Category: Emotions & Thought Life

Dealing with Uncontrolled Anger

Anger is such a strong emotion, which if not controlled, can lead to detrimental results.
It can be very difficult to reason, negotiate or have a decent conversation with a person whilst they are angry. This is because when anger is not controlled, it causes that angry person to be:

  1. Unfocused on the true / root causes of the issues that they are angry about
  2. An angry person often does not think clearly, calmly and logically because his/her emotions have taken over and therefore this will result in irrational and regrettable actions.
  3. Uncontrolled anger generally does not lead to acts of righteousness but leads to self-destructive behavior.
  4. If not dealt with, anger can lead to resentment, jealousy, bitterness, depression, disobedience and the like.

Anger can be defined as: A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

Genesis 4:6-7 NKJV
So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

  • Cain was a person who had a short temper and he had a problem controlling his anger. When God rejected Cain’s offering, and instead accepted Abel’s offering, Cain’s initial and dominant response was that of anger. He was so angry that it showed in his body language and God had to address Cain about his anger issues and how his anger would allow sin to rule over him.
  • In his anger, Cain was not focused on dealing with and correcting the root cause of the problem, which was that he failed to give an offering honorable to God. He should have asked for God’s forgiveness and made amends to next time honour God properly. God said to Cain in Genesis 4:7 “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” – Therefore God wanted Cain to focus on doing well; on doing the right thing; instead of allowing his uncontrolled anger to cause him to sin.
  • Uncontrolled anger does not lead to repentance. When God corrected him, Cain did not repent, however his anger continued against his brother Abel and also against God. Cain’s anger ultimately caused him to have an argument with Abel which resulted in him killing Abel. (Genesis 4:8,9). Therefore Cain did not heed God’s advice that he must not let sin rule over him.
  • When you cannot control your anger, you can fail to respect others. When God asked Cain where his brother Abel was, Cain responded disrespectfully to God in his tone and he also lied to God by saying that he did not know where Abel was, even though he had just killed his brother. (Genesis 4:9)

How to Deal with Anger

James 1:19-20 NKJV
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

  1. God’s word encourages us to be slow to anger. In other words, we must not be short-tempered; we must be patient; we must not easily allow anger to rule our thoughts and actions.
  2. We must not be angry for a very long time because it will allow sin to rule (Ephesians 4:26,27 – “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.)
  3. We must deal with anger by forgiving others and also by forgiving ourselves. (Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.)
  4. We must deal with anger by allowing the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and teach us to overcome wrath and anger. One of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is SELF-CONTROL. (Galatians 5:19-23)

Proverbs 16:32 NKJV
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

TODAY. Remember that God does not want anger to rule over us – but He wants us to rule over anger.

Are You Weary?

Matthew 11:28 NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

It is said that 75% of people experience symptoms related to stress in a given month. It is also said that money and work are the leading causes of stress and that these symptoms are both physical and psychological.

Physical symptoms of stress include:
fatigue; headache; upset stomach; muscle tension; change in appetite; teeth grinding; change in sex drive; feeling dizzy; lack of proper sleep

Psychological effects of stress include:
– experiencing irritability or anger
– feeling nervous
– lack of energy
– feeling as though you could cry

It is normal that the mind and body should need rest. We all need mechanisms in our lives that enable us to cope with stress, work and the challenges that we encounter in life.

Jesus offers a solution for those who need rest and peace. Jesus says “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
To those of us who labor; who are heavy laden; to carry too many burdens
1. Jesus invites and urges us to come to Him
2. Jesus promises that when we come to Him with our burdens, He will give us rest.

Jesus is the answer to our physical and psychological issues in life. Too often when we have a problem and are stressed, we think of trying to solve issues with our own strength and willpower. However, Jesus wants us to give our burdens to Him and He wants us to come to Him so that He can give us the rest and peace that we need.

Matthew 11:29-30 NKJV
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

• When we are yoked with Christ, our burdens, our labor are no longer heavy, because we have Jesus to help us to overcome the stress and issues of life
• Jesus wants us to learn from Him. Jesus wants to teach us how to cope with the stress and issues of life so that we are not negatively affected physically, psychologically and spiritually.
• Jesus says that when we learn from Him, we will find rest for our souls. Therefore through Jesus we will also find rest for our mind and emotions when we give to Jesus our burdens.

