Monday, April 18, 2011

The Gift

So I've been thinking about the gifts we receive and the gifts we give. A friend just recently gave me a cool peace necklace and I wore it all weekend. Other friends have gifted me with hats, jewelry, scarfs, etc, and it always means so much to me. My husband gifts me with boots, clothes, jewelry; it's nice.
The gift I cherish the most is the gift of friendship and love. I appreciate it when someone loves me and they want to spend time with me. The gift of their time. The joy of feeling loved. This is the gift I like the best.
I read 1 John 3 yesterday and today. It's all about the gift of love from others and from our God. He loved me so much He laid down His life for me! Do I love my friends enough to lay down my life for them?
The chapter tells me to "not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth."
When my actions show love, by spending time with someone, by listening to them, by doing what I say I'm going to do, there is walking evidence of love. I know I feel loved when my friends keep their word to me. I feel loved when my husbands walk matches his talk. It' good, it's godly.
"This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love? It disappears. And, you made it disappear."
Do I live everyday as a living sacrifice for Him. Do I consider the needs of my family and friends above my own? Do I live as Christ lives?
It is only through Him giving me daily strength and covering me with His Love that I can do this.
Jesus, fill me with Your love! Show me your way, your desires and love others through me.
Say That to me Again, Jesus, your love through me!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd


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