Sometimes it seems that the good people are the ones getting attacked with illness, financial stress or other disasters, while those who have no respect for God are flying high and enjoying life. Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Continue reading
Many Christians do not share the gospel of Jesus with others because they either, feel “shy” and just don’t have the words to say, or they don’t want to judge others by telling them that they have sin in their life. But we’re not judging anyone when we try to share the gospel with them, or when we point out blatant sins in their lives that will keep them from God. The truth is that love is not silent. It speaks loud! Continue reading
Sometimes in life someone we really love and trust will do something so offensive or hurtful to us that it feels as if a brick had been smacked into our head. We didn’t see it coming; we can’t understand why it happened, but it did. The impact left us with a huge hole in our heart and it seems as if there is nothing that can take away the pain when love hurts us.
We cry non-stop while we try to comfort those around us; perhaps children who are hurting as much as we are and who are looking to us for the answers. But there aren’t any. We can’t see past the tears because our life has been torn apart. We don’t see hope and we focus on our loss.
This is just what the devil wants us to do; cry, focus on the hurt and talk about it all the time so that he can get all the praise and the glory for the hurt that he put on us by making this happen. The more we focus on the hurt, the happier he is because he’s gained a bit of a foothold into the doorway of our soul.
This is NOT how we get the victory over our problems. The Bible says in James 4:7 to “resist the devil and he shall flee from you.” In other words, we need to stop talking about the problem, about what he’s done or what we think the results will be from this hurtful issue. We need to resist the negative talk, the negative thoughts, the negative attitude, and stop talking about the problem.
We need to turn our thoughts around and focus on Jesus. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The confusion, hurt, anger and lack of peace that overtakes us can keep the problem alive if we let it, but if we give it to the Lord, then He takes it from us and gives us peace. Once we have peace, we can begin to think more clearly.
He tells us in Psalms 46:10 to “Be still, and know that I am God“. He wants us to stop trying to figure it out ourselves, and stop worrying about what will happen. Remember that He is God, and that He is the creator of the world and God over the universe – and over the devil. Jesus says in John 16:33 that He has overcome the world. He’s already given us the victory and all we have to do is realize it.
We need to remember that “nothing is impossible to God”, and that “all things are possible to those who believe.” We are able to cry out to the Lord and seek Him and ask for His help and His wisdom so that we can have the victory over the problem. We are able to give the issue to Him and trust Him to take care of it.
We are able to praise Him and thank Him for the victory, and know in our heart that God is on the scene. He hears our prayers and He knows our heart AND He knows what is best for us. The answer may not always be the one we hoped for, but it will be the right one and we will be at rest. God knows our heart and He also knows what caused this person to do what they did. He will speak to them and through our prayers this person will listen, and our own hearts will be filled with forgiveness towards them.
And all we have to do is trust God, that He will “grant us the desires of our heart” because when it comes to love, Jesus is the expert! He knows that at times love hurts, but He has risen above that hurt and He has given us the victory over it. All we have to do is praise Him and thank Him and talk to others about what He is doing for us. And it all begins when we turn our focus away from the problem and on to Him because He loves us and He wants us to trust Him to give us the victory.
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” … Romans 8:15
The Bible is all about love and it tells us that God is the epitome of love. John 3:16 says that He gave His own Son as a sacrifice for us, and although this shows what the essence of love is, it gets lost in the modern world. Even in the Christian realm love has been confused with emotions and social liberation, and too many people have lost the true meaning of the word and really wonder, what is love?
Love is the motivation within us that causes us to act and react the way we do. It’s the virtue that allows us to love others. It’s the commitment to God, the reverence and respect for Him, the appreciation for the life He has given us, and the reason for our devotion to Him. It is the most important virtue that we have and without it we are nothing but shells that exist through the natural creation of humanity.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 tells us the importance of love:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love vaunts not itself (does not boast), is not puffed up,
5 Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
6 Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abides faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Why is love the greatest virtue? Why is it more important than faith in God?
We can learn about God; we can accept everything we read about God; and we can understand all that He is. We can even believe that He is God and that His Word is life and that it is power. This is the knowledge that is the foundation for love and the basis for our faith in Him. But we must activate our faith to show our love because without love our actions are carnal.
James 2:20 says, “Faith without works is dead.”
Love is the feeling in our heart, the commitment, the devotion, the allegiance and constancy, the trustworthiness and the dependence that we have towards God. We can know it all but there’s only one way to get it in our heart, and that is through the Holy Spirit. He is love, God’s love in us.
When His Holy Spirit is in us, the love of God resides in us and we inherit His loving personality. We have the same heartfelt commitment and purpose as God and our reason for doing what we do is because we want to share the truth of God with others. It’s not just an emotion or an obligation as a Christian; it’s God’s love living and loving through us.
And when His love is in us we are able to love others in spite of their faults, and we are able to forgive those who hurt us and offend us, and we are able to do all that we do with a pure heart because we don’t treat others badly or the way some of them may treat us. We treat them the way that Jesus treats us – with love.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.” … 1 John 4:7
It’s a day that has been accepted by the world as THE day for lovers, as THE day to spend money you can’t afford to buy extravagant gifts that show your love and affection to someone. And while many people are totally caught up with the celebration and costly details of the day – and loving every second of it – others are hurting.
Many people would love to give gifts to their loved ones and show how much they care, but the finances aren’t there or the ability to get out and enjoy the expensive restaurants and events isn’t possible for them.
Other people are alone, have just broken up with their partner or lost their spouse, and many of them are hurting. The ongoing commercialism of the day reminds them that they ARE alone and that they have no one to celebrate the day with.
But we must remember that for the most part, Valentine’s Day IS a promotion of commercialism that has become one of the greatest business revenue occasions of the year. The hype is at its peek as the day begins and it grows every year regardless of how good or bad the economy is. And it’s hard to break away from the captivation of the day because it’s everywhere – on TV, billboards, the internet, magazines, malls and even throughout many workplaces as individuals decorate their little corner with something.
But what we must remember is that love is much deeper than any business can imagine or depict it as being. Love is the epitome of God’s heart – His reason for sending Jesus to the cross for us. When we can rise every morning and know that He loves us, there is no worldly celebration that can come remotely close to the feeling we get through His love for us.
The celebration of Valentine’s Day is really a carnal satisfaction that many believe is necessary to sustain love between two people.
Godly love is the life and energy that we can have every second of every day, that feeds our spirit and gives us the strength and hope and desire to look forward to tomorrow. We are never really alone because God is ALWAYS there for us. He’s quick to forgive us when we’ve acted poorly towards Him and He’s willing to bless us when we we’re ready to receive from Him. He never leaves us alone.
If you’re feeling lonely and left out of the world’s celebration today, just remember that God loves you so much that He gave us His only Son to die in your place.
You are NOT alone – you are BLESSED!
“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” …John 15:13