October Blog – With Love

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Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble

1 Peter 5:4-5

How many times have we been guilty of behaving as if we know everything about everything there is to know about everything there is to know?  This is a behavior that naturally impedes the natural flow and dialogue of conversation.   No one really likes to be called a know-it-all but there are times when our behavior reflects this attitude whether consciously or unconsciously.  1 Peter 5:4-5 urges us to be submissive one to another and be clothed with humility.  Dictionary.com defines humility as “the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.”  It seems the act of humility does not allow one to think more highly of themselves than they should.  I Peter 5: 4-5 reminds us how God really feels about the proud; it clearly states that God resist the proud.   So why would he resist the proud?  We are to be witnesses to the love of God.  We are called to compel them to come. Luke 14:23 (NIV)23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full  It is indeed difficult to compel others with a “better than thou attitude.”  The Bible is filled with Jesus’ example of love and compassion that allowed him draw the crowd with humility and love. No Judgment.  No condemnation. He was and shall ever be the Son of God, that according to Mark 10:45NKJV For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.  He did not pronounce judgment or declare his rightful place as the Son of God to demand them to come, but with love and compassion drew them to him.   There was no pride but a true spirit of humble submission that drew all men unto him. As we labor in the vineyard, as we impart the love of God to those diligently seeking, we must display the very same love and compassion that Christ showed, with a humble Spirit.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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, and always perseveres.  For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith Romans 12:3 NKJV.       Let us be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility; let us always be mindful of our actions whether it be in word or deed for we shall all be held accountable.

 

Father God   I pray as David prayed, create in me a clean heart, renew a right spirit within me.  Let your love abound in me that it might touch the hearts of those that a searching and seeking you.  Give me a humble spirit that is a true reflection of you.

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