Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Through My Window Part II
When we entered into covenant relationship with God through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ, the Lord gave us a new heart capable of loving and obeying Him. This new heart also has the ability to love others even as Christ loved us. In fact, we can even love our enemies when we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with the fruit of His love. This kind of love is far more than mere emotion. Instead, it says, "I love you in spite of any flaws I see in you." The world cannot love like this, so they will notice when we do.
Our love for God is reflected in how we love and treat others. A good way to check ourselves is to see how well we are doing in our relationships with our family and friends. If things are not going well, it could be that our love for God reflected in our obedience to Him is not what it should be. Remember, the quality of our vertical relationship affects all our horizontal relationships with our fellow man. We need to remember Paul's admonition: "So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (I Cor. 13:13).
Love and service go hand in hand. Practically speaking, we cannot be good leaders, teachers, pastors, or disciples unless we are willing to serve the needs of others. Again, this is contrary to the way in which the world thinks and acts; therefore, it becomes a powerful testimony of Christ's redemption in our lives.
Finally, a quality which is so often overlooked in our hustle, bustle lives is fellowship. The fellowship of believers is critical for our growth in Christ. In the letter to the Hebrews, the writer says:
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near"
(Hebrews 10:24-25). The purpose in gathering together is to worship God and encourage one another. Rubbing against other saints, like iron sharpens iron, refines us in our faith and makes us able to withstand the arrows of the enemy. We have fellow soldier/servants who stimulate us to good deeds and pray for us when we are down. Why do we neglect something so valuable? We comprise the Bride of Christ, and we know that wherever two or three are gathered He is there with us. No man alone is as strong as he could be with the assistance of brothers and sister in the faith. Fellowship provides the platform for accountability when we sit under the teaching of God's Word and interact with other believers in corporate worship. Our lives will be enriched when this is present on a regular basis.
Prayer, our good conduct and right speech, Bible study, our love of God and fellow men, service to others and fellowship in worship are all reflections of our new heart in Christ. When we display these, the world will notice and God will receive the glory. We are made to shine for Him.
As I look through my window each day, I delight in what I see. I know that the Father in heaven delights in us when He looks into our hearts and sees these qualities in full bloom. Meditate on this and examine your heart in light of His Word. May we bring praise to God the Father when He looks into the window of our heart! Selah!
I welcome your comments here. Please leave an insight, word of encouragement, or thought here. I enjoy reading them.
P.S. All the pictures are taken from the windows of my home with my new camera. It is a delight to be able to share them with you. If you would like to use one, please ask me for permission. Thank you...hope you are blessed!