Posts tagged ‘Love’

Relationship Strategies (True Love)

TRUE LOVE IS GOD EXPRESSING HIMSELF THROUGH YOU

TRUE LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

TRUE LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

When you feel true love for another person, the love you have is not your own, but it is God expressing through you. You may feel anger, hurt and resentment because of your expectation of how that person should treat you. But when all those expectations and requirements are gone, what is left is the pure unconditional love that is always present beneath it all. Everything else is just meant for you to discover where you are being conditional and limited in your heart. But when you let go, you can love totally.

You don’t need to end the friendship or relationship in the literal sense, but you just need to imagine what’s it like being a true friend or being loved when the friendship or relationship isn’t required. True love is free without needing anything in return. To truly love is to love unconditionally, without judgment of that which you love. There is no fear in perfect love. Whoever that fears is not yet made perfect in love. When you love perfectly, you do not judge yourself or the other because you accept both completely.

Forgiveness Friday (True love does not withhold forgiveness)

STOP BEING SO QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS FORGIVE

OFFERING THE ROSE OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

OFFERING THE ROSE OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Have you ever been around people from your family, friends, and even business associates and the conversation always centered on criticism of others?

On the other hand, do you yourself make it a habit of criticizing others? Why do you feel it necessary to criticize your fellowman?

Have you been in church sitting with other believers and another person walked in not dress the way most of the people that are in the congregation are dressed and all eyes focused in on that person, and people start whispering?

Why do you find us always wanting to judge other people? Jesus’ teaching was about teaching us how to love each other. Jesus commanded his disciples to be loving and compassionate; He explained to them what true love entails.

First, he emphasized that true love does not judge others or withhold forgiveness.  He said, “Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop), and you will be acquitted and forgiven and released.” (Luke 6:37 AMP)

While the word “judge” can mean to evaluate are analyze, Jesus did not mean that his people should refuse to think critically or make decisions, nor was he attempting to abolish the legal system or disciplinary measures.

Believers must be discerning and make certain judgments. Jesus was referring to the judgmental attitude that focuses on those faults, criticizing and tearing them down. This is something we must stop doing.  We now have our very young children growing up in the school system criticizing and being judgmental of other children.  Some of them are being murdered right in front of our own eyes, and others are committing suicide.  This is so wrong and Jesus is speaking to this matter in this lesson.  Now let all of us take heed.

The believer’s special position with Christ does not give them license to take God‘s place as judge and jury. Those who judge in that manner will find themselves judged by God. Neither should they criticize are they will face their own criticism. The practice of forgiveness leads also to forgiveness by God. Those who refuse to forgive show that they do not understand what God has done for them. God’s children must be ready and willing to forgive, just as God has forgiven them.

Now listen to these words very carefully, memorialize them, repeat them often, and watch your blessings overflow your storehouse.

My name is Good Measure; Good Measure is truly my name, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”  Jesus said, “Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 AMP)

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Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement (Living in His Presence)

LONGING TO LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD:

PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)

by Shirley Rhodes

Oh, how I long to always experience the presence of God in my life as I go forth day by day. If you have ever experienced peaceful moments of rest and restoration then you know what it means to experience God’s grace and mercy over your life. Within his presence is calmness that over shadows the elements of this world. For the scriptures says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trust in you.” (Isaiah 26: 3; NKJV) God, provider and giver of all things that pertains to life as you live and embrace each day; all goodness is found in his presence and not the presence of mortal beings. When you open your soul to heaven, supernatural healing occur; therefore, you share love, joy and peace with those you encounter as you walk out your designed purpose in this life.

There should be no questions nor doubt because you are anchored in the center from which your steps are ordered by God, most of all you are favored by his grace that bonds you to your life’s calling. You don’t have to be concerned about what it is you are doing because you have chosen to be an obedient servant who does not allow the world to dictate your assigned mission in this life, God will provide.

One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple (Psalm 27: 4). For you are looking to God for peace, restoration and rest through trials and tribulation that life brings knowing that your steps are ordered and carefully arranged under the anointing power of a most High God. LONGING TO LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD will provide strength, power and will to overcome obstacles Satan place in your path as stumbling blocks. Look to the Rock, the Anchor of your soul for all things that pertains to life, which is the key to peace, a fulfilled life with purpose

Relationship Strategies (Release and let Go)

OVERCOME YOUR HATE AND ANGER EMOTIONS

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Hate is an emotion that is meant to be used as an aggressive defense against any form of evil. It is a destructive force against anything that is destructive towards you. When you feel hate or anger, it just means that someone is doing something that hurts you. It is a form of self love that seeks to protect you and severe anything that isn’t beneficial for you. There is nothing wrong with the way you feel because your emotions serve as a feedback and motivating force to move towards that which is good in life.

