Win or lose, do all for the glory of God

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Win or lose, do all for the glory of God

Learning to lose with dignity is a great lesson. This is a lesson that is not taught. We live in a culture of win-lose. To lose with dignity may benefit us more than to win with pride and arrogance. Learning to lose may be the biggest lesson that we need to learn.

We have categorized life into winning and losing; if someone wins then there has to be a loser. No one in America wants to be a loser. Many times the person on the short end of the stick blames, claims foul, becomes bitter, becomes angry, and holds a grudge. If this is the attitude toward losing then the lesson of losing has not been learned.

Where is your treasure? Sometimes what you value in your heart will be determined by loss or gain. The Pharisees (religious hypocrites) wanted to sit in the best seats to be recognized by man. When you experience victory or success are you looking for recognition and praise from God or from man? God wants you to lose your pride, selfish desire and independent spirit. HE wants you to trust HIM with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. The victory is the Lord’s. Loss is a great time to reflect on the treasures of Heaven versus the treasures of earth. Which do you want: the treasures of this world or the treasures of heaven? Loss is a great time to expose what is in your heart.

Adversity and loss are lessons of life. They will happen. How we handle loss can be life-transforming. Character is formed through adversity and loss. Let’s look at some people who had their character shaped through losing.

Job lost everything. He lost his children, wealth and health. Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery. David was anointed King yet lived in caves. Paul lost everything for the sake of Christ. Paul was in prison and wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be evident to all.”

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-17

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