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Love Only

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (KJV) ( Matthew 5:46-47 )

As God’s people, we are representatives of the difference He has made in our lives.  If we behave the way nonbelievers do, how does this glorify God?  It’s often difficult and ironic to love those who have hurt you in some way, whether it’s a coworker or even your father or mother.  However, it’s amazing how much peace comes to you when you learn to replace resentment with love.

Walk with the Wise

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. ( Proverbs 13:20 )

We can all learn a thing or two from who we spend time with.  The question is whether the person we spend time with is making us a better person in turn.  When we are around others we begin to see different viewpoints, attitudes, and behaviors.  Over time, our minds embrace these thoughts which can make us either a healthier person or lead us down a foolish path.  Are you walking with wise people who share their wisdom to you?

Whoever Pursues

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour. (KJV) ( Proverbs 21:21 )

In our excitement, we try to push people to do things we want them to do. We cheer, goad, and even manipulate them into taking action or performing better. Despite our great efforts, they may not move an inch. It is in these times, it’s most important to love and value that person, especially if they do not take action in the way we want them to. It’s more meaningful to love them with an unfailing love. Are you showing unfailing love to those you are persuading to joining you?

Give You Rest

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV) ( Matthew 11:28-30 )

With so much going on in today’s world, we take on more stress and anxiety than ever before. While we should always perform our best and make a difference where we can, there are many areas where we don’t have control. Instead, leave those worries to God and put all of your trust in Him.  Make a choice today to trust God with all your might and He will answer with peace and love that you can pass on to your family.

Everything You Do

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, (KJV) ( Titus 2:7 )

It’s easier to tell someone what to do than it is to lead by example. Modeling our beliefs is much more impactful and makes the value ingrained deeper in all who see our example. Telling others what and how to react takes the choice away from them. God will speak to them and show them the error of their ways through your behavior alone. Set the example and let all you do be a reflection of Him.

Was Completed

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. (KJV) ( Genesis 2:1 )

How does it feel to complete a project, assignment, or case? That sense of accomplishment and productivity is very inspiring. Yet, if we find ourselves in the middle of an overwhelming project, it’s easy to drop it and move on to an easier task. However, lots of loose ends result and nothing ever gets finished. If you find yourself discouraged and about to give up on your work, try focusing on the satisfaction of accomplishment when you are finished. This will give you the endurance you need to complete.

A Loyal Spirit

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (KJV) ( Psalm 51:10 )

Depending on where you are in your walk with God, sometimes you just feel distant from God.  Usually the distance occurs when we walk towards sin.  It begins to grow and if we let it proliferate our loyalty to God begins to thin out.  You begin to lose your heart for God.  If this describes how you feel, be assured that one step towards honoring God is a step back to the right path.  Spend some time walking with God, thinking about Him, and asking Him to renew a loyal spirit.

This remind me of the song In the Garden:

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
I’d stay in the garden with Him
‘Tho the night around me be falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

Songwriters: Ed Bruce
In the Garden lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc