Sunday, June 10, 2018

Love Journal

I feel the need to share some things that I have learned about love. Yes love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast or demand its own way. Love hopes all things, believes all things, love never fails.
It is clear that the love this world puts forth is not love at all. If we love with the love of God it means not having our way. It mean looking out for the good of others. Love means being there and not turning away even when we are not feeling loving. It is giving one's life. It's not meritted but it's there. It's being vulnerable enough to be upset, to be candid and honest, it is letting people know you and love you. God's love is there irregardless of the amount of our good works, whether we are more like Paul or like the thief on the cross. The love of God is there to those who repent and believe by the working of the Holy Spirit. Anyway just contemplating on that today.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Mournful yet always rejoicing

I wonder and am confused by this verse.

2 Corinthians 6:10 ESV
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

I have seen people go through pain yet being strengthened in Christ, I am not like that. God is with us in our sorrows. In my mind I know this.

In the verse Paul is speaking of not only himself but others in the ministry

2 Corinthians 6:4-10 ESV
but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; [6] by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;  as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

They are persecuted and thought badly of. Yet in Christ they have all they need. Joy is there in the midst of trial.

May God grant me to hold fast to Him in the midst of struggle.

Changes

As Christians each day we must be more and more conformed to the image of Christ. It is not something that we do in and of ourselves. A mind that is set on Christ has peace, has a hope for the future, a mind that is set on the world and the temporal will only be disappointed. I think that is why I am often disappointed because my hope was set on something temporal a change a circumstance.
These verses come to mind immediately when I think of all these things.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday

At church is the best place to be. This is my favourite time because it's focused on Jesus being resurrected from the dead.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Charm is deceiptful

Proverbs 31:30 ESV
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

It's easy to look good yet hide sin. In my past I had said the right things, and acted on the surface godly but no one knew me. Right now I am struggling with the desire to let people in but the fear when they see that I am worldly, that I struggle with my flesh. Its easy to say I am fine much harder to say what I feel.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Counseling

I go to a counselor every two weeks.  And she says we are going to touch on an area in my life that I hate. It's hard when you know there is a sinful attitude but you are afraid to look at it because of things in the past. Hopefully in looking at it there can be healing.

A steady diet of the word of God

I was at the G3 conference and during a sermon on Sanctification I heard him expound on Bible reading and Scripture memorization. This is a good thing. There are so many verses that uphold the importance of Scripture. It is like gold.... It is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for training in righteousness...... Jesus went through the old testament and using the prophets taught two men on the road to Emmaus who he was. Jesus the Messiah. In the Scriptures one does in a sense find eternal life because it testifies of Jesus.