Tag Archives: Love

Marriage

Let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

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Marriage (God’s design): a haven of protection where two people who know each other best, love each other the most.

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Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

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But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

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ABIDE IN CHRIST

What does it mean to abide in Christ? It means no longer living the way an individual has lived without Christ. Previous to the life of Christ a person lives with no regard for the creator’s desire. The creator has allowed this individual to live on earth and even fed this person but the individual lives within the parameters of his/her carnality. This person is not living under any rule but the rule of self-fulfillment. Whatever the person desires, sex outside of marriage, drinking an excess, cheating, lying and stealing, nothing is too far outside this person’s ability or completion, but Christ has shown us another way.

To abide in his love is to keep his commandments (John 15:10). In order for one to keep the commandments of God, one must know them. The commandment is to love one another (John 15:12). A person is most like God when they love God and love people also. We demonstrate this love through our commitment to abstain from having sex outside of marriage, drinking an excess, cheating, lying and stealing. We demonstrate our love to God by not forsaking the gathering together of the brethren and by spending time in prayer.

We abide in Christ through the spiritual formation of fasting and isolation. All these things encased in the love of God are abiding in Christ. It is a continuing process that requires daily attention. Our desire is with regard to our creator. Our power in prayer becomes effective because unlike a life previous to Christ, we begin to learn how to pray. Our heart prays the things God desires.

Intertwined with the life of Christ represented in our love for the brethren. We love so much because God loved us so much and the things we commit to doing are always out of this heart of love for our neighbor. If a person hates his brother the Bible says how can the love of God be in this person (1 John 3:15). Abiding in Christ is rolled up in loving God in reading the word, prayer, and fasting inwardly and outwardly through love seen and felt by people around the one abiding in Christ.

Love Letter

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From the moment I met you it was love at first sight. I could remember the day and time you said you loved me. What a wonderful day that was. From then on the love would blossom. Not without test or struggle. Not without days of gloom, but love always prevailed.

It was spring and everything was inline with starting fresh. Having rested for so long I could now run without worry for your love would carry me. A love not only heard, but felt and even seen. A love intertwined with corrections and blessings.

You have been so good to me. I have never gone without provision. I have never gone without what was needed. You have supplied all my needs.

Trust is a must and love is its anchor. What have I to fear and be intimidated, when each day I have your ear? What a love so required and so dear to have you always near.

TOTAL SURRENDER

I simply put off the flesh by immersing myself in the things of God. I minimize my exposure to the dangers of the computer, ungodly programs on television, phone applications, magazines, video games, and certain friendships and stores. I know that my outside temptations are one dimension and dealing with internal temptations is another. So the first thing I do in the morning is shut myself in the room with my computer and listen to Christian worship music. I listen until I am only thinking about God and the things he has done for me. I listen until all is quiet in my mind and I am able to focus on my word. Then I begin reading scripture. I keep reading until I literally start praying and then after prayer I meditate on the things read and prayed.

I seek to change things that are revealed to me in prayer and scripture reading. It may be gossip has entered my conversation.  I am literally speaking too much and the inevitable gossip arises, because I do not have that much to say and sometimes I talk a lot. So I ask the Lord to forgive me and identify this pattern in my life and God convicts me in my conversation if I am going down the path of gossip. Gossip is now put off and now I seek to put off more things. I do this, with all that is revealed, because I love God, I humble myself to his authority and simply stop. It works wonders because more and more people trust me with their words as they will not hear them from someone else. I have put off a conversation that is ungodly and now have put on a conversation which is that of God’s gospel. I move in this manner from one issue to the next in hopes that while I preach unto others I myself will not be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:27).

A CONVERSATION WITNESSED

DELILAH: TELL ME! WHERE DOES YOUR STRENGTH COME FROM

SAMSON: FROM THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH

DELILAH: WHAT WILL YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR STRENGTH

SAMSON: AT FIRST THOUGHT NOTHING, AT SECOND THOUGHT                                              NOTHING, AT THIRD THOUGHT SEX

DELILAH: SEX IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR MIRACLOUS STRENGTH

SAMSON: YES! I THOUGHT IT OVER AND IT SOUNDS GOOD

When you look at this story it seems to be a no brainer.  The devil will always tempt you with something you already can have, but in a way that defiles the man or woman. Psychologist tell us that sexual addictions are the most difficult to break. Why? The Bible says that when a man and woman outside the bonds of marriage have intercourse they are joined. No other sin joins us together.  So refrain from joining with anyone that has not joined you in marriage. Otherwise why cheapen yourself and lose strength for nothing.

*The defilement of mankind with sexual sin is on the rise as you may or may not notice in the news, the solution, if we go back to the conversation we find the solution is found in the meditation. DO NOT MEDIATATE ON UNHOLY THINGS. Our flesh is weak and we will fall all the time if we do.

RACISM

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Definition:

Racism is a system of oppression, one that creates a society of first- and second-class citizens by denying rights and access to resources to non-white people. Racism is a system of power created by and maintained through public policy. Racist rhetoric or action is anything that reinforces/upholds that system. So until the day comes when the US government enacts laws aimed specifically and purposefully at ensuring that white people are shut out of education/healthcare/jobs/housing and shuttled into prison and poverty, I don’t want to hear any more about the growing discrimination against white Americans. It is nonexistent.

It Looks Like This:

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Explanation:

White Supremacy

Churches Response: 

Historically, to the very present the church has always followed the culture at large. For many the system works fine. The system works best when we continue along with it.

I understand the Bible requires that we love God, our neighbor, and even our enemies, but these are just suggestions. I understand we talk about Jesus, but you must understand this is a formality. Do not change the system. Do not expect me to be Christ like. This cross on my chest and the bumper sticker on my car are just idols that mean nothing.  “Come on! You see my action right?”

Happy Most Segragated Day of the Week!

Reality:

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14).

Solution:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ (Luke 10:27)

How will I know I am keeping Luke 10:27?

Your Facebook posts will change. You will be more concerned with souls then foolishness. More posts about Christ and less about worldly accomplishments. You will notice the atmosphere around you changes. People of all races will quickly open up to you, because they will see Jesus and not pride and arrogance.

Satanist will recognize and hate you and you will recognize them.

Your messages will be useful. You will put away intellectual messages that serve egos rather than Godly edifying.

You will love the brethren (Christians) not just your own color.

Reflection:

Paul loved so much that he was willing to throw his soul into hell for his people, is your pastor this willing? Then why are you following him?