We hold on to guilt and pain which can hold us back from freely spreading love. Jesus, however, has already forgiven us for our wrongdoings. If we choose to accept His love, we are free from our sins. We should show love to others through forgiveness so that they can be free from their own pain and guilt. Ephesians says "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He suffered a terrible fate so we could have the ability to one day enter into heaven. He put aside His own needs, desires and wants to focus on the needs of others. Sacrifice is a beautiful way to show others you truly love and care for them. This can be as small as sacrificing your time to help a friend in need.
Sacrifice requires a positive attitude and an obedient heart. In Romans it says "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. There are two different ways that you can pray.
He recognizes that we need guidance to love as Jesus does. We can pray and ask Him to teach us how to be better. Secondly, we can pray for other people. Praying for others, especially our enemies, is a positive way of lifting them up.
Even when you feel simply cannot love someone, praying for them will be a way to open your heart up. Jesus is a perfect example of how to love without limits, but we have to be willing to accept Him first to truly understand what that love means. When you are ready, accept Jesus into your heart.
Profess Him as your Savior, and begin to look for all the small ways He shows love to you. Jesus does not judge others. He looks past physical appearances, social economic status, race, gender, and the like. He chooses to love them unconditionally regardless of where they are at in life.
He meets them right where they are, and provides the perfect love that they need. We can choose to ignore our judgments too. When we meet someone, we automatically start making assumptions about them.
When we do this, we put limits on our ability to love them unconditionally. We have to get over our negative conventions about others and replace them with positive thoughts. For example, instead of judging a poor beggar for being a drug addict we can choose to talk to them, provide aid when possible, and show them love and kindness. Having a humble view of ourselves can sometimes be difficult.
Humility teaches us how to take our minds off of ourselves and turn our thoughts to the Lord. Being humble requires saying no to sinful behavior or responses that want to over-ride our "Christ-like" attitude. Particularly poignant is when she shares her personal epiphany that God had transformed her greatest stumbling block—that of her previous sexual sins—into the vehicle for demonstrating how God had changed her.
Ethridge challenges women to accept the "wedding" gifts from a loving God who offers redemption from the past, resurrection power for today and a heavenly home in eternity.
While the book is engaging and soulful, many of Ethridge's personal accounts have been published elsewhere and might feel stale to some loyal readers. June View Full Version of PW.
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