Continuing from Love is (Part 1), to truly love others, we must deal with our stuff first. (shock face) To love like Jesus requires being spirit led and spiritual fruit. Without them, love becomes conditional or non existent.
Just as change and growth is an individual thing; love is individual and begins with us. It gets back to life is a process of changes, as long as we crawl, walk or run on this earth. (smile) Love is a choice. Bottom line, God loves us in spite of our stuff. He may not like things we do but at no time does He withhold His love or stop loving us. This is our goal too. To love in spite of what someone does. Can we get a witness? (wink)
As we grow and mature, we deal with our stuff, and we’re able to love ourself, flaws and all. Psst, nobody is perfect except Jesus. So speak to that perfection lie. Loving ourself opens us up to love others. God will put people and things in our life to help us grow. (smile)
God know what it takes to bring us to our knees. (shock face) Dealing with our stuff can be painful. We can thank God for his mercy and his grace. We can thank God for prayer. We can thank God for faith. The more we choose to let the Holy Spirit work in us, love starts to flow. (smile) Praise The Lord!
Spiritual fruit in us–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) allows love to flow and draw people to us because light shines from within. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to love others by showing kindness and compassion. God gets the glory!
Growing in love does not happen overnight. It’s a lifelong process that only God knows when we are ready and complete. He will keep pruning and removing anything keeping our fruit from growing. (nervous smile) Ain’t life grand! (wink)
To love our neighbor as we love ourself requires spiritual fruit and maturity. (shock face) Remember, God is love and there is no darkness in Him. Let’s not forget, God created us different. We may be similar but we are different. How we express or show love maybe different until we learn unconditional love. Sometimes, we harp and complaint because someone does not love us as we think we need to be loved.
Here’s the thing, only God through His Son, Jesus can meet all our needs. No human can give us what we lack within except Jesus. As we grow, whatever is missing within develops. Love is action. Love is giving and forgiving. Love keeps on loving until God changes that someones heart. Love is adapting and adjusting. Love can’t be forced. Love never fails.
For your reading pleasure, Scriptures about love:
Love – Christian – Toward God:
First commandment – Matthew 22;37, 38
With all the heart – Matthew 22:37
More important that ritual – Mark 12:31-33
Gives boldness – 1 John 4:17-19
Love – Toward Christ:
Sign of true faith – John 8:42
Manifested in obedience – John 14:15, 21, 23
Leads to service – 2 Corinthians 5:14
Love – Toward Others:
Second command – Matthew 22:37-39
Commanded by Christ – John 13:34
Described in detail – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
The Love of Christ – Objects of:
Father – John 14:31
Believers – Galatians 2:20
Church – Ephesians 5:2, 25
Love – Described as:
Knowing – Ephesians 3:19
Personal – Galatians 2:20
Conquering – Romans:8:37
Unbreakable – Romans 8:35
Intimate – John 14:21
Imitative – 1 John 3:16
Like the Father’s – John 15:9
Sacrificial – Galatians 2:20
The Love of God – Objects of:
Christ – John 3:35
Christians – 2 Thessalonians 2:16
Mankind – Titus 3:4
Cheerful giver – 2 Corinthians 9:7
The Love of God – Described as:
Great – Ephesians 2:4
Everlasting – Jeremiah 31:3
Sacrificial – Romans 5:8
The Love of God – As Seen in Believers:
Hearts – Romans 5:5
Regeneration – Ephesians 2:4, 5
Love – 1 John 4:7-12
Faith – 1 John 4:16
Security – 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Daily life – 1 John 2:15-17
Obedience – 1 John 2:5
Without fear – 1 John 4:18-21
Glorification – 1 John 3:1, 2
God bless us by faith as we adapt and adjust while loving one another. Let thy will be done. 😀
Smile, it’s Friday and by faith, we look and feel marvelous! We’re going to move by faith! 😜 Wahoo, the good Lord blessed us, with another day, to choose, to see, the blessings all around us. Let’s thank Him. 😀
Matthew 5:37, tell us “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Today, let us be authentic, and build up/edify one another by meaning what we say; saying what we mean in positive and encouraging ways by faith! 😨
Come on now, we’re trying something different! 😉 We just might create a new bond with someone today! How about that! 😀 Let us come back and post any new bonds formed today. It’ll be fun! 😁
Praise The Lord for his mercy and his grace!
