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I was recently talking with someone about some relationship struggles they were experiencing. The need for patience was what we ended up with as a critical component to loving better.
It’s very interesting, that in the love chapter in 1 Corinthians, it starts with “Love is patient…”.
Love in our relationships (spouse, friends, family etc), is more than just the thought. God wants us to love, not just in word, but also in deed! The good part is that God will help us love.
Here are 4 habits Christians could practice to better love one another:
- Be Patient in All Things
1 Corinthians 13:3
Love is patient, love is kind….
- Keep Your Promise
Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.
- Learn to Let Go
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- Trust Without Wavering
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Article by Mark & Cindy, Vision Christian Media
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, for the brethren to dwell together in unity. Relationships are such a part of our lives that at times we forget how important and necessary they are. Every part of our day is revolved around different forms of relationships. Imagine a life with no relationships? We would be like a person stranded on a deserted island. Yes, at first it might be alright, (especially for introverts), but after a while without any other human contact, we...
The fundamental truth is that as “followers of Christ”, we need to know the voice of our Father BUT in a world with so many voices bombarding us all the time, this is not only hard but can be very confusing. John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me. We have voices telling us how to do just about every part of our lives. Who to vote for, what we identify ourselves as, what is right or wrong. You name it – the voices are plentiful and loud. As believers, God...
Despite having 21 years to prepare a father of the bride speech for my daughter wedding last week - it’s hard as a father to keep reminding yourself that “your little girl” isn’t that little anymore - she has grown up into a beautiful women. There are many great privileges a father gets to have with his daughter. Things like Blowing bubblegum bubbles A high five that stings Learning to whistle First bike ride Rollercoaster introduction Using power tools Fits of laughter and moments of tears...
‘He saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”’ Acts 10:3 NKJV
When God wants to bring about change, He often starts by giving someone a vision. That’s what broke a centuries–old racial barrier and allowed the Gentiles to hear the Gospel for the first time. Did you know you can be a Christian and be prejudiced? Yes, you can be a believer and be biased towards people you don’t know or understand because you’ve spent your life avoiding them and making judgments about them.
Jesus told His disciples, ‘This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.’ (Matthew 24:14 NKJV) And Peter was present when Jesus said it. But either he wasn’t listening, or he didn’t like what he heard. Back then, the divide between Jews and Gentiles was similar to the mistrust many people felt towards Japanese nationals living among them during World War II.
God told Peter to go to the house of Cornelius and preach the Gospel—to a Gentile, a person Peter considered ‘unclean’. Prejudice is the product of a closed mind. It’s judging someone before you get to know them. It’s pride that must be humbled. So how did God change Peter’s heart? It required two different visions! God gave Cornelius a vision in which He told him to invite a Jewish preacher named Peter into his home to preach the gospel. And at the same time, He gave Peter a vision in which He basically told him, ‘If I accept someone, don’t you dare reject them!’
The truth is, when God wants to change things, He starts the process by giving someone a vision—and that someone could be you!
SoulFood: Josh 8:30–10:43, John 14:15–25, Ps 147:1–11, Pro 29:1–5
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©
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