“Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy.” Psalm 100:2 (NLT) Do you worship with gladness? It’s not the style of worship that matters, but the heart of the worshiper.
What is the most excellent way to live life? The New Living Translation describes it as “a way of life that is best of all.” Many are settling for the “good” life. But, why settle for a good life, or even a better life, if you can have the best life of all?
Would you describe your life as filled with an inexpressible joy? It can be! I’m not talking about a shallow sense of happiness or a fake-it-till-you-make-it disposition, but actual deep-down joy!
Whoever thought of praise as a sacrifice? Sacrifices sound more like painful offerings connected with the Old Testament. Isn’t praise the natural expression of a grateful heart giving thanks to God? When times are good, it is natural to praise; even unbelievers can do that. What about our response when times are bad?
Happiness is a choice. When Paul wrote to the church in Philippi, he was speaking from personal experience. He told them, “Whatever happens my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith.” Phil. 3:1 (NLT)
People with grateful hearts live with an attitude of gratitude! It’s so infectious! Do you have a grateful heart? When was the last time you said thank you to someone and expressed your appreciation for them?
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NIV) If I am to love like Jesus, I must learn to see like Jesus. I must learn to self-give like Jesus and, finally, I must learn to seek like Jesus.
If I am to love like Jesus, I must see like Jesus. Seeing others as Jesus sees them is the first step to learning to love like Jesus. Do I see like Jesus? Yesterday, I challenged you to pray a simple prayer that will change your life: “Lord, please help me to see others like Jesus.”
When Paul challenged his readers to observe how Christ loved, we have only to read the Gospels to see His love manifest in the way He related with others. Whether is was with a prostitute or a priest, a beggar or a billionaire, Jesus’ love was never cautious but extravagant! He never loved to get something, but to give everything of Himself to others.
The Bible says, if we want to love like Jesus, we must keep company with Jesus. Loving like Jesus is the consequence of learning a life of love by observing how He loved. His love is more caught than taught.