Good morning, Mighty Woman of God! I pray that you are all blessed by the Lord's message for you today.
(1 Cor. 14:3-8), Even if I dole out all that I have (to the poor in providing) food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or (in order that I might glory), but have not love (God's love in me), I gain nothing. Love 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. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own right 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 suffer wrong). It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, it hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything (with weakening).
Wow, what a message. Yesterday I mentioned how the Holy Spirit that teaches us all things use scriptural references to comfort and encourage us even in today's time. Although we are not living in the times of the biblical days, the Spirit of the Lord will teach us how to live according to the principles of the bible, today. I want to talk about two different relationships that we engage ourselves in (marriage and friendships).
I'll start with friendships. Most of us will not have a huge circle of friends. You may have a circle of associates but not friends. I have one friend and I don't mind that at all. A true and real friend of over 25 years. We have watched each others kids grow up as well as watching each other grow. The type of love that Paul is writing about is called (Godly love). What is Godly love? It's simple, its written in the above scriptures. If you have people around you that do not produce the same type of love that Paul has written about then you are wasting valuable time and energy with them. Your friend should not be envious of you when you grown in Christ and prosper because of Christ. Your friend should not be boastful about themselves or what they have. Your friend does not bring up past hurts or wrongdoings. Your friend should not be conceited or be able to forgive. If you have a friend that meets those scriptural qualities then you will be blessed.
Marriage seems to be lacking most of those qualities. I will definitely say that I am sometimes guilty of taking account of evil done. Meaning I am not too quick to forgive of pass offences. The bibles states that we are to pay not attention to wrong done to us in the past. So I have a little bit more work to do in that department of (Godly love). Believe it or not, sometimes I am not patient and sometimes I am not kind to my husband. I spit out things on my tongue that I know to be wrong, so I need a lot of work in that department. You see there is nothing wrong with admitting that you need help or growth in certain areas of your life. The problem and the wrongdoing is pretending like you got it all together and you have wings .
Ladies, before you think about marriage or getting into a long-term relationship to prepare for marriage, read Paul's message to the saints in Corinth. If your husband or significant other does not even try to possess those biblical qualities, maybe it's time for you to rethink your relationship with him. Things are not going to just get better with God and Godly principles. You can love all you want, cry all you want, beg all you want, but that will still not bring love (Godly love) into your relationship if you are not at least trying to find a man that at least has the potential to posses those characteristics. Women always make the biggest mistakes when looking for our future husband and that is trying to fit him in our world, instead of seeing if he fits into God's world. Some of us have picked a man like opening a box full of thousands of broken pieces and expect to put him together the way that we want, instead of realizes that we picked a box that has missing pieces (Godly love). No matter what you do you can never influence someone to posses (Godly love).
Choose your friends and husbands according to Paul's teaching on charity (love). All spiritual gifts will eventually fade away but love (charity) will never fade away. AMEN!
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