Oct 152017
 

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them” (Romans 16:17).

It seems as though we are living in a day of tabloid mentality.

The society is so obsessed with gossip, innuendos, and rumors.

Just turn on the TV and you’ll find all kinds of programs that probe into the personal lives of others.

This tabloid mentality has even entered the news media, where reporters hunt for that juicy piece of gossip.

The tragedy is that if someone is charged with a crime today, we try him or her in the media before they ever have had the opportunity to enter a court of law where evidence is presented and where they face their accusers.

Sadly, this kind of thinking can even enter the church.

When we hear something about someone else, immediately our ears perk up.

But what does the Bible tell us?

It says that love believes the best of every person.

It doesn’t say that love believes the worst.

This means when someone says something about a Christian brother or sister-

– you should immediately have some disbelief in your heart.

The reason is that you are to believe the best of that individual.

We must be very careful, because many times we accept rumor as truth.

Then to make matters worse-

– we start repeating what we’ve heard without checking the facts.

One of the things the Bible says that-

God hates is the one who sows discord among others. Proverbs 6:16–19.

This is the person who spreads rumors, who spreads innuendos, and who slanders others.

God hates this.

Don’t be someone who spreads rumors.

Don’t be someone who gossips.

It’s wrong.

It’s sinful.

It displeases God!

(PA)

Jul 312017
 

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). 

Are you gripped with fear about something?

Love is the answer to overcoming your fear!

Because love is the Christian’s security blanket!

When you were a child-

– did you have a teddy bear or a blanket that gave you a sense of security,

– something you wanted to hold close to you and get wrapped up in?

The Holy Spirit of God-

– is the believer’s warm, loving security blanket!

“Perfect love casts out fear!”

But it never rang true to me because I had never done anything perfectly except sin.

God’s perfect love can eliminate all dread.

It is not our love for Him, but His perfect love for us that will cast out our fears.

The question isn’t:

Am I brave enough?

The question is:

Do I trust His love enough?

Memorize 2 Timothy 1:7-9 this week.

(PA)

May 102017
 

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). 

Are you gripped with fear about something?

Love is the answer to overcoming your fear!

Because love is the Christian’s security blanket!

When you were a child-

– did you have a teddy bear or a blanket that gave you a sense of security,

– something you wanted to hold close to you and get wrapped up in?

The Holy Spirit of God-

– is the believer’s warm, loving security blanket!

“Perfect love casts out fear!”

But it never rang true to me because I had never done anything perfectly except sin.

God’s perfect love can eliminate all dread.

It is not our love for Him, but His perfect love for us that will cast out our fears.

The question isn’t:

Am I brave enough?

The question is:

Do I trust His love enough?

Memorize 2 Timothy 1:7-9 this week.

(PR)

Nov 292016
 

Bible 4“I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment.” Philippians 1:9.

Love without discernment-
– love that doesn’t have any thought behind it,
– is not really love.

Parents who show love to their children by overindulging and refusing to discipline are really hurting them in the long run.
The guy who asks his girlfriend to prove her love by having sex with him is using her, not loving her.
A person who isn’t truthful with someone for fear of losing a friendship is not acting as a true friend.

Love has to be discerning.
It has to include an awareness of what God wants.
It has to seek the best for others.

Is it possible to love like that?

How can you tell the difference between-
– sentimental love and
– genuine love?

Only by letting God help you.
He will tell you when to be gentle with someone and when to be firm.

The Holy Spirit will help you know-
– when to get involved in someone’s problems
– and when to leave them alone.

He will show you how to give without asking for something in return.

When you love others this way-
– you’re loving them the way Christ loves them.

So seek to be blameless in all your relationships.

This means guarding your thoughts, your words, and your actions to make sure you have the other person’s best interests at heart.

Ask God to teach you how to love people with discernment-
– to treat them with a love that comes only from him.

Oct 272016
 

together“The LORD of Hosts says this: Make fair decisions. Show faithful love and compassion to one another.” Zechariah 7:9.

When our relationship with God is spiritually healthy-
– the people around us will know it by the way we treat them.

Too often we’re like the Israelites in Zechariah’s time-
– involved in religious activities that are more about ourselves than truly worshiping God.

God spoke through the prophet Zechariah to expose His people’s sinful hearts-
– as they mourned and fasted during an annual festival that commemorated the
destruction of the Temple.

God declared straightforwardly that their pious observances were-
– more about pleasing themselves
– than worshiping Him.

If the most important relationship we have has turned selfish and sinful-
– other areas of our lives will be affected.

Our relationships with the people around us will become self-serving and dysfunctional.

Nearly every prophet in the Bible, as well as our Lord Jesus-
– made a direct connection between loving God and loving people.

Worship God wholeheartedly, with selflessness and integrity-
– and His compassion will flow through you to others!

“Father, may my love for You be demonstrated in the ways-
I love the people You have placed in my life.”