Monday, March 28, 2011

Just like Jesus?

So it's my last week of my Breaking Free Bible study now, something that is bittersweet. I have enjoyed and been blessed by it so immensely. Praise the Lord for Godly women like Beth Moore. The other day I was going through and I came upon this part:
"The more we gaze on the beauty of the Lord as we seek Him in His temple, the more our lives absorb and radiate His splendor. [Like the husband showing the photo of his beautiful wife] God also wants to show off our pictures. His ultimate goal is to display our portrait and say, "Doesn't she [he] look so much like my Son? A remarkable likeness, wouldn't you say?" That's what it means to be a "display of his splendor." A living and visible portrait of the beauty of God."
What an awesome way to put it! I want God to be proud of me and my actions. I want Him to see His Son in my countenance.

Psalm 27:4- "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Zephaniah 3:17

17 The LORD your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

I thought this verse was encouraging, so I decided to share with all of you! :)
Sorry it's been a while since I've posted, I've been super busy with my classes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Even those you don't like...

Picture with me if you will, someone you really don't like. Got it? Now, why don't you like them? For me it's because the person is arrogant and selfish. I get so frustrated with them. Some people just don't seem to be very easy to love. Yet, God calls us to love one another! That means everyone, not just those who love you back or are nice to you.

1 John 3:16-18:
16By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

We only experience love because of Christ. In patterning our lives after Him we are called to love each other and to show that love in our actions.

A little farther and we read-
1 John 4:7-10:
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

We can only show love because of what God has done. God is to be our example of unconditional love. He gave His only Son, which has to be the most amazing show of love. Not only did He give His Son to die, but for an incredibly wicked man-kind, the very ones who would crucify His beloved Son. If anything we owe it to God to share His love with everyone.

Let's Continue:
1 John 4:19-21

19 We love because He first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother

I take it that John is saying that if we hate someone we do not truly love God. We need to be free of our hatred or even "strong dislike" and, with God's help, learn how to have unconditional love for one another.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14:
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Serving Others

Each person you meet is Jesus in disguise. -Mother Teresa

Well...I disagree and agree with this reminds me of the verses in Matthew 25.

Matthew 25:35-40:
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you

took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came

to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or

thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or

when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them.

'Assuredly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."

When we help others and serve them, Jesus says we are serving Him. So I agree with her that in a sense every person who needs help can be seen as Jesus, that we are doing it for Him and to Him. I just don't want to get to carried away and say it IS Jesus Christ. Because I know that my Jesus is in Heaven with my Father. :)

"You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." - Amy Carmichael