This is the final post in the series "God's Love is the Greatest Love." To read the previous post, click here. For it is not an enemy who taunts me— then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me— then I could hide from him. But it is you, a… Continue reading This Love Won’t Let You Down
A few years ago, I found this acrostic on Pinterest: “Before you speak, THINK: is it True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, or Kind?” There is wisdom in choosing our words with greater care.
The following is an excellent article from a fellow blogger on being more purposeful in our everyday speech. I would add that we need to also be careful in what we “say” with our keyboards!
I am in the middle of a ten-day “word fast” – fasting from certain kinds of speaking for the length of ten days. The idea came from the appropriately-named Ten-Day Word Fast available for the Bible app on my phone, and the premise is simple: abstain from complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip for ten days.
There’s a little more to the fast than that, and the definition of the words are carefully drawn out (i.e. “criticism” as it’s used here is made distinct from authentic and honest admonishment given in love). But I’ve been working with the first two so far (complaining and criticism) and not complaining or being critical has taught me a lot.
Most importantly, what it’s taught me is this: I often complain and am critical to avoid being direct.
If I have a bad day, for example, I have a tendency to complain about it:…
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This is part 4 of the series “God’s love is the Greatest Love.” For the previous post, click here. "But who knows what she spoke to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all her life seemed shrinking, and the walls of her bower closing in about her, a hutch to trammel… Continue reading You’re Not As Alone as You Think
This is part 3 of the series “God’s love is the Greatest Love.” For the previous post, click here. We mortals make much ado about our sacrifices in the name of love. I've heard countless people say they would take a bullet for Jesus or their family. On the other hand, they don't want… Continue reading The Greatness of Sacrificial Love.
This is part 2 of the series "God's love is the Greatest Love." For the previous post, click here. One of the greatest tragedies for a young child is to grow up without a good father. For one thing, fathers provide protection, establish balance, and are often essential to a child's understanding of how men and… Continue reading The Love of our Heavenly Father
We long to be loved, don't we? Unfortunately, we tend to spend most of our time "looking for love in all the wrong places." We expect our best friends to manifest their unwavering loyalty, only to be wounded when they seem to have forgotten us. We seek approval on social media, and inevitably come up… Continue reading God’s Love is the Greatest Love
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. - Hebrews 12.14, ESV Peace is an elusive, hard-won, state of affairs. One party may feel at peace while another is ramping up efforts to overturn it. World leaders made flowery overtures about how they longed for lasting… Continue reading How do I Achieve Peace AND Be Holy?