“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34 NIV
How well do you love others? or better yet, how do you show your love for others? We are being told to love one another as he loves us. So what is love? We know from reading 1 Corinthians 13:4 …. what love is. So be honest with yourself; is your love like this? If not make it your priority to love more, love stronger, love with more passion, with more forgiveness. Love with more patience and understanding. If the greatest of all is love than maybe we should make it the greatest too. Amen.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
This passage is so powerful yet it can be at times very difficult. This moment, right now. I am finding it hard to trust in him. I want to take a deep breath and breath a sye of relief because I know he has a plan. Yet everything else inside says panic. It is scary. The lord says bring me your tired and weak and that is what I am right now, tired. Tired of fighting the unseen, tired of fighting the world, tired of fighting the emotional. Waiting on those unanswered prayers. Waiting to hear his voice again. I know in my heart the Lord is with me, so I need to trust in him with all my heart. That starts with a single step of faith, and to be silent and listen, go to him in prayer. Amen.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NIV
Be kind and loving to those in your life. Don’t be so quick to judge or to blame. Be quick to give affection and love. Don’t leave what needs to be said for another day because we never know what God is planning. Holding on to so much bitterness will only destroy those who love you most, because you will treat those people poorly. Be who God designed you to be.. loving compassionate, and forgiving. Amen.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When I read this, what comes to mind is how important it is to speak with love when we react to things. As Christian husbands and wives, we are under the watchful eye of all who are around us. Do you get frustrated easily and say mean things? Do you attack people with your words? When we use loving words to combat angry words, what then can used to hurt? It’s hard to use loving and gentle words, when someone else is using harsh one. Therefore we must rely on God to do our speaking. Amen.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Distractions from God can be a very dangerous thing. When we lose site of the Lord, as first and foremost in our life. We start to fear and worry. We start to think I’m in this by myself. Reasons for distractions include ourselves, money, hobbies, relationships, cell phones, TV, and more.Technology is the biggest distraction of all right now.
put yourself under a microscope and be honest with yourself, if you can. Do you allow yo many distraction to get in the way of your relationship with God. When your build that relationship, the rest of your life grows as well. Amen.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:3 NIV
The trust and dependence a child holds for their parents is something so profound they literally do not worry about much in this world. Think about all there is in this world that can harm a young child and yet they dont fear much. My son runs out into a street because he doesnt fear the car. He wants me to hold him and pick him up because he knows I won’t drop him. They get hurt and my kisses take the pain away. In there eyes daddy is everything. I am protector, provider, and comforter. The Lord is telling us to become like children with him. If we trust so deeply than we will be like our children and not fear anything. We will allow us to freely love as God attended us to do. Amen.
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 NIV
If you desire revenge you should dig 2 graves!!!! Being a vindictive person is you doing the devils bidding for him. Anger, hatred, malice are all strongholds of the devil. It destroys you and other person. We all know the saying 2 wrongs don’t make a right. When are feelings get hurt it is very easy to go on the attack. We say or do something that will hurt someone for the wrong the causes us. It is important to remember that’s just because someone hurt you, either your feelings or anything. It does not mean you have to or need to hurt them back. I know someone who is like this and I pray for the softening of their heart. Amen.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 NIV
What do you fear? What are you insecure about? Fear is a liar!!! Evil is that voice in your mind that’s says: doubt, question those motives, D
don’t be happy, be upset, the world is out to get you, your life should be better so don’t be happy, don’t try, build these walls and keep your self safe. We are all afraid of something and it’s this fear that keeps us in the dark. We can’t avoid darkness all the time but we can face it with confidence and fearlessness. When we walk with the Lord and when we trust in his wisdom, his grace its then we are able to walk in the darkness, face the things that trouble us, and grow spiritually so that we may experience true happiness. Amen.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Proverbs 19:20 NIV
How hard is it for you to accept discipline? As an adult we don’t think about being disciplined yet there are so many out there who require some. ha. It goes without saying that our father is the ultimate authority and what he says, goes and his discipline can be swift and exacting. Therefore we need be quiet so we can hear him when he gives the advice we need. We need to silent so we can reflect on his word. Do not be hostile towards discipline but invite it so that we can be wiser than we were before. Amen.
Wait for the Lord ; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord .
Psalm 27:14 NIV
One of the toughest things for us is waiting on the Lord. We are an impatient people and we are a people who fill up on the things of this world and not with his Grace. To be honest I have cursed to the heavens many times because I feel my prayers should have been answered already. I have complained to God countless times because I didn’t feel him next to me and I felt alone. But we know, when we are weak he is strong and for that I am blessed. We have to accept we are not alone, it is about his will, and to have faith… Waiting on the Lord may be hard but in the end his grace is worth it. Amen.