God bless us today, by faith, as we’re authentic and positive with someone to form new bonds. Let Your will be done!
As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed. 😁
Change happens for a reason….roll with it! 😜 Remember Romans 8:28, tells us “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Bottom line, God is always in charge. Roll with it! 😉
Change will happen, whether we want it or not! Learning to adapt, with a roll with it attitude, will help us keep change in perspective. 😊 God always provides what we need, it just may come in the form of an unexpected person or thing. God can use anything or anyone to further His purpose.
Remember life is a process and change happens to get us where we need to be; in spite of our reluctance! 😉 Sometimes, change happens to change our attitude about ___________.
God bless us, by faith, as we adapt and adjust to change with a roll with it attitude; as You will be done in our life! 😀
As always, your comments or thoughts are welcomed. 😉 Roll with it!
As long as we walk this earth, there will be stuff to bring about our growth and maturity. (shock face)
When we are going through stuff, it can be overwhelming to keep hearing, reading and seeing negative stuff. We mentioned that change and growth begins with us because it does. Growth and maturity will also enhance our prayer life.
The various seasons of life can be daunting. There will always be something. Nothing in life is perfect except Jesus. Think about it, how many times do we expect something or someone to give us what we’re lacking within?
What’s that old saying, can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip? (wink) In relationships, we expect or desire something that is not present within to give. Sometimes, we have to love from a distance and bridle our tongues. We have to allow God to work. People can’t hear God if we are harping to them all the time. (shock face)
Sometimes, we or the people in our life need love, encouragement, compassion, and prayers, instead of just biblical theology. Yes, we must know the Word for ourselves and share the Gospel.
Here’s the thing, stuff in life happens to all of us–saved or not. We get so busy pointing out what’s wrong or bad instead of celebrating what’s right and good. (smile)
Instead of talking, let our actions speak louder than words. (wink) Let us pray God’s Word over the thing or someone. Only God can change a heart and/or a thing by our prayers. Here’s a fun fact, we must have faith that our prayers are in line with God’s will. This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. Sometimes, we have to check our motive. (shock face)
Each of us are on different levels in our growth and maturity. Sometimes, we forget that everyone understands or comprehends information differently. Sometimes we forget everyone communicates differently. Sometimes someone shows us love differently, but it’s the best that they know how. Instead of complaining, adapt and adjust, until they learn differently.
Sometimes we may not know the next step or how to get there. Pray without ceasing.
Kinds of Prayer
Secret – Matthew 6:6
Family – Acts 10:2, 30
Group – Matthew 18:20
Public – 1 Corinthians 14:14-17
Parts of Prayer
Adoration – Daniel 4:34, 35
Confession – 1 John 1:9
Supplication – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Intercession – James 5:15
Thanksgiving – Philippians 4:6
Personal requirement of Prayer
Purity of heart – Psalms 66:18, 19
Believing – Matthew 21:22
In Christ’s name – John 14:13
According to God’s will – 1 John 5:14
General requirement of Prayer
Forgiving spirit – Matthew 6:14
Simplicity – Matthew 6:5, 6
Humility and repentance – Luke 18:10-14
Unity of believers – Matthew 18:19, 20
Tenacity – Luke 18:1-8
Importunity – Luke 11:5-8
Intensity – Matthew 7:7-11
Confident expectation – Mark 11:24
Without many words – Matthew 6:7
Unceasingly – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayers not answered because of
Sin – Psalms 66:18
Selfishness – James 4:3
Doubt – James 1:5-7
Disobedience – Proverbs 28:9
Inhumanity – Proverbs 21:13
Pride – Luke 18:11, 12, 14
That grass always looks greener until we get full disclosure and realize we’re grateful for what we have– this is contentment until God changes us. ( smile)
Changes in life will continue daily. As we grow and mature, we learn to handle things different. Spiritual fruit and being led by the Holy Spirit, to include the renewing of our mind is the end result to be effective in showing others Jesus. (smile)
God bless us as we grow, mature, pray and roll with it! (smile)
As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed. (wink)
We are all on different levels in life. There may be similarities, but differences depending on our life experiences. Learning to adapt and communicate with others is maturity. (smile) Our level of spiritual maturity and the presence of the Holy Spirit is evident by the fruit within us. This allows us to show Jesus to a hurting world.
