Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Why you should love someone in God’s perfect timing…
You have to love someone according to God’s perfect timing because in His time, love will never fail. It will always prosper. It is bound to last through the test of time. It may not be perfect, but it will persevere. In God’s perfect time, love will not be jealous, but patient and kind. In His time, you will accept each other wholeheartedly. You will never keep records of wrongs. You will forgive each other’s shortcomings.
You have to put God as the center of the relationship, so you will be guided. Choose love over lust. Choose to be spiritually connected with each other. Choose to stick through hardships. Choose to withstand people’s judgments. In God’s time, although things will not be easy, but everything will be worth it.
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Endurance is part of character building and an important part of Christian living. God endured His own people for years even though they refused His words and guidance. They were a stubborn lot and even rebelled against God, but God remained patient and gave them a second chance. God was slow to anger, was full of mercy and patience because He wanted His people to be reconciled to Him.
The Christian faith is about endurance. When we are in a situation which is unfavourable and things do not happen to go our way, we are encouraged to put our trust in God and pray that His will be done in us. We therefore practise endurance in our everyday life for those who endure are patient and will not be easily enraged. Often, relationship is destroyed because of anger and everything that started well will be destroyed in split second because of one’s angry emotion. That is why the Bible says, “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
To endure, we need to have self control. Before we can win over others through endurance, we first need to defeat our lowly self.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
Jesus was in the wilderness, praying and fasting. After fasting for forty days and forty nights, He was tempted by satan who asked Him to turn the stones into loaves of bread. Jesus rejected because He was aware that the reason He came into this world was to do the will of God; food for Jesus was to fulfill God’s will and to complete His mission on earth.
Jesus was able to discern between the voice of God and satan’s and He was ready to reject satan’s advance because He wished to live according to the will of God. Having fasted for a long period, Jesus needed food because He was hungry. Satan then thought he would make Jesus an offer that He could not refuse. But Jesus declined to do what satan suggested even though He was in need for food, and readily answered satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Today, satan is using the same trick to exploit our crave for materialism and dangles the carrot in front of us. In perspective, there are things which are necessary for us to conduct our everyday life. That said, there is a difference between what are considered as “must have” and “good-to-have”. Many people have become too engrossed with satisfying their worldly desire till they neglect their spiritual life; which is just as important if not more than their physical life.
The spiritual life needs to be fed by God’s word. The desire of the spiritual life is to serve God. Satan is trying hard to make us focus on desire of the flesh till we have no time for personal devotion. As a result, we spend very little quiet time with the Lord. It is not surprising that many Christians have a weak faith and succumb to temptation. There is an ongoing spiritual life between God and satan and we need a discerning spirit not to fall into the trap of satan.
Jesus did not say we cannot pursue material comfort but He reminded us not to be complacent and forget about our spiritual development and be diligent in studying His word. If we have the world but lose our soul, what is that of good to us? Today, if we have not done so, let our focus be on the cross and seek Him in earnest. For those who seek His kingdom and righteousness, everything will be given unto them.
” But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7-8
When a person truly believes in God than living for Him is not difficult but rather comes out on its own. The bible tells us that a person who is not fully submitted to God is in the flesh thus can’t see God’s way (1 Cor. 2:14). To these people the risk is too great so they turn to themselves. As we make daily decisions to pursue God above all else, He rewards us with His presence. God is the power that turns our hearts from the trinkets of this world to experience His love and become willing to suffer for Christ knowing that you are making not just a good decision but the best.
Everything that we give up may seem to us to be so important because we look on it with our natural eyes which are temporal and selfish. But if we see things as God does and see it in His love, we can be sure that what God is offering is far superior to what we can get here no matter how successful one may be. Paul understood this too and he also had worldly success, being raised in privilege, educated by the best and being zealous to no end yet when he met Christ everything changed. All he wanted was to know God and please Him.
The person of Christ is so wonderfully amazing that both Moses and Paul and hundreds of others have tossed aside this life to be found in Christ through obedience to His perfect will. These people were able to give it all up for Christ and endure all kinds of troubles because they believe in who Christ is. They knew that the world and all its sin could not compare. They came to see that no matter how much they suffered here for Christ knowing Him personally was far greater. Do you have this point of view? If not is God not enough?
” I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. ” Romans 8:18
The decision of whether a person comes to meet this Christ is solely based on how willing we are to let go of ourselves. If we hold to this life in anyway, we dilute His presence and will surely get entangled in sin. We will be drawn away like Solomon in his old age (1 Kings 11:1-5). But to those who make the decision “It is Christ or nothing” God reveals to them His glory and love in power. Then with endurance they too will come to understand like Moses that Jesus is worth everything. They will not walk the easy (broad) way but take the narrow way (Matt. 7:13-14).
It is easy to push this topic aside and ignore it. When we do, we continue to lose life rather than gain it as we have chosen the world over Christ. We are robbed and don’t see it. We may succeed here but not have much there or even lose our salvation. For this reason, it is vital to diligently ask God prayerfully if there is something/someone you love more than Him. He must be our first love (Rev.2:4-5). Each Christian must make their own decision. We should seek him. Pursue this till you receive the truth. God will meet you and guide you if you are sincere.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
” Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39
Christians like the rest of man are filled with desires and wants. It is part of who we are in the natural. The free will God has given man allows us to do what we see as best. If man was wiser, we would all be like Jesus and choose God’s perfect will (Matt26:39). But we are not and we don’t. Life decisions should be easy but are often clouded by the love for things we have here that compete for our heart space. If we allow ourselves to get attached to the things here, we will find that our will for God’s things, those things that really matter, is weak and expresses itself in a rather shallow way. This is when the desire for the things and experiences in this life gains greater value than being with and knowing God personally. Lost to us in the pursuit of what we see as important to our natural mind is the simple truth that God is the one who truly can satisfy our souls.
“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11
Having dreams and desires is not wrong until we put then above God and His perfect will. We have a choice to make. Moses did too. Moses was confronted by a tremendously difficult choice. Unlike most of us, we won’t ever have to choose between God and riches, fame, unlimited pleasure and power but Moses had this decision to make. Raised as Pharaoh’s son he was heir to part of the empire which at that time meant most of the world. If Moses said yes to the world, he would gain what most people believe are the most important things in life, security, wealth, pleasure, power and fame. He would have the best and be able to reach out and take more if he wanted to. Perhaps he would become famous and have stone monuments craved out in his image. For most people this kind of a choice would be hard to say no to and many would think it would require no thought at all. What could be better than to have all the best of this life? But there must be more to this question than because Moses wasn’t a fool. He grew up in privilege so he was educated and able but he chose not to accept.
From Moses’ example, we can see that the decision to abandon Egypt didn’t happen in a moment but grew out of Moses’ experience with God. Faith is the ingredient that leads us to trust God. Without faith we won’t fully believe in God and what He says. Moses’ life teaches us that we must allow God to grow our faith through trials and His word. God will lead us in to trials so that we are unable to overcome then we will turn to Him in faith. He will use this time to change us for the better (James 1:1-4). If we are to say no to this world, not following in its thinking and actions (Rom 12:2) than we must believe that God is going to do what He says. Therefore, faith is a key ingredient to turning from the world to God. Stop and ask yourself is there an area in your life where you are making the decisions because you want to make sure you get what you want, not what God wants. Have you trusted God 100% and are willing to live by this decision? If not ask God why? Make time to find this search. We often can’t see our own weaknesses, but God knows.