"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Dying To Love?

More often than not, saying “yes” to Him means saying “no” to ourselves and “yes” to others. When we say “no” to ourselves, it is not about denying self but dying to self so that others may live. Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. And we must die voluntarily, from the heart with God’s grace and strength.

This could mean sacrificing personal convenience, agenda and overlooking one another’s faults and weaknesses. Naturally, it is a painful process to go through, but think of the wondrous Cross. If it is not painful, it is not really dying. So we always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Of course, saying “yes” to others doesn’t mean that we only agree or support in whatever they do or say. Sometimes, it can mean turning down a person, disagreeing over an issue or even rebuking someone we love dearly. Saying “yes” to a person means loving that person as God would. We may struggle with the appropriate expressions of love, because we do not have perfect knowledge like God.

But more importantly, love should be the motivation behind our thoughts and deeds towards the person. We are called to love God and to love others. And we aren’t experts in this field of business. So it’s a life long journey of learning and seeking God’s heart, into eternity and beyond.


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