“The Helmet of Salvation” 4/04/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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(revised from 1/19/2011)

“The Helmet of Salvation… Part 2 of God’s Armor” 

   (For the first  2 days writing…type 4/02-03/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I woke up this morning, and before I even had a chance to ask God to guide me through this day, I knew what I was going to write on today… I had been writing about scripture in the Book of Romans, but was sidetracked by the Armor of God, each and every Christian should  be wearing as a complete set…all 6 pieces…(Ephesians 6:10-20)   [ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

In looking at my own weaknesses as a Christian, I am hopeful that others can find out what pieces they are missing of the “Whole Armor of God”, to be able to make a stand against Satan… To be Spirit filled on a more  consistent basis, I believe it’s necessary to be wearing God’s complete set of spiritual armor…   As Christians, any chinks in God’s armor will allow Satan in, and leave a crack in our fragile clay vessel… Our cup cannot be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, if we have any cracks in it…

The apostle Paul tells us in this, in…Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)

The opening scripture talks about “the helmet of salvation”…   Salvation; or being saved by God’s grace, is all about obeying the Gospel of Christ…   We must understand the gospel, and respond to God’s calling…or we will be left to “die in our sins”, as the Apostle John pens this spoken by Jesus, in…  [See 1. Below for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]

John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

But once we are “Born Again” Christians, we must keep “the helmet of salvation” on 24/7…   Each and every day, we must be thankful for the grace God has gifted us with, as we have been accepted by Him into His family as a redeemed child of God…

As ambassadors of Christ, we must always look for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…  This, for sure, was one of my major shortcomings for over 7 years, as I have previously confessed…because I allowed the Holy Spirit to take a back seat in my life…keeping me less than Spirit filled…Ephesians 5:18-20

Heavenly Father, being Spirit filled is what every Christian should strive to become on a consistent, but not perfect basis… Help each and every reader understand that Your complete set of spiritual armor is required, to protect us from Satan… It starts with “the helmet of salvation”… Help us Father to be striving to put on Your protective armor piece by piece…

Help us to realize that any chinks in our spiritual body armor will leave us vulnerable to Satan, and his bag full of tricks to deceive us…   Being Spirit filled is an ongoing, daily labor of love for You Lord, as Your obedient children walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…   Help us Father, to keep our fragile clay vessel filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this fullness of Christ within each and every one of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,   bruce

 

References:

 

  1.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“WHERE DO YOU PRAY?” 6/26/2017 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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WHERE DO YOU PRAY?

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Is it in the quiet, stillness of the morning or when the evening comes?  Is it in a closet full of shoes and boxes that words of solace, supplication, praise and thanksgiving spill from your lips?  Do you pray when you first awake, or when you end your day?  Do you pray when you think about it, or when your heart is full of questions and doubts?  Are your prayers directed to the Creator of the Universe, or merely problems you’re trying to muddle through on your own?

Prayer is a very personal thing, in my opinion.  Asking, searching, quietness, peace, anger, guilt, hopelessness, anxiety are things we face on a daily basis.  These are things we often have no control over and we need help to overcome them.  Jesus spoke a lot about prayer in His ministry, but I love the comparison He gave when he spoke of knocking on the door.

There is a natural wall between us and God.  A wall which we constructed through our original sin as well as our disobedience.  For us to approach the throne of God, the barricade needs someone to tear it down.  Jesus did that when He took the weight of sin upon His own shoulders and carried it to the cross.  Because of that, we have a direct line to the Father.

We can pray while driving our cars, playing with our children, walking with our spouse, in our beds, on the floor.  We don’t need a special place to communicate with God.  He is everywhere and is available 24/7.  Sometimes we need the trappings of a sanctuary – a beautiful church – a small chapel, but God is not confined to those places.  We can go to Him in the beauty of nature, the busyness of daily life, the turmoil of a storm.  He will always be there.

Knock on the door by reaching your hand towards it. God wants us to talk to Him and He can’t wait to hear from us.  He loves us more than we can possibly imagine.  Don’t wait until things are out of control.   Remember too that God can understand even the feeblest of our prayers.  He has the power to translate groans when we don’t know what to say.  Just do it – PRAY!

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P.S. (from bruce) You don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior ??  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“How does God distribute spiritual gifts?” 6/25/2017 Posted by www.gotquestions.org

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Question: “How does God distribute spiritual gifts?”

