Friday, April 8, 2011

Everyday should really be Sunday...or vise versa.

Being the anchor on the Kingdom Bloggers relay is a tough job...

What a great week of post! I'm so glad to see Stephaniee Ruth in the Wednesday slot and look forward to her sharing thoughts each week.

I'm also glad my friend David is home resting after a medical scare this week. He poured his heart, as usual, into Monday's post and maybe a little too much. Okay. That's not what actually happened, but I'm thankful he is on the mend after a viral infection made it to his ticker. If you know David at all, you also know he has a great (and strong) heart and love for Jesus. Please keep him in your prayers.

By now, you may be growing tired of my repetitive use of the love theme. Fact of the matter is that as a Christian following the Word of God, I don't see any other way around the commandments to love God and my neighbors. Jesus didn't really place an addendum when He spoke those words as to when or when not to (or if there even are exceptions), so I try to keep at a bare minimum at least those two biblical principles in focus each and every day.

Yes. Some people make it very difficult, but then again, God could say the very same thing about me.

Too often we mistake love and mushy (or even soft) as synonymous. I personally think kind is a much better fit in both the noun and verb form. Of course, true is recognized as an acceptable synonym in most all languages which is an interesting fact when put in the context of the Bible. God is love. Without love in our heart, we cannot know God. We are commanded to love one another by God, who so loved us He chooses to pardon our transgressions against Him through Jesus. If I don't love...I don't get to be with my Father.

That's about all you basically need to know about this thing we call being a Christian...truly. The hardest part is living with that in the forefront of your mind, in everything you do...every single day.

You don't have to be a missionary, Sunday School teacher, famous author, Christian musician or church deacon to be an effective life for God. Just love. Show kindness. Patience. Empathy. Encourage. Show those acts to others then add a God bless you or better yet share the fact that you do these things because God does them for you, and it's just your way of honoring Him. Do them every opportunity.

There will be a lot a people with us in Heaven because they found Jesus reflected in the small acts of another. I can't think of any other better way to spend my day than doing the small things for His glory.


David-FireAndGrace said...

Great blog Tony! A great grasp of biblical love! You know if the church would just do that, we might see some stuff y'all!

Now that you are such a lover, your next task is found here: 2 Corinthians 13:12. ;)

Love ya!

Keith said...

Very nice blog!

2 Corinthians 13:12 --- OK, I'm avoiding TonyC for a while ---- "not that there's anything wrong with that"

Tracy said...

I for one am NOT tired of reading your posts about loving others. It really is the essence of the gospel (and so often for me it's one of those things that's easier said than done).

Great plaque in that picture by the way