Do you feel like your life or mind is a messy room?

There was a guy I knew once, he was homeless and struggling with addiction. My hubby and I, by the leading of the Holy Spirit took him in. Of course the guy had his story, we all have a story. When you work in the type of ministry as we do, you hear many of them. The trick is getting to the TRUE story. It is our human nature to tell our story from a place of victimization. Somehow we are masters at leaving out our part that caused us to be in the situations we find ourselves in. Knowing this, my hubby and I are very prayerful and try our best to be as welcoming to the Holy Spirit as humanly and spiritually possible. Letting Him know we need Him desperately at all times. After-all, helping people is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! As Christ followers, we are called to get dirty, in the mud and even suffer a bit with the spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically lost and suffering. Well without going into all of this particular guy’s personal struggle. It became obvious that he wanted all the benefits of help (roof, money, food, etc…), but did not want to own his part or change the way he “did life”.

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I remember when I went through a trial years ago where many things in my life that were sinful and superficial were stripped from me and left me and my children living in a home for women. Although, I gave up my apartment at the time and went there voluntarily, it was still one of the hardest times in my life. This place was one step up from a shelter. They gave you a roof, 3 meals a day, life skill classes (which I hated) and helped you get training and/or find employment. I just went there to start from scratch and have my life built on God’s foundation and not my own. I could tell you much more, that would singe your eyelashes, but for the sake of this post, let’s just say I suffered greatly. It was horrible, painful, and many times I wanted to just close my eyes and not wake up. God was redefining my life. He had to tear down and rebuild, but it was a very painful process. A necessary and  key ingredient of this process was, I was ready to just surrender. Even though I did not understand every little thing that was happening at the time, I knew it had to be God. Certain things were not making any sense. People I had helped for years were suddenly unable to return the favor. I was completely left on my own, it was me and God. He was showing me He was my provider, my protector and my deliverer.

Many times we want the blessings and all the promises of Christ, but are not willing to surrender or change. We want to profess we are believers without a true transformational journey in Him. We want all the gain with no pain (sorry I couldn’t resist0750). It’s like a child who is told to clean his room and then he’ll go fishing with Dad, so he stuffs all the mess under the bed and in the closet and gives his room the impression of being clean, when actually there are loads of hidden clutter that has not been properly dealt with. The child gets angry with Dad when his mess is discovered and is told, “No Fishing!” The child then pouts, protests as if he deserves a reward for his disobedience. Does this sound familiar?

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I always say, adults are no more than big children running around the earth pouting and protesting when we can’t get our way, but refuse to do things God’s way. You can pout, protest and shout, but is it getting you anywhere? Why do we expect to still receive the promises of God when we will not truly allow Him to be Lord in our lives? I would say it’s easier to just surrender to God and His process in your life. It may be inconvenient, you may feel a little pain, but it is Sooooooo worth it in the end. He will transform you from the inside out and your life will be a more precious and pleasant experience to live each day. Is your life or mind a messy room? What areas of yourself are you still holding that you need to surrender to Christ? Start with praying and repentance, being honest with yourself and deciding to give up laziness, that should be a great start to allow God to work in you for His good. #SomethingToThinkAbout

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Are you for real?

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Well my birthday is coming up on Monday. I will be 48 years old. I can’t believe it, me, almost 50!!! Although, I must say this is the most liberating wonderful time of my life so far. God has given me the confidence to just be me and not worry about how I’m received by others. Do not misunderstand me please. I happen to be a loving person and will go out of my way to make sure I’m helping others be all they can be, but not at the expense of being true to who I am. If you are not mindful, people will have you forsaking the essence of who you are to accommodate their fears and flaws. I have learned this the hard way. It is not necessarily that they mean to, we are all selfish by nature and it is only God who can bring this to our attention and teach us to be more considerate of others.

When I was younger the overly conscientious me would almost die at the thought of someone not liking me, being against me or any type of confrontation. Therefore, I would find myself shrinking away or staying quiet from an immense fear of offending someone or someone being angry with me. Fear and my own insecurities drowned out who I really was. I would find myself going along to get along, knowing deep inside I may be in total disagreement. Well I’m happy to say that through God’s word, grace, mercy and many trials; I am free!!! Free from the looming doom of what someone says or thinks about who I am. “If God is for me, who can be against me!” I wake up everyday in His presence and I rely on Him to help me be the best me I can be! I am a straight forward type of person, it’s truly hard for me to be dishonest in a relationship, I need to say how I feel! Of course, I use God’s wisdom as when to let my feelings be known. Nevertheless, I must be transparent, that is my nature. When fear left, my true nature arose. I am comfortable with who God created me to be.

