Posts Tagged ‘Love

27
Jul
17

A True Friend

When it comes to your relationships, what kind of friend are you? Are you there only for the good times? Do you run at the first sign of trouble? Do you bail on your friends when they go through difficulties? Solomon wrote:

A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity. – Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)

If you want to be a true friend, you need to be there for your friends through thick and thin. No matter what they’re going through, love them at all times. When they face adversity and hardship, stick with them.
When it comes to your friendships with others, do your friends do the same thing for you? If you’re facing a hardship, do they go through it with you? Or do they jump ship when you need someone to support and love you? They might not be true friends if they’re only around for the good times. Be the kind of friend you want others to be today. Don’t leave your friends high and dry when they’re going through troubles and they won’t leave you.
18
Jul
17

Not What You Expected

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.

18
Jul
17

Love And Hate

Solomon wrote about the difference between love and hate in Proverbs 10. He said:

Hatred stirs up conflict,
    but love covers over all wrongs. – Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

The Apostle Peter wrote something similar in his first letter:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)

I pray that we can someday get it right. Hate doesn’t change anyone. You cannot hate someone into God’s Kingdom. We should be loving people – all people – into a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Hating people who are different than you never works. Hating people who hurt you makes you bitter and resentful. Only the love of God coming through His people can transform this world. God’s love sent Jesus to the cross and it covers our sins. When we truly love people the way that Jesus loves us, we can forgive offenses against us. If God can forgive us for all that we’ve done because of His great love, then we can love and forgive other people who have offended us. It’s not our job to hate anyone. It’s our job to spread God’s love to everyone.
03
Jul
17

The Worth Of Your Wife

Proverbs 31 primarily describes the “wife of noble character.” It is a description of the kind of woman that King Lemuel’s mother wanted him to find to be his wife. The last verse of the chapter says this:

Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. – Proverbs 31:31 (NIV)

Lemuel’s mother says that he needs to honor her and praise her for what she does. The leaders of the community would gather at the city gate to conduct business. It was there that her husband should praise her in front of his friends and colleagues. Men, how do you talk about your wife when you are in front of your friends? Do you praise her for who she is and what she does? Or do you complain and make jokes at her expense? Your wife is worth more than that! Do not put her down or complain about her to others. Instead, you should build her up and praise her. Too often we take our wives for granted and we fail to encourage them and love them as Christ loved the church. Let us repent of how we treat our wives and start to treasure them as a wonderful gift from God that He has given to us.
26
Jun
17

Saving The Wanderers

As we journey along this path of faith, we may wander from the straight and narrow or we’ll notice that others have done the same thing. How should we deal with those who wander? James says:

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. – James 5:19-20 (NIV)

When someone wanders away from Jesus, we have to go after them. We have to search for them. We have to care enough about them that we will point out the error of their ways. We do not stand over them in judgment, but rather we reach out to them in love. We’re throwing life preservers to our brothers and sisters, not berating them for falling overboard. When someone falls down, we pick them up instead of ignoring them. Let’s encourage each other to stay on the straight and narrow path and seek those who are wandering from it.
17
May
17

Praises And Curses

Our tongues are capable of such greatness. We can utter prayers to our Father in Heaven on behalf of loved ones who are sick or in distress. We can sing majestic hymns and powerful songs of praise to our God. We can tell people about the good news of Jesus Christ and see them come to faith in Him. Yet, in the very next breath, we can tear people to shreds with insults, gossip and backstabbing. This is what James says:

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. – James 3:9-10 (NIV)

All people are made in the image of God. When you insult and put down a human being, you are insulting our Creator. James says that when we praise God out of one side of our mouths and curse His most prized creation out of the other, it is like a fresh water spring producing salt water or a fig tree bearing olives or a grapevine producing figs. It just doesn’t make sense. So be careful little tongue what you say. God loves people and if you love God, you should love people too. Let your words reflect the love you have for both.
09
May
17

A D.O.A. Kind Of Faith

Good Tuesday morning to you! James, in writing about faith and deeds, gives an example of a fellow Christ-follower who is in need. He says:

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

We can talk a good game about loving God and loving people, but if our actions don’t match our words, do we really love them? We can say that we believe until we’re blue in the face, but if we don’t put hands and feet to our faith, do we really believe in the One who served and sacrificed for others? If we don’t do something about our brothers and sisters in need, our faith is dead on arrival. In the church, we must not neglect the poor and needy among us. There will be those who struggle and we need to help them. It’s the proof that our faith is more than just talk.



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