Here is a great blog post by a sister in-Christ that gives great guidance to the abused. In my opinion, it has a great top 10 list for real Christian love. Also, the 4 points she makes on finding real love as a Christian is just as good as the top 10. Great wisdom. I love the title of her post too – To get the right one, ya gotta be the right one. Too often we look externally/selfishly at what we want instead of focusing on what God says we need.
Top 10 ways to Christian Love
- Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18)
- Speak without accusing. (James 1:19)
- Give without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26)
- Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9)
- Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1)
- Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15)
- Enjoy without complaint. (Philippians 2:14)
- Trust without wavering. (Corinthians 13:7)
- Forgive without punishing. (Colossians 3:13)
- Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
Matthew 22:36-37 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
The word love in this context is agape in the Greek. The central meaning to agape is a self-sacrificing love. It is not a human feeling that is emotional, sentimental, etc. It also is unrelated to a brotherly, friendly, or sexual kind of love. It is the essence of God, God is love. Now, this is how it is now reading to me –
The Lord continued to flow this morning on the last topic: Life with God and Jesus. I so thank God for the Body of Jesus Christ (you) as it helps me understand the things that happen in life.
Natural man’s understanding of coincidences in life are deemed as something of chance, an oddity, happenstance, etc. Man’s understanding of the word coincidence is not based on what the word really means. As we set our eyes on the things that are unseen, we see these things are coincidences if we know the definition of the word. Look at the word coincidence (the root: coincide). The websters definition of coincidence: (also explained in this posting)
1 a : to occupy the same place in space or time b : to occupy exactly corresponding or equivalent positions on a scale or in a series
2 : to correspond in nature, character, or function
3 : to be in accord or agreement
This is gonna get good, thank you Lord –
As mentioned in the first posting on this topic (here), there have been 3 experiences in my walk with God whereas this overwhelming sense came over me that I was about to experience Him. These were situations whereas there is an advance heads-up. Kinda like “Pay attention, I’m about to reveal something.” This sensation is a bit difficult to explain. As stated in the other post, the best way I can explain this is as a sense, a feeling.. a forewarning? The thought that goes through my head is “God is here and I’m about to experience something from Him. Be watchful.” It is a very strong feeling, like everything goes still.. It is so strong that I pause at whatever I’m doing, because I know something is up and the next thing I experience will be Him so I start watching. This specific one was seriously God and it is difficult to talk about.. But here you go. By the way, I could use some help w/ interpreting part of this –
For anyone who is a member of the Body, I urge you to take a look at God’s Emergency Response Team and see what the Love of Christ is doing over at G.E.R.T. Ministries. It’s a ministry that reveals the Love of Christ in local communities, as well as nationally when emergencies arise. The Team itself consists of the Body – you and I. Also, it’s a 501(c)(3) non-profit Faith-based ministry. Read more…
With a great battle going on for our souls, it sometimes can be difficult to be caught in the middle of the Spiritual warfare that is going on without having knowledge of the war. We cannot assist the Lord in winning our souls without knowledge. I pray that this message speaks to someone, somewhere, someday.. God bless you and yours. Read more…
Jesus, please seek me and stop my words if any glorification of the flesh is upon me. I pray that you and you alone are glorified through my writing. Thank you Father. You are the Living God and your Word is the Living Word. To you be all the Glory, thank you Jesus, our Heart of Hearts and our Mind of Minds. I love you too. Read more…