WITH SINCERE LOVE
Just like faith, if we don't have love, crying out to God is the solution.
I WILL many months we have been trying to dig-be vulnerable in front of those who read this devotional: my body smells very bad. Sincerely from head to toe, therefore, I tend to be very careful in my personal hygiene and use cologne or eau de cologne every day, I can not miss deodorant and foot powder. The clothes must be washed with antibacterial, softener and odourant. In winter the shower is daily and in summer, up to three times a day. I wash my mouth three times a day and I usually chew a lot of gum. I take care of the beard with specialised shampoo and balm for it.
For many years I have worked with homeless people. Obviously, the daily shower is not easy for them, nor is it easy to keep their clothes clean. And that discomfort that I suffer from my body odour, I have to experience in those with whom God sends me to work. This situation taught me what "God's liquid love" is. This type of love, which is not discovered that easily in the Bible, is reflected on two occasions: the first is when Jesus of Nazareth meets the ex-possessed Gadana, he was living among the tombs, chained and in street condition. In the second example we find it with the resurrection of his best friend Lazarus; let's remember that Mary tells Jesus that she already “stinks”, because Lazarus has been in the tomb for three days. Once she raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus gave the order to wash and clothe him. How did Jesus of Nazareth cope with that bad smell? And my only answer is, he worked, with sincere love, that "liquid love of God." And this kind of love is what I claim from God when I have in front of me, people that I can't easily stand because of their smells.
“WE HAVE DIFFERENT GIFTS, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US. IF SOMEONE'S GIFT IS PROPHECY, LET THEM USE IT IN PROPORTION WITH YOUR FAITH in him; IF IT IS TO PROVIDE A SERVICE, LET THEM PROVIDE IT; IF IT IS THE ONE TO TEACH, LET THEM TEACH; IF IT IS TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS, LET IT ENCOURAGE THEM; IF IT IS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED, LET THEM GIVE WITH GENEROSITY; IF HE IS THE ONE TO LEAD, LET HE LEAD WITH CAREFULNESS; IF IT IS TO SHOW COMPASSION, DO IT WITH JOY.”
Let us pray together: Father God, I know that you have given me gifts, some I already recognise in me, ministers that others I know will give by revelation for my work with others. Help me God.
Being clear about the purposes of our lives will help us reach our goals. Being clear about our goals will give us the facility to work with the gifts of the Spirit of God, empowering that ministry given by God. And so we achieve God's dreams for our lives: the Extension of the Kingdom of Heaven for all humanity and thus liberating all creation.
“LOVE MUST BE SINCERE. HATE EVIL; HOLD ON TO THE GOOD.”
Let us pray together: My God, I long with all my heart to love only you and in this way, cling to the fact of doing good, rejecting evil and everything that it involves. I want to extend your Kingdom and preach your love, fill me with your Holy Spirit and sincere liquid love to take it to all those who are in need of you.
For now, we have to use those gifts that we are already aware of: serve, care, listen, advise, help, guide, teach, etc. to others. Because, for what we are currently doing, we are already trained. For what we are going to do, the Holy Spirit will train us and activate the necessary gifts so that these new challenges and new goals are fulfilled. But what we must keep in mind is to do it with sincere love, with the liquid love of God, just as Jesus Christ did, just as the Mind of Christ asks us to do so.
God bless you.
WITH SINCERE LOVE
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