"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” - Psalms 46:1-2
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How can we esteem others better than ourselves when, in truth, we really think we are better than others? Some people are better athletes than others, some are more skilled in business, some are more gifted at public speaking, to name a few examples.
First, we need to recognize that our accomplishments don’t make us better than others. There is a difference between what we do and who we are. Better performance does not equate to better people. God judges by looking on the inside, not the outside. We need to esteem others on this same basis.
Resistance is active. You have to stir yourself up and get mad—in the godly sense. A godly way to channel anger is to be mad at the devil, at sickness, and at poverty. Get angry at the devil—stop tolerating him. Anything you tolerate will persist. When you finally say, "Enough is enough," that's when you exercise your authority, creating a positive spiritual dynamic!
Jesus didn't say that all men would know we are His disciples by our doctrine, our rituals, our hatred for sin, or even by the way we express our love for God. He said very clearly that the one characteristic that would cause the world to identify us as His followers is our LOVE for each other!
A God-kind of love is the greatest evangelistic tool that the church can ever have, according to Jesus. Before we can ever fulfill the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20, there must be a revival of love in the church, where doctrine and ritual take a "back seat" to our love for one another.