Choose Love

How often do we pray, “Father, let (help) me love everyone today,” then walk out of our ‘prayer spot’ and totally forget we’ve even asked?

Then, someone irritates us with their words…

Then, something happens that wasn’t planned…

Then, another person tells us what someone else has said about us…

Then we feel slighted by someone, in some way…

When we are commanded in John 13:34 to love one another like HE loves us there are no ifs, there are no buts, there are no ands.  One almost might say there are no options.  But there are actually two, right choices and wrong choices.  The above ‘thens’ have options.  We can choose to respond as HE would with kindness, love, patience, gentleness and, self-control.  We can choose to be hateful, gossipy, malicious, or controlling.  What choice we make shows others Whose we are.

Let’s make the right choice.  Love one another!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Previously posted on 8/4/11.

Integrity

Have the courage to say no

If I could choose one word that would define my life it would be integrity.   Is it possible to live a Christian life without this moral characteristic?  I don’t think so.  Let me explain…

Personal integrity is about making the right choices with the right thoughts based on Christ’s life and model.  We can all make the right choice but is that choice in line with what I know of Biblical living.  In other words is it ‘What Jesus Would Do’?

Integrity is about personal motivation.  It is about personal choices that reflect inner beliefs.  It is the desire to do the right thing when you know everyone and everything around you is going to disagree with your choice.  Are my actions and deeds motivated by my Lord and His Word? Am I displaying the ‘Mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:17) in all I think, do and say?  Is God’s will my will?