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The Meaning of Words: Love

Taken from sxc.hu. Made by ba1969

So this was the post I was actually going to write when I wrote The Meaning of Words: Awesome. I just got caught up in the introduction and realized that it was leaning towards awesome instead of love. So now, on Valentines day, I thought it appropriate to try again and hope I actually get to the right point this time.

 
Today, and for a month or two before today, actually, we are bombarded with love. We see all the hearts, and cupids, and candies and chocolate. And we are constantly shown love throughout our lives, with movies, books, and those around us.
 
And it’s not always pretty. You see the passionate, chocolate coated, I’ll love you until I die, and then if you are out in the world at all you see many of those “I Love You”s fall apart into divorce, affairs, being dumped by your boyfriend or girlfriend, or otherwise falling to pieces. I think it’s hard for us, partly because of constantly being fed the bad love image by the culture and partly because we’re imperfect humans, to see perfect, complete love. God’s love.
 
And then the word love means many things. It means everything from I love the color green to I Love You turned divorce one year later to Never going to leave you no matter what love. Do you realize how broad a spectrum that is? The first is in no way close to the latter. And I think that this also makes our ideas of love get a bit off.
 
So what does love, and I mean REAL love, look like?
 
You remember what John 3:16 says: 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.
 
Also:
Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 
We’ve all probably heard these verses. But stop and realize what they really say. God loves us so much, that He sent His own perfect Son to die for us. Us sinners. Us sinners that constantly shove God aside because we’re too busy. That Jesus went through unbelievable pain to save us because He loves us too. Because God loves us with a great love (Ephesians 2:4)
 
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
 
God is a God of love. He created love. He knows what perfect love looks like.
 
Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Nothing can take away this perfect love with which He loves us. He’s not going to change His mind someday. It’s not a love that dies out.
 
Mark 12:30
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment
 
Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength. Think on those four things for a moment. That’s your all. That’s your everything. That’s what real love is. That’s how we should love God.
 
Anyway, I hope that gives you a little food for thought. I’ll end with one more verse:
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 

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A Psalm

I don’t think I’ll comment now (maybe later) on these verses. They’re so beautiful, I’ll let them speak for themselves.

Psalm 19:

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
         The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
         The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
         The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
 10 More to be desired are they than gold,
         Yea, than much fine gold;
         Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
         And in keeping them there is great reward.

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The Meaning of Words: Awesome

Taken from sxc.hu. Credit goes to mihowI’ve thought often that words no longer have the meaning that they used to. I think we all know this. Words like awesome, amazing and super have been taking down from their pedestals of being used for truly great things, like God, and have been placed instead on whatever, like coffee, or paint colors. We almost have to forcibly put away our slang as we read the Bible, because our God isn’t just awesome as in cool, He really is AWESOME as in awe-inspiring, take your breath away, Creator of the universe and Savior of our souls awesome.

Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

Nehemiah 1:5
And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,

And His works are awesome, but not just sweet, or interesting, but AWESOME as in you can hardly understand their greatness

2 Samuel 7:23
And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

It’s something to remember, when reading the Bible, when singing “Our God is an Awesome God”, because the last thing that we should be doing is considering our God “cool,” or “exciting”.

Give praise to our awesome Lord!

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God is…

I love doing these word searches through the Bible and just letting the Word speak for itself.  Again, this isn’t a full search and there’s always more out there to find.  There might be more verses about God that don’t have “God is” in them.  There are verses I’ve left out because I didn’t want to be to redundant and pile everything on here.  So I encourage you to search some on your own.  Here we go:

Genesis 31:50
If you afflict my daughters, or if you take other wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us—see, God is witness between you and me!”

Exodus 20:12
“ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you

Deuteronomy 4:24
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 4:31
(for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

Joshua 23:3
You have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations because of you, for the LORD your God is He who has fought for you.

2 Samuel 22:33

God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.

2 Chronicles 30:9

For if you return to the LORD, your brethren and your children will be treated with compassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him.”

Job 9:4

God is wise in heart and mighty in strength.Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?

Job 33:12

“Look, in this you are not righteous.I will answer you, For God is greater than man.

Job 36:5

“ Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding.

Job 36:22

“ Behold, God is exalted by His power;Who teaches like Him?

Job 36:26

“ Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered.

Psalm 7:11
God is a just judge,And God is angry with the wicked every day

Psalm 14:5
There they are in great fear,For God is with the generation of the righteous.

Psalm 47:7
For God is the King of all the earth;Sing praises with understanding.

Psalm 54:4

Behold, God is my helper;The Lord is with those who uphold my life.

Psalm 59:9

I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense.

Psalm 62:7

In God is my salvation and my glory;The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.

Psalm 68:20

Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.

Psalm 71:19

Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high,You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart fail;But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 75:7

But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.

Psalm 99:9

Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the LORD our God is holy.

Psalm 116:5

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.

Psalm 144:15

Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

Isaiah 12:2

Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘ For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”

Daniel 2:47

The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.”

Nahum 1:2
[ God’s Wrath on His Enemies ] God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies;

Matthew 22:32
‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

John 3:33

He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true.

John 4:24

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Romans 8:31

[ God’s Everlasting Love ] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 14:33

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Hebrews 12:29

For our God is a consuming fire.

1 John 1:5

[ Fellowship with Him and One Another ] This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

1 John 4:8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

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Be Thankful

I decided to do a search through the Bible for things we should be thankful about today (obviously everyone has their own personal list of blessings.  This is just a general thing here)

Psalm 7:17
I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 106:1
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Psalm 107:15
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

Psalm 118:19
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

Psalm 118:21
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

Romans 6:17
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:11
…as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Ephesians 5:20
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

The last verse sums it up well.  We should be giving thanks to God for EVERYTHING.  I think often we are thankful, but forget to actually thank God for it. So while the day goes by and you see your family and friends and tell them what you’re thankful for, don’t forget the One we owe the most to.  Say thanks to Him as well.

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Hope and Mercy

These verses speak for themselves 🙂  I found them when I was studying this morning.  Isn’t there such a joyful hope in knowing that no matter how many times we fail, or no matter how many terrible things we do, God will still forgive.

Lamentations 3:22-24

22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
      Because His compassions fail not.
       23 They are new every morning;
      Great is Your faithfulness.
       24 “ The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

      “ Therefore I hope in Him!”

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Suffering

James 5: 10-11 Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

I came across these verses while reading the other day.  Aren’t they so comforting?  How wonderful to have a God of compassion and mercy!

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