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Love! Love! Love! <3

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8; AMP)

4. Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.5  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].6  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.7  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].8  Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

 

Love is such a powerful thing! Think of it, Christ died because of love. God spared us from an eternity in hell because of love. God gave His only Son because of love. We have continually been rebellious, unforgiving, cruel and unkind, and unloving to a more than loving sovereign King! But here God teaches us a little something on love, though it should speak volumes to every individual saved and unsaved…especially the saved! We are more so held accountable because we are His offspring! We should love the most because we represent the King who is EVERYTHING and LOVE!!! I will be the 1st to put myself out there as unloving…I have not lived up to these scriptures…I have not loved as Christ would have wanted me to love…

LOVE, without restraint…

LOVE, without condemnation or judgement…

LOVE, without barrier or restriction!

LOVE, with conviction and passion…

LOVE, in truth and liberty!!!

LOVE with acceptance, even the flaws…

LOVE no matter what the cost!!!

Because God loved us with such intent passion, He loved us with all our flaws and wretchedness!!! The evidence of

 such love was the very being that cost Him…LOVE came with a hefty price!

But it was love nontheless…

a Man hanging on a tree, broken, bloodied, nailed…innocence!!!

God demonstrated His love by this very picture of Jesus!

In His innocence He bore OUR guilt and became the guilty, the cursed, the wretchedness of humanity…

and He was not spared, nor did He want to be!

Why?

Because He saw the JOY that was set before Him so He endured the cross.

The true passion of the Christ…was the unconditional, unwavering, and unfathomable love of Jesus!

LOVE WITHOUT RESTRAINT,

LOVE WITHOUT COMPROMISE,

THE LOVE THAT BEARS EVERYTHING!

In return we should have that same love towards others and of course Christ.

Love with desperation and passion…LOVE WITH A PURPOSE!!!!!

AMEN!!!

 

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STAND FACE TO FACE WITH THE LION!!!

     I came across this email that was sent to me by a friend from the church that I attend. I found it very interesting and encouraging to know that there are still people who are willing to stand for the word of God and are not willing to give up the Truth even though the circumstances seem to be a bit intimidating or controversial, as some would say it. In this email contained a prayer that a Pastor so boldly prayed in the opening of the Kansas Senate. Mind you, he was asked to open up the session in prayer. Here is what he prayed…..

      “Heavenly Father,  We

           come   before you

               today to ask

    your forgiveness and to seek

   your direction and guidance…

We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that

                          is exactly what we have done.

  We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

               We have exploited the poor and called it the

                                          lottery.

                We have rewarded laziness and called it

                                          welfare.

                 We have killed our unborn and called it

                                          choice.

                  We have shot abortionists and called it

                                       justifiable.

      We have neglected to discipline our children and called it

                               building self-esteem…

                     We have abused power and called it

                                         politics.

     We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it

                                        ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it

                                 freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called

                                      it enlightenment.

                Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;

                     cleanse us from every sin and set us free..

                                            Amen!”

                                 ~Pastor Joe Wright~

     Now tell me how many people including the legislators walked out of that place in protest. My question is…Why? But we all know the answer to that. Because they know it’s the truth and they cannot come face to face with the person they really are. They know that they have allowed this country to slip down a dark and scary road…Demanding that God be taken out of schools, and people who preach Jesus to keep silent. Well…not anymore! Some say, it’s time to rise up and stand! God’s people are still standing boldly without any shame…facing the lion. God says, He sends us out as sheep among wolves. The funny thing about sheep is that they are good at obeying, and the crazy thing about wolves is that they are sly and cunning…deceitful and only around for one thing…to prey on the weak, and they stick around hiding…waiting…very quietly until they see that their prey is lost or dieing to sneak up on them when they’re at their lowest point. The one thing about sheep though is that they are almost always being watched and looked after by their Shepard. And as Jesus said the sheep only know the voice of  their shepards…and they know they are protected. Even when they are lost He will find them, and when they are weak, He will care for them.

     We have come to a place in this lifetime where freedom of expression is encouraged…yet Christians aren’t free to speak out about their faith. Slowly and slowly our rights have been dwindling down to almost nothing, yet we are still called free. It’s okay to call on the name of Allah because it’s considered to be diversity, but God forbid I call on the name of Jesus, that’s considered to be offensive! How much more can we tolerate the silence…and how much more can we go about pretending to be spiritual, yet keep the only answer we know to ourselves. Some people might call that reserved and shy…well, I call that selfish!

     I am encouraged to take a stand and get out of my own little place of comfort and peace and cause a fire that will burn in people’s hearts…wake up the dead, stir up the sleeping…cause havoc for Christ instead of  staying in my safe haven. Let’s do something and take a stand with boldness…AND STAND FACE TO FACE WITH THE LION!!!


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