Iron sharpens Iron

During our last, Wednesday Night Service, our Pastor, delivered the Word and God gave revelation.   During his sermon, he said, “I have to be the best me for you.”  This statement enlightened me and led me to Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”  God revealed to me that when you surrender to purposefully becoming the best God wants you to be to sharpen another,  you have died to self.   You begin to live I Corinthians 13: 4-7 which reads, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” We love as God loves and desire that those within the circle of our influence live an abundant life in Him. We become unselfish, we put others above ourselves and acknowledge that being the best we can be trickles to every area of our life; in our homes, within our church communities, and in our jobs.  Jesus said we are the light of the world, a city that sits on a hill that cannot be hidden.  Think about it; we set the example as we walk in Christ.  Therefore change your perspective and make it your goal to be the best God has designed you to be so you can intentionally sharpen others.  Remember Iron does sharpen iron.

 

 

Pray for one another; spiritually support one another

Paul prayed a beautiful prayer over the saints of God residing in Colosse; found in the book of Colossians.  After reading this prayer, I committed myself to pray this powerful prayer over my brothers and sister of the Gospel.  As members of the Body of Chris,t we should continually pray for one another.  The following is the prayer.  “I continually pray for my brothers and sister in Christ, and I asked God that they will be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.  I pray that they walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him and that they will be fruitful in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God.  I pray that God will strengthen them with all might according to His glorious power for all patience and longsuffering with joy.  I pray that we all give thanks to the Father for he has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light, and has delivered us from the power of darkness and moved us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love.” Colossians 1:8-13.  So, Saints pray for one another; spiritually support one another. For we all are part of the Body of Christ.

Convicted

Have you ever known you were wrong and justified your actions?  I did this evening.  My husband and I went to a local restaurant, we often frequent, for a casual dinner.  When we were seated, my husband did not like the location and asked to be seated nearer to the front.  The hostess graciously did so.  After being seated, we were told our server would be with us shortly.  However, the wait turned into an uncomfortable long time.  My husband, always a rational person, did not appear to be bothered, but I was fuming.  When our server finally arrived, I could tell she was rattled.  Maybe she had an unusual hard workload this evening.  I did not care and became overly polite the polite that border rudeness.  Our dining experience went from bad to worst, and even my husband said we experienced horrible service.  In the end, I would not speak to our server and did not tip.  Justified; maybe; Christ-like behavior; NO!

Later at home, I was reading my Bible along with a book for my Christian book club.  One section of the book talked about pride and reference Philippians 2:1-8.  Also, in the book  I read these simple words, “It is not about me.”  Convicted!!  I realized what our server at the restaurant should have seen in my reaction was patience and the love of God and not the pride of Lori.  I had a choice, and I chose unwisely.  A bad experience will come and go, but the impression we leave people we encounter will last.  It is not about my way, but God’s way should always prevail.  Lesson learned.