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"
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."
"Husbands love your wives even as Christ
also loved the church and gave himself for it;"
"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)
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