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But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love. Galations 5:22

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 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, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 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. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1Corinthians 13

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:7-11

Love is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit and is the fruit that every Christian should manifest. Jesus said that the world would know we are His disciples by our love for each other. (John 13:35) Love is not something we do because we feel like it, but we do it because Jesus told us to do it (John 13:34) and we choose to obey Him. It is not love as he world understands it. Love is an action verb and requires work on our part. This is the fruit that is most likely to bring others to Christ. Check your walk with the Lord today. Are you manifesting love the way the bible says it should be? Read over 1 Corinthians 13 and ask God to produce that fruit in your life.

 

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Comments on: "Love" (12)

  1. And some people *love* to judge, to persecute and to keep women in the kitchen.

  2. Hydrovitae Boy do you have big mis-conceptions about The Way.

  3. Gerry, Awesome and appropriate message.Thanks,Jason

  4. 1 Corinthians 13 is coincedentally one of my favourite biblical references…I especially like 1 Corinthians 13:4-8; the section directly related to things that love is/is not.Later,Stuart

  5. I love 1Corinthians 13..If I don\’t have Love, I have nothing. Are these the fruits of Love that I am looking at? Moment by moment, Breath by breath. Almost realizing a true peace… Help me out here, what am I experiencing?~Darren

  6. Yes, true , but one thing is bothering me is that when i realized that i cannot fellowship with one person ( you know who) doing his lifestyle in the darkness; i stopped seeing him. He\’ d think I failed God\’s love for him because i stopped seeing him… he may think that i am kind of a coldhearted person….and he may think i am not in God\’s love. I do love him , but i cannot see him. I wonder how i can show him the love continuely if I stopped seeing or fellowshipping with him? It is one reflecting of the failing love that bothers me. I knew i have showed him the love for nearly 5 years and i was very patience with him, to teached him God\’s words… he chose to stay in his way as darkness. So, i withdrew…. is that enough of the love i had for him? I knew i separated myself to God from the darkness and lifestyle sins, as i did obey God. I rather obey and love God more than the darkness where people are. As i also learn to love the enemies, no matter if they wrong me. Specific to the fellowship, I stopped allowing myself from seeing the darkness people. How can i reflect the love for them?

  7. Diver's City Central said:

    Hey, this is a great blog! I\’m from British Columbia…and at our youth convention last year we took up a huge offering for youth work in Quebec! I\’m so excited that you guys had an awesome youth convention this year…Delirious? is great!!! Here in B.C. we are praying for what the Lord is going to do in Quebec, I know a few people who are training to go to Quebec as \’missionaries\’. And I think awesome things are going to happen over there…Again this is a great blog…I\’ve got it on my favorites…keep it up for the One!In Him,Sarah

  8. Unknown said:

    hehehe stueys favgod blesslove claire ( In_His_Heavenly_ImageStu ) << Thats the Stu I posted about the other night =)

  9. PrincesssweetfaceLisa1: I\’ll share something with you that I hope helps. My younger brother is a bit of a crook. He kind of floats around from city to city, making good friends with people and then eventually taking their money and causing all kinds of drama, and then blowing out to the next city. Con extraordinairre. Now I love my brother. We grew up together, and nothing can take away that bond that we have. He would always borrow money from me and promise to pay me back. Whenever I would ask for the money, I would get a hail of accusations and insult over all sorts of things and would always end up feeling guilty for something, or just getting in a fight with him. In the end, I never got my money and somehow over a year or two, he\’d always end up back on my doorstep with a "fresh start". I tried to "lead" him to God, he came to church a few times, but really he was just exploring my life a bit. He wasn\’t serious. I prayed and prayed about it and finally God gave me and idea. The next time he came for money I looked at him and said: "You know I love you and I always will. But because money always seems to divide us, you and I will never have ANY money dealings EVER again. If you ever need a place to stay or anything else, my door is always open". That\’s the last I\’ve heard from him for the last 8 years — His choice. Sometimes you can love people, but if the person is participating in something that is affecting the relationship, you have to restrict that area. If your friends "darkness" is affecting you, then cut the darkness out, but maintain the relationship. If all it is darkness then turning him away may be the most loving thing you\’ve ever done. If this person was a believer and is preaching a false gospel then consider the case of Hymenaeus in 1 Timothy 1:20 and 2 Timothy 2:17-18. Timothy said that they have strayed so far from the truth he had no choice but to turn them over to satan himself that through the beating of the enemy on their lives they would wake up eventually and see the truth again. If this person just isn\’t a believer, be like Jesus. He loved everyone, but he only stuck around long enough for them to make a decision either for or against God. Many must have thought Jesus was unloving. What about when he walked into the temple and tore it apart? Was that not love? Those that loved Him followed Him. The last thing I would say is judge this relationship by it\’s fruit. When you\’re around this person, does the Holy Spirit minister? If He does, then maybe their is more for them that God has, but make sure it is the Spirit, and not your big old heart hoping for them. Does this relationship weigh on your relationship with God? Does it cause you to lower your standards in Him? If so you\’re doing something wrong. People are people and will always think bad things about you. To know if you are walking in love or not, is to know if you are doing the will of the Father and are at peace with it. Other than that, people can think whatever they way.Not sure if this helps or not but hope it doesJason

