The Right Heart
12/14/2018

Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; Romans 12:10 (NKJV)

We are told in Philippians 2:3, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” This means our consideration for others must precede concern for ourselves (Rom 12:10). One of the practical ways we can we do this is when we encounter another believer when they’re struggling in their walk with God.  

It may sound simple, but it can be tricky at times, especially when our schedules are full, and we have our own challenges to work through. This is because our love has limits, unlike God’s love, which has no boundaries, and is available to all of us all the time. This is good news for us, since we have been called to be imitators of God (Eph. 5:1), we can be confident we can be equipped and empowered to act in the same loving way. 

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, Hebrews 10:24 (NKJV)

I’m not just talking about doing the right thing for the right reasons, but being able to do it with the right heart—a selfless heart, one that does not seek its own. We cannot do this consistently unless we are committed to doing everything as unto the Lord, and are faithful to seek His will and power for each situation. 

God is truly awesome, and His desire to utilize us in the lives of others can only be thwarted by our own selfish desire to continue to handle things in our own way according to our own will, which is wrong. 

Q: What is the best way for us to help other Christian believers when they are facing tough challenges?

We should always seek the Lord first in prayer for His wisdom—remembering, all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We may have similar life experiences we can draw upon, and we may have many “opinions” to share, but we should always be good listeners first, and then when we speak, we need to speak the truth of God’s Word into their life in a loving way. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about taking the time to invest into the lives of others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be obedient to the Lord and lovingly confront, encourage, and counsel others using God’s Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord when you are given the opportunity to help others who are in need. Ask God for His guidance and power to share His Word and love with them.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for giving me the opportunity to share with those who are in need and who may be struggling in their walk with You. Give me Your words, Your wisdom, and Your love to share with them.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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