I Corinthians 13:4-8
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
Reading this today and contemplating some things…
According to the Bible, LOVE (Jesus, Himself and therefore us if we are a reflection of Him) is known by the characteristics it displays. When Jesus walked the earth He rarely told anyone that He IS the Messiah yet people followed Him. In a similar way, we should not have to tell people we are “Christian” or “in ministry”. They shouldn’t “know” it by how we dress or by the religious words coming out of our mouths. The should recognize we are people of faith by our character; by being around us when we are truly ourselves. Our core being should bare witness of our belief system.
If you find yourself playing a role; if you find yourself always having to be “on”, you need to rethink what you believe. No one can be “on” all the time; No one can play a role for long without feeling the weight of it. Being someone you aren’t is too heavy a burden to bare. God never called us to be someone else. He only called us to be who He created us to be and to submit ourselves to His molding Spirit.
Be YOU!! You are awesome! God carefully thought about who He wanted to create and He made you! He knitted you in your mother’s womb. You do not have to impress anyone. When you are simply being yourself and being who God made you to be, that is when you are the most effective for God’s kingdom.
Let go the guilt go. Let the standards of others go. Release yourself of the judgements of others. Be YOU!!