Think of Yourself - Part 3
The third step of self-examination according to Romans 12:13-16 is your relationship with others. God gives us gifts use and to develop over our lifetime.
- Share with God’s people in need. Discerning what people need is a gift from God. The ones who do not need food, clothing, or shelter, may need encouragement, a kind word, companionship, a friend to talk to, wise counsel, or a hug. What do you have to share?
- Practice hospitality. Hospitality is the art of allowing people in your space and making them feel welcomed. This takes repetitive action till it becomes a part of your mentality and life. When Jesus is in your space, this is very easy to do because the Holy Spirit is welcoming. Hospitality is something we give away never expecting something in return.
- Bless those who persecute you. Persecution can come in different forms such as abandonment, outright hatred, rejection or violence. This is definitely not pretty. To bless them, you must continually forgive, forgive, and forgive some more. Isn’t that what Jesus did?
- Bless and do not curse. To curse someone or something usually comes out of hurt and revenge. When we bless, we release God to do his work on them. God wants to work his goodness but he needs us to release it in the earth realm because he gave us dominion over the earth. In essence, we are giving God permission to enter our territory to operate.
- Rejoice with those who rejoice. What makes a party of happy people, better? More happy people. Rejoicing is contagious so we multiply the joy when we join in.
- Mourn with those who mourn. The burden of mourning is divided when we join with those who mourn. We lighten their load. I have met people who wanted to weep but could not. When I wept with them, they were able to release their sorrow.
How do you score on using these gifts? If you know them well, thank that Lord for increasing you in them. Remember, these are gifts to be developed. They are not instant or automatic. If you need some improvement, ask him to show you how, and give you the opportunities to develop them. It’s never too late.
To be continued...