Cultivating the “Others Matter to God, so they Matter to me” lifestyle
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less”
Learning to consider others before ourselves selflessly does not mean we must demonstrate false humility or put ourselves down to make them feel good. It means as we know who we are in Christ, our sense of worth in Him, we are ready to be His vessels to bless others. We are not constantly self-focused and rather focused on meeting other peoples’ needs for love, care and provision.
If we are to be honest with ourselves it is not a lifestyle that we embark on easily and consistently. However it is what God requires of us.
God says that we must not only love Him, but “Love your neighbour as yourself” the second greatest commandment (a revelation that interpersonal relationships are of uttermost importance to God). If we receive His love and say we love Him, then it means we love ourselves as much as He loves us.
Now here is the test, are we willing to just stay in that cosy “God loves me & I love Him” mindset or to demonstrate the same kind of selfless love with which He first loved us towards our neighbor? Here neighbor means simply our fellow human being. When we are unable to love others for whatever reason do we just ignore our weakness in this area, avoid these people and carry on in life? This avoidance is detrimental to our relationship with God for as John the Apostle said “how can you say you love God if you hate your brother”.
God does not even care about our offering to Him if we have not made peace with others who are offended by us (Matt. 5:23-25).
We must address our inability to extend love, care towards others before Him; speaking to Him about it in true honesty, dealing with issues of un-forgiveness, offense or bitterness asking Him to change our hearts towards others. We will do this if we desire to demonstrate our love for Him & Yeshua by obedience to His commandments (i.e to love others) so that His presence/glory will remain with us (John 14:23).
God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. Thus the proud cannot enter into His rest or be in His presence for they are disobedient & resist chastening (see teaching on Chastening Jubilee Herald Newsletter Sept. 2015).
May we be intentional in setting our minds on others, starting with the brethren as God did for us through Yeshua by
-demonstrating selfless love; simply making time to listen to others, giving to help them in times of need and sharing what we have with them. This is true Christianity or “True Fast” (Isaiah 58 – see teaching “Church of the end times” Jubilee Herald July 2015)
-confessing our sins & weaknesses in prayer so as to be cleansed (1 John 1:9) and stay under His grace as well as
-praying for the fruit of the Spirit of God which includes love.
The Acts of Christlike (selfless) Humility towards others is God’s love demonstrated.
Blessings Deborah x