Love. What is it? (Part 6)
“And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed.” Mark 6:30-35 KJV. Why is selfishness so bad? We will explain in this devotional and explain some possible benefits as well.
- PHILAUTOS Love’s Benefits
Human beings have a very limited potential to work without becoming weary and worn. We desire and require rest in order to avoid frustration. Don’t believe this? Ask yourself this question: Why did Jesus tell us to put off malice, wrath, anger and all the other negative emotions? Jesus endured the same emotions that we have today. Without this selfish type of I believe that we would break and here’s why.
A. Become Weary – We need to take a break and recharge so that we can help others. Have you ever had to deal with someone that was very difficult to deal with while trying to remain patience? In order to keep from “going off” on them, what actions did you take? Most people would say that they had to step away and regain their composure. It’s like a pot on the stove boiling over; to stop the boiling over, you remove the pot from the heat. I believe that the disciples would have become frustrated and snappy with the people of God and those that they encountered had they not separated. This would have made them look unapproachable and hurt the cause of Christ. What about your life? Are you snippy with people because you have become weary? It may be time to take a breather and recharge. Don’t think so? Ask yourself this question. Why did God allow the sun to be followed by darkness? The land needs rest from the sunlight otherwise the plants and animals would be out of control. We will be out of control if we don’t take time to recharge.
B. Become Worn Out – We need to think our health and well being from time to time. Sometimes we can become focused so much on helping other that we hurt ourselves. When we focus so much on others we can also begin to see the negative in others. I have seen many church members spend a lifetime helping others but complain about the very that they help. They can adopt an “I don’t care attitude” and also begin to cherry pick people with manageable issues verses those that require series help when before there was no respect of persons. When we respect persons, we miss the love of God and show the love of us. Are you the type of person that secretly demands people to meet your criteria before you help them? Does God have these requirements?
We see that selfish behavior is not productive but it can be beneficial in order to prevent hurt to you. In tomorrows devotional we will talk about the parental love that takes joy in helping your mate when they have no strength to help themselves. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.