God’s Love Demonstrated to Others Through You:
Matthew 7:12, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
I was thinking about Bro. Curington’s blog we recently reposted, “What are you doing for others”, when these thoughts flooded my mind.
The Golden Rule (do unto others what you would have them do unto you) requires that our loving relationship with others must be an overflow of our loving relationship with our heavenly Father. We must see others as God sees them. At United Airlines, I am viewed as a premier traveler. There is no question that I am treated differently because of that status. Basically, this means that United teaches its employees to see me differently because they see me differently.
God teaches us to see others as He sees them. He desires us to serve others, as He served them. Our love alone is inferior. It can only go so far. But when our love is infused with the Holy Spirit whose fruit is love, we can now go the second mile and beyond. Our visible love is sustained by God’s invisible love. This is a far greater opportunity that anything United can give to its employees or customers. Nothing compares to the love that God has for people.
1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
One way to learn to focus on others with God’s love is to learn to ask questions that reveal their heart.
- How is your spouse?
- What consumes your thoughts these days?
- How is your health?
- What gets you out of bed in the mornings?
- What gives you energy?
- How can I pray for you?
- What is the biggest challenge you are facing?
- What are you learning from the Lord?
These questions and others that are similar could spark transparent conversations that lead to great opportunities for you to love people as Christ loved them.
One other thing that I have to constantly work at is not only asking right questions, but just as important, listening to the answers without allowing distractions to detour me. I have learned the hard way it is better not to ask those questions if you do not intend to listen and respond without hijacking their answer with one better. Be interested in them and their story.
James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”
Bro. Steve concluded his blog with these words. Today; I trust you will find time to humbly invest in others, for Christ sake.
Life is Found in Death
My friend let me encourage you…reject internal disputation that comes from self exaltation; but rather, in humiliation, focus on others elevation for their own restoration. Then, you will have a blast by being last; for if you are first, you may find yourself cursed![avatar user=”Curington” size=”thumbnail” align=”left” link=”http://rurecovery.com/author/curington/”]Articles from Steve Curington[/avatar]
(Now THAT is a “Curingtonism” – a special reminder of our favorite rhyming preacher!)