"It's not how much we do- but how much love we put into that action"- Mother Teresa
Last Friday's Youth Watch, I felt the need to repent of works that involved a lack of love. How many times have we reached out because of obligation and not because we had genuine concern for souls? If our heart is not pure I don't think God can fully work in us. I was convicted of this when some friends and I were sharing the Word with someone and we immediately shut the person down when they shared something that seemed repulsive. God says :
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 4-7.
Am I truly at that place in my life where I have genuine love for others...I don't think so. I think God is working in me and I am making progress but I hope the day will come when I am truly selfless. If I or other Christians want to make an impact on this earth we must be long suffering. Often times, I shut down family members if they have views that are contrary to mine. I am not saying we should be tolerant - if we truly loved people we should speak the truth. How many times as Christians have we judged others based on their appearance - I mean we are not the world right but we often treat people like this. God looks at the heart and I believe one day that I will have the Lord's eyes when interacting with people.
I may have the gift to speak what God has revealed, and I may understand all mysteries and have all knowledge. I may even have enough faith to move mountains. But if I don't have love, I am nothing. 1 Cor. 13:2
See, if we have all these fancy gifts, but if we do not have genuine, Christ given love it does not profit us. Imagine all the celebrities who donate millions of dollars to create a good public image, but really their hearts are vile- don't be like that. I pray that we can evaluate our lives and ask God for a measure of love, so that we can endure afflictions from others with joy.
* PS. I should really be finishing my essay but I chose to finish this instead (the struggle is real but praise Dios for a new post, so win-win?) and I guess that is a story for another post, please pray for me lol.
I guess this will be more of an introductory blog rather than me just going on a tangent about something. My name is Habiba and I will leave it at that.
The previous year was an enigma of anxiety. Just like God's Word says there can't always be happiness. There are sometimes trials and tribulations. How we respond to these situations dictate if we ascend to new levels of (spiritual authority).
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Sometimes, I wonder if I'm the person God wants to fulfill His task. I mean, sometimes I can be so judgemental, volatile and bitter I know these traits don't align with the fruits of the spirit.
However, I am reminded of the scripture -
" Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Cor. 5:17.
If one dwells on this scripture alone vital changes can come. I am not saying it is instantaneous, but I have noticed that I am changing- although the flesh would love to see an instantaneous change. In a culture, where one can easily change their physical experience by extreme make overs I sometimes become impatient with the work God is doing- I mean God can take a wand and change me right? However, it is constantly shown through out the Bible that there is a trial period. Joseph did not obtain his leadership authority without having to spend some time in jail and even have his own kin plot his death. It is so easy to be consumed with our own problems and not focus on the good work God has begun. We have to endure and remind ourselves of how far God has taken us. The devil often wants us to forget the work God has done, which is why it is important to mediate on scripture. Our breakthrough is coming- but Christians often put up their white flag when they are so close to obtaining their victory. I get it, it is so much easier to be pessimistic and at times I am flooded with these thoughts just to put my cross down and admit defeat. But, scripture says:
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 2 Cor. 5:17.
It is a conscious choice bringing every thought that weighs you down- but it's a choice that will fill your innermost being with content.