Michael Grimm's 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Michael is the sponsor of Men's Ministries to
over 200 men in the Northeast, highlighted by
two annual retreats. He also produces this weekly
Spiritual encouragement sent out every Monday.
On Jul 7, 2019, at 7:57 PM, Michael Grimm <brothermichael24@gmail.com> wrote:


July 8, 2019
Brother,
I hope and pray all is well with you and your family today.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” – Matthew 22-37
“What the World Needs Now Is Love,” a popular song by writer Hal David and composer Burt Bacharach, is well known for its wistful lyric:
     What the world needs now, is love sweet love,  It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of...
Sadly, expressions of love between human beings are often misused, or are overused to the point of being little more than cliché. From a Christian standpoint, then, what is real love?
We can learn a lot about real love from the Bible. In the New King James Version, the word “love” is used 362 times, in 323 verses. The different degrees of love, the different kinds of love, the different uses of love and the different inferences of love are all there in the Bible.
Too often, we use the word “love” in romantic or intimate situations when in fact we really mean something selfish. We say “I love you” with only our own interests and needs at heart. Real love for others, of course, goes way beyond just thinking of our own welfare and getting what we want.
So, was the song writer right? And, if so, what kind of love does the world need now, more than any other kind?  This may sound like a silly question at first, but there is a serious—and world-affecting—answer. What the world needs now, more than ever, is outgoing love for others.
Outgoing love shows compassion and concern for others more than self. Outgoing love is what God the Father emphasized, through His Son, Jesus Christ—throughout the pages of the Bible. Christ Himself gives us this instruction: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ ‘This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37–39). This is a very high standard for love. 
Scripture teaches us to love our enemies, and reminds us of how we should treat them: “But, I say to you, love your enemies. Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). In our touchy modern world, this is certainly a difficult standard to uphold. Yet, as Christians, we are called to be like Jesus Christ, and to be recognizable as Christians by our actions—always showing outgoing love for others. The Apostle Paul gives us further instruction in love: “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:9–10).
Real, outgoing love looks out for other people’s best interests. We must and should love others as Christ loved us, in that even though we were still sinners, He gave his life for us.
Since the greatest and second greatest commandments are involved in these things, we know they are important to God. So perhaps the best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others, allow what we see to have its effect on us, and ask God what he would have us do in response.
 
I know we will find that this is the most loving thing we will do for everyone else today, tomorrow and always.
Please join me in prayer, Thank you that you are a loving, gracious God. Thank you that you’ve offered us forgiveness and the gift of new life in you. Thank you that your love is perfect, it never fails, and that nothing can separate us from your love.  We pray that our lives would be filled and overflowing with the power of your love so we can make a difference in this world and bring honor to you. We ask for your help in reminding us that the most important things are not what we do outwardly, it’s not based on any talent or gift, but the most significant thing we can do in this life is simply to love you and to choose to love others.  We pray all of this in Your Holy and Precious Name – AMEN.
Have a great and BLESSED day/week.
STAY STRONG and know, as always, I am there for you in thought, prayer and action – 24x7.
Love-Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Michael
215-272-2740
On Jun 30, 2019, at 8:37 PM, Michael Grimm <brothermichael24@gmail.com> wrote:


July 1, 2019
 
Brother,
I hope and pray all is well with you and your family today.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” - Colossians 3:23–24
God certainly calls some people to be preachers, but He uses all kinds of people with all kinds of abilities to get His work done. No Christian should ever feel useless in God’s eyes, including all of us.
In fact, the Bible says that God has given at least one spiritual gift or ability to every believer. Some may seem very ordinary or insignificant to you, but they aren’t, because every talent is important in God’s work. God’s purpose is to strengthen His people so they can serve Him and share Christ’s love with a lost and confused world, and we each have a part in that great task. As the Bible says, “You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
I encourage you all to ask God to help us discover whatever spiritual gifts He has given us, and then put them into action. No, we may not be called to be a preacher or Bible teacher; few are. But the Bible lists many other gifts God has given to His people, such as encouraging others, showing mercy, sharing with people in need, and so forth. The Bible says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Romans 12:6).
All around us are people who need our help, even if it’s only an act of kindness or a friendly word of encouragement. Not only will us help them, but God will also use us to point them to the only One who can give them lasting hope and peace: Jesus Christ.
God is far more interested in why we serve others than in how well we serve them.  He is always looking at our hearts, serving willingly and eagerly out of love for Jesus and gratitude for all he has done for all of us.
Whatever our talent or skill is, guess what?  God’s behind it all.  But He didn’t bless any of us with a talent or skill simply so we could look awesome or earn lots of money.
If we want to please God and if we want hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant” when we meet Him in heaven, then we must faithfully use our talents the way He wants us to.
Please join me in prayer, Father God thank you for all you do for us.  Let us all remember you have given us all skills and talents not to be stored away for a rainy day but to help others.  Father take us from the sidelines and into the game of life and get involved.  We all need to invest in others and that is not from across the aisles of life but alongside of each other. You have blessed more that we deserve and give the willingness to use those gifts, each and every day. In Your Holy and Precious Name we pray – AMEN.
Have a great and BLESSED day and week.
STAY STRONG and remember I am there for you in thought, prayer and action – 24x7.
Love-Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Michael
215-272-2740