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I Love Jesus

I love the LORD, because… Psalm 116:1

This is a personal testimony. I want to glorify the Lord Jesus by testifying why I love Him in hopes that you will also love Him.

First, I love Jesus for what He has done for me in the PAST. As it says in 1 John 4:19, I love Him because He first loved me.  He loved me while I was still in my sin (Rom. 5:8). He loved me so much that He paid the debt of my sin by shedding His blood for me at Calvary! He saved me from hell and sealed me with His Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!

Second, I love Jesus for what He is doing for me NOW.  He intercedes for me at the right hand of God.  He strengthens me to live in a hard world.  He hears when I call for help. He comforts me in my sorrows. He provides for all my needs. He promised never to leave me or forsake me. He is with me wherever I go. He is conforming me into His image! Glory!

Thirdly, I love Jesus for what He is going to do for me in the FUTURE. He will keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.  He promised to come again and take me out of present evil world to be with Him forever.  He will transform my vile body to be like His glorified body.  Praise God!

Because of these great truths, how can I help but love Him!

Don’t you love Him to?  Does it show?

10 Important Words in Christian Relationships

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:2, 3, 32).

This exhortation from the Apostle Paul is a plea for church members to exercise some T.L.C. towards others.   We all have our shortcomings and weaknesses.  None of us are perfect.  I pray these 10 words will be manifest in all our dealings with one another:

1.“Lowliness”— Being humble. Not proud.

2.“Meekness”— Not easily provoked; Yielding rights.

3.“Longsuffering”— Patience.

4.“Forbearing”— Tolerance of another’s shortcomings and failures.

5.“Love”— Putting the other person ahead of yourself.

6.“Unity”— Sticking together.

7.“Peace”— Freedom from strife or agitation; calm.

8.“Kind” — Sympathetic, gracious, adverse to hurting.

9.“Tenderhearted”— Affectionate, pitying.

10.“Forgiving” — inclined to overlook offenses; mild; merciful.

These 10 words will make a difference in your church and in your family.  How many of these words are manifest in your relationships?

Helping Someone Who is Hurting

Romans 12:9-16 state five significant truths for effective counseling for a soul who is hurting.

1.  Be GENUINE (v. 9). People can tell if you are real.

2.  Be DILIGENT (v. 11). Helping hurting people is hard work.

3.  Be ASSERTIVE (v. 13). Those who help people must take the initiative. The reason many do not get the help they need is because everyone is thinking someone else is going to do it.

4.  Be SELFLESS (v. 15). Real helpers are those who give of themselves. F.W. Borham uses this analogy from the game of dominos:

“The highest art in dominos lies in matching your companions pieces. Victory in dominos does not lie in accumulation, but in exhaustion.  The player left with empty hands wins everything. When you’ve played all your dominos, when they are all gone, you’ve won.”

    As in the game of dominos, we match one another’s pieces/emotions—We match their weeping with our weeping. We match their rejoicing with our rejoicing.  When we’ve sacrificed all our pieces to match their pieces, we have won.

5.  Be HUMBLE (v. 16). True helpers and not “class” conscious.  You cannot be proud and help anyone. Proud people are only concerned about themselves.

Reach out to someone who is hurting by applying these five truths.

The Flow of Love

The Flow of Love

“Charity… seeketh not her own…” —1 Corinthians 13:4-5

As I read 1 Corinthians 13, commonly called “the love chapter,” I notice that charity gives, but never takes. The love of God flows out through us to others.

Our church recently installed a new video projection system.  To connect the DVD player that sends the digital signal to the projector mounted on the ceiling we used an HDMI cable.  This cable sends the video signal in only one direction.  Therefore, we needed to make sure we connected it so the signal went in right direction, otherwise it would not work.

The same is true in our lives. We are the cable that transmits the love of God to others. You and I are supposed to be doing the loving. The problem comes when we want the love to flow from others to us.

The Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee down into the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea receives, but never gives, therefore it is stagnant and dead. This is what happens to anyone receives, but never gives.

Love gives. It never takes.  We are not reservoirs of God’s love. We are the conduit of God’s love. Are you a lover, or a taker.

On Familiarity

On Familiarity

Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” —1 Peter 4:8

Most people have heard the expression, “Familiarity breeds contempt.”  It originated with Aesop in “The Fox and the Lion.”  It basically means that the more familiar we become with something (or someone), we tend to get annoyed with it or we even start resenting it.

However, is it really true? Does being more familiar with something or someone make us resentful?  I’m sure it sometimes happens, but it doesn’t have to!

The premise behind the statement is as you get closer to someone, you begin to see their flaws and their shortcomings and therefore lose respect for them. While this may be true, it shouldn’t necessarily lead to “contempt.”  After all, the Bible says, “love covereth all sins” (Prov. 10:12). Love tends to overlook a person’s flaws and shortcomings. As Paul wrote, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind… is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.” (1 Cor. 13:4-5).

The truth is, familiarity can breed appreciation.  I’m much more familiar with my wife today than when we first met over 60 years ago.  I am more familiar with her than any other person on earth, and I have nothing but love for her.  So, in this case, familiarity does NOT breed contempt. Instead familiarity paves the way for greater appreciation, intimacy, and love.  As Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to become familiar with those who labor for the Lord and “esteem them very highly in love” (1 Thess. 5:12-13). The same can be said about being familiar with church, family, or true friends.

We must take steps to prevent any feeling of contempt from springing up in our relationships.  First, beware of having unreasonable expectations in people. Everything on earth is flawed (expect the Bible).  Realize nothing is as good as it first may appear (actually, it is often better!).  It is not familiarity that breeds contempt, but our own unrealized expectations of personal happiness that breeds contempt. The truth is, when you show contempt, it says more about your lack of charity than it does about what you have contempt for.

Phillip Brooks put it this way, “Familiarity breeds contempt, only with contemptible things or among contemptible people.”