TODAY. Are you weary? Come to Jesus. He will give you rest.

Stay Focused On Jesus

Whenever you face challenges in your life, what is the first thing that you think about?
Do you immediately begin to fear and focus on your circumstance and problem – or do you focus on the One who can give you the answer to your problem?
In our Christian walk it’s important for us to always learn to stay focused on Jesus who is the Author & Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). It’s important that we don’t get distracted by waves of circumstances in our life but that we hold on to Jesus.


Matthew 14:29-30 NKJV

So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

Sometimes life is full of challenges. There are things and situations that we face that cause us to fear, worry or become depressed. However in life, we should not allow problems to paralyze us or allow them to dictate our emotions and our mission. We must be focused on Jesus and remember that Jesus can save us from our challenges.
Jesus’ disciple Peter faced a situation where his faith was tested by the situation that surrounded him.

Matthew 14:28 NKJV
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

When Peter saw Jesus walking on water towards them, Peter also wanted to walk on the water, just like Jesus. We too are all called in our Christian life to imitate Jesus. Peter initially showed faith by wanting to walk on water in order to imitate Jesus. However, as Peter began to walk on the water, he started to pay more attention to the boisterous wind, instead of focusing his attention on Jesus and going towards Him. As a result, the more Peter focused on the strong wind, the more he became afraid.
Life’s challenges can do that to us at times. When we focus on our challenges or on a bad circumstance, we begin to fear, worry and doubt. God wants us to focus on Him only, no matter what challenge or difficulty you are facing. Because the more you focus on your difficulties, the more you fear and the less you focus on Jesus. Remember – only Jesus can save you.

Matthew 14:30 NKJV
But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

Therefore Peter began to sink because he was afraid and he also took his eyes off Jesus and focused more on the boisterous wind. Do not let your difficulties paralyze or sink you. Focus on Jesus. Give all your issues to Jesus. Let Jesus save you.
When Peter realized that he was sinking, he knew who to cry to – Peter cried to Jesus to save him. Even in your own difficulties, cry to Jesus to save you – and Jesus will save you – just like He saved Peter.

Matthew 14:31-33 NKJV
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

TODAY. If you are going through difficulties, focus on Jesus – not on your circumstances.

How Can I Find Peace In My Life?

Galatians 5:22 NKJV
But the fruit of the Spirit is … peace …

How can i find peace in my life? Have you ever asked yourself this question? We live in a world full of strife, disagreements, lack of rest and lots of stress. It seems difficult in the midst of our circumstances to find peace.
However, what is peace? How do we find peace? The world may define peace as the absence of war; or as the absence of problems.
However, how does God define peace in a fallen world such as ours?

Peace, from a biblical perspective is a state of rest in the Lord; it is when you are in a state of calm and assurance that everything is under God’s control despite the physical and environmental circumstances.
The Greek word for Peace is “eirene”, which expresses the idea of calmness, completeness, or tranquillity in the soul that is unaffected by the outward circumstances. The word eirene strongly suggests the rule of order in place of outward chaos.

John 14:27-28 NKJV
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The peace that Christ gives in this world is not the absence of problems. Jesus does not promise us that our problems on this earth will seize.
However, He does promise that if we yield to the Holy Spirit and if we rely on Him, we will have peace even in the midst of our circumstances.
The peace that comes from the Holy Spirit is different from the worldly peace and God’s peace has the following attributes
1. This peace can only be provided by God and by nobody else
2. This peace continues to exist inwardly in the midst of outward chaos
3. This peace surpasses all understanding and calms the mind and thoughts of a person
4. This peace rests completely in God and trusts and believes that God is in complete control of any and every situation.
5. This peace will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

According to God’s word, the peace that the Holy Spirit provides can only come by PRACTICALLY doing the following:
1. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING
2. Pray about EVERYTHING and let God know what is on your heart and mind
3. Be THANKFUL to God even in the midst of the chaos
4. Let God know ALL your REQUESTS
5. Completely TRUST and have FAITH in God that He will guide you through
6. Set your mind on good and righteous thoughts. Do NOT continue to focus on your problems.

Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Don’t meditate on your problems any longer. Whenever you focus your mind and thoughts on Godly thoughts and things, you will find that your perspective will begin to change. Focusing or meditating on Godly positive thoughts will lead you to a state of inward peace.

