I pray that on this week we will experience unusual amounts of love and peace. The receipt of these fruits is about our perception. Perception is reality. What we perceive to be true is the truth to us. Let’s ask ourselves where our truth is coming from. Let’s evaluate our root and foundation. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior”. Let’s challenge ourselves to combat every thought outside of love and peace with love and peace. If a family member says something hurtful, fill your thoughts of a memory of them that makes your smile or laugh and then share it with them. If a co-worker is slamming doors, remind him or her how valuable they are. When was the last time that you’ve complimented a co-worker on a skillset that they have that is priceless to the team? If your child disappoints you, respond with a loving kind word that will change their attitude and shock them. If your spouse gets under your skin, pause. Pray about your response and then shower them with their favorite things.
Consider yourself deputized. You are the love and peace deputy of the week. It is your job to enforce love and peace no matter what. You’ve been designated to influence every place that you step in to. Empower others around you to spread love and peace in their circles as well.
Stand up for it. Cover others in it. Spread it abroad. Express it abundantly. Share it intentionally. Love and peace over everything else. We can all agree that the world needs more of it so let it start with you.
Let’s go out of our way to give a compliment, a hug, a gift, a kind gesture, a loving expression or more. Let’s do the unexpected to make someone feel that they are appreciated. This week won’t be about us or what we need or want; it will be about others. “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silent the ignorant talk of foolish people.”
No matter what life throws at me on any given day, I have made conscious decision to be selfish with my joy and my peace. They are mine and no one or nothing can take them away from me. I’ve worked too hard to discover them and to find me and I’m fighting with my shield of faith to keep them. It’s necessary! They are not dependent upon external circumstances or upon my emotions. They are a guarantee with a cultivated relationship with my creator. Things and people may very well be on assignment to imprison me but the spirit of God that dwells in me also covers me in such a way that I become invisible to the enemy. It’s impossible to trap me! I can have the peace of God directly in the middle of chaos. I’m grateful for the rest that I find when I cast all my cares on God, my God. He’s mine and I am HIS! It’s a heart thing. My heart belongs to God! It’s the best decision that I’ve ever made! Go Jesus!
It is my prayer that this long weekend be the start of us (me included) going the extra mile to spend time with loved ones and those that are less fortunate. It has been my experience that the busyness of life coupled with low tolerance of others causes us to isolate inside of our own bubbles. The more people that I converse with the more I am finding that only spending quality time with our immediate family is the new normal. The immediate family generally includes those that we live in the same house with. This is not the plan of God. I can honestly confess that time just gets away from me. I intend to reach out or to go and check on family but I fail miserable. A lot of my failed attempts can be attributed to my preconceived notion of the visit or call. Guilty. This past week the Holy Spirit dealt with me personally on this topic so I am sharing.
How can we ever expect to truly understand one another if we don’t put in the time? Ministries can truly be effective when the members take the time out to develop real relationships with one another. Families can heal sooner if we set aside our intolerable differences and accept people for who they are. We have to remain humble and come to grips with the fact that we too have habits and quirks that are less attractive than we think. Patience with one another in any group setting is possible through the act of love.
The bottom line is that we have to stretch ourselves with the instruction of the Holy Spirit to show love to God and to others through our efforts to develop relationships. The world would be a better place.
I encourage you to make the phone call today. Drive over to see your Aunt or Uncle. Face time your best friend from high school. Call a member of your ministry for no reason at all but to say hello. Go the extra mile and expect a difference in your life and in the life of others. To God be the Glory!