Smelling Like Roses

I started this blog because I wanted to bring to attention why people sometimes run from Christianity. If you have followed me the last 3 years, I have expressed to you that if you call yourself a Christian… You. Should. Be. Like. Christ.!

I realize I can’t change the whole world. I realize that I’m not perfect and nobody is. But, I also realize what kindness is!  I realize what consideration and gentleness are.  I realize how to build others up and be gracious rather than tear them down, ignore them, or hurt them. I know the difference. Do you?

Sometimes our actions perceive that we think our poo smells like roses. We act is if our calling is better than someone else’s. We act as if our walk and our story is better than someone else’s. We think because we’re older, we’re wiser.  We think because we have a degree, those who don’t are beneath us.  We think because we go to church we’re better than those who don’t. We pick our seats, we pick our friends, and we snub everyone else. 

This hurts!

Those of you who aren’t Christians, please take comfort in knowing that the ones who act this way to you, act this way to everybody else they don’t deem good enough for their circle, Christian or not.

It’s time to stop.  Jesus didn’t do his good deeds for attention.  He didn’t do them for money. He didn’t die on the cross for expensive clothes or special seats.  He didn’t leave anyone out!  Everyone was invited. Everyone IS invited. His love is deeper than the deepest parts of our oceans and it extends past the stars we can see in the sky.

Does yours?  Does your love extend past your Prada purse, your special seat, your expensive jeans, or even your opinion?  Do you love like this, like Jesus?  Are you a friend like Jesus is a friend? Are you humble like he was? 

My life scripture is I Corinthians 13.  I’ve quoted it many times in my Wise Little Nuggets and I will quote it many more times. It helps me remember for me.  I hope it helps you remember for you. 

English version Edit Wikipedia:

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.  4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Please realize that your gifts and talents and callings will all pass away.  Faith and Hope are great, but the greatest of these is love.  

Do you show love?

To those of you aren’t following Christ at the moment, please don’t let terrible attitudes turn you from Christ. He is the king of Glory and HE is love!  His forgives is for you just like it is for everyone when we lay ourselves aside for His glory and not our own.

Father, I ask you now to help me be more like you.  Help me know what your love truly is so that I can show others. I want to put aside my selfishness and give myself to you to serve you and to love others. I thank you for your faithfulness to help me in this area. In Jesus name, Amen.

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