How can i find peace? TODAY. Receive the PEACE that comes from the Holy Spirit.

How Can I Obtain This Kind Of Peace In My Life?
In order to find this kind of peace in your life, you must become born again; you must become a Christian.
A person cannot have true peace without having Jesus in his or her life.
Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and the Source of peace (Isaiah 9:6).


True peace begins when I become a born again Christian.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST TODAY?

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How Can I Have The Joy of The Lord?

How can you have the joy of the Lord in your life? Is there a difference between the joy of the Lord and the joy / happiness that comes from the world?
The scriptures reveal that joy is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, the joy that is of God is far different from the definition of joy / happiness according to the world.

Acts 13:52 NKJV
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word for JOY when referring to the Fruit of the Spirit is “Chara”.

  • This type of joy comes only from God. The Holy Spirit is the source of this type of joy.
  • It is a supernatural joy.
  • This joy is not based on human happiness nor is it just a feeling.
  • This type of joy will remain and continue to exist even during hard times.
  • This type of joy will strengthen you through your trials.
  • This type of joy exists, not because of the circumstances, but it exists because of the Holy Spirit and it is part of God’s personality.

People look towards money, power, material things and various types of relationships for joy. But the problem of having such things as the source of your joy, is that such joy is short-lived and is temporary. Money can go; power can be lost; material things can burn; and if your joy is based on such things then your joy is temporary and susceptible to the circumstances.

Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Your joy must come from the Holy Spirit. The source of your joy must be God. Because the joy of the Lord is forever. The joy of the Lord is your strength and nobody can take this type of joy away from you.

James 1:2 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

The Holy Spirit is able to allow your joy to remain even through trials. He is able to strengthen you so that your challenges do not overwhelm you.

How to allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to work in your life…

6 Ways To Have The Joy of The Lord In Your Life

  1. You must be a born again Christian; John 3:5-6 says – Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.
  2. You must abide in Christ Jesus; Believe His word and totally trust in Him. In John 15:11, Jesus says “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full”
  3. At ALL times in your life, you must have a thankful attitude – ALL THE TIME. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Having a thankful attitude gets you focused on the good things going on in your life and not on your problems. When you are thankful to God always, you allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to manifest in your life.
  4. Think good and righteous thoughts. Do not worry. Don’t focus on your problems. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”
  5. Be joyful. Rest in the Lord. Give all your issues to the Lord and let God fight your battles for you. Philippians 4:4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
  6. You must be led by the Holy Spirit and not walk in the flesh. Galatians 5:16 says “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is … joy …

TODAY. Be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name.

 

What is the Helmet of Salvation


Ephesians 6:17 NKJV

And take the helmet of salvation,

In Ephesians 6:11, Paul tells us to put on the WHOLE armor of God. Part of this armor is the Helmet of Salvation. Now the question is, what does Paul mean by “helmet of salvation”, and how do I know that I am equipped with the helmet of salvation.

Basically any type of helmet is meant to protect a person’s head. And inside a person’s head is the person’s mind. So Paul is really talking about protecting your mind, your thought life and most importantly your core beliefs.
The battle with the enemy begins in your mind. Your mind and thoughts are the battleground. There is a saying that goes “Sow a thought, reap an action…”. Therefore before you are going to act on anything, you would have FIRST thought about it in your mind.
Therefore because the helmet of salvation is a PROTECTIVE part of the Armor of God, we therefore must have a MINDSET that PROTECTS us from the enemy.
What kind of a mind do you have? Are you Godly minded or are you worldly minded?

What does the Bible say about our mind, our thought life and what type of mind we should have?
Some of the scriptures teach us the following:

1. (Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.) You are a product of your thinking; You can become the very thing you are thinking; Think good thoughts and your actions will be good; Think bad thoughts and your actions will become bad
2. (Romans 12:2 … but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God). When you are in Christ and you have repented, it means that you have a new mind, because you have become a new creation. Your mind is no longer focused on worldly values but your mind is renewed and focused on the kingdom of God. (Ephesians 4:23-24 …and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness).
3. (Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus). Do you have the mind of Christ Jesus? As children of God we must imitate Jesus, therefore we must think the way Jesus thinks in our lives or in the situations that we face.
4. (Colossians 3:2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth). Your mind needs to be focused on the things that pertain to the kingdom of God and not on the world. When you become a child of God, you become a citizen of God’s kingdom; your values and beliefs change according to the kingdom you belong to.
5. (2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind). The Holy Spirit will help you to have a Godly mind. God’s Spirit will teach you and lead you into all truth as Jesus said, and the Holy Spirit will enable you to live according to the truth of God’s word in Christ. Because when your mind is aware of the truth, you are set free from fearful and negative thoughts.

