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Here’s a thought that can help you and me to do the godly thing more often:

“All glory to Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding His blood for us.” (Revelation 1:5)

Jesus loves us and freed us from the sentence of eternal, spiritual death when He went to the cross for us.

We can never thank Him enough but we can show our appreciation by giving Him all the worship and service we can.

Even if we praised and served Him with every waking breath and action, we still couldn’t match what He’s done for us by rescuing us from an unimaginably horrible forever.

Give Him glory in every part of your life, my friend.

Speak as He spoke.

Serve as He served.

Resist temptation as He resisted temptation.

Love all sorts of people as He loved all sorts of people.

Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all for the glory of God, we’re told in Colossians 3:17.

He did SO much for us.

Let’s do more for Him at work, at home, at church, in the neighborhood or wherever.

As always, I love you
Martin

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As a kid on the playground, I couldn’t stand it when a bully was picking on another kid.

Sometimes, I even got into trouble because I invited the bully to leave the kid alone and pick on me instead.

It didn’t turn out well for either of us at such moments.

Even as an adult in ministry, I’ve had occasions when I interceded in situations where one person was being treated unfairly and the attacker’s guns were then directed at me.

That’s OK. I just didn’t want the weaker person to be suffering unjustly and I knew that the Lord would sustain me during the attacks.

Part of being a Christian involves helping the weaker, whether emotional or physical or financial.

If we see someone hurting — particularly if from unfair treatment — our hearts should be moved to intercede in some way.

It’s not just about helping them, but also about confronting those who trample the rights of others.

Not everybody is able or willing to stand up for the weak person’s rights.

Those of us who can should do just that.

“The godly care about the rights of the poor;
 the wicked don’t care at all.” (Proverbs 29:7)

It’s like dealing with the bully on the playground.

If there are no boundaries drawn against attacks on the weaker, other wannabe bullies surface and chaos ensues whether in the workplace, the school, the church or the extended family.

If you have a friend or relative needing help in dealing with a corrupt mortgage lender or a neglectful landlord or an exploitative employer or a vindictive, manipulative relative, please pray for wisdom on how to pray with that person and perhaps even coach that person into better strategies for response.

It’s the godly thing to do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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If our love for another is contingent upon what they first do for us, then we have a vocabulary problem.

You see, we’re not showing “love” to the person.

Instead, we’re making a deal with the person.

You do for me and then I will do for you.”

This attitude shows love alright, but it is egocentric.

It is a contract.

God calls us to have covenant love.

He wants us to be committed to loving others because it is the right thing to do, regardless of how we are treated.

If the person reciprocates, that’s a wonderful blessing.

But if the person doesn’t reciprocate to the desired extent, we are still blessed by knowing that we are obeying God’s command to love as He loves.

Check out this little bit of love language from today’s reading in the One-Year Bible:

“We love each other because He loved us first.” (I John 4:19)

God loved us before we loved Him.

Amazingly, He loves us even if we don’t love Him.

What He did — and does — for us is what we’re to do for the people in our lives.

Particularly those closest to us.

Yes, some people are sometimes hard to love.

But we are called to show kindness, patience, forgiveness, generosity, acceptance and then keep repeating these things over and over and over again with our spouses, our children, our siblings, our co-workers, our friends, our neighbors and our church members.

Sometimes it’s not easy.

But do you think it’s always easy for God to love us?

Let’s love first.

It’s what God does.

It’s what the godly do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Living the Christian life isn’t complicated.

It’s just not easy.

Being faithful is never about brainpower.

But it is about willpower.

As in deciding we WILL obey God’s will.

“And this is His commandment: We must believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them. And we know He lives in us because the Spirit He gave us lives in us.” (I John 3:23-24)

Is God living in you?

If so, He is loving through you.

Love somebody today in a way that unmistakably overflows from the love you have for God.

It’s why He saved us.

As always, I love you
Martin

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