Center Your Life Around God
Love (Gods love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking.
God doesnt just love the lovely. He loves the unlovely too. No matter how bad, mean or ornery someone might be, if theyll turn to Him, Hell cleanse them and forgive them. Hell let them partake of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, so they can have a new life in Him. Thats the way God loves us, and thats the way He expects us to love each other. In 1 Corinthians 13, He gives us a detailed description of that kind of love. That description is especially good in The Amplified Bible. According to the Bible, that kind of love is the distinguishing mark of a Christian. Its Gods love that sets you apart. You and I have a high calling. Were called to live a life of love just like Jesus did. Does that mean well have to die like He did? Literally speaking, probably not. But we will have to die to our own selfish tendencies and desires. Well have to stop centering our lives on what we want and what we feel. Well have to stop looking out for ourselves all the time. Walking in love means we lay down our own rights and look out for the other persons rights instead. I realize that may sound tough, but its actually the surest way to be wonderfully blessed, because when you walk in love, God takes care of you! You could never take care of yourself as well as He does. The Bible says, The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9, The Amplified Bible). So when you walk in love, you can rest assured He will see to it that you prosper in every way. Not only that, when you stop being selfish, youll be a happier person. When youre self-centered, youre always thinking about yourself. Youre always thinking about someone who did you wrong…or how much you have to do. Its impossible for a selfish person to stay happy for very long because everything centers around him. Were not made to live that way. Were not big enough or powerful enough for everything to center around us. The more we keep our minds on ourselves, the easier it is for the devil to upset us. But praise God, youve been born again, youve been delivered from selfishness. Its lost its dominion over you. You dont have to center your life around yourself. You have the power to center your life around God instead. You can keep your mind on obeying His Word and living a life of love! He will take care of everything else (Matthew 6:33).Habakkuk 1-3; Psalm 138I walk in love. I do not insist on my own rights or my own way, for I am not self-seeking. 1 Corinthians 13:5, The Amplified Bible
Bibelstellen: Ephesians 4:1-3