Are We Showing Real Love?
By Pat Thacker
I’m sure that we’ve caused so much pain and heartache to others as Christians.
We sometimes think we know it all and that we have all of the answers. We do not! And even admitting that is hard for a whole lot of Christians.
Some of us throw stones, when God has told us to be compassionate. We are to think of others more highly than we do ourselves, we run all over that one.
If something is going on and it’s not right by our misguided standards, then to us it’s wrong and we make sure the participants know. How many people have we caused to turn away from Jesus by our actions and attitude.More often than not, we also run off filled with enthusiasm but it’s also misguided zeal, and it’s tearing people apart.
If we would truly take time and listen to the Holy Spirit, then we sure enough would make a huge difference in the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. And that is what we want to show them, real love, so let’s pray for God to help us wait on Him.
Let’s stop doing things our way and practice doing them God’s way, for His way is right.
Dear brothers and sisters,the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. 2 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. 3 For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with Himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. 4 For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in Him are made right with God.(NLT)
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. (NLT)
Love in Christ Pat