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Loving people

    Personal Devotions

    Having patience with imperfect people

    March 26, 2019

    Okay, let’s face it- we’re all imperfect people. But somehow we feel the imperfections of others are sometimes unforgivable. But we can overlook our imperfections because our heart is right? Divine love always is patient with people. God understands our imperfections and loves us in spite of them. Whether at home or traveling or simply shopping, we face people every day that try our patience. So how do we overcome our impatience?

    “Love suffers long, having patience with imperfect people.”  1 Corinthians 13:4 Hayford translation

    Since according to Romans 5:5 “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us” then we don’t have to try to love people ourselves. The good news is God gave us His very love with which to love others.

    So it’s not a stretch to say “I suffer long with people”. I have patience with imperfect people- even my mother in law. God gave me His love to love people like He would.

    So how do we have patience with imperfect people? I ask God to show me how He loves them. Hidden inside every person is a little child with insecurities. Inside every person are hurts from the past. Inside every person are both physical and mental pains and needs. It helps me to believe the best of every person. I’m sure they are tired. I’m sure they are threatened or fearful. This doesn’t excuse their bad behavior, but it does help me love them in spite of it. We will never know the “why” behind the reasons, so we simply have the choice to forgive, to love and to give people the benefit of the doubt. We can choose not to become personally offended by their behavior.

    Is it easy? Nope. Can we do it? Yes with God’s love. I sometimes ask myself “would I do any better than they are doing if I had gone through what they have? Maybe not!

  • Leadership

    Who are you feeding spiritually?

    A healthy church is a nurturing church. We feed people’s spirits from the Word of God. God spoke through Zechariah about the job of a shepherd. This also speaks to me about the job…

    March 8, 2019
  • Evangelism

    Bringing Healing to the Hurting

    The heart of God has always been to bring healing to those who are hurting. The pain may be due to broken relationships or physical sickness. We are invited to be the instrument that…

    January 29, 2019
  • Evangelism

    Are you looking for lost people?

    Every day we meet people at the grocery store and post office and work. There are people around us who look just like we do but may not know Jesus personally.  There are people…

    January 28, 2019
  • Devotions

    10 ways to positively influence people

    Like it or not we all influence people. Sometimes we positively influence people and other times we deflate people. Today let’s look at some ways to influence people positively. John Maxwell states “difficulties seldom…

    July 9, 2018
  • Devotions

    20 Questions to ask the Elderly

    My Dad is in assisted living. When I recently took him to a doctor’s appointment, he was confronted with these 2 questions. “How do you like it there?” and “How’s the food?” It was…

    July 5, 2018