“Be the Bigger Person!”


“Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:38 (NKJV)

“Be the bigger person.” I’m pretty sure that everyone has heard that phrase at least once in their lifetime. When you’re little (and sometimes even, not-so-little), and someone is teasing you or misbehaving or is bothering you and everything in you wants to get them right back, this is what keeps you from doing so. You decide to be the bigger person and be nice and extend grace (or just don’t retaliate).

In a way, Jesus told us to do the same thing. In Matthew 5:48 He tells us to “be perfect, just as your Father in heaven…” The word “perfect” in the Greek is teleios which can mean “full-grown,” “adult,” and “mature”. So in essence, we aren’t commanded to live a sinless life in all righteousness and holiness. We are however, commanded to “be the bigger person.” In context (verses 43-48), we are to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who persecute us. We are to love the unlovable. It is easy to love people who love us – anyone does that. But to love those who treat us badly isn’t always easy, but we are called to it and in doing so, we love with the love of Jesus.

When have you had to consciously “be the bigger person” and love with the love of the Lord?

A Living Revelation


I can’t get away from the truth impressed on my heart that to NOT daily live out the revelation of who God is that He has gifted to us, is to deny Him and the work that He has done in our lives. 

We must deny ourselves to live Him out:

  • Deny ourselves of the fleshly desires
  • Deny ourselves a victim’s mentality
  • Deny ourselves “stability” and “Security” by the world’s standards
  • Deny ourselves pride
  • Deny ourselves the mentality that something is owed to us

bowl-of-fruit

 

To not do so is foolishness. It is like being served platters of fresh fruit and either ignoring it, or admiring from a distance the beauty of how they are arranged and what they look like – and then proceed to eat junk and trash like you always have. Sure, the fruit is nice to look at, but there is no benefit and no change if you don’t eat it but let it sit and rot. What use is it then?

What I’ve learned: You must partake of the revelation that God has given to you of Himself. It must become a part of you. But in order to do that, you have to make room for it first. You need to give up the junk to make room for the fruit. We have a responsibility to carry out what God has given to us of Himself. Too often we confess with our lips what God has done in our lives, but deny that very part of who He is in us by our deeds. 

 

– If He really redeemed you ~ live as the redeemed daughter that you are.

– If He really healed you ~ live in the health that He supplied.

– If He really restored you ~ live as whole.

– If He really revealed His faithfulness to you ~ live as faithful.

If you really believe in the revelation that God has given you, then live it. To not live it out each day, is to deny Him and the work that He has done and is doing in your life.

To be the hands and feet of Jesus is to live out His character that He has revealed to you. It is so humbling just to think that He reveals himself to us, and yet He is the great creator of all things, He is the great I AM, and He wants to reveal Himself to you. This is so humbling.

Reflect: What has God done in your life? Are you living that out today? How can you live out the revelation of who He is that has been gifted to you?

 

Themes and Dreams for 2013


2012 is coming to a close and 2013 is on the horizon!

Not being a fan of resolutions, I like to give each year a theme – and a picture even.

2012 has very  much been about step by step. It’s about the journey. Not just the milestones, but the journey it took to get there. Process is important. And this year I have learned to see that more and more.

For 2013 my theme is: Live. Pursue. Love. Endure. 

Live passionately. Pursue God relentlessly. Love unconditionally. Endure to the end.

The them is rooted in Hebrews 12

The Race of Faith

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Renew Your Spiritual Vitality

12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[j] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

What is your theme for 2013?

To follow are links from other inspirational bloggers who have chosen a word, theme or picture for 2013. Check them out here!

Unstoppable 

Mary DeMuth – Picture for the Year

21 Days of Never-the-Same – Day 15


This is what I live by. I recognize that I am called to a higher standard.

I Brittany, am a disciple of Christ

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power.

The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.

I am a disciple of Christ.

I will not look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.

I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, colorless dreams, tame visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions or popularity.

I do not need to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.

I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted in prayer, and labor by power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is heaven.

My road is narrow, my way is rough, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity.

I will  not negotiate at the table of the enemy or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up or slow down

until I have preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Christ. I will go until He comes, give until I drop, preach all I know and work until He stops me.

And when He comes to claim His own,

He will have no problem recognizing me for my banner will be clear.

I BRITTANY, AM A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST!

Appreciation for the Mystery


God loves you.

You just brushed off that statement didn’t you? It is something you have heard countless times that you already know. Did you forget the weight behind those words? They have become a cliché and the cross a traditional tale.

If this is true for you, you need a fresh revelation of God’s love.

It is time to go back to the foundation – back to the cross. It is so elementary that a child can understand it, and at the same time so deep and complex that we cannot fully comprehend it. What a love – sacrificial and unconditional. Yet, we brush it off when we hear about it. The love of God has become like 1+1 to us – you know it off the top of your head, but it is not something that has come out of a truth that saturates your heart.

God loves you.

Feel the weight and the impact of that. The one who created the vast beauty we see in the clear night sky, in the storms, in the sunrise, in the life that is all around to see, loves and cares for you.

When you have a deep revelation of this love, it changes everything. It is your very foundation. This love goes beyond what you know, and is the core of who you are when you allow Christ to reign in your heart. Today I pray Ephesians 3:16-19 for you:

“16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man. 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19 (NKJV)

 

Do you know the love of Christ in your heart? Is it a knowing that saturates your entire being?

I challenge you to dive into the word about the Love of God this week. Read about the crucifixion and resurrection. Make it personal. He did this for you. May this truth saturate your soul this week.

Bless!

~Brittany

 

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