However, not everyone is as happy as I am. I have a hard time remaining in close relationship with people who like to pretend. It’s my Achilles heel. I have an extremely hard time pretending things are okay when they are clearly not. What I have found in life though, is people LOVE pretending! It is extremely comfortable for many people to live in fantasy land. They like pretending and hiding their true feelings. They will suffer internally trying to hide how they really feel and pretend on the outside that everything is lovely. Then in walks a person like me, who is upfront and forthcoming and I become the enemy! They have a “Do not Disturb” sign on their life of illusions. Then here I come ruining La-La land by just being honest and upfront, not wanting any relationships with false pretenses. Many people lie when they say they want the truth, no they don’t. They want you to go along or shut up and go away.

Therefore, I have to resign to the fact that not everyone will like me. I have family & friends who truly get me and appreciates who I am and I’m okay with that. God has blessed me with wonderful close friends and as long as I wake up everyday truly loving God, humble, loving others and wanting to please God, He will take care of the rest. I will no longer worry about who likes me and who does not. God is in control, not me. I will only forewarn you, if you do not truly want an honest friend, I’m not the friend for you. On the other hand, you are free to be honest with me, I welcome it, even if it stings a bit, that’s okay. Life is short, get with God and be strengthened in who He created you to be and run with it!!!♥

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WordPress Challenge – Out of Your Element

I’m taking the Fiction challenge Opinionated Man! Here it goes… (eyes squinting and fingers crossed)☺

 

I Could Be Wrong…

~Here he is with that face again. Boy, those pearly whites are shiny, but there is something underneath that peace. Everyone likes him. Why can’t I just go along to get along? I get on my own nerves. I mean, he has always been nice to me. He shows up early, always helpful and friendly. Look at his wife, very pleasant, she seems a bit sad under the radar though. His hair is nice, he even has dimples, and he speaks so eloquently. After all, he is a great father, so it seems. His wife brags about how he lets her sleep and stays up late with their daughter. I like his daughter Emily, she’s cute and shy, except in class. Her Mom always has a bow in her hair and she wears the cutest jewelry for a 7-year-old. She compliments me on my shoes. There is something there, she is very active in class, but when he comes she clams up a bit.  You would hardly notice unless you were paying close attention.

I can tell he is rather strict. The wife and daughter have to make him look good, I believe it’s very important to him. One night after one of our meetings, Emily was playing with all the other children in the playroom. He came in to chit-chat with me for a second. As he was coming in Emily happened to be rough housing a bit with Tommy, another kid in the class. Tommy and Emily were rolling over some bean bags and laughing. He came in, saw them rolling around the floor, walked swiftly over to Emily and stood her up straight by her arm with one of his hands very abruptly. “Young ladies do not roll around on the floor, do you understand?” he yelled. In 30 seconds all the laughter and joy was sucked out of the room as if by a vacuum. Tommy was frightened and Emily put her head down in sadness and shame. At that moment I wanted to stick up for Tommy and Emily, but I did nothing. He turned to me and struck up a conversation as if nothing had happened. I went along as well as if nothing had happened. It was awkward and weird. It was like getting a sneak peek at a monster who disappeared as fast as it appeared. Then again, maybe he is just a strict father. Could it be that my “gut feeling” is distorting my reality of what is really happening?

Why can’t I just let this go?  Am I a glutton for punishment? Everything is going so great. People are coming and helping. We all work well together and make a great team. Why do I always have to be the one? Maybe it’s me. Do I just look for things to be wrong? Oh wait, here he comes.  “Hello Sir, how are you?”  “I’m great and yourself, by the way, thank you for volunteering the other night. You helped us out big time,” he says. “No problem, happy to help,” I say. He walks away as chipper and friendly as ever and I find it annoying. As if he’d been found guilty of murder and let go immediately. Gosh! I feel so phony! I have absolutely no proof or any tangible reason to not like this guy.  What is wrong with me? No, wait, I cannot ignore this churning in my gut! I don’t care if he seems cleaner than bleach! I don’t care if his name is Dr., deacon, Minister or Pastor whatever! I sense it and I can tell by how he interacts with his wife and daughter, as my grandma used to say, “All that wash ain’t clean!” Sometimes God gives you a sixth sense about these kind of things. I bet my life Minister Bryan is doing something to that little girl! Then again, I could be wrong… Without proof, what can a person do? What would you do?

