Service and Compassion
2 Corinthians 5:20a – “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
John 13:15 – “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
It’s been a while sense I posted the first blog in this series on “Quality Time,” but I wanted to revisit this exploration of how Gary Chapman’s five love languages can apply on a broader scale to our daily walk. Today, we are exploring the love language of Touch.
When Jesus walked the Earth, He had a servant mentality, showing love and compassion to the masses—to the sick, the discouraged, the outcasts of society. Before His ascension, He exhorted us to follow the example that He set for us, doing for others as He has done for us. Now that Jesus sits at the Right hand of God, He looks to us to show His heart and His love to His people by being His metaphorical hands and feet, touching hearts and lives as our divinely-led spirits take us into places where He is needed most.
Romans 12:13 – “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” (NLT)
In Romans 12:13, Paul asserts that we should exist in a posture of compassion, where we are always willing and ready to serve…to reach out a hand in love and hospitality…when we see God’s people in need. It’s in these moments that people really have an opportunity to see the love of God in action…through you and your decision to act…and it may be that one simple act of kindness that truly touches a heart and turns it to Christ.
Thoughts, reactions, or testimonies? Leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!
Shine Your Light!
1 Corinthians 2:9 – “That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
You know, it’s funny—I had intended to simply post this scriptural image here today with a brief comment, but as I wrote the title, the Spirit moved me to share my testimony about some of the many instances in which God has just BLOWN MY MIND! It typically happens in one of four ways:
- Sometimes, I’m simply blown away when I read the Word and am amazed by the ways that God accomplished miraculous things through everyday people like me.
- Other times, I’m amazed by the truth of the notion that the Bible is a Living Word, and how my perceptions and understanding of its wisdom evolves as my life changes and my relationship with God evolves and deepens.
- Which leads me to the third way that God occasionally gives me cranial eruptions 🤯 (lol)—when I pray to or petition Him, and within moments, through the Word or a conversation or a message or a situation, God…the Maker of the Heavens and Earth…actually RESPONDS. HE ACTUALLY ANSWERS ME…so specifically and accurately that it’s undeniable! I know that’s what He does and all; but really, who am I that the God of the universe deigns to hear my prayer and RESPOND?? Mind. Blown.
- The last way (that I’ll discuss today) that God amazes me is when He does just as our scripture today states and moves in a way that is beyond what my mind had even conceived. Every now and again, God will do a work in my life in a truly magnificent way that just blows me out of the water with the love and power and understanding of me and attention to my needs that His move implies. There are so many examples, but the one floating around in my head right now on a bed of clouds and rainbows is my fiancé lol. I’d been praying for him for SO LONG—I made lists and got specific and thought I knew what and who I wanted, but I now realize that I never really even grasped the true blessing of finding someone so divinely designed for me. Every now and again, I just look at him and am awed by God. God is so AWESOME!
Has God ever moved in your life in a way that has simply blown YOUR mind? If so, share your testimony below!
SHINE YOUR LIGHT!