Every day we’re faced with decisions that we must make, and those…
God wants us to have friends that we can be completely and totally ourselves with, but this can only happen if we let go of control, stop holding back, and allow ourselves to get messy.
Transparency is having thoughts, feelings, or motives that are easily perceived. It is being completely and honestly ourselves without any pretense. What you see is what you get.
To God, love is the only thing that matters. We can accomplish amazing things, we can be smart or insightful, we can even have faith, but if we don’t love, none of that matters. God wants us to become people who love through anything and everything.
Jesus was known as a friend. It didn’t matter who you were, Jesus would befriend you. He noticed the unnoticeable, touched the untouchable, and loved the unlovable. He didn’t spend time with people to get something out of them, but to give something to them and simply because he enjoyed their company.
Love is unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. Warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion. God’s expectation of love is to love the same way he loved us. He taught us to love others by how he loves us.
Do you stand for what you believe, or are you a “chameleon,” always changing your beliefs, desires, and even personality according to others? God doesn’t want us to feel like we have to conform in order to be accepted, and wants to help us become strong enough to stand for what we believe and who we are.
Jesus had conviction. He wasn’t swayed by fear of what people thought about him. He had a deep belief that his purpose on earth was to teach people about God and to help people get to heaven. He stayed focused on that no matter what people said about him or did to him. He was willing to die for that belief. How do you feel about being someone who is unswayed by what people think of you?
Do you take yourself too seriously? Do you feel like you have to know everything, be perfect at everything, be better than everyone? When we decide to be humble and take God seriously instead of ourselves, good things happen. Here are three things that happen when you choose to be humble.
Without humility we usually spend our time thinking about ourselves, pushing us away from God and others. Humble people have room to love. When we’re humble we are able to love God and others more because we think their lives are equally valuable to our own.
The friendships we choose to build are a reflection of who we are. God wants us to have friendships that make us better. If we are going to grow and become the people he is calling us to be, we need to have meaningful, deep, and challenging friendships both with him and the relationships around us.