Archive for December, 2008

Dec 19 2008

The Excellence of LOVE: Do I Have It? Where Can I Get It?

 

   I want to know what real love is.  I want to know what God says about love.  I want God to bless me with the knowlege of His love and how he wants me to apply that knowledge of love to my everyday life with Him, with my wife, with my children, my grandchildren, my friends and neighbors, and my love for the lost souls of this world. 

   1 Cor. 13 is known as the “Chapter of Love”.  Paul wrote this letter to the Church at Corinth from Ephesus around A.D. 55.  Let’s look at Chapter 13 to get a better understanding of what God’s Word says:

1 Corinthians 13

Love

 1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Some early manuscripts body that I may boast

 

“Love is…..”   Taken from The Love Dare by  Stephen & Alex Kendrick

Love is patient.  Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.                                                                                                    Love is kind.   Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.                                                                               Love is not selfish.  Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.                                                                                            Love is thoughtful. Psalm 139:17-18 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I awake,  I am still with you.                                                                                              Love is not rude. Proverbs 27:14  14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning,  it will be taken as a curse.

Love is not irritable. Proverbs 16:32  32   Better a patient man than a warrior, 
a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
Love believes the best.  1 Corinthians 13:7   It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love is not jealous.  Song of Solomon 8:6  6 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Love makes good impressions.  1 Peter 5:14  Greet one another with a kiss of love Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
Love is unconditional.  Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  
Love cherishes.  Ephesians 5:28  So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.  He who loves his own wife loves himself.
Love lets the other win.  Philippians 2:4   Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Love fights fair.  Mark 3:25  If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
Love takes delight. Ecclesiastes 9:9  Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.
Love is honorable.  1 Peter 3:7  Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Love intercedes.  3 John 2  Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
Love promotes intimacy.  Proverbs 17:9  He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Love seeks to understand.  Proverbs 3:13  Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.
Love is impossible.  1 John 4:7  Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Love is Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:6  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Love is satisfied in God.  Isaiah 58:11  The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Love is faithful.  Hosea 2:20  And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.
Love always protects.  1 Corinthians 13:7    It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love vs. Lust.  1 John 2:17  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Love forgives.  2 Corinthians 2:10  But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ.
Love is responsible.  Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Love encourages.  Psalm 25:20  Guard my life and rescue me;  let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
Love makes sacrifices.   1 John 3:16   This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
Love motivates.  Ephesians 6:7  Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.
Love brings unity.  John 17:11  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.
Love and marriage.  Genesis 2:24 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one.
Love meets sexual needs.  1 Corinthians 7:3  The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.
Love completes each other.  Ecclesiastes 4:11  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?
Love celebrates godliness.  1 Corinthians 13:6  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
Love is accountable.  Proverbs 15:22  Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Love is God’s Word.  Psalm 119:105  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Love agrees in prayer. Matthew 18:19  Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
Love fulfills dreams.  Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Love endures.  1 Corinthians 13:8  Love never fails………
Love is a covenant.  Ruth 1:16   But Ruth replied (to Naomi), “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
Special Note:  The above information and scripture was taken from the book The Love Dare, by Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick, 2008
Dear Ones,
May you and I find the TRUE meaning of LOVE.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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Dec 11 2008

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Dec 10 2008

The History of The Season of Christmas

 

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   Behind Christmas history lies the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.  The actual date as well as the year of the birth of the Lord Jesus is not known, as there is no mention of it in the Bible.  This is evident from the fact that Mark, an ancient gospel starts with the story of the baptism of Christ.  The traditions and the customs inter linked with the Christmas festival predates the birth of Christ.   

   December 25th is regarded to be the day when Christ was born.  This particular date comes from Rome.  The Romans observed the festival of Saturnalia, to worship Saturn, the god of sowing and also to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun God.  This festival was celebrated for a weeklong period, that is, from 17th December to the 25th December.  The Saturnalia festival was devoid of any Christian customs, so in order to introduce some Christian traits into the festival, some Christian leaders declared the last day of the Roman festival to be the when Jesus was born.  From then onwards Christmas began to be celebrated on December 25th. 

   The story dealing with the birth of Jesus Christ is found only in the New Testament.  Jesus was born to Joseph and Mary in a manger in Jerusalem.  Jesus is the Son of God.  The word Christmas in old English means Christ’s Mass.

   Our Lord Jesus was born in the tiny town of Bethlehem on the 25th day of December of what is regarded as the beginning of the modern day calendar.  But from the brief history of Christmas, it can be seen that the earliest stalwarts of the church in the 4th century regarded Jesus Christ’s birthday to be around the Saturnalia festival of the Romans (see above).

   Our Lord Jesus was the messiah of mankind and his eternal message of love, peace, and harmony is relevant for all times to come.  The birth of the baby Jesus brought three wise men from Asia who spread the news of the birth of a messiah.  The Bible does not tell us that there were exactly three wise men (magi).  It only tells us that three gifts were presented to the baby Jesus and we assume that there was one gift from each magi.  The angel Gabriel gave Mary news that she was chosen by GOD to give birth to HIS son Jesus.  The tradition of giving gifts, though not exactly of Christian Origin has great significance in the celebration of Christmas.  It is said that Jesus himself gave presents – mainly the gift of salvation.

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