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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 Spirit of Fear

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

I have a confession. I can sometimes be, er, paranoid. I might go so far that it comes into my head that I’m allergic to something, which I’ll proceed to avoid for quite a while until I force myself out of it (one of my current issues. Grr). It’s annoying. Even though I know nothing is wrong, I can’t help myself worrying over it. I was telling some such thing to my mother the other day, when she quoted the above verse to me.

Now, I’m pretty sure I memorized that verse once upon a time, but I had never actually thought of it the way she was telling it to me. I don’t have to be worried about anything, because it’s all in God’s hands, He’s in control, and whatever happens He has already planned. That’s a load off my shoulders!

Of course, I’m not cured off all my little worries. I’m probably never going to be. But when they pop up, I can think of that verse, and remember that even though I have these fears, I don’t need to.

Anyway, just a thought to share. Isn’t it great we have a Lord and Savior who doesn’t want us to be afraid? 🙂

Praise be to Him!
Victoria

P.S. If you’re wondering why there’s no picture, it’s because when I searched for one I kept getting pics of spiders. Oi! I wasn’t going to look through all those.

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Stars: The Heavens Declare

Taken from sxc.hu. Credit goes to magicmarie

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.

There is something so beautiful about a star filled sky. I’ve pushed my bed against the wall, where at night I can look up into it at night. It makes me smile. When I see them, I think there is no way something so grand, so majestic, so perfectly formed could be brought about by random chance happenings out of nothing. They declare Him and His glory.

I know we live in a fallen world, with pain and thorns and death, where nothing gets better. But even so, you can still see His glory through it. It’s like a picture faded with time. It is not at all like the real place, but you can still see what it is, and who is in it. In creation we can see the work of God.

Psalm 148:1:4

Praise the LORD!         
         Praise the LORD from the heavens;
         Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
         Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
         Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
         And you waters above the heavens!

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“She Wouldn’t Want Me To”

So it had been a long day of picking out colors for the new house, and I cheerfully sat down on the couch to see what was on TV. As watching the Bourne Supremacy on television, – Here there be spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie before – and I came to the part where he’s got the CIA guy who’s in charge of Treadstone. Jason wants to shoot the guy, to get revenge for everything that he put him through, for making him run for years and for the death of his girlfriend. But he realizes that his girlfriend wouldn’t want him to kill this guy, that she would want him to take the high road, not the vengeful one.  And he doesn’t, telling the man who’s pretty much ruined his life “She wouldn’t want me to.”

Now, as I watched this I had a little “blogging thought” . As we go through life, we are going to come to points that we want to do something wrong. We want to take that revenge. We want to bring pain to those who have brought pain to us. But as Christians we should always turn from those things. Not grudgingly, but willingly. Because God wouldn’t want us to. We so much want to please Him that we turn from the things He wouldn’t like. We should be so in love with Him that our selves and our own desires fall by the wayside.

So, just a thought to keep in mind. (And yes, yes I can make a blog post out of such random things)

We must always work for His glory, and not our own.

Victoria

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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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Remember

Recently I’ve been struggling with the fact I don’t spend as much time as I should in prayer and reading the Bible

It’s so easy to not prioritize it, to say “Later” and never come back to it.

It’s a shame, but often we just brush it off.

Do we realize what we’re really doing when we do this?

Do we realize that we are in essence setting aside what should be the number one thing in our lives?

We’re chosing to not make God a priority.

You know, God, the Loving Creator who has chosen us to be pulled from the fires of hell and into salvation with Him.

The God who sent His beloved Son to a painful death, so that we might have the chance of life.

I’m sure glad He didn’t brush aside me as I so often put aside Him.

I’m sure glad He didn’t say “I’ll save her later” and forget to ever do so.

Remember this when you think “Later.”

Remember it when you put off reading your Bible to learn God’s truths because you don’t see it as important as other things.

Remember it when you cut your prayers short because you’re in a rush.

I know I need to.

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Being Thankful When a Doors Close

Image from sxc.hu. Credit goes to tsfree

1 Thessalonians 5:18

 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Recently, my brother has been trying to buy a truck. He was supposed to go and look at one the other weekend, but a day before he was supposed to go see it the seller called and told him that someone else had bought it. I’m sure it was frustrating.

But it got me to thinking about something. It’s really easy to be thankful to God about doors that He opens; when something falls perfectly into place, or when everything happens at just the right time. But God also closes doors sometimes. You can see this with my brother and his truck. That particular truck was closed off from him. Now, don’t you think that we should be just as thankful to God for this?

By closing doors God can guide us in the direction that we need to take, or protect us from harmful situations, or any manner of things! Closed doors are just as important as open ones. And we need to be thankful for all the guidance God gives us in our lives.

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