Answer: Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians chapter 12 make it clear that each Christian is given spiritual gifts according to the Lord’s choice. Spiritual gifts are given for the edification of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7, 14:12). The exact timing of the giving of these gifts is not specifically mentioned. Most assume that spiritual gifts are given at the time of spiritual birth (the moment of salvation). However, there are some verses that may indicate God gives spiritual gifts later as well. Both 1 Timothy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6 refer to a gift that Timothy had received at the time of his ordination “by prophecy.” This likely indicates that one of the elders at Timothy’s ordination spoke about a spiritual gift that Timothy would have to enable his future ministry.

We are also told in 1 Corinthians 12:28-31 and in 1 Corinthians 14:12-13 that it is God (not us) who chooses the gifts. These passages also indicate that not everyone will have a particular gift. Paul tells the Corinthian believers that if they are going to covet or long after spiritual gifts, they should strive after the more edifying gifts, such as prophesying (speaking forth the word of God for the building up of others). Now, why would Paul tell them to strongly desire the “greater” gifts if they already had been given all they would be given, and there was no further opportunity of gaining these greater gifts? It may lead one to believe that even as Solomon sought wisdom from God in order to be a good ruler over God’s people, so God will grant to us those gifts we need in order to be of greater benefit to His church.

Having said this, it still remains that these gifts are distributed according to God’s choosing, not our own. If every Corinthian strongly desired a particular gift, such as prophesying, God would not give everyone that gift simply because they strongly desired it. If He did, then who would serve in all of the other functions of the body of Christ?

There is one thing that is abundantly clear—God’s command is God’s enablement. If God commands us to do something (such as witness, love the unlovely, disciple the nations, etc.), He will enable us to do it. Some may not be as gifted at evangelism as others, but God commands all Christians to witness and disciple (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). We are all called to evangelize whether or not we have the spiritual gift of evangelism. A determined Christian who strives to learn the Word and develop his teaching ability may become a better teacher than one who may have the spiritual gift of teaching, but who neglects the gift.

Are spiritual gifts given to us when we receive Christ, or are they cultivated through our walk with God? The answer is both. Normally, spiritual gifts are given at salvation, but also need to be cultivated through spiritual growth. Can a desire in your heart be pursued and developed into your spiritual gift? Can you seek after certain spiritual gifts? First Corinthians 12:31 seems to indicate that this is possible: “earnestly desire the best gifts.” You can seek a spiritual gift from God and be zealous after it by seeking to develop that area. At the same time, if it is not God’s will, you will not receive a certain spiritual gift no matter how strongly you seek after it. God is infinitely wise, and He knows through which gifts you will be most productive for His kingdom.

No matter how much we have been gifted with one gift or another, we are all called upon to develop a number of areas mentioned in the lists of spiritual gifts: to be hospitable, to show acts of mercy, to serve one another, to evangelize, etc. As we seek to serve God out of love for the purpose of building up others for His glory, He will bring glory to His name, grow His church, and reward us (1 Corinthians 3:5-8, 12:31–14:1). God promises that as we make Him our delight, He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4-5). This would surely include preparing us to serve Him in a way that will bring us purpose and satisfaction.

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What is the spiritual gift of miracles?

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P.S. (from bruce) If you are not born again, you won’t have a spiritual gift…  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“Cooked Evenly” 6/24/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL JUNE 23, 2017

 

Cooked Evenly

 

Ephraim is a cake not turned.
Hosea 7:8

A cake not turned is uncooked on one side; and so Ephraim was, in many respects, untouched by divine grace: Though there was partial obedience, there was too much rebellion left. My soul, I charge you to see whether this is true of you. Are you thorough in the things of God? Has grace gone to the very center of your being so that its divine operation is felt in all your powers, your actions, your words, and your thoughts? To be sanctified, spirit, soul, and body, should be your aim and prayer; and although sanctification might not be complete in you, still it must be at work in you. There must not be the appearance of holiness in one place and reigning sin in another; otherwise you will also be a cake not turned.

A cake not turned is soon burnt on the side nearest the fire, and although no man can have too much religion, there are some who seem burnt black with bigoted zeal for that part of truth that they overemphasize; others are charred to a cinder with a self-congratulatory pharisaic performance of those religious activities that suit their mood. The assumed appearance of superior sanctity frequently accompanies a total absence of all vital godliness, and the saint in public is a devil in private. He deals in flour by day and in soot by night. The cake that is burned on one side is dough on the other.

