What Is the Measure of Love? Part II

“If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.”–1 Corinthians 13:3 NET Bible

What Is the Measure of Love?Part I

In part one, you discovered that true love that lasts a life time is possible if you are willing to have the right attitudes and practice certain behaviors.  Those attitudes and behaviors that define love are:

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patience, kindness, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not selfish, not easily angered, not thinking evil thoughts, not rejoicing in wrongdoing, rejoicing in the truth, bearing (enduring) all things, and believing all things. Continue reading “What Is the Measure of Love? Part II”

What Is the Measure of Love? Part I

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” –Matthew 22:37-39 NET Bible

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How do you measure love? Is it by the cost of what gifts you receive or the things that someone does for you? As we approach Valentine’s Day, I recall the first line of a poem that I first learned in my high school English class. It reads: “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” (How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43), Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861). Although this epic poem was written approximately 200 years ago, the question and its response are still worth considering. Instead of looking to understand or measure the depth of someone else’s love for you, you should examine your own heart to see how much and how well you love the people in your life. Your measure of love should be based on whether you truly love as you say you do or as you yourself want to be loved. Continue reading “What Is the Measure of Love? Part I”

My First Book Signing

My First Book Signing

A little less than a month ago, I had the opportunity to take part in a book signing event at my church. It was advertised for weeks, before I decided to participate. When I first saw the announcement, it was during my graduation from Disciple Bible Study III. (I’ll tell you more about my experience with Disciple Bible Study in later post.)

Anyway, I was in church sitting in the designated pews with my classmates when the announcement came on the screen.  It was announced that our church’s bookstore was sponsoring it’s ninth annual book signing event. My ears perked up and my mind whirled at the thought. It was as if God was talking to me and telling me that He was opening doors for me. Two of my classmates looked at me immediately and said that I should do it; but I hesitated, saying that I was not ready. Although I had been working on my second book and planning to publish it, I was taking my sweet time, touching it when I felt like it. But, I was really procrastinating more than anything else.  Continue reading “My First Book Signing”

When Your Prayers Don’t Change Anything

When Your Prayers Don’t Change Anything

One who turns away from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”—Proverbs 28:9

Uncertain Prayer

If you are the type of person who lives any way you want and only prays when it is convenient for you, the scripture above explains why your prayers may not be answered. God sees everything you do and knows everything about you. So, what’s the use in praying, if you’re going to disobey the law? If you’re going to do what you’re going to do anyway, why bother praying to God? Do you think a judge would grant your request, despite your refusal to obey the law? If not, then why petition the court to rule in your favor? Continue reading “When Your Prayers Don’t Change Anything”

How to Control Your Mouth

How to Control Your Mouth

“The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”—Proverbs 16:1

thoughts, words, action

Relating Thoughts to Personal Experience

As I meditated on this scripture, I began to understand that people have the power and the responsibility to control what they put into their hearts so that what comes out of their mouths will be good. That is the only way to control your mouth, because what goes into your heart (your “spiritual womb”) will come out of your mouth in words that are born like a baby being expelled from its mother’s womb. Once it is time for delivery, the “baby” (i.e. your words) is going to come out. You have no control over that; it’s automatic. Continue reading “How to Control Your Mouth”