Sunday, February 24, 2008

Put On the Love of Christ

"where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do." (Colossians 3:11-13 NKJV) There is so much hatred and unkindness in the world. Not just major things, as in wars, gangs, and other major violence...but just in everyday little things. People can be so unkind to one another, without even realizing it...hurting each other with hurtful words, actions, even looks we give each other. I think we all have snapped at someone before when we were stressed, tired, frustrated, angry, or even down. But there is so much unkindness, hatred, and hostility in the world today that we need to remember that Jesus says, "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 NKJV) He tells us ALL to be tenderhearted, kind, humble, meek, longsuffering, forgiving, and bearing one another's burdens. He doesn't just tell us, He COMMANDS us. And, if we obey God like we're supposed to, by thinking about what we say and do, and how we respond to others, then we could all become more passionate, caring, kind, and forgiving, and make this world a better place by our example. Love, Beau

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Loving With Grace

" godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love." (2 Peter 1:7) God not only wants us to be kind to one another, but also to love one another as He loved us. God's nature is to love those who seem, and sometimes are, unlovable. And He does this continually without end. Are we prepared to go out into the world and love those we feel are unlovable, and then keep on loving them no matter what. How often do we get irritated and annoyed with those we claim to love, and or stop loving someone just because of something they did and or said? This is NOT the kind of love God shows us and gives us. God loved us so much that He died for us even though we were sinners. We continually screw up because we are imperfect humans. No matter what we do, what we say, and or how unlovable we are, He still loves us. That is the grace and love He shows us. If we stop short of this we fail to grow in grace, and we don't show others the kind of love He wants us to give. Being totally committed to God often means stretching ourselves out to a point we don't think we can. But, when we have totally committed ourselves, and are totally connected to Him we CAN give that kind of grace and love toward others if we work on it. Love, Beau

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Take No Thought

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25) We are not supposed to worry about everyday things. And, we are not supposed to let worldy things take over and enter our lives like weeds that have taken over a garden, and choke it. If we allow the things of the world, including mundane daily living, to overtake us, we lose site of the the most important purpose of our lives. It chokes our relationship with God, and all that He has planned for us. God knows our circumstances better than we do and He's got it all under control. He tells us we are not supposed to think about these things to the point that they are a bigger priority than He is. God wants you only to focus on Him and He will handle the rest. Your relationship with God, and what He wants, is always to come first. Love, Beau

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Feed My Sheep

“Feed My sheep"...."But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat' And they said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said, 'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children." (John 21:17; Matthew 14:16-21) Jesus said to feed His sheep. In The Holy Bible it often talks about phsycially feeding the multitudes, but one can also feed a person's soul and mind. In the parable of the feeding of the 5000, Jesus not only fed them physically but he first preached to them feeding their souls and minds. He took care of ALL their needs. Also, when he went to feed them physically he didn't count how many there were first and try to figure how five loaves and two fish were going to feed that many. He blessed the food and told the disciples to feed them...and there was much leftover. When we go out into world to share the word of God and tend to others we ask God to bless our work, and we don't look at how many there are and or how we're going to do it. We just tend to them, making sure that ALL their needs are met...mind, body and soul. This is what serving God is all about. Love, Beau