Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I have been reading in the Bible, about the fruits of the Spirit, and blogging my thoughts on these fruits of which one is "Long Suffering". I think in our lives when things are not the way we want them to be we feel emotional suffering. The Bible , tells us that God, suffers long with us. He is patient and kind. We are to be like God, so we should not only be patient with others but with our selves also.
There is a right way and a wrong way to suffer. Too many times I have done it the wrong way( complaining, fussing etc.) so this is something good for me to study about. Sometimes I am too hard on myself and when I look back at pain I have suffered caused by others who I continue to show kindness to then I realize I am pretty good at exercising long suffering . At the same time I realize I could use some improvement in this area. When we get burned out and blow a fuse we need to set back and meditate on our life. We need to pray and tell God, what is bothering us and ask him to help us show patients . It is human to let things get under our skin , but believers have a new spirit within them that is the likeness of God. We are to walk in the spirit not in the flesh but this is easier said than done because our human nature fights against our new spirit. God, will help us to be the person he wants us to be.
Like the song "Have we trails and temptations, take it to The Lord in Prayer."
Peace be with you.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Jesus Christ, was God's way of making peace with us.
John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
What do you do to get peace? By trusting in God. Worry is sin. It means you are not trusting in God.
What can I do to trust God more fully.
1. Daily meditate on Gods word that tells us his promises.
Matthew 6:25, 27, 31-34: 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 31 So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
2. Pray about everything
Philippians 4:6b: "but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Will you trust God, and not worry? Will you pray about everything in your life? Will you meditate on the Word of God? The more you do these things the more inner peace you will have.
Phil. 4:8: "whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent worthy of praise. Let your mind dwell on these things."
Saturday, December 06, 2014
There are many types of Love, according to the Scholars
Philia : A non sexual love between friends and family.
Ludus: A playful flirting
Pragma : A long term love that . A Mature Love, that involves goodwill, commitment, compromise and understanding.
Agape: is a more generalised love, it's not about exclusivity but about love for all of humanity.
Philautia is self love: I am sure you have heard, "Love your neighbor as yourself." In order to Love others you must first learn to Love yourself and be good to yourself.
eros is about sexual passion and desire. Unless it grows into a mature love it will burn itself out.
1 Corinthians 13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 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, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
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