Do you lack for love?
Not feeling accepted?
Hopeless, can’t see a way out?
Down and out?
Pride eating you up?
Chances are, people aren’t going to come to you most of the time in the endeavor to try to love you, understand you, feel your pain along with you. They may not even do so for the good stuff, friends. Getting to know you, who you are, your story? Sometimes they do, but often this is not the case.
Why not be the one who consistently reaches out to others? Why not be the one who serves others first, like Jesus does?
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Philippians 2:3
When we take the focus off of ourselves, those things we struggle with don’t necessarily go away, but they seem to diminish in importance. They no longer possess us. They no longer hold the same negative power in our lives. And most importantly, we then are loving others in the way Christ always has intended that we do.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
The enemy knows this. He knows he can win, albeit temporarily, if he can keep our focus upon ourselves. He knows he can triumph by isolating us in a sea of self-pity, anger, sadness and despair.
We are ONE, in Christ Jesus, friends! And in this, we win.
We are ONE. And we have already WON.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Build up the body of Christ, and you shall be strong as well. The greatest act of service is to love one another. Focus upon that – loving others, and you will be just fine.
This is written for those who don’t feel just fine today. This is for those who feel alone, lost, or not important today. There is something you can do.
Let Jesus do it through you. And know that even if you don’t feel like it, you are, dear soul, very loved.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Ephesians 4:11-12