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Faithful To Love — Others-centered
10/20/2016

If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 (NKJV)

I am so thankful God doesn’t waiver in His love for me from one day to the next based on what mood He may be in — He is loving and faithful, and will always be, regardless of my poor actions and attitude. God loves to bless His people, and He has made a way to bless each and every one of us, if we will allow Him to. God doesn’t discriminate against anyone; He is faithful to be the same to everyone. 

…For there is no partiality with God. Rom. 2:11 (NKJV)

And of course, there is no greater blessing than the gift of eternal life — God is faithful to offer it to all who will humbly come and receive it (cf. 2 Peter 3:9). We see a great example of this in John 4:7-27. It is known as the story of the woman at the well. This was a woman who had a checkered past with sexual sin; she was married numerous times and was currently living in sin with another man. 

Jesus knew all of this about her, and yet He was still faithful to offer her His waterfall of blessing and mercy — the fountain of living water that would spring up into everlasting life. Jesus remained faithful to love her, even though she was unfaithful. This is a great illustration of agape love — Jesus was willing to do what was best for this woman — He was, “others-centered.”

As Christians, there are many times when we don’t choose to extend this type of love to others because we know of their checkered past — we choose not to offer them the same living water we were given so freely, much less invite them to a Sunday church service. This is because it is naturally easier to share Christ with a person we like, or whom we don’t find to be too offensive. But we should never discriminate against anyone. We are warned against this throughout God’s Word.

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. James 2:8-9 (NKJV)

We are told in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of God, which means we should be welcoming anyone and everyone, regardless of their past. But our responsibility isn’t limited to just accepting others at our local church, or making them feel welcome once they arrive, but it actually starts at our decision to be faithful in loving them.

You see people don’t really care how much you may know, until they know how much you care. And this is especially true when it comes to biblical knowledge. It should never be our mission statement to showcase how much we may know about God’s Word, but to show God’s love through our selfless actions, and to be “others centered.” God will be faithful to give us opportunities to show His love to others; our job is to be faithful to invest in these opportunities. 

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-5 (NKJV)

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

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:3-5, what type of attitude and mindset should we have when dealing with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you consider others better than you when dealing with them? Do you look out for their best interest?  Do you serve them with the mind of Christ?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to make it your priority to serve others, and to speak to whomever the Holy Spirit prompts you to speak to. Be willing to offer others the living water of Christ. God will be faithful to help you to do this as long as you will allow Him to. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for being so faithful to me. Thank You for not discriminating against me and for loving me the way you do. Help me today, to continue to imitate Your love, and to help others in need. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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