The Brotherhood – Part 46

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Let’s keep this real simple.   Sin makes you selfish.

The “look out for #1” attitude that seems inbred into our thinking comes from the sinful nature that now resides in each of us. When sin entered the world, insecurity came with it. So we are left to fight for our survival, depend on ourselves, and not let anyone take advantage of us. We have to because we are all we’ve got.

But God…

re-enters the scene with the offer of restoration. He puts us first in the most ultimate way, taking on all our insecurities and fears and failures and dying for us so that we might live. Great news!

So why do we still live selfishly? You see, God’s plan is to restore us to the place where we can live the one way He intended us to live–for others. He calls it love, and the ultimate expression of love is when we put someone else first. We can do that now because God is taking care of us.

That’s why the kingdom of God is all about love. You know, love one another, love your neighbor, and all those other commands that center on the “L” word. Why does God want us to do that? Because if we live like we’re loved, others will come running.

But we don’t often live like that. Instead, we keep depending on ourselves, following the same mantras that held us before our salvation. It’s like we don’t get what God came to do. He loved us so we can love Him and love others. We live our lives for Him and for them and He promises to take care of us!

But if we keep living self-focused lives, we don’t win. We stay in the same unhappy and unfulfilled patterns ’cause those are the only kind we can build in our own strength. When we truly live in what we’ve been given, we don;t have to win tiny battles ’cause we’ve already won the one that matters!

Every good thing from God comes when we love. When we love, He blesses. That’s the promise of Scripture. And when you know you’re loved by God, you have no need to fight your way to wherever you’re going. He loves and He leads and He wins, so stop your self-induced struggles.

Love is the command because it’s the path to the life you really want. Put others first and, yes, you’ll get taken advantage of a few times, but don’t stop. The life you want is just over the hill on the path of loving others. Try it! It will change your life and you’ll be amazed at how your choice will change the lives of others.

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