WALKING IN LOVE, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 11/21/19 (Across my desk this morning.)
|“And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.” Eph. 5:2|
|Esteem One Another|
We don’t hear the word “esteem” very much in our culture, but the Scripture tells us to esteem and delight in one another. One definition of esteem is “to hold in high regard.” That means we are to honor and value one another, even if we don’t always agree. They may not always act honorably, but we are to honor and esteem people because they are valuable in the eyes of God.
If you had a very costly and valuable piece of jewelry, you wouldn’t just wear it to the gym or leave it on the kitchen sink. No, you would treat it carefully. You would put it in a safe place and protect it. When we see others as valuable the way God sees them, we treat them carefully. We speak respectfully. We look for the good in others and honor them for who God made them to be. The Scripture tells us that the way we treat others is like sowing seeds, and it will come back to us. Choose to esteem and delight in one another. Sow good seeds, and you will see a harvest of blessing in your own life!
|A Prayer for Today|
|“Heavenly Father, today I choose love. I choose to honor the people around me. Help me to see the value in others the way You see the value in me. Help my actions and words to esteem and delight in others so that I can be an example of Your love and light.”|
We can never be reminded too much to walk in love. We are born self centered and very selfish and find it very difficult to change. In fact, we need lots of GOD’s Grace to change from being like Adam to being like Jesus. And it is very true, what you sow is what you grow in your garden of life. In Hawaii, as a white person, I am a minority in the place where I live. And with the local brown folks there can be some deep rooted negative attitudes. In fact when my kids were going to high school, the last day of school was called by the locals, “Kilum Haole Day.” My son David went to school anyway, and sure enough, got beat up. But in ministry I have found that if I met the local folks with God’s love and respect that the Aloha would flow and we could become great friends in spite of the cultural bad blood and history or skin color. In the Dr.s office the other day there was this really big muscle of a young man with a very hard local face. But I gently and lovingly went through the aura and found a really big humble heart in need of God’s love. We parted with him taking my “Light” tract, giving me his aloha and wanting to get together again. Time will tell if it was real or just accommodating but it was a heart to heart time for a few moments in time in God’s love. Love is always a decision, and sometimes a scary or costly decision. That is why our Creator had to give us a free will. And that even when HE knew it would make a mess out of things. HE knew that out of the whole would come HIS kids looking for HIS love and encouragement in light, The ELECT. So with long suffering HE has endured the mess down here on planet earth that HE would clean up later, like an after birth. I have had the privilege to father 8 children but I have never consider the mess or the cost and I keep looking for their best and pray for their success in life. God’s spiritual family is growing at a supernatural speed now. I wounder sometimes, what is HE going to do with all of us kids? But then I consider the size of the universe and how big and powerful and loving HE must be and think, NO! HE has got it !!!!!
Yours, in HIS great and wonderful LOVE, GRACE & MERCY, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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