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Millions are struggling for survival in Myanmar and India due to massive flooding. Already, they were poor and needy. Now, their pain is worsened. And we have the power to help them, in the name of Jesus.

Screenshot_2015-09-03-12-31-01-1Half the world goes to bed with empty stomachs, naked bodies, and broken hearts. We have feasts, closets of clothes, and the Truth that can change their lives for eternity….Won’t you please give a little to see a lost, dying, and hopeless world come to Jesus? Won’t you do what the Bible calls “pure and undefiled religion”? Won’t you please fulfill the Great Commission and be a part of helping the poor and needy across the globe? The world will only know us as Christ’s by our love. Will we love? Or will we let the world wax cold and indifferent to Jesus, who bled and died for them? God, please stamp eternity on our eyes! Let us live in the light of eternity! In Jesus’ name, amen.

To give, visit http://www.gfa.org/flood/myanmar-india/.

Thank you.

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Holidays, My Thoughts, Plight of the Poor, song lyrics

A Christmas Story in Their Affliction

(Picture not my own…)

 

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

(~”O Come Emmanuel”)

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One thought plagues my mind this Christmas, and I am constrained to share it with you all. This message really starts with one small baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger….

 

As we marvel at the “Christmas Story” of Jesus’ birth, I cannot help but thumb through His life. It helps me put things into perspective. As we follow Jesus through the Scriptures, we find him mentioned as a baby at his birth and dedication (and pre-birth prophecies) and then as a toddler when the “wise men” show up, bearing gifts. This is all-too-familiar to us and many grow weary of hearing it. But time goes on. Jesus really was a human. He didn’t stay in the manger. He grew up. Think about it…

 

He played with toys, no doubt, and perhaps some neighborhood sports. He had friends and siblings and family. He undoubtedly worked as Joseph’s apprentice in carpentry. He was the first-born son, so he would have been expected to take up the family business. He kept the Sabbath and followed the law and celebrated whatever Jewish holidays were on the calendar. He shared gifts and meals and stories with real people. Can you imagine kid Jesus laughing with you about how much fun you had out on the lake? Or talking excitedly with you about an upcoming holiday? Or how about him tripping over something in the floor and spilling his food everywhere? He was really there. Undoubtedly, people around him thought him a strange child. He never sinned; so no fighting or lying or stealing or dishonoring his parents–the usual childhood diseases. He wasn’t even greedy or obnoxious or prideful or mean or ill-tempered. I mean, when you really try to imagine a child like that, they begin to seem fantastical, don’t they? I imagine the women getting together for general gossip and talking about how abnormal Jesus was. Imagine the things they must have said to Mary! Anything from,

 

“Your son is soooo well-behaved! I wish my kids were more like that….”

 

to

 

“I’m telling you, Mary. There’s just something not right about that boy. Something unnatural….He’s got to be ill in the head! Look at him stalking off alone all the time! I really worry about him, Mary….And the way he talks….”

 

And, for a moment, place yourself in his siblings’ shoes! It can be summed up in one statement:

 

“Oh, really, James?! Why can’t you be more like Jesus???”

 

I mean, when you think about it, Jesus must have had a pretty rough childhood. The next time Jesus is mentioned (chronologically) is when he was 12 years old. He and his family made the trek to Jerusalem for the Passover. By a bizarre set of misunderstandings (I have actually witnessed something similar before), Jesus was accidentally left in Jerusalem. After a frantic and painstaking search FOR THREE DAYS, his parents find him in the temple having a deep theological discussion with the rabbis there. The rabbis were astounded with his depth of thought and understanding, especially for someone so young. We all know the story, right?–

 

(Luke 2:46-51; KJV)

“And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.”

 

One thing that sticks out to me is that Mary asks Jesus, “Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching frantically!” She calls Joseph “your father”. Understand, even though Joseph was Jesus’ father by law, he was not Jesus’ biological father. I sometimes wonder what Jesus called him, especially when I see Jesus’ response here. Mary makes a statement about Joseph as Jesus’ father, and Jesus points her to who his Father really is. Interesting….The next time we read about Jesus (other than Luke’s words that “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”) is at his baptism.

