I am including this from ODB more for the Insight at the end. It’s the picture of and use of yeast – it’s not an explanation I have seen before and yet resonates. Our faith should not be comfortable – it should always be stretching, changing us and those around us.
As I was praying this morning about a current difficult situation at church I believe God has shown me that we demonstrate our love for one another by valuing whatever the object of our love values.
In other words …
If it’s important to you, it’s important to me. Or put another way ….
How much do you love me if you don’t value what I value?
It helped explain why I have felt unloved in a certain situation, but has also challenged me that my response needs to be one of love. So regardless of how I may feel in a situation if I am to demonstrate my love for someone then I must demonstrate that if things are important to them, then it’s important to me.
Clearly we need to be able to say that in our relationship with God. Whatever is important to Him should be important to us. This needs to set the scene for everything else, and so long as those things which others value are in line with what God desires then I should make sure I demonstrate my love for them by valuing those things.
Clearly this love is then seen more in our actions than our words.
I have come to realize that my desire for recognition, probably out of insecurity, can mean that there are times where I put value on being honored. We always need to honor the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. That is the very essence of our worship. We ought also to honor those around us as we look for and call out their spiritual gifting. However, if we get hurt because we have not been honored, or may have even been disrespected, then it means we are actually placing value on how we are seen in the eyes of men. It should not matter to us for its own sake. It should only matter as much as how we are seen being somehow reflected on God – I need to want to see the Lord glorified above all else and therefore may people see a true reflection of Him in me and give Him the honor and glory. And may my behavior not make people think less of Him.
Today’s Our Daily Bread brought this to mind again.
Having read Joshua 7 I asked myself how does this apply to my life and that of any Christian. My conclusion, we should set our hearts on holiness. We have to take sin seriously and be as ruthless as Joshua shows in this chapter to root out and deal with sin.
Some other thoughts …..
We need to be aware of the chinks in our armour that give room for the enemy to get in
Jesus talks about bringing witnesses when someone is found in sin, giving opportunity for repentance but ultimately being willing to treat that person as though they are no longer a brother.
To balance this see
I received the following from Norman Moss.
Keeping in touch July 2018.
Ah what tangled world wide webs we weave! There is a new acronym: GDPR and it does not stand for Get DePRessed, though I did when I first heard about it. Did you know that you have a legal right to be forgotten? Not, of course, forgotten by tax inspectors. I hope that you don’t want me to “forget” you, but if you do, then please let me know and I will take your name off my contacts list. But be sure God loves you and remembers you! (and so of course will we.)
We were meditating on:-
“But as for me, I shall always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.”
And we felt the Lord was saying:
Be strong in faith and hold fast against the lies of the evil one. Enclose yourself within the strong tower of hope and bar the door against intruders. Do not be afraid, for I am with you and My promise is that I will never leave you, nor forsake you. My presence is guaranteed to you by My grace. The good Shepherd will never leave his sheep to perish. I watch over you and that is the abiding truth in which you can put full confidence. So rejoice and be glad. Praise Me with thanksgiving, and tell out My glory. Let Me bless you with the blessings that can only be given to those of strong faith. Listen to My promptings and walk in obedience to the leading of My Spirit. Seek My face, and you will see My hand working powerfully, and I will yet give abundant harvests.
I am the God of hope, so that those who stay with Me will always have hope. Hope that is strong and vibrant, hope that is sure and certain.
Hope that overcomes all discouragement. Hope that cannot help but praise Me, and My mighty works. Hope that cannot be silent about My salvation which rescues the desolate from the pit of despair and sets them with princes and gives them gladness of heart. Hope that lifts up and causes songs of deliverance to rise up both in youth and in old age.
With our love & blessings,
Norman & Margaret.
This was read out in church on Sunday. I really liked it.