whats our motive? are we trying to impress others with our fabulous menu? are we hoping to have our decorations pinned? are we wishing to look like the Martha Stewart of hostessing? after spending time filling our minds with God’s word, it’s time to fill our hearts with more of God’s truths. God calls us to be servants. we are called to care for one another.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3-4 NLT
“So now i am giving you a new commandment: love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” John 13:34-35 NLT
we are to love. not as the world thinks we should love but as the Bible says to love. love is patient, is kind, does not envy, does not boast, is not proud, is not rude, is not-self seeking, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrong, does not delight in evil, rejoices in truth, protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” –Luke 23:34
we need to be filled with Jesus and keep our focus on him before we can pour into the family and friends that will fill our houses this thanksgiving. we need to mend relationships that are broken. we are called to forgive. even if the one we are forgiving does not think they have done anything wrong. Who are we to deny someone forgiveness when Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be forgiven. we have been forgiven even before we could act sinfully.
let’s spend the rest of this week focusing on mending relationships. this does not always means things will be back to normal, or that you will be besties again. it can mean that you chose to end a relationship in a healthy loving way. it can mean that you choose to forgive someone without even telling them. it could mean that you choose to extend an extra measure of grace to someone, or a smile when yo would rather scowl. lets encourage each other and not tear each other down. I challenge yo to reach out to someone special this week. send SNAIL MAIL. eek i know that term terrifies so many of you. but the recipient will be grateful for the time that you took to write the letter/card and mail it out. but remember it’s not what the return, if your person never says that you its okay. you are doing it to be praised, you are doing it to show love, God’s love.
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