 

But here’s my point in sharing this today: Notice something here. As you read through Jesus’ baptism and ministry and death and resurrection–Do you notice that someone seems to be missing? Joseph. After Jesus’ episode in Jerusalem when he was 12, we never read about Joseph again. Matter of fact, when Jesus is on the cross, he gives the care of Mary over to John (John 19:26-27), which he would not have done unless Jesus was the primary caretaker of her. We can only assume that Joseph passed away sometime between Jesus’ 12th year and his baptism.

 

Now, most of us don’t ever imagine Jesus crying. Yet we see clearly two times when he did, and strongly: 1.) When Lazurus died and 2.) in the garden of Gethsemane. So, we know he was certainly capable of feeling deep sorrow. Think about it though–He was human! He lost his dad, even if it wasn’t his biological father! Imagine it–his whole family grieving. His mother suddenly a widow. Jesus finds himself fatherless, in the physical sense. And then it hit me harder: Jesus was the firstborn son. It would have fallen on his shoulders to provide for the family and be the caretaker of his mother and father to his siblings. He could have been as young as 12 or 13….

 

This makes me remember what Isaiah said in the prophecy:

 

(Isaiah 53:3a&4a; KJV)

“He is…a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief….

Surely he hath borne our griefs,

and carried our sorrows….”

 

This is the beauty of the whole story encompassing Christmas to Easter. God the Son forsook His royal throne in heaven to descend to earth. He was born from a woman just like you or me. I mean, for several years, he was just an abnormally good and wise young boy. He cried. He laughed. He played. He cuddled. He giggled. He pooped. He had sleepless nights and illnesses and simple childhood woes. He had siblings who squabbled and talked with him and imagined futures of carpentry and marriage and wealth–perhaps a way out of a poor man’s life….He was just a kid. He was just Joseph’s son. But he wasn’t. As he pointed out to his mother, he was someone more than they could imagine or grasp. Their beloved Messiah was among them that entire time. Can you imagine them praying in the synagogue for the messiah to come and save them, weeping for the prophesied One to come, all the while he was sitting their as a growing young fatherless poor man in their congregation. He was bowing his head and seeking the Father’s will and learning who he was and why. And all those people who expected him to take up his “father’s” role as a carpenter were astounded when he told them he was called to be a rabbi. He was a human yet God. He was humbled into human form though he held all glory in his being. And for all of who he was, and all of what he deserved, he chose to come into a poor family. He chose to be a fatherless child. He chose to be a widow’s son. He chose to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows, and know intimately what it means to be human. And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all….

 

Therefore, this is for you, the fatherless and widows who suffer with your own afflictions: My dears, he was also afflicted. He knew personally the griefs of widowhood through his mother. He experienced the grueling trials of being fatherless. He knew what it meant to lose someone. He knew what it meant to feel loneliness. He knew what it was for no one to believe in him or think much of him. He knew what it meant to be overlooked and forgotten. He too had to remember that he was not truly fatherless, that he had a father in heaven, just like you and I. He knew. He felt. He was there. It is because of this that he is able to bear your sorrows and carry you through your trials. It is because he went before you that he is able to be with you and understand you. It is because he humbled himself and gave himself over to his meager life that he now is there, knowing where you are and holding the answers, pointing you to your real Father in heaven….

 

(Acts 17:27; KJV)

“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:”

 

Take comfort: he knows your pain and he is there. When you feel overlooked or forgotten, he is there. When you feel helpless and alone, he is there. When you are poor and and hungry, he is there. When you are hopeless and desperate, he is there. He is not far from any one of us, but his heart is nearest to and hurting for “the fatherless and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). Trust me, he cares. You can never imagine just how much….

 

Merry Christmas to you all and remember what we celebrate: We celebrate God become man to forgive and walk with each of us every day–all who will come to him. Celebrate the gift of Jesus, and remember his sacrifices as you begin a new year bearing his name….

 

 

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(Isaiah 53; KJV)

“Who hath believed our report?

and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,

and as a root out of a dry ground:

he hath no form nor comeliness;

and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men;

a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:

and we hid as it were our faces from him;

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

Surely he hath borne our griefs,

and carried our sorrows:

yet we did esteem him stricken,

smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

he was bruised for our iniquities:

the chastisement of our peace was upon him;

and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

we have turned every one to his own way;

and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth:

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,

so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment:

and who shall declare his generation?

for he was cut off out of the land of the living:

for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

And he made his grave with the wicked,

and with the rich in his death;

because he had done no violence,

neither was any deceit in his mouth.

