How to Sum God's Will up in 4 Words
Is it possible to love people like God does? Is it possible to pray continually? Are both of those things really possible? I believe the answer is yes. Absolutely!
I want to be one of those people. Don’t you?
God once again is using my conversations this week to weave a beautiful message into my heart that I hope I can convey to you today. From prayer to prostitutes to Proverbs to people. Let me explain one at a time and we shall see how God brings it all together like He is so faithful in doing.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
He wouldn't tell us to do this if it weren't possible for us. We can't do it alone. But we can do it with His help. It's a habit that we can develop. With intentional and constant deliberate choosing to talk to Him minute by minute being aware that He is right here with us, we absolutely can. What if you looked at it like this: Christ is in us and therefore, with us all the time. We are literally never alone. Typically, when we're with others we communicate. Now for some of us this means constant words; constant talking, but for others it's a different kind of communication. Although, there are words and conversation exchanged there is still communication in other ways. The point is, we’re aware of them and in constant communication.
God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Yeah, you’re reading it right. A few of my friends and I just finished reading Francine River’s book Redeeming Love. Okay before some of you roll your eyes at me, stay with me on this one. Yes, I know it’s a fictional book. But, let me at least explain why I would even spend time on such unimportant things. I believe God has used Francine to write a story about His love for us in such a beautiful way. In fact, when we got together to discuss reading this book, we spent most of our time with our Bibles open discussing how God used this story to speak into our hearts. And how He can use each of us in the future to love people. I won’t ruin the story for you, because I truly hope whether you’re a man or a woman you give this book a try. Be sure to read the book of Hosea from the Bible along with it. Redeeming Love was written based on it. And if after you do, you find that you disagree with me I will respectfully accept that. And if not, I’d love to chat with you about it.
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Proverbs 3:1
Our current sermon series is on Wisdom particularly from the book of Proverbs. I feel I can sum my notes up from this past Sunday in one sentence. If I fill my heart with God’s truth and walk in God’s wisdom my life will be a picture of God’s grace. There’s that word from last week. 😊
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10:37
We talked about the “good” Samaritan in our Sunday School class. The word good here is an altogether different conversation, but anyhow let’s move on. There was man on the rode to Jericho who’d fallen into the hands of robbers that stripped and beaten him half to death. The people in the parable of the Good Samaritan who passed by him were justifying themselves for ignoring him. How many times do we pass by a soul who’s been ravaged by the world and justify our actions? We all encounter people that are different than us daily. Are we quick to judge by appearance? Are we quick to write them off because they’re too far gone? Or are you inclined to do as the Good Samaritan did? Not worrying about what someone else might think that you’re caring for this soul? Showing love that isn’t conditional on whether they love you back or even simply saying, “thank you.”
God Bringing it all Together
For several weeks now God has been speaking through so many avenues about what sums it all up. Love God. Love People. I feel like I could write about this every week. And every week it would be new. It would be fresh. And always relevant.
The four different things I’ve mentioned here just so happen to start with the letter P and I believe they are the answer to the following questions.
How are we suppose to Love God?
By spending time with Him in prayer. By spending time with Him in His word. This transforms our heart and our minds and is the answer to second question.
How are we suppose to love people?
I believe this comes as a natural side effect, if you will, of loving God. It’s the fruit that is produced from loving God.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
Love God. Love people. My friend.