Words from the Heart for Saturday November 5th, 2016
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:10 (NIV)
The Christian life should be filled with a competitiveness – to be eager to outdo one another in showing esteem and recognition. How can you show your love to another Christian by recognizing what God is doing in their life? What simple act would show them honour?
In the summer of 2009 the city of Edmonton and the Royal Canadian Legion Norwood Branch 107 unveiled a seven by twelve metre mural painted on the north exterior of the Legion building. Titled “Devotion” it honours the Canadian Forces serving in Afghanistan. The three panel mural shows a soldier leaving his wife and young son behind on a typical Canadian street to head to Afghanistan’s sandy plains where civilians, including a woman and her child are watching. Artist Kris Friesen said at the unveiling that he wanted to show the home and away. Norwood Legion Branch Treasurer said he was enthusiastic about the mural because the soldier is helping build our country and is helping rebuild another one. He added that the mural speaks to him because his son, also the father of a little boy, was about to join the army.
Devotion to a cause can give life meaning, particularly a cause that brings benefit to others and self-satisfaction. Devotion to your spouse guarantees freedom from guilt and shame and a joyful and fulfilled marriage. Devotion to serving others brings a great deal of blessing to them and a sense of pleasure to you. The follower of Jesus has no options when it comes to being devoted to others, particularly those within the Body of Christ. Paul instructs believers this way in Romans 12:10: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” If you have experienced the love of Jesus, the expectation the Lord has for you is that you share that love with others. Just as He honoured you by being a sin offering on the Cross, we who have experienced the result of His offering – sins forgiven, peace restored, joy overflowing and on and on, are called to express that love to others so that they might experience those things as well.But there is more to it than simply doing acts of love. In order for our devotion to others to be all that God wants it to be, we must put ourselves second. When we honour others above ourselves, our devotion to them will allow them to understand how deeply God loves them. And this will change their hearts. Who is God calling you to honour above yourself today?
These have been words from the heart.