 

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:

by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great,

and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;

because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

and he was numbered with the transgressors;

and he bare the sin of many,

and made intercession for the transgressors.”

 

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Not Empty Now

***MAJOR SPOILER ALERT***

-Do not read this unless you have read Little Women


 

Josephine March and Friedrich Bhaer (from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) taught me something very important.

 

I was actually having a bit of quiet time with God and was listening to the song “Empty My Hands” by Tenth Avenue North when it all occurred to me. I was sitting there, begging God to empty my hands of junk: dreams, ambitions, and distractions. I wanted Him to empty my hands and fill me up with Him.

 

In Little Women, when Bhaer comes to Jo to ask her to marry him, the end of their conversation goes like this:

 

~”Ah! Thou gifest me such hope and courage, and I haf nothing to gif back but a full heart and these empty hands,” cried the professor, quite overcome.

 

Jo never, never would learn to be proper, for when he said that as they stood upon the steps, she just put both hands into his, whispering tenderly, “Not empty now,” and stooping down, kissed her Friedrich under the umbrella.~

 

I suppose it was because I was singing about empty hands that I thought about this particular happening (it is one of my favorite romance quotes), but a new view of this suddenly opened up to me. I realized what a beautiful picture this truly is of us and God. We are Friedrich Bhaer. We come to God so full of love and longing, and feeling so unworthy. We wish to give Him something in return for all His love and goodness, but we find only ourselves. We have nothing but full hearts and empty hands. Then God reaches down and places His hands in ours and tenderly whispers, “Not empty now….” He gives us Himself and then we are full. Full and overflowing. We are so overwhelmed by His offer that it only fills our hearts further with love. I am close to bursting….

 

In that moment, I realized that He defines ‘lover’. He is the Creator of romance, and He is far better than anything we could ask for or imagine. And I look up adoringly into His loving face and echo His reply, “No, not empty now, or ever…..”

 

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My Thoughts

Words Unexpressed

I have been on a journey. I took a break to find out truth. And these are some thoughts that made me set aside my pen and stylus and think deeper on what it means to speak my mind. I do not know how much longer I will go without writing, but I feel I must take the time it takes to learn the lessons I must learn so that I can speak the words most needed and not simple ramblings without meaning. These are my words unexpressed:

 

 

“Underskin Warfare”

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The words won’t come to me.

The blank page stares back defiantly.

What do I seek here?

What is my purpose?

It is nothing but blubber.

I am desperate for a change

But can words speak to a cold, hardened heart?

I am speaking to plastic people,

Puppets in the most bizarre of plays.

Different faces, different fears,

All covered up neatly in our death masks.

And this is how we want to die?

 

But what is my purpose in speaking?

To condemn? To heal?

To redeem? To kill?

Am I speaking for the pride of it?

Am I speaking just to be heard?

If my purpose is so arrogantly simple,

So will be the fruit it reaps.

If my words are no more than vain babblings

Then I should never write again….

 

 

~Kegan Cook

9-12-16

 

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“The Sound of Silence”

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They say that silence is cowardess,

A weakness in disguise,

A problem to overcome,

A deadly compromise.

 

But what if silence is the height of honor

And foolish babblings the cross of shame?

What if silence is discretion, wisdom,

And utterance merely want of fame?

 

‘Love and be silent.’

‘Tis the noblest you can do.

Move on and not be violent,

Let be what can be let.

 

And remember:

 

The sound of silence

Is the loudest

In the place where chatter

Is the norm.

 

 

~Kegan Cook

(8-14-16)

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Plight of the Poor

Let us Help the Sick; Let us aid the Weary

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What can I say that has not already been said? Live like Jesus. Walk in His steps. If He needs clothed, clothe Him. If He needs food, feed Him. If He needs medical aid, aid Him. If He needs upliftment, uplift Him. Whatever the need, we are called to meet it. And He said that if you do these things to the least of these, you have done them to Him. (Matthew 25) Let us go forth weeping and sewing so that we may return rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us (Psalm 126:). Let us help the sick. Let us aid the weary. 🙂

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Plight of the Poor

Earthquake Victims Receive Warm Blankets in Time for Winter

 

Because there’s still a need and there are still hurting people. This disaster left it’s mark and it’s our job to be with them. God, please provide for the needy and helpless….

