Tonight, I put on my big girl pants and went to visit a very difficult person who is sick. Let me be honest — I did not want to go. Everything inside me wanted to hide and make excuses.
- I am too tired. I’ll just go tomorrow.
- I will call. A phone call is perfectly acceptable instead. Right?
- It won’t make a difference if go anyway, so why bother wasting my time?
After I finished arguing with myself for an hour, I said a simple one-sentence prayer:
Jesus, help me not mess this one up. Amen.
I grabbed my keys, marched resolutely to my minivan, and reported for duty.
If I want to see a miracle, I must show up in the mire and serve.
Maybe like me you want to hide from the difficult assignment God has placed in your life. God sees you sitting there in your kitchen looking at the phone and wishing you didn’t have to answer another call from that pesky relative or neighbor. He understands how you feel when your attempts to help someone are met with apathy and rejection over and over.
Friends, we have a Savior who was stripped bare to reach out to undeserving sinners like you and me. His crucified life was a grand gesture of love, and with His help we can pick up our cross and choose to follow.
Grand gestures of love help loosen the enemy’s grip on the lost.
3 Grand Gestures that Gain Positive Results
Give people the benefit of the doubt, rather than be picky. God has set aside our ugly sins, so we should lean toward love and let go of our list of expectations.
“Continually pursue peace with everyone, and the sanctification without which no one will ever see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of God’s grace; that no root of resentment springs up and causes trouble, and by it many be defiled.” (Hebrews 12:14-15, AMP)
Take note of the little ways people pour into your life and thank them profusely. Choose to celebrate others rather than fall into the comparison trap.
“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Philippians 1:3-6, MSG)
Ask God to help you notice the needs of the hurting and helpless. Greedy hearts always end up empty-handed, so give away your time, talent, and treasure.
“The generous man is a source of blessing and shall be prosperous and enriched, and he who waters will himself be watered reaping the generosity he has sown.” (Proverbs 11:25, AMP)
What grand gesture will you make this week to share God’s love with the world?
Friend, we can start by cultivating a heart of gratitude rather than gravitating toward grumbling. To help you get started, I’ve created a one-page printable for you to count your blessings from A to Z. Subscribe to the blog and grab a copy in our Faith Fuel Library.
What if we got busy about God’s business this week instead of being busy bodies? We might just see people with eyes of grace instead of griping and complaining. As we look for ways to affirm our loves, our hearts will acknowledge God’s blessings, and we will uproot any seeds of bitterness the enemy has scattered. With fully surrendered hearts, we will reach out to the weary and witness God’s redemption at work in our lives.
Grand gestures of love help tenderize hard hearts.
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