Reminders to Love

Reminders! We need reminders! We write notes to ourselves so we don’t forget something. Perhaps we list things to do or to take with us so we don’t forget anything. We keep calendars with dates marked for important meetings and events.

Our faith needs reminders too. Not just because we are forgetful but also because a part within us still doesn’t want to do what we know we should. Even the apostle Paul had trouble from time to time. He wrote; I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing (Romans 7: 18,18). The reason Paul didn’t always do what God wanted was because sin was living in him (v. 20).

When it comes to putting our love into action, we are faced with the same challenge. We want to come and worship. We want to live as God’s people in this world. We desire to bring our offerings to the Lord. All these things show our love for Jesus. But we sometimes don’t. We let other things become more important.

We need reminders to live as God’s people and to let our love show by our actions, as we are gentle, kind, compassionate, and faithful. We will need reminders from time to time that we are God’s people and we love Jesus because he first loved us. Then we can overcome the sinful nature that still lives within us and troubles us.

Let us worship together

When we think we don’t need to come to worship with our fellow believers, we need a reminder: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching(Hebrews 10:25). The reminder is important because coming to worship God not only gives us a chance to show our love for God but also to receive his comfort and strength for our journey through life.

We need reminders about our offerings too. God encourages us to excel in the grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7). Paul reminds us to set aside a sum of money in keeping with our incomes (1 Corinthians 16:2). We are to give as much as we are able out of love for Christ. Our gifts show our love and gratitude. It’s love in action!

These reminders come so that our love for the Lord will not grow cold or lukewarm. We do love the Lord. He has shown his love for us in giving us eternal blessings. He simply asks that we show our love for him by our actions each day.

 

 

 

Rev. Dennis Himm

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Grand Blanc, MI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Dennis Himm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Grand Blanc, MI

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