Proverbs 17 5-17-21

Being Christ’s representatives to the world may not be as difficult or daunting as it may seem. He will show us how.

17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Love is a feeling and an action. In many cases, our feelings of love for someone results in actions of love. In other cases, our actions of love result in feelings of love. The biggest problem we (I) face is inertia.

Inertia– “the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.”

Each of us struggles to set aside our own desires and do what Christ is calling us to do. He is that external force. The interesting part is that He lives in us, so He’s really an internal force. It’s what I call “the fight inside.” Peter and Paul both deal with this fight,

Peter- “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

Paul- In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

A favorite verse of mine is Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The choice to love is one we make everyday toward those with whom we live and work. We even find that decision occurring when we drive, go to the store or to a restaurant, the doctor, the bank, or anywhere we might be called upon to choose between our way and what is best for others. Let me give you some for-instances:

  • You are sitting at a light and the person ahead and to the right of you turns on his blinker.
  • The parking spot you want is available, but you notice someone behind you looking for one, too.
  • You are standing in line at the bank and you notice that the person behind you is impatient, even anxious.
  • You are in line at the grocery store; a new checker opens up a register; you can make it before anyone else can, but there’s a woman behind you with several children in tow.

Are you seeing the pattern? Paul gives us our marching orders concerning godly love:

Love must be sincere. We must make sure that our motives are true and right. We do it for our Lord.

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Here is our precedent. Let’s do it!

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Serving how? by doing verses 9 and 10.

12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Consider any imposition an opportunity to be Christ to the recipients of your generosity.

13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. We consider everyone to be potential brothers and sisters in Christ, so we share as God leads us. He knows; we don’t.

Let’s be Christ to those around us. We never know when or how the Spirit might move in someone’s life with whom we come in contact. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ, as well as His spokesmen. We are


Abba, may we be You to our world today. Give us opportunities. May we stay close to You and attentive to You so that we won’t miss any opportunity. Advance Your kingdom through us today, O Lord. Amen.

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