LOVE, FAITH, AND FORGIVENESS: THE DECISIONS WE MAKE AND THE ACTIONS WE TAKE

TIME TO ACT by Stuart Miles

 

Today, I want to talk to you about love, faith, and forgiveness. Normally we associate these three things with how we feel. But I want to submit to you that these aspects of our Christian walk which are commanded in the Word of God are not about our feelings. These commandments are about making decisions and taking action!

LOVE IS AN ACTION

For example, Jesus commanded us to love each other (John 13:34). Agape love, or the God kind of love which is unconditional, is not a feeling. It’s a decision you make to meet a person’s needs regardless of how you feel. First Corinthians 13:4-6 talks about what love does:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Therefore, we are to avoid relying on emotions when it comes to loving others. It’s all about your actions, or what you do, not how you feel.

FAITH IS AN ACTION

In Mark, 11:22, Jesus commanded us to have faith in God. Faith is also about deciding that regardless of how you feel, you are going to take action. For example, In Luke 5, Peter didn’t feel like letting down his nets when Jesus told Him to do so after he and his colleagues had fished all night and caught nothing. However, he took action, obeyed the instruction, and received a miracle. Maybe at some point, you haven’t felt God’s presence, but faith says when you don’t feel His presence, you still pray and pursue God. Why?  Because faith is not about your feelings, it’s about what you do. You may have “a feeling” that God is going to move on your problematic situation, but If you don’t move, He won’t because the Bible says faith without corresponding works is dead. Faith is about your actions.

FORGIVENESS IS AN ACTION

Forgiveness is the decision we make to refuse to pay our enemy back or seek restitution from the individual for what we have lost. In Romans12:19 God said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Isaiah 61:7 says He will pay us “double for our former shame.” However, forgiveness is also about taking action because In Luke 6:27-28, Jesus gave the following instructions: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” If you do what He said, even if your emotions are still raw, that’s how you know you have truly forgiven. Healed emotions will be the byproduct of your decision to forgive and your choice to take action and follow Jesus’ commands.

So I encourage you to take action and love people by meeting their needs in spite of how you feel. Have faith in God and take action by continuing to pursue Him anyway in spite of whether you feel His presence or not. Forgive those who have hurt you by acting in accordance with God’s prescribed method for dealing with your enemies. When you take action first, your emotions will soon line up with the decisions you make and the actions you take.

 

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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY WHEN YOU ARE BLINDSIDED

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Have you ever wondered why God lets us go through situations or tests where our world is rocked to the core? You know what I am talking about. When things happen that we don’t understand.  Someone dies. We don’t get healed. Things don’t go as we had planned, and we ask God, “What were you thinking?”

I’ve been at that place in my life two times. The first time, five people in my world died in a four-month period. The second time I recognized an unsaved person in my life was prospering wildly while I was struggling. Believe it or not, I actually got to the point where I was questioning if God really existed. I praise the Lord that I worked through my garbage. When it was all said and done, I made up in my mind that from this point forward, NOTHING would cause me to disconnect myself from the Lord. I believe that’s the state of BROKENESS that God wants every believer to experience.

I also believe that God allows us to go through those times for three reasons:

  1. To show that we don’t want Him only for what He can give us. I heard Bishop T.D. Jakes mention this on the Potter’s Touch broadcast one day. Joyce Meyer says we should seek God’s face, not His hand.  When people in our lives seek us out only when they want something from us, we don’t like it either.
  2. So that we will get to the place where we fully trust Him no matter what. That means it doesn’t matter who comes or goes, who gets healed or doesn’t, who lives or who dies, I trust God knows what He Is doing. I know He loves me, has my best interests at heart, He is still good, and His Word is true even if I don’t understand.
  3. So that we mature to the point where nothing will cause us to walk away from Him. God loves us unconditionally. We need to get to the place where we love Him unconditionally. That means nothing can separate us from His love.

If we survive the uncertain times that try us, the bond we have with God will be unbreakable. We must keep our relationship intact and stay plugged into our power source. The Bible says the devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. If we stay connected to God, we will not end up being one of those devoured by the enemy, and he will not be able to get the best of us.

Think about this: If you are a parent, you don’t explain everything to your children either.  There are some things your kids don’t need to know. And even if you told them, because of their age, they still wouldn’t understand. If earthly parents can choose to share certain information with their kids or choose not to explain themselves when it comes to certain decisions, shouldn’t God have that same privilege? In the same way, God is asking us to trust Him when we don’t understand.

If we indict God’s character, choose to disconnect ourselves, and deny His existence, where does that leave us? He is still God, but not in our finite perception. That basically causes us to enter into atheism. But Tony Evans said, “If you get rid of God, you’ve still got your problem.” The thought of living life in this world without God is a scary prospect. Therefore, if we want to hold on to our sanity and regain equilibrium when we have been blindsided, the only answer is this: Trust God. It’s the only way out.

Have you ever been blindsided? What did you learn from the process? Please leave a comment below.

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