearn for that day……

Agape Love,

David

Transparency

truth

Hello everyone! Its been a minute as the younger generation says. I will say right off the bat that if you are looking for a feel good message today, this post may not be for you. My wife and I have been going through alot and honestly at first I wasn’t even going to write anything. But my oldest son reminded me that I have always been transparent with my readers and that is partially what makes me relatable so with that I guess my open book continues…..

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that being a follower of Jesus is easy. I swear that is one of the biggest lies ever told. It is like some preach that the minute you become saved the heavenly lights open up and all is rosey and clear from that moment on. WRONG! (Not to mention Jesus never promised that so stop preaching it folks). Anyway, with that as a backdrop things for the last two years have been just one train wreck after another in my life. My bride and I have been in and out of the hospital with surgerys, near death experiences, career problems, family issues, I mean its like the book of Job all over again except not as many people have died. Maybe train wreck is too soft an expression for what we have been through in the last two years. Even our vacation we were so looking forward to wasn’t what we had hoped because of our health issues. And of course the inevitable question of “where is God in all of this” keeps popping up. I get alot of the usual Christian one-liners from folks because that is what they are programmed to say but real, physical action, not so much. And all the while it just seems like God is sitting up there on His hands watching the carnage unfold…..

I told you this wouldn’t be a pleasant post right? Oh and I forgot to mention that we just moved in with my in laws to help them out of a financial jam. That too is going swimmingly…..So what now, what do I do? Well God knows my displeasure with all of this happening and two things have come to me this week which I will share with you now. (Maybe this will help someone out there that is also suffering with life..) 

1. Jesus also suffered. Suffered greater than me or anyone else ever would. Why? To save the world. If we are supposed to do all things through Him would it not make sense that we also would suffer to serve a greater cause? Even if unlike Jesus we don’t know the end result?

2. I have always told my oldest son that my life is alot like Moses’ was; I was to lead this family to the Promised Land but that I would never actually see it; that the next generation of my family would be the one. Then a couple of times this week Jesus whispered to me “why not you?” Then I thought, well, maybe that is why the Enemy is pulling out all the stops on us for he fears what my bride and I have on mission coming from God. Maybe that is the same for you today? Maybe its just life in an evil world but I’m convinced God has something special in store for all that seek Him…

Even knowing these two things hasn’t made this time any easier; we just want a break I guess. Then again, so did Jesus….Jesus could have used a break from all that suffering He went through but never got one until it was finished. Maybe our break will come sooner, maybe it wont but of everything I am not sure of, which is just about everything, the only thing that keeps this life upright most days is knowing that Jesus really is there at the finish line just cheering us on. One day all of this pain will be a distant memory; one day the suffering will no longer exist, one day all of our tears will be wiped away. Oh how I yearn for that day……

Agape Love,

David

Something Even Different

Yesterday worked pretty well with interaction and I got to put names to faces for a lot of you! So in honor of Mother’s Day in the comments below put a picture of you and your mom and maybe something you love about her the most. 😀

This is a picture of my Bride and our three sons. She is something my own mother never was; nurturing, loving, and self-sacrificing. For this more than almost anything is the reason I love her so much. 🙂

David