What Is Love?

What is love? Love is doing what is right from God’s perspective. Love is being responsible, honest, loyal, trustworthy, faithful. Love is being zealous toward God, and it is many other things as well.

In 1 Corinthians 13 also known as the “love chapter” in the bible it says what love is—Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

I think that’s why Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, mind and soul. The second greatest commandment is we are to love our neighbor as we do ourselves.

Let those around you see your love for God and for them.

Why You Should Read and Study the Bible

We should read and study the Bible because it is totally reliable and without error. The Bible is unique among so-called “holy” books in that it does not merely give moral teaching and say, “Trust me.” Rather, we have the ability to test it by checking the hundreds of detailed prophecies that it makes, by checking the historical accounts it records, and by checking the scientific facts it relates. Those who say the Bible has errors have their ears closed to the truth. Jesus once asked which is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven you,” or “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”

“If we want to live life to the fullest, as God intended, we must listen to and heed God’s written Word.”

Then He proved He had the ability to forgive sins (something we cannot see with our eyes) by healing the paralytic (something those around Him could test with their eyes). Similarly, we are given assurance that God’s Word is true when it discusses spiritual areas that we cannot test with our senses by showing itself true in those areas that we can test, such as historical accuracy, scientific accuracy, and prophetic accuracy.

We should read and study the Bible because God does not change and because mankind’s nature does not change; it is as relevant for us as it was when it was written. While technology changes, mankind’s nature and desires do not change. We find, as we read the pages of biblical history, that whether we are talking about one-on-one relationships or societies, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

And while mankind as a whole continues to seek love and satisfaction in all of the wrong places, God—our good and gracious Creator—tells us what will bring us lasting joy. His revealed Word, the Bible, is so important that Jesus said of it, “Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In other words, if we want to live life to the fullest, as God intended, we must listen to and heed God’s written Word.

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How Much Does Our God Care?

Do you ever wonder how much God cares about you? If you’re like most, this thought has crossed your mind at one time or another. God does care, a lot, in spite of all the negative things you hear from believers and non-believers alike.

Think back to a time when you found yourself in a real pickle. Your back was against the wall or you heart was broken by someone you love. In spite of man’s failings, God is always there for us and caring for us.

The following verses from the Old Testament describe just how much and to what lengths God will go to take care of you and provide for you. Read them. Study them. Memorize them. And, then when you begin to have doubts you can call upon these verses for comfort in your time of need.

Isaiah 46:4  Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.

Isaiah 58:11  “And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Psalm 48:14  For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

Trust. Wait. Speak. Delight.

Psalm 119:41-48

These words describe my relationship with the Lord and my daily walk with Him.

I will trust Him with my life and my days. I will wait upon the Lord and as it says in Isaiah 40:31, “Those that wait upon the Lord will gain new strength……”.

I will speak of your goodness and truth before men and kings and shall not be ashamed. Let’s live our lives as an example to others that Christ Jesus is King and Lord of our lives. Let us delight and speak of His unending love and mercies without fear or prejudice.

God is good all the time. I prayed to Him last night and asked that He would help me wake up at 6:00 AM. I woke up at 5:58 today. Praise the Lord for His everlasting kindness. His love and mercy endures forever.

Thank you Lord for leading me with your Holy Spirit. He is a faithful guide and mentor in my walk with you.

Verse 47: “I shall delight in your commandments which I love.”

Verse 48: “And I shall lift up my hands to your commandments which I love. And I will will meditate on your statutes.”

Father, your word is a lamp unto my feet. Lead me in this world of darkness that I may not stumble but instead give you all the glory and honor.—Amen

Do You Have Feelings of Inferiority?

Early in his life, Charles Stanley experienced some feelings of inferiority. Because he struggled financially, his mother and he didn’t live in the “right” places, and he didn’t wear the “right” clothes. Even in school, he felt that he did not measure up academically to the other kids. The sense of failure and embarrassment at not being good enough was devastating to him.

The misery of inferiority is never what God intends for His children. Its seed usually takes root in the impressionable hearts of the young and thrives in an atmosphere of comparison. This kind of emotional baggage can have debilitating and enslaving ramifications in every area of life. Feelings of inadequacy may cause avoidance of healthy challenges; low self-esteem cripples personal relationships; and comparison steals contentment.

We need to understand how God sees us. Then, when feelings of inferiority come, we can cling to His accurate assessment rather than our own faulty one. He says we are His workmanship—His masterpieces. Each person is thoughtfully designed by the Creator for His purpose. The differences that cause us to make comparisons and feel discouraged are the very qualities that the Lord created to bring Him glory.

Feelings of inferiority are a hindrance to becoming the people that the heavenly Father designed us to be and a deterrent to fulfilling His purpose for our lives. When it comes to our value, we either accept the truth of His appraisal or decide not to believe Him and instead rely on our own feelings. What will your choice be?

Reprinted with permission | Charles Stanley | In Touch Ministries

Unshakable In Our Faith

Our goal as believers is to become unshakable in our faith. Rock solid if you can. Peter and John didn’t flinch from their responsibility to proclaim salvation in Jesus’ name, even in the face of imprisonment and threats. Yet, we may wonder how we could ever endure persecution.

The truth is that in ourselves, we can’t do it. But we are never alone. When we stand for our convictions, God’s Spirit is always present in us. He gives us the physical, spiritual, mental, and moral strength to stand firm when we are tested and tried (Luke 12:11-12).

God wants His children to trust Him with the future; He doesn’t want you or me becoming panicky about what may lie ahead. But, if He ever calls you or me to suffer for Him, in that moment He’ll provide the grace we need in order to remain faithful.

Therefore, we know that God is good all the time and in Him we live and move and having our being. Without Him we can do nothing but through Him all things are possible which includes being unshakable in our faith.

Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart

Scripture repeatedly admonishes us to trust in the Lord. When times are good, this doesn’t seem difficult. However, when trials arise, it is much harder to rely fully upon Him.

Yet it is always important for us to place our trust in the living God, especially when everything around us seems to be falling apart.

What, then, is the antidote for worry and stress during a difficult time? Absolute trust in Christ. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” This means we are to lay all our burdens at His feet, believing that He is good, loving, and in control.

When trials arise, do you run toward the Lord? Or do you try to handle things yourself? He who created you can handle any difficulty and pain, even when it seems overwhelming. What He desires is your surrender and trust. It is in His arms that you will find rest for your soul.