Real love is humble.
Pride and love cannot coexist, love is the very opposite of pride. Love is giving of one's self at any cost in any circumstance.
Matthew 5:43-48 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour....
You may think it seems weak to let people take advantage of you, you are right
But God cannot place His power on us when we think we have our own power.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
It is a good practice to stay humble enough to see that monetary goods are really just a band aid solution.
Yes it is good to give,
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over....
But often when people want water they really need a well.
John 4:7-10 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: .....
I'm sure we all have seen and heard countless times of lives completely changed because they received Christ.
Their thinking will change, their focus will change, their outcome will change.
Love will go beyond beyond any barrier, it goes beyond sin, social standing, and skin colour.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
-Don't look at who they are but who they need.
When we find it in ourselves to love the unlovable we begin to make a real difference.
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
After all its who we are!
-It's our identity
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
John 13:37-38 Even when Christ knew his disciples would betray him He showed them love.
Lets try to follow Christ's example of love.
~Who knows maybe you could change someone's life today just by showing a little love an kindness.~
A chosen generation
1 Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1) Chosen Generation.
God had a purpose and plan for your life before the world began.
2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.
Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
2) Royal Priesthood.
Remember Leviticus priests were born priest. Praise The Lord we have been born again into a priesthood. Not just any priesthood a royal priesthood, for our Heavenly Father is the KIng of KIngs.
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
The veil’s been torn
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
We have direct access to Gods throne in prayer.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
As priests we have been given a temple to serve in, and we need to take care of it and use it to worship God in all we do with this temple. In what we say, think and do.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And just as a priest would give a sacrifice, our sacrifice today would be ourselves.
Willingly placing our desires, our wants on the alter of self denial.
Remember a living sacrifice holds the idea of willingly
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
We also need to praise His name with our lives
3) Holy Nation
Pure Nation, Morally blamless.
Romans 12:1 ...living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
God places much emphasis on holiness. Can I come to the place were I realize that living a holy life is the only life that is acceptable unto God? And even in that its simply our reasonable service!
God desires us to be holy, different set apart, for a purpose, for His purpose. God has a purpose for you. But We must realize that the only way to fulfill that purpose is to live holy
4) Peculiar People
Its okay to be different! Its okay to have a backbone too! Doing what right is not easy but going with the flow and giving into natural desires is.
Perhaps before we ever see a revival of holiness, repentance, or even just obedience, we need a revival of character and integrity first.
Vs.10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Lets be men and women of God who will dare to be different and make a difference.
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
May Christ be praised.