Sunday’s message was simple, yet often missed by many good Christians. Love one another. “Fruitfulness is not the result of how much we love God; it’s rather the result of how much we love each other” (Pastor Rob). As women, we have one common trait – we have selfish pity parties for ourselves. I admit it. Sometimes I’d rather remain bitter, angry, callosed towards the person who has wronged me, than confront it and allow the Lord to restore, rebuilt, heal and mend my wounds and relationships.
I came across this, and thought it is fitting for us (as women). Love is what identifies us from the rest of the world, why do we limit our love so often?
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7, NKJV
Most of us increase our pain by dwelling on it or by analyzing it. We throw a pity party and expect others to join us. We spiral downward into depression, withdrawing into self-preoccupation. But the way to overcome is not to focus on ourselves or on the pain, but to focus on the needs of others.
Would you get your eyes off yourself and your problems and your pressures and your pain and look around? Who do you know who is suffering or struggling in some way? What can you do for them? Ask God to bring to your attention those you can care for. Because as you do, you will find joy in easing their burden, and in the process, you will ease your own. (The Joy of My Heart – Ann Graham Lotz)