1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
This verse seems so simple and straightforward but it is more astonishing how the lines between evil, good and the truth have become blurred today. In times past people had twisted the truth of the Bible to appease worldwide atrocities, while some have rather twisted it to suit certain sinful vices and lifestyles. We have selected sins we ourselves condemn as evil and in the same breath commit other sins that we or society accepts as the norm.
Debauchery, lying, swearing, fornication, idolatry are some sins that are widely accepted and sad to say, rejoiced over in certain most circumstances, whilst, adultery, homosexuality, witchcraft and other sins are mostly condemned. What 1 Corinthians 13:6 says, is that love calls a spade a spade. If its wrong, it’s wrong. Love rejoices in the Truth, in holiness, in righteousness and rejects evil.
It is even more abominable that people have reached the point where they have seared their consciences and are not only able to accept evil as good, but gained the ability rejoice in it. This is one of the most dangerous place to be. Alarms, warn us of impending or present danger, this is the role of our conscience. When it is seared, it means that it ceases to function. Thus, after a while, sin not only feels normal after a while but good, while it’s wages (which is death) is looming, yet there is no such warning signal that reaches us.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
And even when the numbers fade,
And the crowds decrease,
I will still remain with My Prince of Peace.
Even when the remnant is swayed,
And the warriors flee
I will still be praying on bended knees.
Even when the world turns away,
And they lock me away in prisons;
I will continue to love You Lord in all seasons.
Even when I am betrayed
By those closest and I’m beaten;
I will still dance for joy, drunk beyond reason.
Even when my energy gives way,
And I’ve prayed until I’m wheezing;
I will never stray from my reason for living.
Even when my body, this clay,
Has reached the limit its been given;
Yet, shall His grace empower me to pray without ceasing.
Do you like keeping score of wrongs done against you? Love becomes stifling in the midst of unforgiveness. No matter how good a spouse, a friend or a stranger, we are all prone to sins, shortcomings and mistakes. In an environment of forgiveness, trust and encouragement the capacity for growth is endless; yet, in an atmosphere of distrust, skepticism and fear, love is threatened to the point of futility.
Forgiveness is such an imperative that even God in His supernatural strength, cannot move in the life of an individual anchored in unforgiveness or crippled by fear. Hebrews 11:6 states, “And without faith it is impossible to please God…” and Matthew 6:14 says, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Forgiveness and trust counters the hindrances to love’s perfection and maturity. In the same way our Loving God forgives and hopes endlessly amidst His knowledge that we are maybe going to fail yet again, He still does not refrain from loving and encouraging us. I encourage us all to be free from entanglements of distrust and the besetting sin of pride as well. Pride is foundation of unforgiveness and must ne banished. The humble He shall exalt and the proud, humbled.
Let’s love with all faith, hope and persistence.
Love and self-seeking are as incompatible as oil in water. John 3: 16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He GAVE…” Giving, sacrificing, and investing oneself is the truest testament of one’s love. It’s the evidence of words taking on living, irrefutable proof that indeed, I Love You.
If the language of love is poisoned with ‘You don’t give me this,’ ‘I need this,’ ‘If you love me who would do this;’ then like I had to do, you may also need to change as well. It has to do with friends, lovers or even strangers considering them all better than ourselves and by becoming a servant unto all. This love may seem radical, but it is the love that Jesus gave and the kind that God calls us to. As long as we are willing to obey, He will equip us with His divine grace to truly love and love selflessly.
Our world doesn’t need another war and our lives are most certainly are in need of a true revelation of God’s divine love for us. The disconnection between the created and their Creator needs to be mended by us giving the love due to the Savior of our souls. He is forever worthy of a life paid and laid down in love, and even then, we still wouldn’t have given Him His due. Let’s start Today, in Loving Him, then Loving Ourselves and thus, Loving Our very enemies.
Perhaps one of the most bewildering things in my opinion, is when someone claims to love you but somehow they always manage to be rude or disrespectful. It always set me aback, as I have to wonder what is the point of a love that produces no kindness or respect.
Let’s be honest here:
¤ Employees are courteous to customers even when they may be in a bad mood.
¤ People are generally respectful to other people who treat them with respect, especially when they are in a good mood.
The question is this: Why should someone accept a love that only gives respect or kindness when the mood or situation is right? If love does not shine in the darkest hour then the hard truth is that it may not be love at all.
Love is not rude. In essence, love is kind, caring and respectful.
Have we ever been rude to someone who loves us as a result of our being in a bad mood?
What steps can we take when we are at the lowest moments to ensure that we treat others with care and respect?
One word of advice – Ask God for His grace, because it will give you the power to do even when you were previously not able to. His grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in our weaknesses.
Imagine a world where we all love our brothers and sisters worldwide with patience, kindness, humility, selflessness and respect. Imagine us doing so even in our most stressful of situations.
Today, this change begins in Me and it begins in You.
LET’S TRULY LOVE; TRULY!!!
Which person today wants a proud and boastful kind of love?
¤ A love that keeps reminding you of all the good they have done.
¤ A love that is condescending, letting you feel that they are doing you a favor.
¤ A love that performs for the accolades of others rather than being from a pure heart of loyalty and sacrifice.
¤ A love that never takes the blame and never sees their own mistake.
