Ever considered your motivation? Ever considered the why behind your what? Ever considered the outcome of such things? Ever considered the responses of such things?
What if we went for a breakthrough transformation where our motivation is first Corinthians 13 love? What if decided to have love as our key motivator and as such our why would be love.
When you are in a conversation, consider what love is before you speak or respond. We can’t control what others are going to do or say but we can control our response. And when we consider how we can respond, let’s make sure it is in love and with love. Remember love never fails! Love always perseveres!
By leading with love, we know that we are opening the door for God to show up and help us accomplish the good works He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish!
With May in the rear view mirror, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.— 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Will you be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to answer? While you are listening, will you remember the sacrifice of Jesus for you and for me and for them? Will you allow your faith to be encouraged and built up in the middle of the conversation so that it will be revealed in your response? Will you respond by the prompting of love? Will you endure because of your hope in Jesus? Will today be the day that your response to everything is love? Will you take time to have your love tank filled by God? Will you make time to have your love tank filled by God? Will you allow the filling to continue to the point that it overflows into the lives of others rather than just stopping because your tank is full?
Double clicking into today’s reading and looking to go from being filled to overflowing, I turn to John Gill’s Exposition to see what it has to say about 1 Thessalonians 1:3.
Remembering without ceasing,…. The phrase “without ceasing”, is, by the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, joined to the last clause of the preceding verse; and the remembrance the apostle speaks of is either a distinct thing from the mention made of them in prayer, and suggests that they bore them on their minds at other times also; or it is the same with it; or rather a reason of their mentioning of them then, because they remembered them, and the following things of theirs:
as your work of faith; by which is meant not the principle of faith, for as such that is God’s work, the product of his grace, and the effect of his almighty power; but the operative virtue and exercise of it under the influence of the grace of God: the Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions render it, “the work of your faith”; and so some copies, and the Syriac version, “the works of your faith”. The Targumist in Habakkuk 1:12 represents God as holy בעובדי הימנותא, “in works of faith”: faith is a working grace, it has a deal of work to do, it has its hands always full, and is employed about many things; it is the grace by which a soul goes to God, as its covenant God, lays hold on him as such, pleads his promises with him, asks favours of him, and is very importunate, and will have no denial; and by which it goes to Christ as at first conversion, afterwards for fresh supplies of grace, out of that fulness of grace that is in him; it receives him and all from him, and through him pardon, righteousness, adoption of children, and an eternal inheritance; and it is that grace which carries back all the glory to God and Christ, and to free grace; it glorifies God, exalts Christ, humbles the creature, and magnifies the grace of God, it has much work to do this way; and it works by love, by acts of love to God, to Christ, and to the saints; and it puts the soul upon a cheerful obedience to every ordinance and command, and hence obedience is styled the obedience of faith; and indeed all good works that are properly so are done in faith, and faith without works is dead; it is greatly engaged against the world and the devil; it is that grace by which Satan is opposed and overcome, and by which the believer gets the victory over the world; so that he is not discouraged by its frowns, and cast down by the trials and afflictions he meets with in it, nor drawn aside by its snares and allurements; something of this kind the apostle had observed and remembered in these believers: he adds,
and labour of love; love is a laborious grace when in lively exercise; love to God and Christ will constrain a believer to engage in, and go through, great hardships, difficulties, toil, and labour, for their sakes; and love to the saints will exert itself, by serving them in things temporal and spiritual, ministering cheerfully and largely to their outward wants, for which reason the same epithet is given to love in Hebrews 6:10 as here; regarding and assisting them in their spiritual concerns; praying for them and with them; building them up in their most holy faith; communicating their experiences, and speaking comfortable words unto them; reproving them for sin in love, and with tenderness; restoring them when fallen in a spirit of meekness; and stirring them up to love and good works: love has much toil and labour, not only in performing the several duties of religion, both towards God and man; but in bearing all things, the burdens of fellow Christians; the infirmities of weak believers, forbearing them in love, forgiving their offences, and covering their sins:
and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, or “of our Lord Jesus Christ”. These persons had a good hope through grace given unto them, and which was founded in Christ Jesus, in his person, blood, and righteousness, and so was as an anchor sure and steadfast; and it had him for its object, it was an hope of interest in him, of being for ever with him, of his, second coming and glorious appearance, and of eternal life and happiness through him; and this was attended with patience, with a patient bearing of reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions, for the sake of Christ, and a patient waiting for his coming, his kingdom and glory; and this as well as the others were remembered by the apostle, and his fellow ministers, with great pleasure: and that
in the sight of God and our Father; or before God and our Father; which may be read in connection either with the above graces, which were exercised, not only before men, but before God, and in his sight, who sees not as man seeth, and who cannot be deceived and imposed upon; and so shows that these graces were true and genuine, faith was unfeigned, love was without dissimulation, and hope without hypocrisy: or with the word remembering, as it is in the Syriac version, which reads, “remembering before God and our Father”; that is, as often as we appear before God, and lift up our hands and our hearts unto him in prayer, we bear you upon our minds before God; and particularly remember your operative faith, laborious love, and patient hope of Christ.— John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible/ 1 Thessalonians
- Let’s walk by faith in Jesus and follow His example
- Let’s allow our actions to exemplify our faith in action
- Let’s not just be acting out of our faith but make our actions be driven by our faith
- Love isn’t easy and it takes work
- I’ve heard love what you do and you won’t have to work a day in your life, but realistically love is work
- So to live out love will require that we make a concerted effort to lead with love
- Our words, our thoughts, and our actions need to be taken into and under our control so that we don’t just do or go but rather that love is the filter we operate through
- Remember how we are to take our thoughts captive? Ever considered ways to take our thoughts captive? Let’s reflect on 2 Corinthians 10:5.
- So let’s be servant leaders! Let’s live thru love by serving others!
- And when we need to speak correction, let’s ensure it is spoken out of love and with love so that it isn’t hurtful but rather will help to build them up
- Remember how love covers a multitude of sin. Don’t have your first respond be to take offence, instead remember how love is patient and kind, isn’t self-seeking nor easily angered, keeps no records of wrongs but instead forgives.
- So let’s allow our hope in Jesus to help us be patient, just as love is patient.
- Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness, our is in Jesus’s name.
- Our hope is also in His return and our eternity spent with Him in heaven
- Our hope is also in Him sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me.
- So just as strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, let’s wait upon the Lord for wisdom and discernment to help us in our response overflowing with love.
- Let’s be patient and not overreact
- Let’s be kind and not overreact
- Let’s not envy or boast by overreacting
- Let’s not overreact and become proud, rude, nor selfish.
- Let’s respond knowing God’s watching and glorify Him in and through our response.
As day 168 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?
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