Warning Flag - Friday, January 24th 2014
"For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the LORD our God; they have forsaken Him, have turned their faces away from the dwelling place of the LORD, and turned their backs on Him."
Have you ever felt far from God? We've all had those moments where we know our relationship with our Savior needs adjusting. One of the red flags that go up during these times is our relationships with other people. When we are short tempered towards others or have no compassion for those in need, there is a deeper issue. When we hate our brother or sister and hold unforgiveness towards them, we need to take notice and come back to the Lord.
1 John 4:20 "If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen'" NKJV
This is a sobering thought, but it's a great warning sign from the Lord. If we cannot love those around us then how can we truly love God? The bitterness towards others is not the sickness, it is the symptom. The main issue is our relationship with the Lord. Is He truly our Savior? If so, are we spending time with Him in His Word and in prayer? Not in a religious way, but because we desire to know Him more. These are questions we should ask ourselves when we find ourselves struggling with others. As we humble ourselves before the Lord, we will find His loving kindness propelling us to love others.
Life Lesson: Our attitudes toward others can serve as warning markers in our relationship to God.
Thank You for the warnings in Your Word. Give me eyes to see the warning signs when I begin straying from You. Speak to me through Your Word and give me the strength to love others like You love me. May my life be used as a means to draw people to Yourself. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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