It is when you understand what your emotions are telling you, and the reason why you feel that way, that enables you to truly resolve everything in your inner world. The reason why you feel hate and anger is because the person is doing something that hurts you. Your love for yourself repels against such an act. You feel unacknowledged, unappreciated or somehow mistreated in one way or another by the other person. Therefore you seek to redress the wrong or undeserved suffering caused by that person.

You may think that the person is no longer right for you to love or relate with, and you are right coming from the level of consciousness where you are at. But when you discover something beyond that, you may turn your entire perspective around and feel totally different. You see, the reason why you feel unacknowledged is because you need acknowledgement from that person. You need something that is lacking.

You feel mistreated because you require that person to treat you in a certain way. It is when that person isn’t being or doing what you expect, that you feel disappointed in loving him or her. You wonder why should you continue being so good and nice to that person when you are being treated so unfairly in return. What you may not realize is how conditional your love for that person really is. You have so many conditions and requirements on what that person should be or do in order for you to love him or her.  It is now time to release and let go of your unconditional emotions.  Free yourself and be free of the ball and chain that is keeping you from loving and being loved unconditional.

Forgiveness Friday (Forgiveness Calms the Spirit)

DO YOU HAVE A CALM SPIRIT?

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is good for the soul, body and mind.  When we learn the art of forgiveness, we learn a truly good thing, and the very first thing we will notice, is the calmness of our spirit, and how peaceful all things become in our lives.  Jesus taught us the art of forgiveness, now let us study this lesson and learn from the Master himself.

FORGIVENESS PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPIRIT OF CALM (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

FORGIVENESS PROVIDES YOU WITH A SPIRIT OF CALM (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

In Luke 7:47-50 Jesus spoke these word, “Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.  “Then He said to her, your sins are forgiven.”  And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you.  Go in peace.”

The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.

It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity.  It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness.  Hate is death, forgiveness is life.

If the Lord can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong?  Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us.  We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.

Forgiveness works the miracle of change.  When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied:  “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?”  When you forgive you change others and you change yourself.  You change discord to harmony.

Forgiveness should span the years.  You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LEARNING THE ART OF FORGIVENESS (Photo by Pastor Davis)

you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made.  Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime.  Thus you release others and you release yourself.  You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you.  You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.

Forgiveness works two ways.  You must forgive to be forgiven.  “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”

Forgiveness should become a habit.  When the Master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: “Until seventy times seven.”  He who forgives to infinity will never hate.

Forgiveness should start now.  Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound.  Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness.  Life is short, time is fleeting.  Today is the day to forgive.

Forgiveness is the way to personal peace.  It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments.  It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been.  It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals.  It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.

Now learn the art of Forgiveness and you will experience the joy of real peace unlike anything you have ever experience before in your life.  We leave you with our peace that your soul will be blessed with everlasting joy in the name of Jesus.  Amen!

Relationship Strategies (Build upon a solid Foundation)

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS UPON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS UPON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF LOVE (Photo by Pastor Davis)

BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ON FAITH UPON A SOLID FOUNDATION

The relationships that you begin is your first step in building a life; the only way to get a life, is to build one of your own by building it on Faith upon a Solid Foundation, one that will never fail or forsake you.  Remember, Jesus is that Solid Foundation.  He is the beginning and the end.  When you choose to build your Relationship upon this foundation, you would have chosen wisely.

CLOSENESS KEEPS THE FIRE BURNING

Technology offers us many ways to connect instantly all over the world, but when you begin building a new relationship, it is something you have to learn and recognize the need to add to or subtract from. One may ask them-selves, “How do I build a life, from where do I start?” To answer that important question, how does day by day, moment by moment sound? One must make decisions and choices to decide what really makes their life complete. When planting  a garden, the very first step is to make sure the soil is prepared, healthy and then carefully select what is  to be planted; once planted,  wait, as what’s planted begin to appear, nourish and cultivate each seedling to maturity and watch them grow into something really beautiful and beneficial.

The same is with relationships that you begin building, making healthy choices in friends; cultivate them just as you would your garden.   Give time and attention to those you’ve chosen or those whom have chosen you, soon the relationship start to bloom, continue to feed and nurture it and the rewards can be beautiful. When building that solid foundation remember to add, faith, clear thinking, love and respect, vital for growth.

 Faith works in every aspect of life, how it’s activated is instilled in each of us, it is a gift from GodJesus is the descent of God in our lives; he is alive among us and is for us, not against us, he lives in each of us, our source to draw from. Now imagine this for a moment:

When your heart beats its vibrations forces blood through the highways within the body that sustain vital nutrients for life in this earthly realm. When Building Your Own Foundation allow indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be your guide, the Holy Spirit lifts us to another level or dimension with ability to explore and release such an energy force that leaves it’s effect within every person we come in contact with, that is if they are open and ready to receive the energy as it flows.

In order to avoid any interruption of flow, avoid negative thinking and attitudes, when encountered replace that flow of thoughts with positive feedback such as love and encouragement.

Understanding the principles of faith enables one to seek those ideas and thoughts worth holding on to. Troubles and tribulations that come may seem overwhelming because they are viewed from a negative point. Now close your eyes and focus, imagine that there is a long corridor ahead and you can only see so far, beyond that point just might be the biggest blessing of all, one unseen, that block you’ve added while Building Your Own Foundation.

Faith means reliance, scripture reminds us that, “All things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22). Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life, the person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirst no more, (John 6:35), “I am the World’s Light, no one who followers me

God’s Marvelous Light

stumbles around in the dark. I provide plenty of light to live in” (John 8:12) a reminder to remain diligent while Building Your Own Foundation.

Finally, Building Your Own Foundation on love and respect offers stability that what has been constructed is tangible and deserving of attention and honor from which the foundation was started in order to continue to grow and produce. When plants are not nurtured and feed they soon wilt and die, the same applies to those you’ve chosen to share in life with. With the birth of Jesus, it was the beginning of a new era, his life here connected each of us to the pattern, a process we strive to carry on; through his death, burial and resurrection we are blessed with an opportunity to grow in grace and choose wisely. Keep in perspective that Jesus is the Corner-Stone; that true and solid foundations therefore, build Your Relationships on Faith upon the Solid Foundation of Jesus Teachings of Faith and Love, putting those words of love into action and allowing them to lift you to higher grounds.

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Love Conquers all in a Loving Relationship

LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Photo by Pastor Davis)

LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Photo by Pastor Davis)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 ESV)

We’re all either in a relationship, getting out of one or looking for one.  No matter love 01what the situation may or may not be, everyone is seeking love.  Some of us are seeking it in all the wrong places and in all the wrong ways.  No matter, we want love.  We want to be loved and we want to experience it in ways that will define who we are.  Weather we are young or old, rich or poor, we are trying to reach a place in life that will define our happiness, our joy, our place in history, as a man or woman, a family or whatever.  We seek love; we seek to be loved, not knowing that; Love is the foundation and the apex of the pyramid of our existence.

Love is the “affirmative of affirmatives”; it enlarges the vision, expands the heart.

Love is the dynamic motivation behind every worthy purpose; it is the upward thrust that lifts men to the heights beyond their own limited imagination.

love 10Love is the creative fire, the inspiration that keeps the torch of progress aflame.

Love is down to earth and it reaches to the highest star; it is the valley of humility and the mountaintop of ecstasy.

Love is the perfect antidote that floods the mind to wash away hatred, jealousy, resentment, anxiety and fear.

Love alone can release the power of the atom so it will work for man and not against him.

Love, in the words of the World’s Greatest Lover, is the shining command:  LOVE ONE ANOTHER, and when we learn to love one another without a preset oflove 15 conditions, we would have then learned how to experience, the joy and pleasure of the totality of the relationship, and how to have a romantic love affair with the joy of life.

Now we can embrace the relationship, knowing that love is King and the flames of fire is filled with great romance and passion is our greatest desire.

We pray that this lesson has been a blessing to your soul, and if it has, why not share it with others so that they too can receive their blessing.  Thank you for reading and studying with us and may God bless you in every way this day, in Jesus name, Amen!

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