Love wherever you go. Be the Light for you are an ambassador of Christ. Most especially love your brethren. What does your family gathering look like? Is it only blood relatives who you were raised with? Are they your true family? Are they believers and born again Christians? Your true family are those who are your brother’s and sister’s in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 12:46 While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. 47 Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.” 48 But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 50 For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” Did you know you are Christ’s mother, brother a direct blood relative of His through his sacrificial blood on the Cross! You are now in the family of God and His blood flows through your veins. Your relationships should have changed when you were adopted into Christ’s family. Do you still relate with people casually who are not in the family of God. If so the reason should be to present the Gospel to them in love.
Matthew 10:40 “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.” Are you open and receptive to people? Do you demonstrate the love of Christ by caring for others? Would you be capable of opening your home to someone? Cloth someone, give someone food or drink?
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. If your brother of sister in Christ is overtaken in any trespass, restore them in gentleness in love. Pray for them.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. We should be humble in all areas. We are to put others above ourselves. This is one of the most difficult things for humans to do. We are taught at an early age as well as today that we should look out for ourselves. Getting the best spot, seats or position is what society teaches. This is the opposite of what Christ taught us. To serve another is what we are called to do.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. You are an ambassador for Christ on earth.
Dictionary.com defines ambassador as: a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative.
We are representing Jesus Christ right now. Wherever you go remember this in all your actions and activities. Whether at home, school, work or play you are representing Jesus Christ as a diplomatic official.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. 11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” Most important of all is to have love for your brethren. Your brothers and sisters in Christ. After all we are in this together as one body for Christ.
Do you need to repent? Have you returned evil for evil, or reviling for reviling? Make amends with God by repenting and confessing your sins. Be loving to your brother and have compassion. Ask Jesus to give you His heart of compassion and love for all people. Stay humble and walk in the love of Christ. Troy Rockers