  10. Ernesto said:

    I will keep them in my prayers…and by the way…GAY MARRIAGE IS A DIRECT ATTACK AGAINST HUMANITY!!!!HOW ARE WE TO POPULATE THIS PLANET??? BUT THE FATHER DOES RESPECT OUR FREEDOM, ALWAYS,,,FOR THE SAKE OF OUR FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE FAMILY,THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST IT SHOULD NEVER EVER GIVE UP VOICING HOW WRONG IT IS FOR OUR GLOBAL SOCIETY…AND FOR THOSE WHO DON\’T AGREE, YOUR FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL AGREE WHEN THEY EXPERIENCE THE RESULSTS OF THIS GRAVE MISTAKE!

  11. Jason_Lochan ,Yes i can see what you mean. Frankly, I knew God brought him in my life again in 2000, and God used me to show him much love in what Christ does. I shared the gospels with him and he realized he needed Jesus in his life…repented…i had the home bible study at my home where he attended here while i teached at the bible study…I felt God had put the patience and love in me for him. I felt God still used me to minister him for few years.. till i felt it was a right time to tell him a truth about the verses about his transsexual lifestyle…( he was a female , but changed ot a male, but the female genital has not changed since, he just clothed as a man and breasts/womb were removed, that\’s all)). When i did tell him the verses in Roman 1:26-.., he started rejecting me. He didn\’t think he has to repent from his transexual as he thinks God accepted him as he is… He refused giving up for his lifestyle as a half transexual male. I was patience and gave him time to think about these verses, but he still didn\’t consider it. Again i told him more about this later and he still refused accepting the truth of God\’s words… he thinks it\’s my different view and it is not what God meant which is what he thought. I was more patience for him….i noticed the unpeace was increasing in me… the uncomfort feeling incresed in me when i was around him… i started to understnd that God wanted me to get out of his life because he finished using me to minister him and let him go… i was not sure if i should leave him because i looked at the example that Jesus never leaves the sheeps…. i thought Bo was my sheep to look after and i cannot leave him till i talked to several pastors like Gerry and others…. i gathered the truth from the bible from them… i see the verses that i have to leave the darkness where people are. Then i felt more free and peace when i cut him off .. he was so so hurted when he saw me making a decision to leave him and i told him the truth of what the bible says…. and i saw how it affected my faith when i was around him… it was dangerous for my soul…. so i left him… he knew it. I hope he understands that i still love him , no matter what but i cannot stay in his darkness, that\’s all i d for the best to heal my spiriutal walk for the Lord. The concern i have is about wanting to show them my love if i don\’t see them. I must remember that God may use other people to show him the love instead me because God wants to use me for other people, enough was that i had almost 5 years for this transexual lifestyle friend which seemed wasting my time.. but God used me for him and God stirred more patience fruit in me much, and now i am out. I feel much peace and comfort in my soul right now. Please pray for this transexual person whom i knew for 20 years included i saw him being a pure female that time… looked great but now he lives as a male.

  12. PrincesssweetfaceLisa1: That\’s an awesome testimony of hospitality and compassion. Not many people would be able to see past this issue for such a long time to minister. It is a real sign of maturity in you. It\’s also good that you were able to bring *her* to a crossroads to make a decision. She chose a different path, but you must continue on yours. I really feel your heart is in the right place. It\’s clear to me that you love her. Sometimes the price is too much to pay for some:Mark 10:17-22 [Amplified]: 17And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah\’s kingdom]? 18And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good–except God alone. 19You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother. 20And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood. 21And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk]. 22At that saying the man\’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.In *His* Love,Jason

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