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God's Reality

God's Reality

21 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 28-30; 1 John 3

Scripture:

18 My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. 19 This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. 20 It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. (1 John 3:18-20 MSG)

It’s not about religion rules and worship rituals. The only way we know we’re living in God’s reality is when we practice real love.

16 This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. (1 John 3:16 MSG)

Real Love is:
• Living self-sacrificially as Christ lived. Not just living for ourselves.
• Responding to the needs of others whenever we have the means to do it.

Real Love results:
• We know we’re living in God’s reality.
• Debilitating self-criticism is shut down.

I don’t know what proportion of Christ-followers suffer from debilitating self-criticism. Apparently John understood what it’s like to be self-critical to the point that it affects your ability to function at full capacity. Me too.

Is it psychology? Is it merely if I do something self-sacrificial to help someone else, I’ll feel better about myself? Maybe that’s part of it, but this I know – It’s God’s Reality. When I live and love self-sacrificially, I’m in harmony with God – with his heart, his plan, his Kingdom, his reality. That’s what God has to say about it! And he knows more about us than we know about ourselves.

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for spiritual insights that deliver practical tools. Holy Spirit, please keep teaching me the truth about love and prompting me to practice it and not just talk about it. Thanks for being greater than my worried heart. Amen!

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