January 23, 2021
A Haughty Heart Wounds, But Love and Grace Heal
Philippians 2:3 (KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
I hope you understand that the state of your heart influences your relationship and service for God. It affects the potential for livelihood in wounded and hurting hearts in this world. A person who sees himself as having “arrived.” Or as living in the pinnacle of Christianity while those in their midst are nothing more than “spiritual low-life” certainly send the wrong message about God’s character and ministry. God does not operate on different levels in Christianity.
It is true; haughty hearts wound others with a display of pride and prejudice rather than boost comprehension of the real presence of the grace and love of Christ. We should all strive to treat others as if we are serving God, rather than people, giving them our very best.
Though the Apostle Paul uses these scripture verses above to point to the lashing out of others within the context of a church congregation, this directive also applies to any relationship, whether it be inside or outside of a church. Treat others with love rather than wield hate and hypocrisy commonly at work in this corrupt world.
A child of God is careful of his actions towards others, not wanting to injure any soul. He or she takes care, both in and outside of the church, to love and care for others with a “god-centered” grace-filled state of the heart.
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