When anyone is showing love they are showing God, because God is love as the bible says. When God breathed his spirit in us and Man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7), he invested a bit of himself in us and that is why we have the capacity to love.
The bible says love covers a multitude of sins:
1 Peter 4: 6-10
8 Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.
9 Show hospitality to one another without complaining.
10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God
We all make mistakes and we all get things wrong, but love can look beyond that. There are many different beliefs and religions in the world, so if you can only get on with people who are like you and believe in what you believe, your life will not have that much of an impact.
This weekend I was up in Scotland helping some of my distributors up there and I was with a beautiful family and met a bunch of beautiful people who treated me extremely well, they couldn't have treated me better. They were all Muslims and I am a Christian and yet none of that mattered, they were just showing me love. It could have been different, they could have let the fact that I believe that Jesus is the Son of God stand in the way because to them that is blasphemy and I could have let the fact that they believe that Mohammed is God's last messenger stand in the way, because as a Christian I know everything was completed with Jesus on the cross when he said “It is finished” 600 years before Mohammed. However none of that mattered as to how we treated each other over the weekend.
You see we all have the capacity to love, however we choose whether or not we are going to show it.
Jesus came for a people that hated him:
John 1: 10- 14
10 He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him.
12 But to all who have received him- those who believe in his name - he has given the right to become Gods children
13- children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husbands decision, but by God.
14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory- the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father
What drove Jesus throughout all the time that he was with us was love.
The Jewish people were expecting the messiah to be this military leader that was going to drive out the Romans and sit on the throne of David, but because Jesus did not come like that, they would not believe him.
John 5: 39-47
39 You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me,
40 but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.
41 I do not accept praise from people,
42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you.
43 I have come in my Fathers name, and you do not accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
44 How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another and dont seek the praise that comes from the only God?
45 Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope.
46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.
47 But if you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe my words.
His love for us is what caused him to come to us this way, so that both Jew and Gentile (Non Jew) could be saved through his sacrifice. However, when he comes back again, it is going to be completely different. He did the ultimate sacrifice for us and he also left his Holy Spirit with us so that after we accept him, we could be directed and guided correctly. So because of this, when he comes back, he is coming back not the Jesus meek and mild the first time, but `Jesus the judge! The Kings of Kings, Lord of Lords, Concurring Lion From the Tribe Of Judah!
Revelation 19: 11-16
The Vision of the Coming of the Messiah
11 Then I saw heaven standing open, and there was a white horse! Its rider is named Faithful and True. He administers justice and wages war righteously.
12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many royal crowns. He has a name written on him that nobody knows except himself.
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, follow him on white horses.
15 A sharp sword comes out of his mouth to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod and tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
16 On his robe and his thigh he has a name written:
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
When Jesus comes back, our religious activity is not going to save us, our personal world view is not going to save us, our blood line or culture will not help us. The only thing that will save us is whether or not our names are written in the Lambs book of life, in other words, did we accept the finished work of the cross and did we allow Jesus to be lord of our lives.
So love covers a multitude of sins but love also allows judgement to happen.
In our Reliv businesses we have to operate in love, if your true motive is a genuine love for helping others, then you will allow yourself to be taught the right things and then apply them. If your true motive is the genuine love for helping others, then you will develop the right posture when dealing with people, so that you can guide them and not be intimidated by them.
To love is to direct, it cannot be directed, what I mean is God who is love had to give Adam directions in which to follow and Adam loving Eve had to pass these directions. From then on individual choice happened.
Love will cause you to share Reliv in the right way and it will also cause you to follow up with your customers correctly. When you start a new distributor, love will cause you to direct them correctly, so that they can have the best chance of being successful. Love will not allow your new distributor to dictate to you, but it will allow you to have the right posture to either guide the teachable or leave the unteachable alone.
So have the right motives, show love and the knock on effect is, your business will grow.
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