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  Love Like God

A look at what love truly is from a scriptural standpoint. To understand the different meanings of love. God's true charity and what He accomplished on the cross now empowering us in the Holy Spirit to walk in obedient love to Him.

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Love like god powder puff or powerful (oh no, another blog on love?) part 1
Les B+
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I Cor. 13:4 8 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails ... ” At the University of Southern California, a new Assistant Professor nervous and frayed began to teach his very first class. He stumbled through a greeting and attempted to begin a lecture on the material. He was unable to do so clearly. Looking across the large lecture room filled with students produced a sense of panic. Then he noticed a young woman with clear eyes, attentive, warm smile and......
Love like god powder puff or powerful (the loves part 2)
Les B+
published . 4 min read
The New Testament gospels and epistles were written in the Greek. Several words are used to describe different loves. This is not intended to be a treatise or extremely in depth look at each. Merely a foundation to examine I Cor. 13: 4 8. To determine the manner, each love may exist or not, in pertaining to loving as God. Eros in Greek is romantic love and the root word for erotic, named after the Greek god of fertility. In the Kingdom of God, Eros is right in physical intimacy expressed between a husband and wife. In consecrating marriage and continue to develop physical and emotional closeness. God intended a husband and wife relationship, to express the mystery of Christ's relationship with the church. Eph. 5:31 32 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be......
Love like god - the power of his love (part 3)
Les B+
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I Cor. 13: 4 8 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (NASB) In part two, we looked at 6 different loves in the Greek. Examining the passage above, the Spirit through Paul penned God's definition of love. Can we love as above described without help from The Lord? Considering only two loves, can this passage be lived in deep Storge (affection) or Phileo (brotherly) love of great utility, loyalty, and sacrifice? My belief through much study,while......
Love like god the power of the cross (conclusion)
Les B+
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I John 4: 9, 10 “ In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (NASB) To complete the topic of Loving Like God. It seemed right to look at what He has done for us. Spurring on to works of love and good deeds by His Spirit's power. This list is most likely familiar, all the gifts God provided in Christ's work on the cross. Continuing from resurrection to this very day. Contemplating before the Lord why He placed the items to write on my heart, a great sense of His gifting allowing the Holy Spirit to use for you and I as desired. The list is lengthy and presented for......
Do not be anxious?
Les B+
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Matt. 6: 31 34 “Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear for clothing?' "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NASB) This passage was one which always caused personal angst. Being diagnosed with a major anxiety disorder and panic attacks, I asked the Lord many times how He could command this of me. It really seemed 'unfair.' Several inquiries were made with no answer. Finally, only as God can speaking to my heart. The Lord made......
A hand helping the brethren stand?
Les B+
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I Corinthians 10: 12 - “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take that he does not fall. (NASB) This verse and song at the end have been on my heart for days. The transliteration of 'stands' in Greek is Histemilt. It means to stand, put in place, or set - typically before others. A clear warning given requires us daily to genuinely 'stand' before God and allow His Holy Spirit to illuminate area(s) which require yielding to the power of Christ. Why? Easy answer, if not done the likelihood of falling into the sin or temptation is 99.9%. What do we need to return to our feet? Certainly cry out to God. Pleading He will restore us in an upright position. As simple as this may sound; this is not always the case. Look at the verses which follow: I Cor. 10: 13, 14 -......
Compassion, empathy, and love
Les B+
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Matt. 9:36 - "Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. (NASB) Compassion What does it mean when God's word says Jesus had compassion upon the people? The Greeks and Middle Eastern cultures of the period believed emotions resided in the bowels. Grief, anxiety, happiness was felt in the intestines. Thus, "knotting up" or unwinding as feelings dictated a physiological response. The second most common meaning of compassion transliterated in Greek (Splagchnizomai) meant pity or today as most often referred to as "feeling sorry" for another. There is much greater power and meaning in the first definition literally meaning "to be moved in one's bowels". Compassion denoted......
What to do when suffering?
Les B+
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Romans 8:18 - "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." (NASB) In this verse Paul most likely referred to suffering and persecution from sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The principles for those who suffer; some for a lifetime remains the same. Many on this site are experiencing intense physical, emotional, relational, and financial, etc. sufferings . What do you do when encountered with these or any other of a number circumstances? Thinking of our neighbors next door, the journey to knowing what to do is not far. The parents are in their mid-forties with a son in high school and another twenty-one. The eldest of the two was born with a seizer disorder the doctors cannot identify. Every......
God is with you let your heart rest
Les B+
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Isa. 41:13 “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (NIV) Thoughts turn to the irony writing over a week ago, Psalm 31 You Are My Hiding Place Safe In Your Embrace. God used occurrences of the past week driving home this truth. During a doctor's visit last Wednesday, it was decided to decrease medication in treatment of bio-chemical anxiety and depressive disorders. Heavy sedation proved the impetus, lasting hours after rising. Beginning the second night after the decrease, sleep at the greatest was four hours. Then waking to drop our son at school and in to the family business for one of the year's busiest weeks (Easter). Lacking sleep and physical exhaustion after closing on Saturday left me......
A word to my heart
Les B+
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Jer. 32:27 - "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" (NASB) Reflecting on the past five days, the Lord emphasized nothing is beyond Him. In Christ, He can touch any human heart no matter how "impossible" the circumstance seems. God called to mind a visit which petrified me at the time to a second cousin in the mid-1980's. A teenager living in Los Angeles, he attempted suicide by jumping from a bridge onto a freeway in the late 1960's. Surviving the jump and missed by interstate traffic the diagnosis was teenage Schizophrenia. He lived the remainder of life as a ward of California in a state of psychosis in a completely crumpled body. On a particular visit to the psychiatric ward of the hospital, we exchanged greetings......