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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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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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Words

Taken from sxc.hu Credit goes to lusi

Psalm 64:3-4 ~ Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows — bitter words, That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;  Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.

Words are a powerful weapon.  We can use them for good, or for evil.  We can use them to uplift or tear down.  They can make or break friendships.  Often, words reflect our inward attitudes, whether honoring or rebellious.
 
The Bible covers words extensively.  (Which means that this will probably not be the only post I do on the subject 😉  )  But today I’m going to give just a general warning on words.
 
James 3:2 states:  “For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.”  Words are hard to control.  How many times are we told to think before we speak?  How many times do we not do so?  Words come out unexpectedly and before we think of the consequences of what we say.  This should not be so.  We need to take every thought and action into captivity for Christ.  This includes our words.
 
Everything we say (and do) needs to pass a standard.  The standard of the world is low.  The world says you can talk behind others backs.  The world says you can slip that cuss word in every now and then and sound cool.  The world says you can stay silent (note that silence is equated with what we say!  Someday… in another post… I will cover this) when someone attacks the one true and living God.
 
But that is not supposed to be our standard.  Our standard says that we need to not slander our neighbor, not to use swear words.  And we are told to speak out for Christ and His glory.
 
It’s hard, but no where in the Bible does it say our walk will be easy. (ack!  Another idea for a blog post!)
 
Can we do this?  Not by ourselves.  But through Christ who strengthens us, all things are possible.  He is the only way.
 
I know I need to work on it.  So with this next week, it is going to be my goal to watch my tongue.  Why don’t you join me?
 
For Christ and His Glory!
Victoria

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