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1 Corinthians 13

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Turneth Away Wrath

It is in the home that choices of behavior are most significant.  It is in the home that actions have the greatest impact; we must take responsibility for our actions, because they are based upon our decisions.  Sometimes we are so much 'at home' that we no longer guard our words.  We forget to be courteous, use good manners; and we donít consider our actions as being polite and respectful of the ones we love the most.  If we are not on guard, we can fall into the habit of criticizing one another, losing our tempers, or behaving selfishly.  Because of love, spouses and children may be quick to forgive; but they often carry away in silence unseen injuries and unspoken heartache. Choices and actions are not usually seen by others outside the home, but nonetheless these are precisely the attitudes that destroy relationships and tear families apart.

 

Our home should ideally be a refuge where each member feels safe, secure, loved, and insulated from harsh criticism and contention that we so often encounter in the world.  The harsh environment that all of us encounter each day in this outside world should not be allowed to destroy our inner being.  Our familiesí lives should be of greatest importance.

 

Many times throughout each of our lives and each day we live we all make decisions and choices as to how we will act out or on what level we will use self control.  Today let us all consider the Love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts by Holy Ghost, our comfort and guide.  The scriptures are filled with insights and revelation as to how we obtain love.  In 1 John 4:19 we read that ďwe love him because he first loved us.Ē

 

We are able to love God because He first loved us.  The human love that we cultivate in our lives daily is not the same kind of Love that God loves us with and has freely made available for us to have and live by in our daily lives.  When approaching to know and understand the Love of God we find and read the scriptures that will help us.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 helps us understand what the God-kind of Love is and what the God-kind of Love is not. Love suffers long, is patient and kind; Love does not envy or be jealous of what others have or receive; a person with Godís Love does not boast about themselves. Love is not proud or inflated with pride. A person filled with Godís love does not act unseemly.  Love does not plot, seek, or compare itself with others.  Love does not rejoice at an injustice. but Love does rejoice when justice prevails. Love covers over or builds a roof over to cover and protect others.  Love puts trust, hope, patience and endurance in all things (whosoever or whatsoever is encountered).  Love never fail; it is never driven out of its course; Love never becomes inefficient; Love, Godís love in us, will always be effective and will prevail.

 

Having love for one another is most important as well as it is important for each of us to apply the love of God in our lives first and foremost to our family and never forget that as believers we are all the family of God.

 

Take time this month to celebrate Love. February is the month that our society celebrates love.  Let us as believers take this opportunity to step up and share Godís love with the people in our lives.

 

With so many references to love in His Word, God must be trying to tell us something!

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."  (Matthew 22:37)

"The second is like unto it thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."  (Matthew 22:39)

"A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."   (John 13:34)

"And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."  (Romans 5:5)

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithÖ"  (Galatians 5:22)

"That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith, that ye being rooted and grounded in loveÖ"  (Ephesians 3:17)

To know that love of Christ which passes knowledge that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:19)

"And walk in Love as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor."  (Ephesians 5:2)

"Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it;"  (Ephesians 5:25)

"So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself."  (Ephesians 5:28)

"For God hath not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind."  (2 Timothy 1:7)

"There is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us."  (1 John 4:18, 19)

"Mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied."  (Jude 1:2)

~~Freddy~~

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