Sunday, September 20, 2009

Learning to Love others!

So many of us are lonely. Everyone needs someone to be there for them at some point in their lives and someone to talk to during difficult times. This is because we are social by nature. Man was created first, then God created a woman for the man. Specifically to keep man company. We have the tendency to lean towards being social in our blood. We are born with this tendency. But this can be our downfall too.

We are constantly disappointing ourselves or each other! We are being close one minute, distancing ourselves the next! Confiding one minute, backstabbing the next! Best friends one minute, enemies the next! We will never find true love through self-gratification or the company of other people. We cant. Its just that simple. We are so small and weak compared with our Almighty Father and Lord of Heaven and Earth.

We are always going to be in someones life and mean something to someone and this is the reason for learning to get along with others. We need to understand that it is essential to learn to exist with each other or "co-exist" in order for us to live a somewhat normal life. More importantly, we must learn to ACCEPT people as they are! Acceptance is a very difficult and touchy subject......................but a subject necessary to our survival as Christians none-the-less!

Love is the answer to co-existing with other people. Love and love alone. Love is what will keep us alive and in touch with our emotions. Love was taught by Jesus, is taught in Christianity, and is instructed by God.

I Corinthians 13:1-8 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseverance. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away! (NIV)

We will find that once we can learn to accept others for who they are, we will begin to notice a shift in our own attitudes. If we can stop expecting others to bend to our whims and construct to our lifestyles, we can start getting along with them and love will begin to show itself evident in our own lives. Love is the greatest of God's Commandments. Love is the root of all that is good and positive!

Can we start showing more love? Can we love one another regardless of what they do or say? Jesus did and He still does! God is the prime example of LOVE. God loves us when we hate Him. He loves us when we deny Him. He loves us when we denied and crucified His beloved Son. A Son who really did not have to suffer such a horrendous death but did so for our salvation. Christ is the ultimate example of love.

Ephesians 4:1-6 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humbly and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make very effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called-one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (NIV)

WOW! We need to keep these passages from the Scriptures very close to our hearts. We need to read them often and when we begin to veer away from love or when we begin to get discouraged, we need to pick up the Bible and read them again.We cannot continue to go through life having our little hate agendas and emotional battles against this person and that. He did this, she did that. They all did something to make us mad or make us feel that we are justified to hate them! WHO CARES! God doesn't care about our little bickers and fights, and neither should we. He does care about us and loves us very much. Enough to sacrifice His only "Beloved Son" in a very painful way, both in the physical and emotional realm. We must always remember this and continue to go back to this every time we feel like hating or hurting someone. God does not want us to always be at odds with one another, He instructs us to love one another as Jesus Christ loves us. Love promotes positivity and good things. Where there is love, there cannot be hate. And where there is no hate, there will be no anger. And where there is no anger, there can be no differences or personal agendas. You see, it is like a love landslide..............................................................

If we are to call ourselves Christians and live as Christians, then we need to read the whole chapter, not just the verse! When we pick up God's Word, we need to READ IT! Let it soak in and actually understand it. Most importantly, LIVE WHAT WE READ. We must stop drowning in self-pity and realize that if we are to be friends of God, we are automatically enemies of the world and people in it. But this is the attitude we need to expect from the world, not the attitude we need to show the world. Let us learn to show more love and less anger. We don't need anyone other than God, our true Father. He is and always will be, our loving Father. He will never abandon us and never hurt us. He will always have a ear to hear our problems no matter how big or small.

Galations 1:6-10 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from Heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ! (NIV)

This passage should serve to enforce God's Word in our hearts and minds. We should read the Word daily and always go back to it when we have questions or when issues arise in our lives. We should learn to put into practice what we read and start living the Word and not just reading it. It is our Instruction Manual for daily living. It was, is, and will always be. God's Word is His word in place of His person. Until Jesus Christ comes back to take us with him to the new Kingdom, we will not see God face-to-face. So, God gave us His Word, the Scriptures, the Bible. We can learn so much if we are willing to actually read. We will not suffer understanding or knowledge from reading the Word because it is final. So I encourage you to make it a habit of reading, studying, and absorbing God's Word. In this, we shall know all things and in knowing, we will have life.

So learn to love eachother as Christ loves us and learn to out into practice what the Word says regarding love. We must love ourselves first, then we can love others. And if we truely love God, than we will love eachother. We will not need someone to talk to or hang on becuase we have God and God will be present in everything we do and everywhere we go. He will take away our lonliness. This is part of the package that comes with giving our lives to God and surrendering to Him our extra baggage and problems. He takes our negative and turns it into positive. He takes away our feeling of lonliness and gives us a feeling of happiness. Our anxiety is turned into excitement. Our pain into resolve. God is the best solution to every problem. Give God a chance and surrender your life to Him today. Give Him everything and He will give you everything. Amen and may God bless you.

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