Sunday, October 31, 2010

Meditations on Love, Part 3: Quench Fires With Love

Have you ever heard somebody say, “I am going through hell” at any time in the past?

Maybe you were the one who said that because your situation has been so frustrating that you feel you can’t stand it.

Or, to quote Popeye the Sailor Man: I had all I can stand... I can’t stand any more!

I have heard people describe a lot of situations as being hell-like:

  • Their work environment...
  • Their marriage...
  • Some personal or familial relationship...
  • Their school...
A lot of people think that their situation is like hell... or that some person is putting them through hell.  Unlike hell, however... we can extinguish those fires that happen between people by applying God’s agape love.

Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).

Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God--that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].
1 Peter 3:8-9 [AMP]

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meditations on Love, Part 2: Resist Confrontation With Love

In the second of this ten-part series, we focus on this truth: Love covers a multitude of sins.

Check out what the Apostle Peter has to say about this:

Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]. Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ's body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
1 Peter 4:8-9 [AMP]

Love (God’s agape love) allows you to show love to those who might otherwise create confrontation or contention.

Love is the better way.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Meditations on Love, Part 1: React to People With Love

In our ten part series, “Meditations on Love (Volume One),” we look at ways to fulfill what Jesus gave us as the greatest of all commandments:

I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].
John 13:34-35 [AMP]

The problem is that people often make it very difficult to love them.  That is why this podcast was created.  Take a listen and see if you emerge better equipped to love those who are less than lovable.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The $80 Blessing

Today being 10/10/10... you may be thinking about playing the lottery and making money.  But while getting money is fun to do... remember this biblical principle:

In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.
Acts 20:35 [AMP]

Yes... it is better to give than to receive.  And, in this podcast, we discuss how giving someone $80 (technically, returning that money to the individual) turned into a tremendous blessing that changed the lives of many!

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Defender: Part Three

God will see your righteous behavior and defend you.  Unfortunately, some people will see your righteous behavior and accuse you of being unrighteous.  We see an example of that in the Old Testament:

And as she continued praying before the Lord, Eli noticed her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.

1 Samuel 1:12-13 [AMP]

In the Bible, Hannah (not to be confused with Hannah Montana) was falsely accused by the prophet of being drunk when, in fact, she was praying to the Lord.

And would you believe that this Old Testament faux pas is repeated today in the 21st Century?  But just as He did in the olden days, God still protects those whose hearts are right in His eyes.

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Food for Thought

  1. Exposure to the Son may prevent burning...

  2. The King of Pop is gone, the King of Comedy is gone, the King of Soul is gone, the King of Rock is gone, but the King of Kings lives on!

  3. When Jesus said “Fret Not,” He wasn’t saying that you shouldn’t play the guitar...