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What Does God Look Like? 4

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).

 

John tells us that love is from God and those who love know God.
We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We
are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the
characteristics of love.
“Love does not brag” (I Corinthians 13:4d). The fourth characteristic
of love is also stated as a negative. How many times have you been
part of a conversation about someone who has either been honored,
or has overcome some great trial and then another steps in and
boasts of what he has done or gone through? Let’s face it. Don’t
we all like to be the center of attention?
“Love does not brag.” If we love, then we will not boast of
ourselves. We should never display or magnify our real or
supposed advantages over others. Self-boasting is unloving
because love is not meant to establish our own superiority.
Love is to establish others and to be of service to them. Whether
we admit it or not, we brag about our education, wealth,
abilities, etc. to show that we are superior to others.
Love always seeks to put others first. The one who loves like
Jesus never seeks for “bragging rights.” The hardest thing to
do is to engage our brain and think before we open our mouths.
The Spirit said a lot about controlling what comes out of our
mouths. I would encourage us to spend time in James 3:2-12
so that we will learn to think first.
Remembering that “love does not brag” goes a long way in
promoting peace.

Song: “The Greatest Commands”

 

Loving Father, help me to learn to keep my mouth shut and
not brag about myself. Keep me aware of what I am doing
when I try to turn the conversation in my direction from
someone being honored. Help me to lovingly rejoice and
congratulate others. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado

es_witt_504@yahoo.com

 



How Do You See People?

Ponder: Discussing people or helping them.

Scripture: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that
he was born blind?” (John 9:2, NKJV).
Nearly every day we come into contact with people. How do you
see them? How you look at people says much about what kind of
person you are. Jesus once healed a blind beggar at Jerusalem.
Observe how the disciples looked at the man:

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“Hear and Understand”

“After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them,
‘Hear and understand'” (Matt 15:10).
 
“I just can’t understand what you are trying to say!”
We often fail to understand one another, and certainly
fail to understand what Jesus is trying to tell us in His word.
Just look at the mass confusion among Christendom. Unbelievers
point to the lack of unity and agreement among professed
Christians and refuse to believe Christianity is from the Lord.

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