Be A Blessing


“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
Luke 6:27‭-‬28 MEV

Walk in love. Always! 

This is the commandment of God in Christ.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  This is the first commandment.  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30‭-‬31 MEV

God showered us with love and favor in Christ Jesus. This was not for us only but so that we would be a blessing to the world.

We are light in the darkness and carriers of hope to the hopeless and dispensers of help to the helpless.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how shall it be made salty? It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out and to be trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do men light a candle and put it under a basket, but on a candlestick. And it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13‭-‬16 MEV


Esteem


Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Philippians 2:3 KJV

The love of God is all inclusive. So should our love and care for one another be the hallmark of our faith.


Share Jesus

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.  Galatians 1:10 KJV

There is no way to be a man pleaser and please God. If you are more concerned about what people might think about you than doing what God asks of you, you are a man pleaser. To be a servant of Christ you must shake off the fear of man and refuse to be intimidated by anyone.

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. Do not blush or be ashamed then, to testify to and for our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for His sake, but [with me] take your share of the suffering [to which the preaching] of the Gospel [may expose you, and do it] in the power of God. 2 Timothy 1:7‭-‬8 AMPC


Peace

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Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  Colossians 3:13 KJV

This is the formula for unity and peace.

Forbearing one another requires us to esteem one another higher than ourselves.

Forgiveness demands that we recognize God as the only righteous Judge.

Walking in love is manifest by forgiving any, and all, hurtful words or deeds to the point they no longer torment you.


Healing a Nation

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:. Philippians 2:1‭-‬5 KJV

The healing of our nation is only possible when each individual esteems others better than themselves. Such is the call to every Christian. Such is the call to every American.
Walking in agape love is to be Christ-like. It is required of the disciple of Jesus and is the one thing that empowers faith. “Faith worker by love.” No love, no real faith, just a bit cheap carnal imitation.

The visible mark of a Christian is their love for one another and others outside their faith. This is what motivates Christians to share the Gospel and material aid with those hostile to it.


No Expectations

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http://bible.com/1171/luk.6.35-36.MEV

John Onyema, one of my Elder’s here at Wellspring Church of All Nations, said, “If you have no expectations, you will never be disappointed.” When it comes to giving or lending this is a great piece of advice.

Our verse today gives us the purity of a caring, giving, godly heart. Whatever we do by way of kindness or benevolence should never be done with a thought of reciprocation.

Those corrupted by sin are incapable of, or not interested in, giving but are only focused on what they can get. Expecting anything different will only bring disappointment and, worse yet, bitterness.

God’s compassion is toward all and if we have His nature in us we should be the same. His sun shines on the just and the unjust alike. May our benevolence be of the same compassionate nature.

Besides, God always returns what we give to the poor. Let our expectation be in the Giver of every good gift and not in the receiver.


Intercession

That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Genesis 18:25 KJV
http://bible.com/1/gen.18.25.KJV

Understanding the heart of God should embolden the resolve of the intercessor to plead on behalf of the people.

God is the final judge and is moved by compassionate prayer.

Don’t give up on the lost because the righteous are few.