Therefore, I believe that wearing the helmet of salvation, means that your mind and your thought life are constantly focused on God’s values, God’s way of thinking, God’s kingdom and God’s word thereby protecting yourself from any foreign or enemy attacks that might be directed to your thought life and belief in God.
Remember that most of the battles with the enemy are in the mind. Therefore your mind must be fully equipped with the knowledge and the things of God in order to fight and protect yourself from the enemy.

TODAY. Protect your mind. Put on the helmet of salvation.

The Fear of Man

Proverbs 29:25 NKJV
The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.

Are you sometimes more concerned about what people think than about what God thinks? Do you find yourself tempted to please man rather than to please God? Do you prefer to be “politically correct” even when such “political correctness” is totally contrary to the will and values of God? Are you compromising on issues that you know are wrong, but you just agree to them simply because of fear?
This sort of behavior is defined as the “fear of man”.

Matthew 10:28-29 NKJV
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

When you fear man, it means in your thinking that you have positioned God to be of a lower authority or lower class than a person. However, the truth is God is above all and God is the Creator of the very people whom we fear in our lives.
Jesus was trying to teach us that when we realize WHO God is, and what God is capable of doing, then we should not have to fear man, but rather we should give precedence to God in everything we do.

Galatians 1:10 NKJV
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Paul knew that if he tried to please man, he would fall into the trap of being a people-pleaser. Also if he became a people-pleaser, then he would not be able to be a faithful servant of the Lord.
You see, in life you will always be faced with a choice of either pleasing God or pleasing man.
God of course wants you to please Him only. Therefore if you want to walk without the fear of pleasing men, then you must focus your efforts on pleasing God.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Fear is a tool of the enemy. It is not of God. Fear will always attack your FAITH in the Lord and it will always aim to destroy your COURAGE.
The Holy Spirit is able to help us to overcome fear. And to conquer fear, we must have a sound mind. Our thinking must be focused on God; His goodness; His power and His love.
When we operate and live in the love of God, in the power of God and with a Christ-like mind, then fear will not have any room in our lives. We will be able to conquer fear whenever it comes.

TODAY, remember that the Holy Spirit is in you. Ask God to help you to overcome the fear of man, or any kind of fear that you might be struggling with. Keep your eyes focused ONLY on God and not on your fears.

Don’t Compare Yourself


2 Corinthians 10:12-13 NKJV

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

When God created you – He made you to be UNIQUE.
There is NO OTHER PERSON WHO IS LIKE YOU.
YOU are ONE-OF-A-KIND.
Even twins are not really identical. They are different.
Even though you are different, it doesn’t mean that being different is bad. You are You.

Paul says that it is not wise to make comparisons. The reason is because this leads to all sorts of problems and it does not glorify God who created you.
Therefore if you are going to measure yourself, do not measure yourself by other people’s standards. You must measure yourself by God’s standard.

Comparing ourselves with other people can lead to the following problems

1. ENVY
Acts 7:9 NKJV – “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt.”
We can become envious of others, and envy is a sin. Joseph’s brothers envied Joseph because of his dreams that they wanted to harm him.

2. LOW SELF-ESTEEM
Romans 9:20-21 NKJV – ‘But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”
We end up failing to appreciate our own value, and the uniqueness and purpose for which God made us.

3. COVETING
Exodus 20:17 NKJV – “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Coveting can be a result of making comparisons. We compare our processions with others and therefore we want what belongs to others

4. BOASTING or PRIDE
Proverbs 8:13 NKJV – “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate”
When we think that we are better than other people, we begin to boast and have pride in us. Our speech becomes full of pride, but the Lord hates the pride of life. God desires that we be humble.

Therefore don’t compare yourself; don’t compare your assets; don’t compare your looks; don’t compare your relationships; don’t compare your life with that of other people.
Rather measure yourself against the will and expectations of Christ and God’s word.

