Jesus served, healed, comforted, fed, taught, ministered to, and redeemed people. And yet, He was still misunderstood, laughed at, talked about, cursed, falsely accused, beaten, and ultimately murdered. YET…He still chose PEOPLE.
When you understand that people matter, you will become less and less a selfish and self-centered person. Your thoughts will lean in the direction of meeting other people's needs before your own.
If anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth... (1 John 3:17–18 AMP)
I’ve heard it said that you can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving. Notice this verse tells us that love isn’t just about our words or thoughts; it’s about our actions.
I used to think of spring as the first of the four seasons and winter as last. That isn't so. January is raw blistering winter. So God's agricultural cycle starts with cold, lifeless, leafless, iced-over improbability. Creation began that way. The earth “was without form and void...” But winter is a rich time. That is when planning, dreaming, expectation, and vision develop. Faith operates in such a cold sterile environment. It knows that “the time of singing birds” is near. So it fires the shop stove and sharpens plow blades and prepares seed for the next change in weather.
1 John 4:17 (KJV)
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.
Let me ask you, how do you think Jesus is?
Is He sick? No!
Is He fearful? No!
Is He defeated by the devil? No!
Jesus is victorious!
And as He is—strong, courageous, victorious—so can you be in this world as you are flowing in the power of the Holy Spirit. Satan has no power over you, the believer. When people see you, they will see Jesus!
I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way.
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.
But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into: