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August 15, 2018, 11:23 AM

The Excellence of Love


1 Corinthians 13 Amplified Bible (AMP)

 

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not [a]love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. 3 If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [b]to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.

4 Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. 5 It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. 7 Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].

8 Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part [for our knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete]. 10 But when that which is complete and perfect comes, that which is incomplete and partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. 13 And now there remain: Faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], Hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], Love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], of these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is Love.

In today’s climate in which we live, it has become more important for the Body of Christ to return to the foundation of Scripture to guide and direct us in how to conduct ourselves. There are those today who profess Christ in their daily life, but either knowingly or out of fear, put aside their Faith and the Word of God to follow and push worldly agendas. In the name of moral self-righteousness, they hold up these agendas and push them forward into the lives of others.

 

In the midst of all of this, we find ourselves asking: “How do we change what is happening?” The answer is “Love.” The Love of God must permeate everything that we are, down to our thoughts. God’s Love must be the driving force which directs our interactions, our conversations, our feelings and our thoughts. We must choose Love.

 

Many believe that it is enough to be a “good” person. Verses 1-3 teach to us that it is not enough to do great things and be a good person. If we are solely good for the sake of goodness, our souls are lost because we do not have the Love of Christ Jesus and we have led others astray from the Lord. We must be motivated and driven by Love. For God’s Love drives out all fear, anger, and agendas.

 

Verses 4-7 teach us that when we choose to live and act in Love, it manifests in the fruit we bear. In difficult times, Love gives us patience and serenity (peace) to outlast the situation. We are not intended only to survive, but we are intended to overcome the situation. We are to be proactive in kindness and thoughtfulness to spread and share what Love is and can do. Love strengthens and encourages and uplifts us in and threw everything we can face. The Scripture also tells us what fruit is not that of Love, so that we can recognize it in others and more importantly in ourselves.

 

Verses 8 exclaims; “Love never fails.” God can be trusted, and He can be depended upon. Put ALL your Faith and Hope in God because “.. the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who [reverently] fear Him, ..” (Ps 103:17). Everything else is fleeting and temporary. This world is not our final home, and we are not longed to stay here for an eternity. We are to look and live forward to our Eternal Home in Heaven, growing and maturing in Faith. For the more we know and learn and live in Christ Jesus, the closer we come to the Perfect Will of God.

 

There is nothing more significant we can possess, do, speak or live than that of Love. The way to make a change in our world today is to start inwardly thru Love and then to shine that Love in our lives every day.

 

To God be the Glory! In Jesus Name!

 

Minister Earle Lloyd

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May 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sin, Faith, Duty Luke 17:1-4 (NIV)


 

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March 31, 2018, 12:00 AM

A Living Sacrifice Romans 12:1-2


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February 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Love in Action Romans 12:9-21


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January 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

Daniel 1:8-21


 

Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”  Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.  At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

 

In this Scripture, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah have been selected to enter into service of the King Nebuchadnezzar. To service, the king required them to train for three years. During this time they would be fed food from the king’s table as the king, was only served the best.  But the food from the king’s table did not meet the Standard which God had set for the Israelites. Daniel chose not to go against what God Commanded and the Standard He established for His people.

We can use and apply this Scripture in a literal sense to change and conform our dietary intake to more of what God would have us to consume. But we can and should also use and apply this Scripture to our physical and Spiritual mind. Our minds are edified by what we read, what we listen to and what we watch. All of these things provide the nutrition that feeds our ideas, our thoughts and speech. The more we edify ourselves to the Standard to which God has set for His people, the healthier and stronger our minds, thoughts, and speech are. The Purity of His Word will always strengthen, uplift and encourage us to live and work rightly in God’s service.

The world would have us believe, much like King Nebuchadnezzar, that only they have the best food and that we must eat at their table to do well, achieve and be successful. But the media from world’s table is tainted with impurities and imperfections which do not meet the Standard of God. The world’s nutrition will weaken us from the inside out. It will change how we think about the Word of God and convince us that we know better than God.

Instead, we should be like Daniel making the conscious choice to serve the Lord and not to defile ourselves with food from the King’s table. Just as Daniel did; put God to the test. Feed your mind and Spirit with the Word of God. You will find yourself strengthened and encouraged. You will see that you will be prepared and able to meet the challenges which lie before you. You will find that God’s Standard always exceeds man’s standard and that you will do well, achieve and be successful in the Name of Jesus. And that being set apart by the Standard of God, He will elevate you in service to Him. Cleanse your mind with the Word of God and be Blessed.
 
Minister Earle Lloyd

 

 



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01-25-2018 at 5:36 PM
Sister Sherry Hobson
Daniel has a fast that I'm going to committ to follow for 21 days.
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