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Kissing Dating Goodbye: Session 6

“I Kissed Dating Goodbye” by Joshua Harris

Chapter 6—”The Right Thing at the Wrong Time is the Wrong Thing”

 

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Yes. Yes I did. This is the right article, but at the wrong time. Sorry guys. ^^; But it seemed appropriate and I didn’t have anything prepared last week. So, here’s our next session!

 

As I have thought on all this, one thought has stood out among the rest. The thought that perhaps this is a needless topic. Don’t get me wrong, it is needful. There is a need—for those who are searching. But dating, despite all the problems it has indeed caused, is not even the point. The more I thought on this, the more I realized the truth behind it. We aren’t warring against dating. Our enemy is much bigger and deeper than that. I think about Matthew 5, where it says “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” The hungry are the only ones who will get any filling from this topic. And I thought about a song by Audrey Assad that says, “Don’t lie to yourself, O my soul! Just love your God.” The truth is that that is exatly how we are to walk. It doesn’t really matter what paths we take, as long as we walk with God and love Him as we should. He will lead us each individually, and no two persons’ paths will look the same. Not to say that we don’t glean from each other and need some of the wisdom other members of the body have from their journeys. But that isn’t even the point, is it? Paul spent much time talking about judgementalism because of that: because we each have a journey to walk, and God is walking with you just as He is with me. Sure: You may be wrong and I may be right. But the same God lives in us both and can take care of that. We are all travelling toward perfection and it will look different for everyone because we start out with different equipment. You may already have things right that will take me years to fix. And I may have something to offer you that you didn’t have before. God is chiseling away at all of us, and we all have different lumps that are out of place. We’re all broken. It just looks different for each person as they are fixed.

 

My point is that I think we get caught up in the works of it all. But that is exactly what Jesus freed us from. I know James said faith without works is dead, but we are saved unto good works, not by them. And we don’t walk by them; we walk by faith. My point is simply this: follow Jesus. Don’t worry about having every little thing right, because you’re messed up and broken, prone to make mistakes. Just follow Jesus and strive to do all you can. That’s the secret to a happy, healthy walk with Christ: just walk with Him.

 

That being said, don’t get caught up in all the advice this book gives. Take the advice as you can, read the Scripture as much as you can, pray whenever you can, listen to God all that you can, and simply follow His leading in your life. You may mess it up. But God will use even the broken things. That is the beauty of who He is. Trust Him.

 

 

So, now I want to share Miss Brooke Fraser’s song “Love is Waiting”. “Love moves slow,” Audrey Assad says in another one of her songs. That is also the point of this song—love is patient. So, don’t rush into or go running for it. Just take it slow. Wait. Let it work. It will be so much better if you do. 🙂 Because that’s the way God made it. So, hear her out:

 

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“Love Is Waiting”

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In the autumn on the ground,

Between the traffic and the ordinary sounds,

I am thinking signs and seasons while a north wind blows through.

I watch as lovers pass me by—

Walking stories, whos and hows and whys,

Musing lazily on love,

Pondering you.

I’ll give it time, give it space and be still for a spell.

When it’s time to walk that way, we wanna walk it well.

 

[CHORUS:]

I’ll be waiting for you, baby.

I’ll be holding back the darkest night.

Love is waiting til we’re ready— ’til it’s right.

Love is waiting.

 

 

It’s my caution—not the cold.

But there’s no other hand that I would rather hold.

The climate changes. I’m singing for the strangers about you.

Don’t keep time, slow the pace.

Honey, hold on if you can.

The bets are getting surer now that you’re my man.

 

[CHORUS]

I’ll be waiting for you, baby.

I’ll be holding back the darkest night.

Love is waiting til we’re ready— ’til it’s right.

Love is waiting.

 

 

[BRIDGE:]

I could write a million songs about the way you say my name!

I could live a lifetime with you and then do it all again!

And like I can’t force the sun to rise or hasten summer’s start,

neither should I rush my way into your heart.

 

[CHORUS x2]

I’ll be waiting for you, baby.

I’ll be holding back the darkest night.

Love is waiting til we’re ready— ’til it’s right.

I’ll be waiting for you, baby.

I’ll be holding back the darkest night.

Love is waiting til we’re ready— ’til it’s right.

Love is waiting.

 

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Kissing Dating Goodbye: Session 5

 

Chapter 5: “Looking up ‘Love’ in God’s Dictionary”

 

Dictionary.com has 21 definitions of “love”, accompanied by one verb phrase, and six idioms. Only one really caught my eye.—

 

12. the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.

