Since God chose you to be the holy people he loved, you must clothe yourself with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:12-13
Character Development Series
A common trait distinguishes us from other individuals when we say that we serve God: Unconditional Love. What is unconditional love?
1. Loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
2. Loving others without prejudice.
3. Forgiveness for every injurious word and actions committed (including injustices) against us.
4. Practicing temperance and self-control.
5. Denouncing the pursuit of all sinful desires and worldly pleasures.
Many years ago, one of the sectors of the military proclaimed:
“As a Marine, it means that very few people choose to become a Marine, and even fewer succeed. Because of how hard it is we are very proud of what we have accomplished. We are the Few, the Proud.”
As an enlisted soldier in God’s Army, I give a proclamation based on my experience:
“As a Believer in God, it means that very few people choose to become Christians, which is possessing a Christ-like character, and even fewer will succeed. Because of how hard it is to renounce and give up sin we separate ourselves from all worldly pleasures, and are very proud to declare our unwavering commitment to serve an invisible God. We are the Few, the Faithful, the Obedient, and the Humble. We are the Soldiers of the Most High God!”
Enrolling in the Army of God requires a life-long journey on the narrow road of Righteousness by Faith. It is not an “once saved, always saved” spiritual experience. Our transformation is dependent on us doing our part. Human Effort + Divine Intervention = Victory. Sanctification is a daily pursuit to live a new life in Christ Jesus. We confess, repent, strive to do better, possess strong faith, and seek God’s will for our lives every day. Our lifestyles are prioritized to include the devout studying of the Bible and maintaining communication with God through prayer. We submit to the highest authority to approve our plans as we patiently wait for His guidance and direction.
Serving an invisible God requires total commitment and the strength to uphold His definition of truth. We believe in the entire Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments. We also believe that “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16.
Not only do we give up our former mindsets and lifestyles, but we also adopt a brand new life that pleases God. Our commitment to God requires us to make difficult choices to give up people, places, and things. And although unbelievers feel that we live a mundane and restrictive life, we possess total peace of mind and inner joy from knowing that we belong to God. When we say “No Worries,” it is because we believe in God’s promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are a living testimony that God is our Heavenly Father, and He sustains our lives.
Yes, our enlistment involves suffering many trials and tribulations that cause us to pray through our tears. Even so, we do not fear the unknown because of the promises that we do know. We receive daily provisions based on God’s grace and mercies.
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:31-34
Our retirement plans existed before we were born and developed by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who revealed to John the Revelator, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. Revelation 21:1, 3
The faithful soldiers in God’s Army receive far above and beyond rank, medals, and pensions; we are waiting for our 5 Star General, Jesus Christ to return, and fulfill His promise, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Revelation 22:12. To which we respond, “Yes, come Lord Jesus, we have waited so long.” Hallelujah! Amen!
Bible Reading: Revelation chapters 21-22
God, we ask you to give us the strength to continue to serve as a soldier in your Army. We anxiously await the soon coming of your Son, Jesus Christ. Please show us your will for our lives, and continue to protect us from all hurt, harm, and danger. In Jesus’ Name, we ask this prayer. Amen.
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