I crack me up... Coming up with these titles are some times just as fun as writing them. I love the word of God, it holds so much truth and value. There has been an acronym given to it,
I agree totally with this, but disagree to some degree. There is nothing basic about these instructions. They are very intricate, detailed, given in grace and doable... sometimes... maybe- well- YES! DOABLE...
Today children, we are going to talk about love. I know, you know the scripture, love is patient, kind, ladi-dah- ladi-dah-- 1st Corinthians 13. We are going to discuss that scripture, but we are also going to discuss others.
The love is God is paramount. That's what todays blog was SUPPOSED to be about, but I realized something, we talk, sing, preach, and wear t-shirts ((yes I have one)) about the love of God but how often do we show it? We SAY we do, but we are about to take a journey to analyze our actions to see if we are truly walking in love.
Christians can be the meanest people... LOL- But not us TLOW family! We are going to walk through this thing, and allow the word to be a two edge word and cut the junk away so we can honor God. We all thank God for grace, but do you continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. We get up on our stages, pulpits, our jobs, and we proclaim the love of God, but sometimes our actions, motives and behaviors say the COMPLETE *touch your neighbor and say complete* OPPOSITE of what we are professing... Confusing folks- and you wonder why they won't get saved? No- it is a wordly misconception that you must be perfect as a Christian, if you do one little thing, you are labeled a "hypocrite", I know, its terrible. No room for error. But we were already told that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.
Do the best you can, and show people that God still loves you even though you make mistakes, and even though you fall short.
So lets look at some scripture and have a good ole' down home bible study.
Here is our foundational scripture
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
- By the end of these blogs, you will prayerfully ((me too)) understand what it means to love someone, because how you SHOW the love of God to others, is how people will know that you are a disciple of Jesus. HOW YOU LOVE...
-Not by your T-shirts ((don't judge me)), your church attendance, how many friends you have, how much stuff you have, not how much stuff you DON'T have. Not by what you drive, not by what you DON'T drive. CLEARLY not based on how much you accomplish for the "kingdom"- or your church.
All of those things have their place- don't get it twisted- we need not be imbalanced or deceived. But those things are not the sign on your forehead that says, "I AM A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST". It's just not...
Here we go... step by step. **DISCLAIMER** I'm not talking TO or about anyone specific. WE ALL need to work on our love walks, especially as worshippers--- I'm going to step on YOUR toes- AND MINE!
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
-Now, have you ever heard a cymbal? Sounds pretty good when it's played in concert with the other instruments. But when you get a cymbal that is just rouge... just playing for no reason, no purpose, you know... CLANGING! You just want it to shut up!---- Can you imagine your worship or your ministry sounding like that to heaven? Can you imagine, you getting up to lead worship, minister, preach, teach, or whatever, the congregation is shouting you down, if you could get paid for every amen or every hand lifted in the sanctuary, you would be rich!!! But heaven is like... "What is that noise- oh my gosh! Can you all turn that down please?????"...
yeah... See we feel that we have "arrived" or accomplished something because the PEOPLE are pleased. But you have to remember, if you are leading worship- many of them can get in the presence of God WITHOUT YOU... So though it's some sincere worship, don't pat yourself on the back juuuust yet. Then you have the whole emotional card. We all know how that goes... What matters more than ANYTHING- is what does HEAVEN think about what you are rendering? Would the angels want to join in with you singing?
Verse 2:If 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 do not have love, I am nothing.
hmm... I don't even really know where to start with this one... You must remember this... GOD LOVES HIS CHILDREN... and if your love walk is jacked up, he's going to deal with you --- but he shouldn't have to make EVERYONE suffer because you are out of line... Again, it's the benefit of the people that matters... What does heaven think of you while you are releasing your prophetic words and teaching your mysteries... Does heaven think you are somebody??? hmmm...
God bless... and Keep the King FIRST...
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