Fear not, for I have redeemed you ... I have called you byyour name; you are Mine. (ISAIAH 43:1)
Do you have a possession that is extremely valuable to you, one you cherish and admire? If you saw someone tossing it around carelessly or otherwise risking damage to it, wouldn't you be grieved?
God feels the same way about His possessions as we feel about ours. People belong to God. They are Hiscreations and His Spirit is grieved when He sees them being mistreated.
Not everyone shares the same calling in life, but every born-again person is an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ. Every individual has a right to peace, rightousness, and joy; to have their needs met, to be used by God, and to see His anointing flow through them.
Everyone has an equal opportunity to see fruit in their ministry, but their willingness to love others has a lot to do with how much fruit they are going to see. The Holy Spirit spoke to me years ago: "One of the main reasons people don't walk in love is that it requires effort. Anytime they walk in love, it's going to cost them something."
Love requires us to withhold some things we would like to say. Love demands that we not do some things we would like to do and that we give away some things we would like to keep. Love requires us to be patient with people.
Relationships are not always easy, but they are always important to God because He values people. We need to make the effort and the sacrifices needed to love people as God wants us to love them so we do not grieve Him.
GOD'S WORD FOR YOU TODAY: God sees people as His own treasures, so be areful how you treat them.