A Christian is a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, an eye through which Christ looks, a face through which Christ smiles and encourages people, a hand through which Christ touches, and a voice through which Christ offers hope.

I heard a story about a young boy who lived in the inner city.  He was about eight years old, and his family was extremely poor.  One cold fall day, he was up at the local store looking in the window admiring a pair of tennis shoes.  As he stood there, cold and barefoot, a lady came along and said, “Young man, what are you doing staring so intently in this window?”  Under his breath, and almost shyly, he said, “Well, I was just sort of praying and asking God if He’d give me a new pair of tennis shoes.”  Without hesitation, the woman took him into the store and very gently and lovingly washed his cold dirty feet.  Then she put a brand new pair of socks on him and told him to pick out three new pairs of tennis shoes.  He couldn’t believe it.  He was so excited.  He had never owned a new pair of shoe.  He’d always worn hand-me-downs.  After the woman paid for the purchases, she returned to the little boy.  He looked at her in disbelief.  Nobody had ever taken that kind of interest in him.  With tears running down his cheeks, he said, “Lady, can I ask you a question?  Are you God’s wife?

You are never more like God than when you give, when you take time for people, when you do something good for somebody who can never repay you.  Real joy comes as you give your life away rather than caring for yourself.

Christ in me is patient. Christ in me is kind. Christ in me does not envy. Christ in me does not boast. Christ in me is not proud. Christ in me is not rude. Christ in me is not self-seeking. Christ in me is not easily angered. Christ in me keeps no record of wrongs. Christ in me does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Christ in me always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Christ in me never fails.

Only God can give this kind of love and by knowing this, and asking for His help, we can love better.

 

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