Positive Faith Gets a Pedicure

   Fellow traveler, this is our last stop on the trip to Positive Faith. As a reward for your perseverance, I have a surprise for you. Today, we’re getting a “pedicure.”  After all, it is one of those special things friends do together, right?

                                                                                

Do you wish you had beautiful feet? Me, too. I have hopeless toenails and the façade created by a pedicure is short-lived. Therefore, I don’t get one very often. I’ll admit a pedicure does make you feel special, pampered. We all need that once in a while, don’t we?

You may ask why we’re getting a pedicure at the end of our trip. Don’t you think it’s time to put our beautiful feet forward with positive faith? I do. Grab your sandals and your Bible. Put your feet up. Get ready for a special grooming for your heart, as well as your feet. Talk about full service!

Oh, by the way I want you to meet Paul, our grooming specialist. He’s professional but also very personal. He’s a master communicator trained first hand by the Head Groomer. He’ll show us how sharing our faith involves

  1. developing a heart for God
  2. developing a heart for His Word
  3. developing a heart for people.

Our quest to know God develops in us a heart for His Word. Romans 10:8-10 tells us the Word is near us, in our mouths, and in our hearts. A passion for God and His Word cultivates in us a heart for people.

In Matthew 22:37, Jesus commands us to love God with all our hearts. That’s difficult enough. But then, He adds a second command for us to love others, as ourselves. The Greek word for love in this passage is Agapѐ. The same word is used elsewhere to describe God’s love for us. Have you checked out the meaning of this kind of love? Among other things, it’s personal, unconditional and sacrificial.  

Is it possible for us to love this way? No. It’s not even feasible—that is—apart from positive faith. How do we do this? First, we develop a heart for God by spending quality time in prayer and Bible study.

A heart for God gives us the potential to love others, even the unlovable. Did you know it’s a sin not to love someone? It’s an act of disobedience but the solution is simple. We don’t need to perform acts of penance or see a psychologist.

Practically speaking, how do we love by faith?

  • We talk to God and confess our lack of love.
  • We ask Him to cleanse us and fill us with His Spirit. 
  • We pray for the person.
  • We ask God to love the person through us.
  • We commit to acts of love, by faith. 

God’s love creates in us a desire to share Christ with others. Next time you have the opportunity to share your faith, what will you do? Will you be afraid? Will you think you don’t know the right words to say? Suppose you apply positive faith to the desire in your heart, stir it up, and open our your mouth. What do you think God might do?

God’s promises can give us a jump start in sharing our faith. Consider these promises from Romans 10.

  • “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” v. 11
  •  “Whether Jew or Gentile, the Lord  of all “richly blesses all who call on him.” v. 12        
  • “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” v. 13

 However, verse 14 poses a crucial question:

  • “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?”

 Verse 15 gives us the answer. It also explains why our positive faith gets a pedicure.

  •  “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

There, we have it! Lessons for the heart and beautiful feet.  Now, let’s don our sandals and  get ready to share our love for God, His Word, and people.

                                                          

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