Nothing... In His Word 1-19-15

Nothing… in His Word 1-19-15

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Do you think you are all that? Do you think you have it all in control and life is going along just how you planned it? Did you step on some hearts to get where you are but do not care?
Through out our lives we try to do what we think is right in our own eyes, right?  If this is true and we do not try to follow what we are taught because it does not fit in our plans then we are nothing.

God’s Word, our Bible, teaches us again and again the reason we need love. Love is not just a fleshly thing but a spiritual thing and He works through the love in our hearts towards others.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
 1 John 4:7-8

God wants us to love even the unlovely; that means the people who we do not think deserve our love are the ones who we need to love through Him.
Sometimes people make us so mad! They make dumb choices, they do stupid things and totally ruin their lives only to achieve their own selfish desires and then claim to be good people.  But God wants us to love them anyway.
The Word of God says there is none good. So get that thought out of our heads and lets see what we should do? Psalm 53:2-4
Loving them does not mean we agree with their wrong choices but it means that we love them anyway. It does not mean that we condone their practices of bad choices but it means that in spite of their wrongs we will love them through Christ.  
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4

Pray for them; encourage them in right choice making.

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.  He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7

God’s Word says that we should love one another, but not with the kind of love we think of when we say we love someone; not just the feel good love. God wants us to love one another in a way that we will exemplify His Spirit within us.
That means that we feed the poor and clothe the needy right?
True, but not only that; He wants us to feed the rich and cloth the not so needy too! He wants us to feed the people with His Word and clothe them in salvation and righteousness!

 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ.  Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,  throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:20-24

Some people think righteousness means “right-o’ us-ness” and that they have to agree with and do everything that they are told to do by other people.
God’s version of righteousness is walking daily with Him and doing what He says via the Holy Spirit. When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and become ‘Believers” it is counted to us as Righteousness!

 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
 Galatians 2:20-21

So if we are nothing without Christ, and yet we all wish to be ‘something’ or someone important in our lives we must believe that God gave us Jesus to help us to be righteous and through this gift of His Love we are given righteousness in His eyes which is really what matters in the first place. After all our purpose in life is to please God, to be pleasing in His sight in turn He blesses us with joy unspeakable, and love immeasurable.

So how do we do this?
We read the Word to gain knowledge of what His will is.
We pray to keep that connection flowing between us.
We walk in His Love daily by truly thinking to ourselves “what would Jesus do” in this situation. How would Jesus treat this person. Remember the woman at the well, the blind man crying out for Him and the woman who just wanted to touch the hem of His garment knowing she would be healed; they all were looking for God to help them.
 We need to heed His direction in our lives, pay attention and follow His lead; in His love.

Dear Heavenly Father, help us today to walk in Your love and to love others, and see others through Your Holy Spirit in us. Give us the knowledge and understanding to hear and see what the Holy Spirit is telling us today, in Jesus name. Amen.

Suggested Reading: Romans 1:1-31, I Corinthians 13:1-13, Ephesians 1:1-24, Ephesians 4:1-31, and Galatians 2:1-21.

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:16-18