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Romans 12:9

 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9

We are called to love others as Christ loves us. Seems easier said than done, right? Some people are just really difficult to love. Maybe they’ve hurt you so many times in the past that loving them seems impossible. But Christ tells us that we are to love them. He loves them so we must love them.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34

We are commanded to love others.

So if you are having trouble loving certain people (and I’m including myself in this) just turn to Jesus who can help you. The closer you grow and walk with Him, the more His love will shine through you towards others.

 

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. – Romans 12:9 ESV #Scripture #Bible #BibleVerse #GodsWord #FCinspiration #Love #GodsLove

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Being Jesus Online

So yesterday in the mail I received some booklets I had requested from the Discovery Series on various topics. (They’re FREE!)

One of them was: Being Jesus Online, Biblical Wisdom for a Wired World.

The topics discussed in this particular booklet were:

  • What Would Jesus Tweet?
  • The Heart of the Matter
  • Turing on the Right Filters
  • Clicking Share

I’m just going to discuss a couple of them but this topic was very eye-opening and really made me think about the things I post online.

In “What Would Jesus Tweet”, the author shares his thoughts on whether Jesus would have a social media account in today’s age. What would He share? What would He tweet? How would He relate to His “friends” and “followers” and to those who disagreed with Him?

This thinking, in turn, led to thoughts about his own personal tweets, posts and comments. According to Dennis Moles, the author, “If Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God then shouldn’t His actions and attitudes serve as a guide and example for every area of my life–even my use of social media?”

In “Turning on the Right Filters” Moles makes a good point by saying that “not all moments that can be shared should be shared.”

As followers of Christ, we represent Him in everything we say and do…..and share online. Whether we remember it or not, “we are always representing Jesus.” Moles reminds us that just like the first disciples “we have been sent out into the world to spread God’s message of hope and life…..and “because the world sees our lives and doesn’t just hear our words it is our responsibility to think twice before hitting send.”

Moles goes on to say that representing Jesus in digital space is “difficult” “What may be common sense, self-evident, funny or helpful to us, may be frightening, rude, offensive, or confusing to someone else.”

This booklet was really helpful and really opened my eyes. If you want to check this one out and read up on other topics visit the Discovery Series site.

 

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I’m Not Ashamed

There is a movie called I’m Not Ashamed that I’ve mentioned before but it’s such a powerful movie that I want to talk about it again.

The movie is based on Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim in the Columbine shootings back in 1999. Her story is so uplifting and moving.

I don’t understand this but for some reason I’ve always been drawn to her story. Her legacy has brought so many people to Christ. I have a couple of books that were written based on her journals she kept. She kept many journals. And guess what? She struggled just like anyone else.

She wasn’t perfect, not even close. She had her share of struggles with all things that most teens struggle with. She just chose to stay close to Christ in order to fight her demons.

Rachel genuinely had a love for others and was so compassionate towards them despite the way they treated her. She showed her love in many aspects of her life and worked hard to be the person God created her to be.

Masey McLain played Rachel in the movie and came out with a devotional based on the movie a few months ago. It’s really good. Is it full of theology and big words? No, it’s simple and to the point and that’s what I enjoyed about it. It was more of a “‘back to the basics” type of devotional because as she said sometimes ” we tend to forget them the most.”

Masey, like Rachel, wants to “love people with a heart of compassion and see and love people as Jesus does.

Colossians 3:12-13 says “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and belovedcompassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another, and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.”

I want to live a life like that. A life devoted to Christ and serving His people. I want to be able to show compassion towards those that don’t necessarily show compassion towards me.

I don’t want to be ashamed.