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Love Never Fails

So these things continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Cor. 13:13

 Jesus Christ, the Messiah, never wrote a book yet His message of the Gospel and the nature of His love was indelibly impressed upon the hearts and minds of His followers who wrote about it in the pages of the Bible. They could never forget the love of their Savior and Lord. He was their model. His very life and sacrificial death clearly defined love for them – and for us today.

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Faith That Pleases God

faith that pleases GodIf we truly love God with all our hearts, minds and souls, as Jesus commanded us, we will endeavor to please our heavenly Father in every area of our lives – how we speak, how we live our lives, and how we treat others.

However, the greatest way, I believe, we can please God is to acknowledge Him in our hearts and enjoy intimate communion with Him. Wherever we go and whatever we do, we should acknowledge Him in all our ways. The writer of Hebrews tells us:

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must [first of all] believe that He exists, and that He will [always] reward those who earnestly seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

Before we came to saving faith in Jesus Christ, we wandered this earth in uncertainty, restlessness, and sinful choices. We had no lasting peace or joy in our lives, because we didn’t really know the true source of all peace and joy. We were alienated from God, and thereby the most miserable people. Then, one day, we heard the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time. Our hearts opened up to the good news that God loves us, has a perfect plan for us, and wishes for us to turn our lives back to Him. He would forgive us of our rebellious ways and accept us back into His family – if we would acknowledge our transgressions. Like the story of the Prodigal Son, our heavenly Father would throw a big celebration in heaven on our behalf, in order to rejoice in our return. And He did.

Afterwards, we began living a new life of faith, our sins were washed away. We had peace with God for the first time in our lives. All our doubts and insecurities were dispelled. We now earnestly seek God everyday and trust in His promises through faith. We no longer feel condemned, for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live according to the leading of God’s Spirit.

Isn’t wonderful to be saved today? Let us praise and thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who made it all possible. Let us continue to walk in the kind of faith that produces a changed life, a hope for eternity with God, and manifests the kind of love in our hearts that will please God and help draw others to Christ.

– Luis Josephus

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Scripture References:

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” – Romans 5”1

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:26

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” – Romans 8:1


 


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Rebuke a Wise Man

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“Do not correct a fool or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.” – Proverbs 9:8

Do you love God? I’m sure you do.

Do you love your church pastor?
Ah, maybe you have to think about that question some more. You see, too many Christians do not fully recognize that their local church pastor  or elder is God’s representative and spiritual authority over your life. They have been given the responsibility to look after you…to teach you and disciple you and protect you from straying away from God’s flock or making mistakes that will hurt your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your local church pastor is your overseer (1 Peter 5:12). His is the ruling shepherd in the church and is accountable to God for you under the “Chief Shepherd” Jesus Christ. Their job is to feed you the Word of God, guide you in your spiritual walk, and guard over your souls.

Loving Reproof

It is also a pastor’s job to correct you when you’re doing something wrong. Some believers don’t like this part of a pastor’s function, but it is a biblical fact. Reproof and rebuke is often necessary for all of us. When your pastor reproves you, don’t get angry at him or falsely accuse him of being unloving. If he cares enough to correct you, he is demonstrating the same love that God has for you:

“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son [or daughter] He receives.” – Hebrews 12:6

The Greek word used here for “chastening” is paideia. It not only carries the nuances of “discipline,” “rebuke,” and “correction,” but also the positive connotation of “training” and “guiding instruction” by a loving parent to bring their son or daughter to mature adulthood.

When a pastor chastens us for something that needs to be corrected in our lives, we should do the right and wise thing and accept his correction with humility. We should recognize that He loves us and desires to see us achieve our fullest potential in Christ.

“Reprove not a fool, lest he hate you.” The fool, on the other hand, does not respond well to reproof or discipline. He faints when being rebuked and becomes angry and resentful towards his pastor or God. The fool is destined to never learn from his mistakes or reach any spiritual maturity. Some are so prideful they will actually leave the church when reproved and fall away from God.

”… rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

The wise Christian doesn’t get their feelings hurt when reproved by their pastor because he regards the Lord’s discipline as evidence of his pastor’s love and concern. He sees God’s grace and commitment to us as our Father in his actions.

” Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

When we receive correction from those in church authority – such as a pastor or elder, instead of getting mad, let us remember the admonition of Jesus who declared that whom He loves, He rebukes. Instead of sulking in self-pity, let us repent quickly and learn to love reproof.

” As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.“ – Revelation 3:19

– Luis Josephus

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Doing the first works

Bible_man_reading_1“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” – Revelation 2:4-5.

