Friday, February 21, 2014

Simply love in action…

One day a man came to JESUS and said "LORD, what's the most important verse in the whole Bible."  JESUS said, "Love GOD and love your neighbor as yourself."  That's the whole essence of CHRISTianity.  That summarizes the whole law and all the prophets. 

JESUS was saying that nothing matters more than relationships, your relationship to GOD and your relationship to other people.  You can be successful in every other area of life and if you're failing in the area of your relationships the Bible teaches "success + failure at relationships = failure" in GOD's book. 

JESUS also said it like this, the hallmark that you really know that you're a believer, really a CHRISTian, is love.  "By this shall all men know that you're a disciple of MINE."  Not that you have Bible knowledge but that you love. 

There is a word for love in action, and it's called kindness.  Kindness is simply love in action.  It's not a feeling.  It is something you do.  When you're kind you take action, you move, you're practical, you show love in a practical way.  Kindness is so important that GOD sent us an example named JESUS CHRIST. 

Titus 3:4 (NIV) tells us that JESUS is "the kindness of GOD".  If you want to know what kindness is just look at JESUS.  HE's the kindness of GOD. JESUS said "Watch ME.  If you want to know what kindness is, watch ME."  John 13:15 (LB) says "I've given you an example to follow: do as I have done to you."  GOD never asks you to do anything for anybody else that HE hasn't already done for you HIMself.

Just a thought from the front porch…

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