Full expression

#fullexpression
 
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
If no one has ever seen God, how can we ever know him? John in his Gospel said, “The unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us” (John 1:18). Jesus is the complete expression of God in human form, and he has revealed God to us. When we love one another, the invisible God reveals himself to others through us, and his love is made complete.
 
Some people simply enjoy being with others. They make friends with strangers easily and are always surrounded by friends. Other people are shy or reserved. They have a few friends, but are frequently uncomfortable talking with people they don’t know or mingling in crowds. Shy people don’t need to become extroverts in order to love others. John isn’t telling us how many people to love, but how much to love the people we already know. Our job is to love faithfully the people God has given us to love, whether there are two or two hundred of them. If God sees that we are ready to love others, he will bring them to us. No matter how shy we are, we don’t need to be afraid of the love commandment. God provides us the strength to do what he asks. ( Life Applications Study Bible)
 
Just this morning I was in a meeting. We where discussing sales techniques. You see , it’s not always what you say, it’s the intensity you say it with. If you are trying to reach someone, you can’t be half dead yourself. You have be super enthusiastic about your message. You have a very short while to grab a client’s attention.
So think about selling the good news of God?in the same way. People are skeptical about it, so you have to be more precise and energetic. My experience has taught me that you really have to be on your game. You do however have a unfair advantage, you have God on your side. All you have to do is your part. Why does God give us that advantage? Because He loves us.
So just like the scripture says, because He loves us we are to love others. Doing that, God will live in you. Not only will you say the right thing, you will do the right thing as well. Just put your trust in God. With God and the power of the Holy Spirit you can love and reach others, even if you are shy.
Just as the commentator says above, you don’t need to change. You stay as you are. It takes all kinds to make our world. So there is a person out there you can love and influence. Don’t stress, God will bring them to you.
Give God a chance to live in you.
“Lord I pray to love others. I thank you for Your for the love. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Reap what you sow

#reapwhatyousow
 
“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” (‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NLT)
 
 It would certainly be a surprise if you planted corn and pumpkins came up. It’s a natural law to harvest what we plant. It’s true in other areas, too. If you gossip about your friends, you will lose their friendship. Every action has results. If you plant to please your own desires, you’ll harvest a crop of sorrow and evil. If you plant to please God, you’ll harvest joy and everlasting life. What kind of seeds are you planting?
 
Have you caught yourself telling a white lie in self-preservation? We have all done this and even gone so far as to not tell the whole truth. We are so concerned about our own image that we do sinful things to gain recognition.
 
Key words in the last while were, “Accept His Love”, “Don’t Pretend”, “Truly Transformed” and “Boast about Who”.
 
The oldest principle in the Bible is seed time and harvest, day and night, hot and cold.
 
You see, no matter what we do, the sun will rise tomorrow. No matter how good or bad the situation is, the sun will rise. God will provide for the birds. Have you watched the birds go to work in the morning for food?
 
Where I live in Cape Town, birds from the neighboring Robben Island make the 7km flight to the Mainland to find food. Sitting on our balcony, some evenings we watch them return.
Do you fly 14km daily for food? I am sure they are successful in their search, otherwise, why would they continue? We can take a “feather” out of their cap.
 
So in daily activities, do the correct thing that is to plant the seed, and the harvest will be plentiful. When at work, be smart don’t waste time. Do the right thing and be guaranteed a harvest.
 
Always place God first in all you do and everything else will follow. Just like the birds, we have to do take action
 
“Lord, I pray that I will please You first. I thank you for the promise of favour. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Listening is key

#listeningiskey
 
‘Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.’ Proverbs 18:13
In these concise statements, there are three basic principles for making sound decisions: (1) Get the facts before making any decision; (2) be open to new ideas; (3) make sure you hear both sides of any story before judging. All three principles center around seeking additional information. This is difficult work, but the only alternative is prejudice—judging before getting the facts. (Life Applications Study Bible)
What the commentary is referring too is the rest of Proverbs 18. Remember what I said yesterday, do you have a life guide? I certainly do, the Bible here is a classic example of wise words.
The Message Bible heading to this chapter is “Words kill, Words give life.
The Amplified Bible Heading is Contrast the upright and the wicked.
This book dates to around 900 BC, everything captured here is still relevant today. It teaches us how to live a Godly life. Consider the headings above; even these words are impactful and make you think. Solomon was responsible for capturing these truths. Many commentators say this wisdom was collected from generations past. For interest sake, Solomon was King of the Israelites and the son of David.
Many of you will agree with me that scripture can be very fitting most times. These words are fitting right at this moment. I am so grateful and humbled by them. None of us is perfect.
For me, listening has three elements. There must be a want to listen, second a desire to learn and improve and lastly, consider carefully what you heard and then apply it. Don’t speak without thinking.
“Lord, I thank you for this wisdom and pray that you will guide us. Amen. “
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I encourage you

