Don’t Leave Home without
By Cathy Irvin
- We are to stand before one another spiritually transparent.
It may not be easy bearing our true selves to one another, but
it is necessary. What will others see? Will they see self-centeredness
or arrogance? Will they see a self-absorbed life, or will they
see one that gives and serves, one of compassion and caring?
As a believer in Christ, I know that my walk with the Lord should
reflect how Christ would be to all people at all times. I fall
short, but I try every day to do as the Word of God tells us to
do, and that is to “love one another.” I think this
attribute of a Christian’s character is so important. That
is why God emphasizes it so much throughout the Bible.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved
you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one
another above yourselves (Romans 12:10).
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth
so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another
deeply, from the heart (1 Peter 1:22).
In the above Scriptures, taken from the Amplified Bible, it is
apparent that it is a command, not an option, to love. So how
do we do this? Well, obedience to God is the first thing. Then
we need to ask God for His help by praying. It is especially hard
when we do come across those whom we call our enemies, but we
must love them and see them through God’s eyes.
God is love Himself. He is the creator of love. If we stay in
close fellowship with Him, we get to know Him and His very nature
and character. It will not be difficult to put on a garment of
love and humility to others, even if they seem unlovely.
When you rise in the morning, you clothe yourself in the natural.
We should put on our Christian armor, too. We also need to put
on our garment of praise each day in order to meet life’s
challenges. But don’t stop there. Remember to clothe yourself
with love as well. Take the time to look for ways to give it away
to those who really need that special cloak to get them through
their day. You will find that your life will be forever changed
as you look at the world through God’s eyes of love.
But since we belong to the day, let us be self controlled,
putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of
salvation as a helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
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