Thursday May 22 2008
Love the greatest of all acts for God
By: Victoria Mercado, Gospel Lighthouse
The greatest thing a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to love his other children. I wonder why it is that we are not kinder than we should be. Kindness is always remembered. There is nothing as honorable as love. “Love never fails.” Where there is love, there is God. He that dwells in love, dwells in God. Love without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination — this is love. Lavish it on the poor, especially on the rich, who often need it more, most of all our equals, where it is difficult, and for whom we do the least of all. There is a difference between trying to please and giving pleasure. Never lose the opportunity to give pleasure, for this is truly a loving spirit. Whenever we attempt a good work you will find other men doing the same kind of work, and probably doing it better. Do not envy them. Envy is a feeling of ill will to those who are in the same walk as we are. An un-Christian feeling, the most of all unworthy moods which cloud our soul, and waits at the threshold of every good work, so be fortified with the grace of generosity, which envies not. And after learning all this put on humility, as a seal on our lips and forget what you have done. After you have been kind, after love has come into the world and done its beautiful work, go back into the shade again and say nothing about it. Love hides from itself, love waives even self-satisfaction. Love is not puffed up. Love does not behave unseemly. Some Christians find that it’s not hard to give up our rights, but to give up ourselves, for the good of others. The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having and getting anything, but only in giving. The world believes in the pursuit of happiness, but remember that there is one way that is more blessed that is to give instead of receive. A good temper is a very remarkable thing, Love is not easily provoked, Most people look at a bad temper as a mere weakness, not a thing to take seriously in estimating a mans character. It speaks of a disease within, an occasional bubble escaping to the surface that betrays some rottenness, underneath, a sample of the most hidden secrets of the soul, all of which can be seen in one flash of temper. Souls are made sweet not by taking acid fluids out, but by putting something in, a great love, a new spirit, the spirit of Christ, which purifies, and transforms all. This can renovate, regenerate and rehabilitate the inner man. Willpower does not change men. Time does not change men. Christ does, therefore let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. It is the deliberate verdict of the Lord Jesus that it is better not to live than not to love. Victoria Mercado is the wife of Gospel Lighthouse’s assistant pastor.