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Real Estate and God. What's LOVE got to do with it??

The Bibles tells us in Jeremiah 29:11,"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." NKJV  Our clients all have plans when it comes to their real estate goals.  Some are experiencing foreclosure, divorce, death of a spouse or illness and must sell their homes.  Compound this with the current market and it truly is an arena for the Lord to show Himself as our strong and mighty tower.  But what about God's plans?  I work largely with clients who are experiencing life challenges.  Compound this with the associated stress of a real estate transaction and it can become an unflavorful recipe for short tempers and unkind words.  Knowing God's love helps us to approach these situations in a better way.  How?  Well, I'm glad you asked!  If God knows the end from the beginning, and if one is willing to let Him have His way in the mix, then most assuredly, plans will prosper [move forth, succeed].  Real estate really is a wonderful place for ministry.  Think about it.  It is the perfect atmosphere for love to prevail.  Greed can be replaced by giving of oneself sacrificially, self-promotion can be erased with humbleness and selfishness can be overcome when we "do all things as unto the Lord."  This industry can be a brutal not-so-nice animal, but it doesn't have to be that way.  Believers can choose to let God's love prevail in practical ways. For instance; try listening more attentively and speaking less critically, extend kindness and patience when feeling taken for granted, and do your best to understand knowing that a compassionate heart mimics that of The Father.  Above all else, let love be your guide for it is the only thing that will endure to the end.

1Corinthians 13, Jeremiah 29:11

"Love covers everything and makes room for anything." Barbara Ries 

GBY!  Barbara

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBARBARA RIES • January 13 2009 09:58AM

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Barbara,

I totally agree, we do have a ministery in real estate.  Others ARE watching how we conduct ourselves and we should be doing the right thing.  God bless you!

Posted by Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO, (RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR) over 8 years ago

Hi Mary:  Thanks for your post.  The love of God manifested through His children in the course of life whether it's real estate or otherwise, is the most powerful force on earth.  I'm glad you stopped by to share such great insight with the group. GBU! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 8 years ago

Great post!! how true it is that we as Christian agents can be a witness to those that have to sell either by foreclosure, divorce and death. I cannot wait to read more post from you. Have a blessed new year and may God bless you that you may be a witness to those God brings into your life.

Posted by Dan Dearing (Vangie Berry Signature Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Dan: Thank you for your comments and encouragement. You can find more writings and join The Secret Place at this link.  GBU! Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 8 years ago

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