‘Love’ is an action verb

Have you ever known that person that just frustrates you. They insult you, lie to you, and treat you terribly. They seem to have no decency, and will do anything to try to make you unhappy. Perhaps I’m exaggerating, but we all have known someone who fits at least one of those qualities. How do you treat that kind of person?

It is our natural reaction to reject them, turn our backs on them, and wish them a good life. Or, insult them back, or get "revenge." Or, maybe a fist in their face feels a little more appropriate. Whatever the negative reaction, it is not Christ-like.

Christ commanded us, "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." (Luke 6:35) Notice the word "love," yes, that one. Love is an action verb. Love is an action. Christ did not command, "Don’t hate them." He commanded "Love them."

Let me ask you, who treats you terribly? Who disrespects you? Who is the last person you want to be around? Are you loving that person? I would like challenge you, take some positive action toward that person. Give them a compliment. Do them a favor. Maybe even give them a gift.

Let’s show others God’s love for them through our actions that the name of Christ may be glorified!

"Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." – 1 Peter 3:9

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." – Luke 6:35

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An Exceeding Joy

Spending time with someone you love is almost always a pleasurable thing to do. Do you remember being little and having that favorite friend you always had fun with? I mean, you had fun even if you were just sitting on the floor doing nothing. Even now, I am sure there are people who you want to be around, simply because it makes you happy to be with them. Well, if we get to know God, we will find that time with Him gives us the greatest pleasure of all.

When we spend time with God, we will find our greatest pleasure from fellowship with Him. But here’s the thing, we never have to stop enjoying our friendship. Think back to your childhood friend, there was always a time when you had to come inside, or do your homework, or something. God is everywhere, and we can keep our fellowship with Him wherever we go.

Christians, I would challenge you, seek to have that intimate relationship with Christ. Get close to Him. Learn to delight in the God who saved you. When we learn to delight in God, we will seek Him as David did. Think about David’s heart as is shown in this verse,

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;" – Psalm 63:1

In Psalm 43:4 the psalmist calls God his exceeding joy.
"Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God."

Is God your exceeding joy?

No longer guilty

Do you have guilt? Do you carry a burden of sin? As a Christian, we will still sin. We fall victim to our flesh. We allow ourselves to become soiled with the filth of this world and we fall. But we do not have to live in the guilt of our sin. If we repent, God tells us that he remove our sin.

When Jesus died on the cross, He made atonement for our sin. John the Baptist makes reference to this when He said, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world." – John 1:29. Not only is our sin taken away, but we are given the righteousness of God. "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." – 1 Peter 2:24

Now, if we sin all we must do is confess our sin. We must see our sin as God sees it, and turn from it. Then, we will enjoy fellowship with God again. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:19 Once we have confessed our sin, we do not have to feel guilt. God has removed our sin. Why should we feel as if we must do any more than Christ did.

I would like to encourage you, if you sin, go to God as soon as possible. Confess your sin, ask God to help you, and go right back to serving Him. Once you have done that, you do not have to live in guilt. God has cleansed you.

"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." – Romans 8:33-34

Are you satisfied?

Have you ever noticed how sin does not satisfy you? Your sin has a pleasure for a season, but when that season is over you need something else. Something more. Your sin doesn’t bring you any lasting pleasure. It gives no satisfaction. God wants us to be satisfied.

Psalms 103:5 says, "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:" Look at verse 5 and the benefit listed, "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s." God’s blessing or benefit is satisfaction.

Let us consider a different perspective. 1 Timothy 6:8 says, "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." It is a command to be content. We know that God does not command us to do things that He cannot empower us to do.

God wants us to be content with what we have. He’s willing to empower us to be content. Do you find yourself running after a next high or wanting excitement all the time? Do you find yourself needing a break from it all? Whatever your situation, if you are not content with it, you must go to God. Ask Him to give you contentment. You can never satisfy yourself with sin or any other entity that exists. Only God can give you contentment and satisfaction. Won’t you go to Him?

"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." – Isaiah 55:2