Greetings to you my friends, what a wonderful day to share the Love of the Lord with each other.
Many of the topics that I bring up here deal with a person's emotional life, their natural life, their fleshy life and their Spiritual life. And many people want to remain on the surface of these things. They don't want to really work at becoming better as must happen if they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and therefore, He will begin the process of transitions creating a Whole change by His UnconditionaLove.
Many people believe if they don't think on things that are wrong or in need of change, that it will either go away or get better.
If you are going to be honest and true, and serious about your walk with Jesus on this life journey, you are going to have to face the truth about yourself and about your relationship with God through Jesus. Once established, you must work at it-work in cooperation with His Holy Spirit to make the relationship grow and mature, and to bring Glory to God for you being accepted into His Family and changed, both through Jesus!
Always giving an excuse is not going to float!
Some people think that if they hear/read something one or two times, for that one day , that is all they need. They want instant gratification--fleshy and emotional. What He is giving us is Eternal, Ever Lasting and it takes some work on our parts to get there. You have to put forth more effort than just one day, one time reading His Truth, more time spent with Him then the things that distract us from Him.
A Lack of Self-Control is the biggest hindrance in most peoples Faith walks. We have to cooperate with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit with God in order to be Fully Free in what He died to give us.
People that continue to live lead by fear and flesh usually keep on their minds, "i feel" - Or-"what about me?". These and a few other selfish fear lead thoughts and emotions are the first thing they think or say when it appears that they need to do for another. Whether that 'do' is to allow someone to go first, or if they need to let something go--they think "well, what about me?"
And it's what will continue to live in your heart if you do not allow Him to help you face the truth.
You are a new person in Christ. He has accepted you into His family and He is responsible for your life now. He is taking all the wrong things, the hurtful, painful things out of you. Those 'things' that others have used against you and those 'things' that YOU have used against others. His Love provides more than enough Forgiveness in it to forgive you-more than enough to allow you to forgive yourself and more than enough to allow you to forgive others.
He has changed you, but you have to let go of these old ways--this is a process and a process has Transitions that we all go through--And many times people get stuck in these transitions for a few reasons.
Many people do not want to talk about these things, to the depth that they need to. You have to go deep to get to the root ball of what is growing in you that will not make it through God's refining fire. It may not 'feel good' to face these deep places of hurt, pain, fear, and negative thinking that lives in all of us-but the minute you get tired of walking around the same roads with the same problems, making the same mistakes over and over--always going up and down in your emotions --up one day, down the next, over and over =you will Hopefully sit yourself down and allow God to do His Work in you. And the small amount of 'not feeling good' about facing these things with His truth will not last long.
Many of the stumbling blocks that trap people are within themselves.
Their thinking-How people define their emotions and how they give them power to have control over themselves. How people let other people/society/wrong Biblical teachings- define them and this allows others to have power over you.
What Is your Love made of?
Many people are stuck in one or more transition that God has been trying to bring them through.....but they refuse to face the truth. So they stay stuck and they keep going round and round through the same issues, problems, and staleness in their lives. Growth comes to a halt-maturity comes to a stop-you are stuck in a transition that His Love is desiring to bring you through.
You can't give what does not live in your heart, And you cannot receive from another what their mouth speaks but does Not live in their heart- They do not have to give!
It is Good to know/recognize what UnconditionaLove Is; what it looks like, what it feels like, to know that it is to be shared at all times....This way, when someone offers you imitation love..you will not get caught up in a time wasting situation.When you exchange your old life for the new one that Jesus gives to all that want His Way; you have to exchange your ashes for His Beauty.
3To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion--to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit--that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
This means that you begin to Learn who you are in Him and Who He Is in you. This means that you begin to exercise self-control over your fleshy desires and after giving you-your attention you will not even want to do the things that you used to do, if they are not in His Will for your life.
You use self-control and begin to stop thinking in old ways, acting in old ways, re-acting in old ways. You begin to work on the things that His Holy Spirit tells you that need to go as they are in His Way and are doing nothing to better you. Like eating on an old dry bone.
You learn to grow and mature not by being lead by your emotions, but by following His Spirit's Gifts (Fruits). Gal.5 19-24
When you know Better--You Can Do Better-If you want to.So now that you know better, why are you not doing better?
You don't want to be fearful and guilted into accepting someones broken, selfish, manipulative, controlling, backstabbing, violent, hurtful, prideful, fear driven love. You are NOT desperate for someone to 'love' you' that bad where you take anything that anyone labels 'their love'! Don't accept that lie about yourself.
Do you really want to Give someone that kind of love if it lives inside of you?
This could be a friend, a family member, an acquaintance, a stranger or an intimate partner.
See, doing any of this is really nothing but wanting attention because you feel someone else can make you whole, you believe that someone else can make you happy, that someone else is responsible for validate your life - your purpose on this earth.
Or you may feel and think that having 'anyone in your life' is 'better than no one', even if that person in your life is holding you back. You may hold on to the very people that the Lord has told you to let go of. He knows people's hearts-and unless He shows us, we do not know. This means He knows what a person is doing to us and will do.
Many people are governed and fear driven because of the 'shallow rules and traditions of society'.
Allowing Fear to be your reason for doing anything or not doing something, is always going to lead you to a dead end, a place of being stuck in the midst of a transition.
You want to grow and mature in His Love so that First and foremost, is the Truth that because you love the Lord Whole Heartedly, you will show His unconditionaLove through your thoughts, your words, your actions and re-actions. You will love people with His UnconditionaLove, because He has put it in you if you allowed Him to. You want to share it, use it, talk about it, give to all that need it--To Serve Him we have to Serve others.
You also want to know what unconditionaLove is made of to make sure as best as possible, that you are giving unconditionaLove to all that you profess to love.
There is a defining difference between human love (which is conditional) and God's Love which is Unconditional.
What is your love made of?
Have you ever thought about it? Really thought about it past the surface, past the shallowness of your emotions?
What are you offering people when you tell them you love them?
Are there expectations? Are there one way streets to your love?
Is it full of the hurt, pain, and anger that other people gave to you?
Is jealousy, manipulation, unforgiveness, impatience, conditions, a cost living in your love?
Is violence living in your love? What is your love made of?
You can't give what you don't have in your heart. And others can't give you what they do not have living in their hearts either. You may be trying to get what you call love from a person that has none to give other than what they call love...and what you call love is not the same things that they call love....
1IF I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such a]">[a]as is inspired by God's love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2And if I have prophetic powers (b]">[b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God's love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
3Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or c]">[c] in order that I may glory, but have not love (God's love in me), I gain nothing.
4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (d]">[d]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
9For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).
10But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
12For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as e]">[e]in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand f]">[f]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been g]">[g]fully and clearly known and understood [h]">[h]by God].
13And so faith, hope, love abide [faith--conviction and belief respecting man's relation to God and divine things; hope--joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love--true affection for God and man, growing out of God's love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.Now That You Know Better--You Can Do Better!
On feet of Faith & Peace
Joshua 1:9/ Isaiah 52
Resting In His Faithfulness,
One Day At A Time By Faith.