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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

Her husband entrusts his heart to her, and with her he will have all he needs. She brings him good and not trouble all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12

Can Jesus entrust you with His heart? 

Are you trustworthy?

Is your life one of excellence?

Are your actions motivated by love?

Do you unconditionally obey Papa’s precepts and commands?

Even if you answered yes to all these questions, there is always room for improvement. 

Right?

Here are a few suggestions. 

Be intentional. Live as if there are no do overs.

Be selective. Never make a promise you are not willing to fulfill.

Be transparent and authentic. Your words and actions should compliment, not contradict one another.

Be fugal with your words. Say what you mean and think before you speak.

Be a guardian of your time. Relationships require time and patience.

Yes, becoming a person of integrity— trustworthiness is not easy. 

Selfishness and pride are formidable and unrelenting enemies. Thankfully, you have at your defense Scripture.

Something I cling to when I grow weary and need inspiration. Allowing Papa’s love and wisdom to anchor itself deep into my soul and spirit.

“Let Me (Jesus) tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Here’s another way to put it. You’re here to be light. Bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. 

If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket? Do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand— shine! 

Keep open house. Be generous with your lives by opening up to others. You’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16

(Jesus) “Listen carefully. Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. 

In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

If any of you wants to serve Me, then follow Me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves Me.” John 12:24-26

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. Luke 6:31

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

(Writer of Hebrews) Let your character— your moral essence— your inner nature be free from the love of money. Shun greed. Be financially ethical. Being content with what you have.

For He has said, “I will never under any circumstances desert you. 

Nor give you up. 

Nor leave you without support. 

Nor will I in any degree leave you helpless. 

Nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you. 

Assuredly not!” 

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper in time of need. I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 

How powerful is Papa’s love for His children?

The constant, unfailing love of God is what truly lasts. Psalm 52:1

It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed. His tender compassions fail not. Lamentations 3:22 

Your loyal love is so great that You are always ready to relent from inflicting misery. Jonah 4:2

He does not hold onto His anger forever because He delights in showing love and kindness. Micah 7:18       

With His love He will calm all your fears. Zephaniah 3:17

My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God. God is love. So you can’t know Him if you don’t love. 

This is how God showed His love for us. God sent His only Son into the world so we might live through Him. This is the kind of love we are talking about. Not that we once upon a time loved God. But that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins, and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. 1 John 4 7-10

Papa’s love is powerful because it is who He is. 

PAPA IS LOVE!

Try this experiment. Substitute Papa for love. 

Love (Papa) is patient. Love (Papa) is kind. Love (Papa) isn’t envious— doesn’t boast, brag or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love (Papa). Love’s (Papa’s) never rude, crude or indecent. Love’s (Papa’s) not self-absorbed. Love (Papa) isn’t easily upset. Love (Papa) doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice.1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Yes, Papa’s love is a treasure of immeasurable worth. A treasure He shares with others. Only asking that they share it too.

Unconditionally loving others is…

Waiting without criticizing, complaining, murmuring or nagging.

Forgiving when others fail or disappoint you.

Accepting others for who they are without demanding or expecting change.

Remaining calm— not easily angered.

Empathizing with the person or situation.

Actively listening. Hearing what they have to say and thoughtfully considering their thoughts and beliefs.

Unconditionally loving someone announces to the world. “This individual is important to me. I treasure the longevity and health of this relationship.”

Admittedly, unconditional love is rare. Especially in today’s world where what’s in it for me is the life mantra of so many. 

But those who embrace unconditional love soon discover. Love given unconditionally is usually returned unconditionally. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

GO DEEPER

What are 5 ways you show others unconditional love?

What can you change today that will help you love others unconditionally?

(Excerpt fromThe Gold Standard)

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Gracious Thinking

The Book of Job is believed to be the oldest book of the bible.

Why was it the beginning of God’s story as told to man?

Could it be its wisdom is foundational if one desires a life of spiritual excellence? 

Trusting Papa regardless of circumstances?

Job asked the questions all those of faith have asked.

Why do I suffer while the wicked enjoy life?

Why do those who despise and dishonor Papa receive blessings many of faith never experience?

Why would a holy and just God allow those who truly love Him to suffer?

Why?

For God’s glory!

Papa is sovereign! Who are we— His children to question either His motives or methods? 

Our sole responsibility is to love and obey Him always!

Always means always— the bad times as well as the good times.

It is during the bad times— darkness when Christ’s love and compassion shine the brightest. Showcasing God’s glory dwelling in those who call Him both Lord and Papa.

Individuals who are Christ to a hurting world. 

Loving their neighbors as themselves.

Blessing those who curse them. 

Praying for those who hurt them. 

Conquering evil with good.

Job eventually surrendered to God’s sovereignty and plan for his life. Praising God’s name no matter the circumstances.

Why?

Papa alone knows the beginning from the end.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways. For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9

Holman Christian Standard Bible

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No Fear Living

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Faith On Steroids

Why is it? When we watch Olympians on the victory stand. Simultaneously smiling and crying as their countries’ national anthems are played. Something stirs deep within our souls.

Perhaps it is Papa reminding you and I of the unique destiny He has planted in each of us.

Although many dream of going for the gold— their destiny. They lack the steadfastness, patience and dedication to cross the finish line. In a culture that chases instant gratification, not excellence. Developing a disciplined, self-controlled life is formidable.

Time, hard work and self-denial are viewed by many as inconvenient and unnecessary. But for those earnestly seeking transformation. They separate the winners from the losers. 

Winners routinely make difficult and courageous decisions.

Winners…

Persevere when the emotional high disappears, and they are left with only hard work.

Continue to pursue their destines despite financial and relational risks.

Shrug off others ridicule, doubt or lack of support.

Discipline their emotions, tongues and thoughts when all hell is breaking loose.

Live a life of excellence even when breakthrough appears distant and unattainable.

If you are going for the gold, whatever you do. Do not raise the white flag and surrender before you reach the finish line!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

New King James Version

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Purifying Fire

 

In the bible the color orange is symbolic of the fire of God, deliverance, passionate praise.

 

The season of orange has arrived

Others have labored so we can reap

A spectacular harvest of souls

No other god delivers this way

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Be patient until coming of Christ

Strengthen your hearts in this certainty

You must never doubt or be timid

Do not waver for the end is near

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Just as orange leaves foretell autumn

So will it be before Christ returns

Signs surrounding, warning everyone

Son of Man is coming with sharp sword

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Judging the world with holy justice

Exposing the motives of men’s hearts

Destroying evil authority

For He’s the Alpha and Omega

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Time for God to restore everything

As promised by His holy prophets

Beloved He will strengthen your hearts

So you will be blameless and holy

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The God of peace will sanctify you

Spirit, soul, body will be blameless

Reprimand, encourage with patience

Assured crown of righteousness is yours

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Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait

His mercy will bring eternal life

Don’t be threatened, frightened by scoffers

Those blinded by this world’s evil one

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Day of the Lord will come like a thief

Peace and security disappears

Sudden destruction falls upon earth

Those not in darkness won’t be surprised

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Rolling thunder, flashes of lightning

Sky ablaze in glorious orange

Purifying fire pummels the earth

Papa reigns, passionate praise erupts

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His justice, righteousness will prevail

Orange fire devours His children’s foes

All witness His anger and tremble

Shout mighty praise for deliverance

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Christ will come with a mammoth army

Every knee will bow and worship Him

Ruling nations with an iron rod

The earth cleansed in a sea of orange

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Those who have eyes to see, ears to hear

Be a voice shouting in the darkness

Repent turn from your ungodly ways

Seek salvation while it may be found

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