God did not die on the cross for you to fight for your own interests, but rather for those of Jesus. This verse is a great indicator of whether you live for Christ or yourself. Philippians 2:20 further describes Jesus’ interests: “I (Paul) have no one else like him (Timothy), who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.”(NIV) Timothy modeled Jesus by truly loving and caring for people. “I love you” can be a trite statement or a conduit for God’s power and work to be released in and through you. How much you love Jesus’ interests is usually reflected in your love for people in all walks of life and in all circumstances. You should care enough to passionately, with purpose, share the gospel of salvation. Philippians 1:27 amplifies a life that uplifts the Gospel of Christ: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (NIV)
In Ephesians 4:29, Paul further expands looking out for Jesus’ interests by building up others: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV) Truly loving people
Jesus loves people. He is relentlessly patient for all to be saved. Imitate God’s heart for people by looking after those He loves. Pray for a greater capacity to love while cultivating compassionate love for all people. Do not allow your interests to push God off the throne of your life. Rather, release God’s life in you by loving relentlessly.
1 John 4:11-12 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love
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