 

I rather like this definition. I like its wordings. I like what it means for us. But there is one thing missing when it comes to looking up “love” in God’s doctionary. That is: the love we are to have for one another. Definition 12 speaks to the God-to-man and man-to-God relationship we are to have, but it says nothing about the man-to-man relationship which is so earnestly spoken about in the Bible. So, I decided to do it. Let’s literally look up “love” in God’s “dictionary” (in this case, the Bible). Let concern ourselves primarily with man-to-man relationships. (Different versions of the Bible may get different results due to different wordings.) Here is what I found:

 

 

 

1.] Loving relationships in the Bible.

 

(Genesis 29:20) [Ah. Such love….Isn’t that the way it is when you deeply care for someone?]

And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.

 

(Genesis 29:32) [How sad…Indeed, Leah desired nothing more than to be loved by Jacob as Rachel was loved by him…]

And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

 

(Judges 16:15) [In effect, she is saying here, “How can you say that you love me if you don’t give me what I want?” But this too is a misrepresentation of love, for love often forbears and even sacrifices. She was using these words to tempt Samson, but something in her must have thought that this was what love meant: giving her what she wanted.]

And she [Delilah] said unto him [Samson], How canst thou say, I love thee, when thine heart is not with me? thou hast mocked me these three times, and hast not told me wherein thy great strength lieth.

 

(1 Samuel 18:22) [The servants’ love for David expressed devotion–a key aspect of love.]

And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law.

 

(2 Samuel 1:26) [David speaking, showing the deep, brotherly love that David and Jonathan enjoyed until Saul’s pursuit of David caused the two to go seperate ways.]

I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan:

very pleasant hast thou been unto me:

thy love to me was wonderful,

passing the love of women.

 

(2Sa 13:3-4; 15) [This is a very sad story. Amnon apparently did not understand what love is. He lusted after Tamar, but thought it love…It all ends very badly…]

But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.

And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king’s son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister….Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

 

(2 Chronicles 19:2) [In this case, “love” means “to cleave to” or “to be like”]

And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.

 

(Pro 5:18-19) [The love between a husband and wife–a holy, sacred, passionate love.]

Let thy fountain be blessed:

and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe;

let her breasts satisfy thee at all times;

and be thou ravished always with her love.

 

Proverbs 7 consists of the story of the harlot, whose love is false and unfulfilling and leads to damnation.

 

(Proverbs 9:8) [Love=respect, adore, and thank–the same sense of devotion and appreciation.]

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:

rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

 

Of course, Song Of Solomon contains plenty on both the splendid relationship between a husband and a wife and the picture of God and the Church.

 

(2 Corinthians 2:4) [Paul writing, expressing his deep affection for and fellowship with the Corinthian believers.]

For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

 

 

 

2.] Commands to love others. (In the law)

 

(Leviticus 19:18)

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

 

(Leviticus 19:34) (Also look at Deuteronomy 10:9)

But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

 

 

 

3.] Commands to love others. (In the New Testament)

 

(Mat 5:43-48) [Jesus speaking]

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 

(Matthew 6:24) [Mammon, according to Dictionary.com, is “riches or material wealth. Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:9,11,13.”]

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

(Mat 22:37-39)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

(Jn 13:34-35) [Jesus speaking]

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

(John 15:9) [Jesus speaking]

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

 

(John 15:17) [Jesus speaking]

These things I command you, that ye love one another.

 

(Rom 12:10-13)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

 

(Romans 13:8)

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 

 

 

4.] Others

 

(Psa 109:4-5)

For my love they are my adversaries:

but I give myself unto prayer.

And they have rewarded me evil for good,

and hatred for my love.

 

(Proverbs 10:12)

Hatred stirreth up strifes:

but love covereth all sins.

 

(Proverbs 15:17)

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,

than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

 

(Proverbs 16:13)

Righteous lips are the delight of kings;

and they love him that speaketh right.

 

(Proverbs 17:9)

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;

but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

 

(Proverbs 27:5)

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

 

(Ecclesiastes 3:8)

[There is…] A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

(John 15:13)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 

(Romans 5:5)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

 

 

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I know this is not nearly all of them! But by these that I have, we can clearly see what love is and also what it is not. I think this is helpful when it comes to our many, complicated relationships, especially when seeking a spouse.

 

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