The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Decorum


Decorum

     The world defines decorum as “proper behavior, the way one ought to act in accordance with higher society.” This is only a partial picture of true heavenly decorum. The manner of God as applied to behavior, speech and dress is the true decorum as it would be in heaven with Jesus. Godly men and women know when to draw the cup of compassion and when to draw the sword. All this must be out of purity that comes from the heart and Who lives in that heart. If the inward part of the person is Spirit-filled then the inward matters will be changed like the family and personal life. Even in Decorum, it must be based off the Word of God, because that is the solid Rock. 

    Jesus had great respect for everyone. He turned outward and noticed the un-noticed. That is what Christians are called to do, to treat others more highly than themselves. 1 Corinthians 13:5a says “Love does not behave rudely.” Behaving rudely is the absence of respect. Opposite of that means Christians are to ask how can I make everyone comfortable? This is the first aspect to Etiquette, respecting and valuing others around them. Second aspect is showing honor to cultural etiquette in order to respect those. The third is to first honor God so if the cultural etiquette is going against what the Word of God says, then not to do that. The first and foremost Person to respect is God. 

     Coarseness is not showing deference to others. And if one participates in things that are not honoring it is the same as condoning it. Every part of decorum is trying to bring honor to those around, it could be addressing someone as Mr. or Mrs., or a firm handshake, or opening the door. Those are things that prefer others than ourself. Even moodiness can be a self focused act. Everyone has tough days, but it can become a serious distraction away from Jesus to go on about how terrible things are for you. It would be the same for aches and pains, everyone has them, but is it drawing attention to God or ourself and our woes? Texting while someone is talking to you is rude, it’s communicating that what I am looking at is more important than the person there in physically. Satan can use these electronics as a tools to distract because they are portals into our life, we usually let them take first place, and that’s the position Satan would like to have. How many times have we been trying to focus on the Lord when after getting a text, we can’t wait to check it and our time with Him is ruined? 

     Protecting the dignity of others is another way to show respect to others. When interacting with people, it’s very easy to put people down subtly. Like after they do something you suggested, not to say, “I told you so.” Or even when trying to encourage someone to do something to letting them have the final decision helps protect their dignity. Not forcing someone into making a decision. It requires a selfless act to do this, but it is vital to protecting someone’s dignity. 

     A part about showing decorum is showing respect to God by how we keep up our bodies and resources. A glorifying method in spending money, is splurging on godly things, skimp on secular things, and starve profane things. In every area we should be the first sufferer, just as Christ was. The guy generally needs to be the first to offer himself, but if there’s not a guy around, then a lady should suffer first. Each area in Decorum is to treat others higher than ourselves, show respect and deference to them just as Christ, the King of Kings, did as He took the lowest position to serve us.

     So how can I be respectful and lowly today? I pray that Jesus cultivates an intense love for Jesus that indeed radiates from within. His live in mine, doing the work, loving others and showing respect through me. The mind of Christ is in us, now I can be respectful and lowly for Jesus, by His power. He’s the One who deserved the highest position, He deserved all respect, He deserved to be bowed to and to be treated like the King of Kings that He is, but He took that lowly position and humbled himself to be a servant to man. How much more should I be a servant to those around me by showing respect and decorum.