"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.