This is true of me, Lord Jesus; turn me! Turn my unsanctified nature to the fire of Your love, and let it feel the sacred glow, and let my burnt side cool a little while I learn my own weakness and lack of heat when I am removed from Your heavenly flame. Let me not be a double-minded man, but one who is entirely under the powerful influence of reigning grace. I know only too well that if I am left like a cake unturned, and am not on both sides the subject of Your grace, I will be consumed forever in everlasting burnings.

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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 P.S. (from bruce)  Not a Christian ??  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“Tongues.The Misunderstood Language (Part 3)” 6/23/2017 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 3)

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In Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 1)  I wrote that, in the Word, there are four distinct operations of tongues.  To recap…

  1. Tongues for personal edification (Man speaking to God)

  2. Tongues for intercession (Man speaking to God)

  3. Gift of Tongues with Interpretation (God speaking through man to man – Public Ministry)

  4. Tongues for a sign to unbelievers (God speaking through man to man – Public Ministry)

In Tongues…The Misunderstood Language (Part 2) I explained why I believe it is to every believer’s benefit to speak in a prayer language.

In this particular post, I would like to offer an explanation of why I personally believe that God chose to give New Covenant believers the ability to speak with Tongues.  By no means am I dogmatic in this explanation and welcome feedback.

For us to begin, we must first go back to the Garden of Eden.  Prior to the fall, Adam and Eve lived in heaven come down to earth.  As such, Adam operated only on a plane of faith.  He knew nothing other than the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  I can only imagine the conversations Adam had with our Heavenly Father.

With what language they communicated is unknown to us.  There is speculation that it was a pure form of what later became the Hebrew language.  I don’t believe this to be the case for several reasons, but it matters little for this post.  One thing that I do know is that the language was pure and undefiled; it was heavenly in its origin – that is until the fall.

After the fall, the world was turned upside down.  Faith became fear, life became death, and love became hate.  We see the immediate effect of the fall because Adam suddenly went from having a reverential fear of the Lord to SPEAKING of being afraid of the Lord (Gen 3:10).  This heavenly language was now defiled and no longer pure.  Furthermore, the direct line of communication had been severed.  Notice that God had to call to Adam, saying, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9.)

Following the fall in the garden, Adam and Eve were forced out of Eden (Gen 3:22).  Yet, one thing they obviously took with them was their heavenly language which had now become defiled.  As mankind grew, evil grew.  Eventually, because the evil of man became so great, the Lord flooded the earth destroying mankind, save Noah and his family. (Gen 6).  Despite the flood, one thing that was not destroyed was the now defiled heavenly language.

Fast forward a couple of hundred years, give or take, and we find Nimrod, the great grand-son of Noah. Nimrod leads the populace to build a tower to the heavens in order to make a name for themselves. (Gen 11:4).

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city(Gen 11:5-8 bold mine)

Did you get that?  The Lord Himself said, “…Now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”  Exaggeration is a lie and God cannot lie.  God knew that, because of their defiled heavenly language and defiled hearts, what man proposed to do would not be withheld from them.  What was the solution?  It was to rid man of this language by confusing their speech.  Babel was the last time that man spoke with that Heavenly language.

So, let us now get to the part of why I believe that Tongues are for everyone who is willing to receive.  The promise of tongues is mentioned in several places in the Old Testament.  However, in one place in particular, the promise is undeniable.

“For then I will restore to the peoples (nations) a pure language that they all may call on the name of the Lord, TO SERVE HIM WITH ONE ACCORD. (Zephaniah 3:9 bold/underline mine).

Notice the word, “Restore.”  To restore something means to bring back – to reestablish.  In other words, to restore a pure language meant that at one time there was a pure language.  As I wrote in part 2 of this series, “When we pray in a prayer language (Tongues) – one that is specific to the individual as given by the Holy Spirit – we are able to pray out secrets that would have remained secret if not for the revelation by God. When we pray in Tongues, nothing that is proposed will be withheld because it is God’s perfect will.

Some might argue that this pure language will be given after Jesus returns to set up his Kingdom of earth.  Others might argue that this pure language is meant for Israel alone and will be a purified form of the Hebrew language.  Honestly, neither of those suggestions makes sense to me.  Why then would God give us Tongues for the here and now?  Tongues are a pure and undefiled heavenly language given to the body of Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, as a way of direct communication with the Father while removing personal bias.

I will end with this…Why do you think the devil strives to get a hold of our tongues; the way we talk?  Why do you think he loves it when we say foolish things such as, “That scared me to death,” or “I just know I’m going to get sick this flu season?”  It is because words have power.  Therefore, pure words have pure power.

In my next post, my plan is to tell my story of how I came to speak in Tongues.  Until then, be blessed.

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“How the Gospel of Christ is Received” 6/22/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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     (Revised from 3/15/2012)

“How the Gospel is Received”

Mark 1:14-15Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (NKJV)

I have heard more than one explanation for what Jesus is teaching us in “The “Parable of the Sowers”, as Jesus used parables to tell a earthy story with a heavenly meaning…  [See 1. Below, for more on why Jesus taught in parables]  This Parable of the Sower, (or Parable of the Soils, as it is sometimes called), must be important…because it is recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke…  I am presenting what I believe is the most often used explanation, of what Jesus’ teaching is telling us…  I would welcome comments with any other thoughts, if they differ from this interpretation most often presented…

Obeying gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is at the very core of understanding how to be deemed righteous in God’s eyes… [See 2. Below for a gospel presentation]   I have been writing about the need to obey the gospel of Christ for many years now; and it wasn’t until my Q/T reading a while back in the Book of Mark, that it dawned on me that I should explore how one receives the gospel of Christ in more detail… I was also persuaded to write on this subject because of a book that I started reading some time ago, written by John MacArthur, titled… “The Gospel According to Jesus”…

So many people want to be saved from an eternity in hell, believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins… But believing this, without God gracing the unredeemed sinner with salvation…is a false belief that could leave one being turned away at the gates of heaven upon their death…  Jesus teaches us that the self-righteous works that many churches preach, as a requirement to have sins forgiven by God, is not what God wants from us…  Jesus warns those around Him (and us), about these false beliefs that by doing good works in the name of the Lord we can earn our way into heaven, in…

Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  (ESV)

God’s timing is always perfect !!  As I was reading in the Book of Mark, I realized that this is the only book of the 4 gospels, which has key additional scripture about the parable of the sower…  In the Book of Mark, we see wording about repentance, and sharing the “gospel of the kingdom of God”; which was later described by the apostle Paul as…“the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”, in…2 Thessalonians 1:8-9…   This eye opening scripture gives us a warning, with the outcome of “everlasting destruction”, for those that do not obey the gospel of Christ…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9   in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,  (ESV)

The opening scripture has Jesus starting out His public ministry preaching the need of repentance, and believing in the “gospel of the kingdom of God”… The need for repentance is at the very key to understanding the gospel of Christ, along with turning to Jesus Christ, seeking Him to become one’s personal Lord and Savior…as the unbeliever obeys the gospel of Christ…  [See 2. below for a gospel presentation]

Jesus’ last words to His disciples (and us) in the Book of Luke, just before He ascended into heaven, is…

Luke 24:46-48Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.” (NKJV)

Repent, and believe in the gospel”, is not only Jesus’ opening words at the beginning of His public ministry; “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations,” is the final command given by Jesus, which is indeed sharing the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around you…

Today I will begin explaining how the gospel of Christ is being received, with this scripture in…Mark 4:26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,” (NKJV)   I believe Jesus is using the parable of the sower (also described in…Matthew 13:1-23…&…Luke 8:4-15…as well as here in…Mark 4:1-20), to explain how this important message about His gospel, is received by those who have heard it…

The mystery of the gospel, and how God chooses those He will grace with the gift of salvation after the seeds are planted…are not to be understood by us mere mortals… We see this in scripture spoken by Jesus, only here in…Mark 4:27“and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” (NKJV)  Our command by Christ, is to share the gospel of Christ, by planting seeds… We may also help in the watering of those seeds planted, but it is God’s work to grow and then to bring in His harvest of believers…1 Corinthians 3:7

Jesus goes on to reveal this, in…Mark 4:28-29“For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” (NKJV)  In my humble opinion, this scripture refers to those that have been chosen by God to become part of His family… It takes time, and sometimes the hearing of the gospel several times, before the sinner finally repents of their sins with godly sorrow and a repentant heart, as they obey the gospel of Christ with ALL of their heart, mind, soul, and strength…

In the future, I will re-post my writing on the 4 types of soil (the 4 kinds of responses to the hearing of the gospel of Christ)…and the outcome of each seed sown in the various soils… There is only one of the four types of soil where seeds are planted, where a person  ends up maturing into a redeemed child of God… I believe we as Christians could benefit from understanding what causes 3 of the 4 seeds planted in different soils to fail, to better understand how and why people respond differently to the gospel of Christ presentation…

Heavenly Father, Your Word is clear that all we can do as believers, is to plant the seeds of the gospel of Christ; so that You Lord, can bring those seeds planted in fertile soil to maturity as one of Your redeemed children… I pray Lord, that You will use these humble words to plant seeds in readers that You have not yet graced with salvation…   And Lord, I pray that Your children would seek to remain Spirit filled…so that the Holy Spirit would empower and inspire them to share this good news message of the cross… May all of us Lord, benefit from Your Word in some way…  I pray for the Holy Spirit to move within us in a mighty way, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

Related links:

1.   More about parables –  https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-parables.html

2.   Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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“Question: “What does it mean that love is patient?”” 6/21/2017

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                                     Love is patient. Love is kind.:

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Question: “What does it mean that love is patient?”

Answer: First Corinthians 13 is the most beloved chapter in the Bible on love. Often recited at weddings, this chapter serves as a pattern for the ideal marriage. Yet many have not reflected on the larger context and its implications for today. In verse 4 we read, “Love is patient.” Three words fraught with meaning.

After making the point that love is a necessary ingredient in all ministry (verses 1-3), the apostle Paul begins to describe love. “Patient” is at the top of the list—“long” patience or “endurance,” according to some other translations. Godly love and a patient spirit go hand in hand.

Patience is noted as part of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Love is also mentioned there, revealing the close connection between these two attributes. Both love and patience are products of the Spirit’s presence in one’s life.

Since God is love (1 John 4:8), He is necessarily patient. “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6; see also Psalm 86:15; 103:8; 145:8). Even in judgment, God’s patience is evident: “God’s patience waited in the days of Noah” (1 Peter 3:20).

The Corinthians needed patience. Their sin of improperly taking the Lord’s Supper, for example, was partly the result of impatience and refusing to wait for others (chapter 11). Arguments regarding spiritual gifts (chapters 12 and 14) were likewise partly attributable to a lack of patience.

An insistence on one’s own schedule is selfish, and it is opposed to godly love. Patient endurance and long-suffering are hallmarks of a loving character. Love melts away the impatience and frustration that so often hamper one’s dealings with others. When the object of one’s love fails or disappoints in some way, what is the proper response? According to 1 Corinthians 13:4, the loving response is patience.

Related articles:

What does it mean that love is kind (1 Corinthians 13:4)?

What does it mean that love does not envy (1 Corinthians 13:4)?

What does it mean that love does not boast (1 Corinthians 13:4)?

What does it mean that love is not proud (1 Corinthians 13:4)?

What does it mean that love is not rude (1 Corinthians 13:5)?

What does it mean that love is not self-seeking (1 Corinthians 13:5)?

What does it mean that love is not easily angered (1 Corinthians 13:5)?

What does it mean that love keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5)?

What does it mean that love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6)?

What does it mean that love always protects (1 Corinthians 13:7)?

What does it mean that love always trusts (1 Corinthians 13:7)?

What does it mean that love always hopes (1 Corinthians 13:7)?

What does it mean that love always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:7)?

What does it mean that love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8)?

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“The Danger of Unbelief” 6/20/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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                         DAILY DEVOTIONAL JUNE 16, 2017

The Danger of Unbelief

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. John 10:28

The Christian should never think or speak lightly of unbelief. For when a child of God mistrusts His love, His truth, His faithfulness, it is greatly displeasing to Him. How can we ever grieve Him by doubting His upholding grace?

Christian, it is contrary to every promise of God’s precious Word that you would ever be forgotten or left to perish. If it could be so, how could He be true who has said, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”1 What would be the value of the promise–“‘The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you”?2What truth would there be in Christ’s words–“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand”?3 What value would there be in the doctrines of grace? They would be all disproved if one child of God should perish. What value could be placed in the veracity of God, His honor, His power, His grace, His covenant, His oath, if any of those for whom Christ died, and who have put their trust in Him, should nevertheless be cast away?

Banish then those unbelieving fears, which so dishonor God. Arise, shake yourself from the dust, and put on your beautiful clothes. Remember, it is sinful to doubt His Word in which He has promised you that you will never perish. Let the eternal life within you express itself in confident rejoicing.

The gospel bears my spirit up:
A faithful and unchanging God
Lays the foundation for my hope,
In oaths, and promises, and blood.

1) Isaiah 49:15
2) Isaiah 54:10
3) John 10:28-29

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce)  Not 100% sure you are a Christian ??  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

 

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