If any of you have taken a psychology course in school, you know that the body and the mind are tightly intertwined. How you think can extremely affect your health, and your health can extremely affect how you think. In a research study published a few years back, a group of psychologists determined that there is a strong association between supportive ties and a person's health. By “supportive ties”, they meant 3 factors: social support, caregiving, and rewarding others. What does all that geeking out mean? It means that our brains and bodies were hardwired to benefit from serving those around us!
Throughout this past week and a half, we discovered who God is, how He has plans for us, and who He sent for us to have a new and better life. All of these things show that God is intentional and personal. He listens to our prayers and knows what we need. But guys, our relationship with God is not limited to our prayers. Our Creator designed us to physically and mentally benefit from placing those around us above ourselves. Prayer and taking action go hand in hand. Not only do we need to tell others of Christ’s love, but SHOW them Christ’s love!
Paul writes about how living in the freedom given to us by Christ means shifting our thoughts and actions outward. We can use our freedom not to satisfy ourselves, but to serve each other in love. Rather than a thought or an idea, this type of love is a verb, an action. When asked what the most important commandment we could live by was, Jesus gave us two equal commandments instead. “Love the Lord your God” AND “Love your neighbor as yourself”. To simply phrase it, Love God, Love People.
What does “Love God, Love People” mean to you? What does it look like in your life?
Thank you so much for reading Insideout’s very first devotional! Each day, spend some time with your loving Father and then go serve His creation!
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”