¤ A love that even after getting caught red-handed, considers remorse and apologies a thing to be despised and a weakness.
In order for love to be real, authentic, pure and divine it has to pass the test of selflessness and humility.
¤ It must be the kind of love that considers the needs of others superior to their own.
¤ It must be able to stand the test of time, being a standard of integrity and dependability.
¤ It must be the same effort behind or in front of closed doors. Too many of us are monsters in private but pretend to be perfect in public.
¤ It’s the kind of love that Jesus showed, leaving His Kingdom as Lord of lords to suffer at the hand of His own creation so that we could be free.
This is the most powerful example of love shown and one I would pray for us all to emulate. Imagine if we all did, this world would definitely be in a better state.
Let us love humbly and self-sacrificially Today, in Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!
definition – feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.
synonyms – covet, evil eye, grudge, begrudge, hatred, ill will, lust. Jamaican terms: red-eye or bad-mind.
My mother told me many years ago that there are two types of people who live in this world. There are the one’s who look at life in terms of what they have, and the one’s who look at life in terms of what they don’t have. The first, will always find a way to happiness through gratefulness and being content in all they have, no matter how great or small. The other, can rarely if ever be satisfied or happy, because they are always comparing themselves based on the lives, attainment and achievements of others.
Love asks us to not look to the other side where the grass seems greener. It implores us to make the grass that we have as green as possible, by caring and nurturing it and the God who sees us being a good steward with the little that we have, will pour more mighty blessings into our lives.
I encourage us all, to examine our hearts and motifs. Envy, covetousness and lust has no place for where love should be. The one exception should be unless it is that we covet and lust for more of God’s presence and love.
Let’s begin to show the world how real love is done.
We have now covered patience, kindness and victory over envy is now won!
Of Paul’s first description of the word ‘love’ he ascribes the word ‘patient’ which means able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. Patience assumes that there is a situation under which the need to wait, tolerate or suffer through becomes necessary. Who exercises patience for something they already have? Many a times we are patiently awaiting answers from God. Sometimes we need patience when dealing with people who are trying to humiliate or infuriate us. Patience is a virtue and is also the fourth fruit of the Spirit.
Are you a patient person?
How much do you rate your patience out of 10?
Some of us show great patience in one circumstance but reveal sincere impatience in another. We are able to rely on God’s grace which transforms our weaknesses into strengths. Therefore, even if we are weak in this area, God can perfect us by His grace.
I encourage us all Today, to seek God in prayer for divine patience. Patience proves that we trust in God. It produces integrity and character and strengthens our faith. It is the enemy’s desire for us to grumble and complain about the various situations that we may face. Being silent and still releases God awesome power, anxiety and grumbling defeats us in our final hour.
LOVE IS PATIENT!
One of the hardest things for people to do in this day and age is to be kind. The Bible lists kindness as the second fruit of real love and the fifth manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. Kindness is not limited to children of God of course, as God made us all with an innate desire to want to be treated kindly and to want to be kind to others. For some reason, whether we want to call it life or circumstances, we have all had situations where we weren’t our kindest to others. Additionally, we may not even be able to count the amount of times that we have experienced unkindness from others as well?
We are ALL guilty today of the sin on unkindness, and fallen short of God’s glory.
As a result, I create a new challenge today for the next 7 days. The #KindnessChallenge #7DayKindnessChallenge.
I challenge us all to be kind to everyone whether or not they are being kind to us.
Maybe you have mastered this, and so an advanced challenge is this:
Be extra, double or triple kind to strangers (especially the less fortunate) without a reason.
The Challenge starts Today should you decide to accept and I pray God gives us His divine grace to enable us and teach us throughout this week’s challenge.
Message me if you wish to let me know if you plan on accepting this challenge that we may discuss our experiences and testimonies throughout this period.
If we could all be kind for a day world-wide it would be a day that no dies from a crime.
How cunning is this enemy ours? Giving us a buffet of distractions, all while he destroys lives around this world each and everyday. It’s no surprise that all these sports we watch on tv, video games, tv shows, talk shows, parties and even jobs; create a structure for us to be entertained. We get so lost in the pattern of working 40 hour weeks, with the gym life, night life among other sorts of entertainment tunes to suit our own proclivities.
All this occurs, whilst a sleeping giant remains coerced into a deeper sleep. Up to this point, many have not been able to ascertain what their God-given purpose is on this earth. We have not realized that there is a warrior extraordinaire that God has birthed on the inside of each and every one of us, and rather than us tapping into that power, the enemy has inspired us to ignore the problems of the world as we cater for our own needs and desires.
For some, they still try to help in some way by trying to achieve a better tomorrow (by maybe getting involved with politics for example), but their efforts are short circuited because the solutions are mainly aimed at attacking issues from a surface level, whilst the real issues of today are deeply rooted in a spiritual world in which we were all made to be more than conquerors.
I want to implore each and every sleeping soldier to “Arise, shine, for your light has come” Isaiah 60:1. Stand up, and lay claim to your kingdom authority founded in Christ Jesus. God wants you to dominate and not be dominated. He wants each and every one of us to violently fight for our right to a peaceful and joyful nation. “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” Matthew 11:12.
Choosing to be an accomplice today will only guarantee you to be a casualty tomorrow.