When we know who we are in Christ, the fruit within us, love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) comes out in what we say (oral or written) and how we conduct ourselves. (smile) They will know us by our fruit! (smile)
When we are spirit led, people notice something different. (smile) They watch how we handle stuff in life. They watch how we adapt and adjust without judging. We never know who is watching or listening to the words we speak or how we act. (shock face) Just quoting bible chapters and verse doesn’t mean you are spirit led and know The Lord. Actions speak louder than words. (smile)
When we are spirit led, love flows out of us and we focus on positive and uplifting ways to help others, as we keep moving forward in life. We release things to God through prayer. We learn to roll with it because God is always in charge and works all things out. Thank God for his mercy and his grace, when we stumble!
God bless us as we move forward knowing that every good thing comes from above! (wink)
You gotta love roll with it Wednesdays! 😉 Roll with it is a choice. Roll with it, is faith and trusting God to equip us with sufficient grace to crawl, walk or run through today! Anything else is irrelevant! 😜
We all have things going on in our life. We are standing on faith for something or someone. We have prayed every prayer and awaiting God’s perfect timing. Roll with it. 😉
We have to continue living our life and roll with it until God manifest that something or someone. 😉 Be positive because Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”.
Roll with it keeps us moving forward. Sometimes, we can smile and roll with it. 😃
Sometimes, we can smile, sing a sing, and roll with it because Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose”.
Ain’t life grand! 😜 Roll with it!
God bless us as we roll with it, by faith, and let Your will be done! 😊
I extend a heartfelt thank you and God bless to heavenlyraindrops and sfoxwriting for presenting bloggers with an opportunity to grow their community yesterday! It was a awesome and thoughtful thing to do! Thank you both! 😃
God bless us as we sow love and kindness to make a difference to someone today! 😃
The Starfish story is a beautiful illustration to recognize the opportunities God gives us everyday to provide encouragement, hope and love to those around us. 😜
Let our words build up. Let us show love through encouraging one another. Let us be doers of the word. Let us be positive. Let us be the light. Let us pray to be the change that makes a difference somewhere. 😀
God bless us, as we make a difference remembering Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”.
Happy roll with it, Wednesday! Smile, we look marvelous! Roll with it! 😜 Remember, last week, we made Wednesday, our roll with it day! 😜 Even though, roll with it, can be everyday, let’s start with baby steps. 😜 Roll with it, Wednesday, can be anything, we want it to be! 😰
Roll with it, Wednesday is our day to enjoy where we are in life, regardless of stuff, because God’s will be done! Roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is knowing who you are in Christ; because if God is for you, who can be against you! Roll with it! 😜
Roll with it, Wednesday is trusting God. His grace is sufficient for this day! Roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is singing that song to smile and remember! Yep, roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is understanding, that although life has ups and downs; God works all things out. Roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is choosing to see the beauty in things around us! Smile and roll with it!
Roll with it, Wednesday is praising God for all good things in life! Smile and roll with it!
God bless us as we roll with it today; and if we must, sing a sing! Got earplugs?😜
What would you like add to roll with it, Wednesday? Come on, friends, don’t be shy. 😉
Life is about love with no boundaries or conditions. Love starts with each of us. If we can’t love ourselves, it is impossible to love others. What’s sad is those who want love but don’t know how to give love or receive love because they don’t know God or that God loves them.
Slowly read and ponder each line of 1 Corinthians 13:3-13 (NKJV):
3 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.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
God loves us regardless of what we can and cannot do. God loves us even when we disappoint him. His love has no have conditions.
To be continued….😰
God bless us as we keep moving forward loving ourselves and each other by faith! 😜