Wednesday, May 18, 2016
I know. That doesn't sound like the most romantic thing anyone has ever done, but you need to know my wife. My wife LOVES goats. Personally, I could take them or leave them. They don't really make me turn my head and shout, "Goats!" But that's how they effect my wife.
Do you do things for people you love to make them happy? Of course you do. That's what love is all about, thinking of others before we think of ourselves.
Do we show God that we love Him in a similar way? How do we love God? What are some of the things we do for Him to make HIM happy? Umm . . . go to church? Umm . . .
15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." - John 14:15
Have I kept God's commands? Do I love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength? (Luke 10:27). Do I love my neighbor as much as I love myself? (Mark 12:31).
This morning my friend bought me some Munchos. She knows I like them. She was demonstrating her love for me by getting me something I enjoy.
My wife made me fresh green beans last night for dinner? Why? Because she knows I like them and wanted to make me happy.
I think we make God happy when we do things for others. When we sacrifice ourselves or go out of our way to help someone.
A few days ago I visited a friend in the hospital. He fractured his back in several places - shattered his vertebrae. He's in quite a bit of pain. As I stood to leave he reached out his hand to me. As I grabbed it he said this to me.
"Let me pray for you" and he did.
Do you think God was happy when this man offered prayers for someone else, even though he himself was in need of them? I do.
As we walk through this world let us be on the lookout for opportunities to express our love for God through the way we treat others.
"34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’ - Matthew 25:31-46
Love One Another