How to live your life kingdom first part 2.

If you didn’t get a chance to read part 1 you can read it here.

The third practical thing we can do to live our lives kingdom first is to accept one another. This is not the same thing as the current move we see in the world right now where hateful people are demanding others to accept them. This is us deciding that we know other people are flawed just like we are, and we are going to be patient with them.

We should be willing to associate with the “lowly”, and care for those that receive less honor in the body of Christ.

The word of God says that we should be at peace with one another, that we should live in harmony, and accept one another. It says that we should bear with one another being kind, compassionate, sympathetic, and forgiving. It also says that we should be hospitable without grumbling, but with joy.

God even tells us in His word to confess our sins to one another so that we can pray for each other. There is a really good reason why nobody does this, and it’s because we don’t accept each other. For too long we have been doing things the opposite way. Instead of patience, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness, we have jumped to conclusions, been hateful, condemned people, and judged people. Furthermore, we have been this way to people based on things as simple as how they look, or dress. So we now have a built-in fear about sharing our struggles with others. We may even want to share our struggle to ease our burden, but we won’t risk the response we might get.

We have to shift in this area not only as the body of Christ, but individually in our own minds. We need to accept others, but we also need to be willing to share our struggles with others. I myself, I struggle with sharing my burdens with others, but I’m getting better about it.

This isn’t a hard thing, it should not be hard for us to be patient, kind, compassionate, and forgiving toward others in their struggles if we are honest with ourselves about our own. When you know you have a log in your own eye, it’s easy to look past the toothpick in someone else’s eye.

Don’t kick people while they are down, choose to accept them, and help them back up. If you live long enough you will need help yourself someday.

Live your life kingdom first!

God is for you, and I am for you!

 

Scriptures I used for this post:

Matthew 7, Mark 9, Romans 12, Romans 15, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Colossians 3, 1 Peter 3, 1 Peter 4, and James 5.

 

2 things Tuesday! 2 things you can do to live your life Kingdom first!

  1. Have compassion on the people and the culture around you. There is no lack of opportunities for us to reach people. The multitudes are stressed, dispirited, anxious, and wore out with no shepherd to help them. You can be that person! Insert yourself into the culture around you and proclaim the good news of the King and His Kingdom. Good news is always accepted! Read an example of Jesus in action here in Matthew 9:35-38.
  2. Relate and reveal. Relate with people where they are at, not where you think they should be. Reveal your similar struggles, and the testimonies that Jesus turned them into. It’s hard to help someone if you can not truly relate to them. I can give a great example from my life. For most of my adult life I never had any financial hardships, and when people would ask for advice in this area I would say it’s simple, just do this, this, and this. Now that I have experienced a financial struggle, I know what it feels like, and I can truly relate. I can say it’s hard, it hurts, and this is what I did, and what I am doing to be victorious in that battle.

 

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi