My mind never stops. Something is always goin on up there. No, I’m serious. I don’t know if you can relate but I’m willing to bet that you might. It seems to be a problem for many of us. Our minds take us places without our consent. Sometimes to places that we don’t want to go. My problem is that I over think things. I turn things up side down and inside out. I’m talkin I analyze. Not all situations but the important things, for sure.
For those of you who deal with the same struggle, you know that there is a nasty side to this character trait. Ohh we know all too well.
It goes like this:
“Was I just weird in that situation?”
“Did I say enough?”
“They probably don’t like me…maybe their humor's dry?”
“Am I doing enough?”
That last one has been getting the best of me lately. Things seem to stem from it…lots of things. I’ve caught myself wondering if I live out my faith enough? If I do enough for the Church? If I’m reading and not applying? Would you even know I’m different because of Jesus?
Showing his faithfulness, God stepped in. I was reading 1 John and He put my mind to rest. Chapter 3 speaks about loving one another and in verse 23 it says this: “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us.”
Here it is again in John:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. 13:34-35
That’s big you guys. The command to us is
1.) to love and believe in Jesus and
2.) to love one another like He loves us.
That is what’s expected of us. Don’t let your mind get the best of you today. Don’t ever feel like you aren’t doing enough or that you somehow don’t matter. It says right here that all we have to do is love.
Love hard. And the promise is they will know we are children of God by doing so.
Yes, you heard correctly…they will know us by our love.