When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are filled with the Holy Spirit which provides you with the power to turn your back on your selfish desires and walk forward with love. Much of the world we live in is designed to satisfy our need for self-gratification. The Bible teaches us that chasing the pleasures this world provides is a useless endeavor. Seeking God by sharing His love with others will be many times more satisfying than anything this world has to offer. Christians should boldly walk away from this world and proclaim the truth of the Gospel to this dying world.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
There is no room for Christians to worry about what others might think. There is no reason to fear the response from this world. If you have chosen a path empowered by love, you are moving in the right direction even if it seems like you are swimming upstream in this world.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 (NIV)
Jesus gave us love to use as an all-purpose tool. He even tells us to use it to tame our enemies.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45 (NIV)
The evil your enemies perpetrate upon you is destroyed by truth and love. Love will be your shield, your strength, and your trusted companion. As a Christian, love is the fuel that burns in your heart to keep you following in the footsteps of Jesus.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)
Our walk with Christ begins with our faith in Him and as we grow, our hope is that we will become more like him each day. The central focus of that journey is the love the Holy Spirit provides that gives us the power to live for Jesus and ignore this world’s distractions.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
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