#iencourageyou
 
‘We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.’ 1 Thessalonians 2:12
By his words and example, Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to live in a way God would consider worthy. Is there anything about your daily life that would embarrass God? What do people think of God from watching you? (Life Application Study Bible)
Do you have a guideline by which you live? Do you follow a book of instructions?  Are there certain principles that you adhere too?
Our Church runs an outreach programme in a couple of Jails in the greater Capetown area. Obviously to impact and change the lives of the prisoners. Many a time the question gets asked prisoners what went wrong in their lives. Most make the comment they never had a role model. Broken homes a lack of direction and guidance, often because fathers are absent. So my question is if the greater society follows Biblical principles will things be as bad? I need not give you the answer.
I am not sure why society wants to turn on Religion. So consider this take all the religious stuff away, and follow the principles written. One thing I always find amusing is when people have lots to say about religion and no idea what the Bible says. So please comment if you know what you are talking off. I am not judging, merely an observation.
So I encourage and challenge you to take time and study the Bible. It might change your life.
“Lord, I pray for wisdom through your Word the Bible. Amen. “
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Love

#love
 
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
In these verses, the fullness of love is described, in each case by what love does. Love is action, not an abstraction. Positively, love is patient with people and gracious to them with generosity. Negatively, love never envies, or brags, or is arrogant, since that is the opposite of selfless service to others. Never rude or overbearing, love never wants its own way, is not irritated or angered in a personal offence, and finds no pleasure in someone else’s sin, even the sin of an enemy. On the positive side again, love is devoted to truth in everything. With regard to “all things” within God’s righteous and gracious will, love protects, believes, hopes, and endures what others reject. (MacArthur Study Bible)
The power of the Holy Spirit is incredible. With the gift of salvation, you understand that, what more can you expect. I shared this with my family this evening. And it was very fitting this evening.
What I would like to share is trust the power of the spirit and messages that cross your path on a daily basis. Life is about choices. So should we listen to all the words that cross our path? We cant do that, we have a choice and should make the correct decisions. Here are a couple of guides that will direct you correctly, the Holy Spirit, the Bible and our surroundings. By surroundings I mean where you hang out and the company you keep. There is nothing wrong with pubs, but will you develop spiritually in that environment.  The point from scripture do good, and you will produce good. In other words, so a man thinks so is he. You will be judged by the company you keep. Interesting hey?
Reread the scripture, if you apply these words and direction, think of the peace you will receive in turn. I can’t believe that you will receive a different result.
God loves you unconditionally no matter what your choice. It is most probably the most crucial fact of life. God’s love is unconditional.
“Lord may love overcome all. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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Delight

#delight
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭9-10‬ NLT)
Most of us have learned how to be courteous to others—how to speak kindly, avoid hurting their feelings, and appear to take an interest in them. We may even be skilled in pretending to show compassion when we hear of others’ needs, or to become indignant when we learn of injustice. But God calls us to real and genuine love that goes far beyond being hypocritical and polite. Genuine love requires concentration and effort. It means helping others become better people. It demands our time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ.
 
We can honor others in one of two ways. One involves ulterior motives. We honor our bosses so they will reward us, our employees so they will work harder, the wealthy so they will contribute to our cause, the powerful so they will use their power for us and not against us. God’s way involves love. As Christians, we honor people because they have been created in God’s image, because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ, and because they have a unique contribution to make to Christ’s church. Does God’s way of honoring others sound too difficult for your competitive nature? Why not try to outdo one another in showing honor? Put others first! (Tyndale Study Bible)
You see at some stage we all pretend. I wonder why? Because in the end the only one we really need to impress is ourselves and God.
A good habit takes about 3 weeks to learn. You break it in a couple of days. So just like I said before, it’s a call to action. Nothing in this world just happens. We need to make it happen.
So I simply say, Love everything even your job. The right person will notice and rewards will follow. Again its that Biblical principle. Even those difficult situation you might find yourself in, approach it with care, and good results will follow.
“Lord I pray that you will expose the love in us. So that we can love the world and influence it. I thank you for that love. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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Suffering

#suffering
“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬
When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. Peter gave these faithful Christians a broader perspective. In comparison with eternity, their suffering would last only “a little while.” Some of Peter’s readers would be strengthened and delivered in their own lifetimes. Others would be released from their suffering through death. All of God’s faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Christ, where there will be no suffering (Revelation 21:4).
I got home this evening to lovely aromas, a home cooked meal. We take these things for granted. Have you experienced suffering? I am sure you have. What form has your suffering taken? Have you ever gone to bed hungry? Have you ever lost a loved one?
Think of this for a bit. An aunt of mine in one year lost her husband, then her son and just 3 weeks ago her granddaughter. It’s insane and they are a close family. You see God called all of us to share his Glory through Jesus. My aunt is a Christian and she will suffer, but with faith in God he will restore, support and strengthen her. Most importantly, God loves all of us equally, saved or not. Trust me when I say this He will restore you. God will show you restoration and comfort, then, like I said yesterday, you must apply it.
God loves all and I mean all of us. That is why when we accept His Son as our savior, we are promised eternal life. That eternal life is going to be in heaven, can you believe that? Why because God loves us. The incredible peace that I have found in God is heaven already.
A couple of words come to mind as I write this. Love, compassion, care, learn, willingness, holy, humble and pure. There are many more if you apply your mind. Just like God delivers on His promise, we should each deliver on our promises, and that includes our promise to God.
Here is the thing. He will restore, support and strengthen you. From personal experience I can vouch for that. My final question: who in the world will do that for you, only our God?
So if you have suffered a little, put your faith in the only person you can fully rely on, our Lord and his amazing son Jesus.
“Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as the Church the body off Christ let us touch and change the world, to the glory off God. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
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