Recently in our mid-week services, my husband has been doing a study about true, Godly love. It's been very good!
Some of the Scriptures we've been studying are Romans 12:9-13
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Those are some hard verses, aren't they?
Godly love is sacrificial love. It means helping others even if it's not fun, convenient, or easy.
Are we willing to do what verse thirteen says, to share and show hospitality? Are we willing to sacrifice our time or money to help someone? Are we willing to become personally involved, and open our home to others?
I believe we have to come to the point where we understand that everything we have belongs to God. (I Chronicles 29:12,14,16)
He doesn't want us to hold on tightly to the resources He's entrusted to us. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
If we want to be in a closer relationship to God, we have to be willing to love sacrificially.
Do we say that we love God, then just pass by someone in need? Sounds like the story of the Good Samaritan, doesn't it?
Of course we all have times when we stumble and fall, but in general, are we growing in Christ and willing to help others?
Just some things to think about. :)
Hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.