Jesus is speaking to many of us through this letter to the Church of Ephesus who had “lost their first love.” These Ephesians church members were still blood-washed, born-again believers, but they had lost the excitement and devotion they once had for Jesus. Remember when you first got saved; how excited you were about God?

Spiritual backsliding is a common problem in the church. After years of walking with God, many of us may slowly begin to neglect spending quality time with God or even going to church. Our faith becomes lukewarm and we might also backslide morally. The solution for correcting this problem, Jesus said, is to remember therefore from where we have fallen; repent, and do the first works again.

Since the first step is to repent, we need to acknowledge our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us. He is always merciful and faithful to forgive us, and to cleanse us, once again, from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Secondly, we must start from scratch in our faith and “do the first works” we once did in the beginning. What are the first works?

  • Studying the Bible daily.
  • Spending quality time in prayer and hearing God’s voice.
  • Going to church regularly and saturating your spirit with sound biblical teaching, and collective praise and worship.
  • Fellowship regularly with other believers.

If you have lost your first love, or drifted away from God, or fallen into immoral sins, don’t give up on Jesus, because He hasn’t given up on you. He still loves you dearly and desires to restore you back to Himself. All He asks is that you Repent, Confess, and “Do the first works” again. He will restore your life with His abundance of peace and joy.

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God can mend your broken heart

He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3

The Scriptures tell us that “many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers them out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). Just because we’re walking with God and trying to live a righteous life does not exempt us from afflictions. People will still be people. They will still hurt us with their words and actions. Some will even betray us and break our hearts.

But Jesus will never let us down. He is our Great Physician and comes immediately to our rescue when we dial the heavenly 911 through prayer.

When we take our hurts and disappointments to the LORD in prayer, His healing love and peace bandages our wounds and brings comfort to our aching hearts. No man-made medicine in the world can mend a broken heart as good as Jesus. He knows exactly where it hurts and where to apply His healing balm.

He alone cares for us like no other.

Our family and friends can try to comfort us with their caring hugs and sympathetic gestures, but only Jesus can penetrate all the way down into our very souls. He pours spiritual oil and wine into the wounds and gives us ease, health and peace once again.

We can always count on Him when we need Him because He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. His love and mercy endures forever, and our joy and strength will be restored to us in due season.

Remember to cast all your cares and hurts upon Jesus, for He indeed cares for you.

If you’re hurting today, pray the following prayer:

”Oh gentle and loving God, Creator of heaven and earth, bestow to me Your grace, Your touch of healing, Your presence of peace, Your loving comfort. Jesus, my Great Physician, as You often did when You walked the earth, stretch forth Your hand, and heart of healing right now to me. Amen.”

– Luis Josephus

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I know love hurts, but…

I know love hurts but...I KNOW LOVE HURTS BUT…

Don’t let your heart of love die.

Remember that our Lord Jesus forgave those who hurt Him and crucified Him on the cross. One of His last words before He died were, “Father, forgive them..” Shouldn’t we follow His example?

– Luis Josephus

“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”

– Corrie Ten Boom, Christian Speaker and Holocaust Survivor


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God is never far from us

“His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him – though he is not far from any one of us.” – Acts 17:27

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God is closer than we think.

How do you know if someone truly loves you? By testing their love.

Anyone can say, “I love you” with their lips, but do they really mean it? Do they ever call you or try to communicate with you in some other way? Do they find ways to spend time with you, make you happy or demonstrate their love? If not, their love is just empty words – void and meaningless.

God wants us to genuinely love Him – revere, honor, trust and obey Him, with all our hearts. That’s why He purposely tests our love by hiding himself from us for a time, in order to see if of our own free will ,we will seek for Him. He wants us to hunger for His presence and search for Him through prayer, the study of His scriptures, by honoring Him in word and deed, and by worshipping Him through music and song.

After our Heavenly Father is convinced that we genuinely love Him, He reveals Himself to us, and says, “Here I am; you’ve found Me. Now I know you really do love me and want to enjoy my fellowship.”

When God tested Abraham, He asked him to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. At the last moment He told Abraham, “Stop. Do not harm the boy. Now I know that you really revere, honor, trust, and obey Me, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son” – Genesis 22:12

In what area of your life is God testing you? Do you want to experience God’s greater presence today? Show Him that you really love Him. Don’t be content with shallow religion; seek for all that God has purposed for you. Go deeper in God than you’ve ever gone before.

– Luis Josephus

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to know and love You in a greater way each day. Show me new ways to demonstrate my devotion to You. Bless me with a fuller revelation of your presence today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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