 

The Meaning of True Love

Do you know that a lot of Hollywood movies have hoodwinked us into believing that love is this overwhelming feeling or emotion that you have in your heart? Is love really just a feeling or a strong emotion?
What is the meaning of true love? How does the Bible define true love?

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…

According to Paul while writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Love is an ACTION; Love is WHAT YOU DO; Love is HOW YOU BEHAVE; Love is HOW YOU THINK; Love is WHAT YOU SEEK; Love is WHAT YOU REJOICE IN; Love is WHAT YOU HOPE & BELIEVE; Love NEVER FAILS.
Love is a way of living; it’s a character that you show and do.

Why is the divorce rate so high around the world? Why is there so much strife among people? It’s because most people don’t know the meaning of love according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
We are more inclined to want to FEEL the EMOTIONS of love rather than to show ACT and BEHAVE the characteristics of TRUE LOVE.
If LOVE was only a feeling and an emotion – then love wouldn’t require us to “endure all things” or “bear all things”. TRUE LOVE sometimes requires you to do things you wouldn’t necessarily feel like doing.

LOVE IS A COMMANDMENT

Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great COMMANDMENT. And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE your neighbor as yourself.’ On these TWO COMMANDMENTS hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

We are COMMANDED to love by Jesus. Love is NOT a suggestion; Love is NOT a choice according to Christ.
The definition of the word “commandment” is an order or injunction given by authority; a command; a charge; a precept; a mandate.

Therefore we are called to not only to love God and to love our neighbor – but we must also TEACH others the TRUE meaning of LOVE and we must TEACH others to LOVE according to what the word of God teaches us.
LOVE isn’t just a feeling. Love is God’s desires in action.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have NOT love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 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, but have NOT love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have NOT love, it profits me nothing.

Whatever you are doing in your life – what is it that motivates your thoughts, actions & deeds? Are your thoughts and actions motivated by the LOVE of both God and man? Or are you secretly motivated by wanting the praise of men or other self seeking reasons?
In Matthew 6:1-7 Jesus said that we should do our acts and deeds with the motivation of pleasing God and not so that we become glorified by men. The Pharisees, Sadducees & hypocrites were motivated by power, position, fame and they were after the praise of men rather than the praise of God.
I believe that when God does ANYTHING – His primary motivation is LOVE because God IS love (1 John 4:8)

When God sent His only begotten Son to be crucified for the sins of the world – it was out of LOVE (John 3:16)

Matthew 22:35-40 NKJV
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”. Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus when asked which is the GREATEST commandment responded immediately by telling them that they must LOVE GOD with our entire being, that is ALL our HEART, ALL our SOUL and ALL our MIND.

Today, are you loving God with everything in you? Today are you motivated in all your thoughts & actions by the LOVE of God?
Paul states in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, that we can do a lot of things that are good on the outside – but with the wrong motive inwardly. If we DO NOT have LOVE INSIDE US, “it profits nothing.”
God wants us to be motivated firstly by our LOVE for HIM, and our LOVE for our NEIGHBOUR. When we act in LOVE, our reward from God is awesome.

1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the GREATEST of these is LOVE.

 

What Are You Meditating?

Do you know that if you want to know what a person’s character is like – you need listen closely to what they talk about. It’s not only what a person does, but it’s also what a person SAYS that reveals to you a person’s thoughts and nature. Whatever issues that are dominating in a person’s mind and heart will eventually come out when they speak and will therefore give you revelation of the person’s character.

Matthew 15:18-20 NKJV
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.

Jesus is saying when we fill our hearts with issues that are ungodly, for example: evil thoughts, blasphemies, gossiping, adulterous ideas and the like, we begin to speak words associated with such and then we become defiled and the defilement is reflected by the words we speak.
What are you filling your mind and heart with today? Are you thinking thoughts that glorify God; Are the issues in your heart about things that reflect a love for God and for your neighbor?

Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things.

If you are to speak life, encouragement, joy and the like, you need to first work on what you are filling your heart & mind with. You need to MEDIATE on good, Godly thoughts and issues. Then you will see the change even in how you speak and in the issues that you speak about.
If you used to enjoy gossiping, you will see a change; if you used to speak negatively about many things, you will see a change; all because you have changed what you choose to think about.