Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].Proverbs 10:12 AMP
It’s a beautiful thing, the love of Christ. As an evangelist, my message is that God loves you. He sees your sin, He recognizes it, and yet He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the propitiation for your sin.
I struggle daily to forgive those who sin against me. However, if I am to follow my Savior’s example, I should pray for them.
When we recognize the grace, mercy and forgiveness of God that’s freely available to us, we should extend that to others.
Am I perfect? No. Do I long to be mature in my knowledge of the Lord? Yes.
So what is God asking us to do? Love your neighbor as yourself.
Is your neighbor failing to see the goodness of God? Most likely. Can you turn their eyes upon Jesus? Most definitely.
When I think about Jesus, I am humbled. God sacrificed His Son on our behalf. He loved us that much. He desires that we be in perfect fellowship with His Spirit so much that He made it possible in spite of our sinful nature.
All that I am, all that I do, is a response to the grace of God. Do I fail? Certainly. Do I want to do better? Assuredly.
So now what? What shall we do? Pray for your brothers and sisters in the Lord.
I’ve had a personal awakening that prayer is the most effective, efficient and expeditious way to effect change in this world. God’s will is unstoppable. Let’s pray His will be done.
When you pray for others that God’s will be done in their life, you’re adding fuel to the fire. God is a consuming fire. He purifies us with tribulation. The purpose is that we will yield to the purposes of God in our life.
You were created to be a messenger of God. You were meant to share the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord.
When we yield to God as Lord, and let Him direct our days, nothing but blessing awaits. He knows best. He has a plan. He has a purpose. Trust God. And obey.
My challenge to you today is to pray daily for the people in your life. You have a sphere of influence. Pray for them. Whether it’s your family, your friends, your church or your workplace, God has positioned you to have influence. Pray for those closest to you. And to God be the glory. Amen.