Are we there yet? Yes we are here…

Here we are.  Finally in the time the bible warns us about in Isaiah, Matthew, 1 John, 2 Timothy etc…  There are so many false teachers surfacing to the fore-front as “spiritual leaders” and teachers that you really have to work to stay aware.  Masses of so-called Christians are being deceived with New Age Spirituality being let in the church by church leaders and Pastors. It’s awfully sad that it does not have to be this way, but because MOST Christians will not pick up their bibles and study to save their life (literally), they are just following whatever sounds and looks good. Wake up people!!!  If you call yourself a Christian, it is time to STUDY THE WORD! That is the only truth.  The ultimate truth.  The word of God has to be the final authority to a believer.  If you call yourself a Christian and have decided that the bible is NOT your final authority, then I’m not speaking to you.  You have already decided that God is not your final authority.  I’m speaking to those of you who are true Christ followers and want to know the truth from the mouth of God.  You want to walk in His ways and not follow the world to destruction. Anyone who changes, omits, or adds to the Word of God is a false teacher.  Stop listening to them and reading their books or read their books and measure every word by THE WORD of the bible.  We are in the time where you must choose once and for all if you are truly following Christ. This I am writing out of pure love from The Father. Do not be deceived. I will write more on this to assist you in making a decision in making sure the bible is The Authority in your life. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it’s time to wake up…

Romans 16:17-18 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Matthew 17:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Here is a video with Johanna Michaelson who use to be in the occult. This is just one video, please start to do your own research on the subject of false prophets and false teaching in the church and world today.

Beware of “love.” It does fail

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Beware of “love”, It does fail, even in the church…The root of rejecting God is a sandwich of Pride-Power-Arrogance.  It is no different from satan being thrown out of the heavens for wanting to be God. He wanted the same power God has. When we want that same power (even unknowingly) and to remain in complete control, our subconscious reflex is to reject Christ. To reject Him, His Word, and His way. The first action is to eliminate sin, satan, and hell.  If there is no sin, there is no satan, no hell; so no need for repentance or a savior. Eliminating Christ, eliminates accountability, conviction, and correction.

Without The True God, Jesus Christ, there is no accountability, but still a need for peace and love. Man then creates a worldly religion of service to a false god of false love (2 Timothy 3). Everything becomes admissible under the guides of “love.”  Living under this false love, everything is admissible as long as it makes yourself and/or others happy. Christ’s love is serving God and serving others. Serving others through God is obedience to God, spreading the gospel, The Good News, making disciples of Christ and contending for the faith. Serving God is preaching and teaching The Truth, The Holy Word of The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is feeding the poor, healing the sick, caring for orphans and widows, etc…

Worldly love is serving satan by serving self.  Seeking self fulfillment apart from Jesus of Nazareth is serving satan. This is a false love that seeks its own way while promoting peace and togetherness. Worldly love is always driven by pride arrogance and self-gratification. Worldly love easily tosses Christ’s love aside, it’s too constrictive, too rigid, and too much to answer to. This “love” is broad, tolerant, self-indulgent, and arrogantly peaceful. This false gospel of love, peace and joy is seducing spirits that are at war with The God Almighty of The Bible.

2 John 1
9 Whoever transgresses[d] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

This  “love” has even crept into the church. Sin and false teaching is overlooked under the guides of “love”, acceptance and not offending anyone.  Leaders and church members involved in known sin or indulging in false teaching are not confronted because they just need “love.”  Apparently, this false definition of love is one that always feels good, is pleasing to the eyes and ears, always brings people together, and brings peace. Well those things can and do happen when operating in Christ’s love, but there is also another reaction that authentic Godly love provokes. The true anointing and power of God alludes us when we will not confront sin and/or false beliefs that have crept into the church among us.  A little lie mixed in with truth, makes it no longer truth and left unchecked, the lie takes over.

God’s authentic love does not always provoke a warm fuzzy feeling. Many times The love of Christ will separate, divide, agitate, make angry, make enemies.  Many times when you walk in the truth of Christ’s love you will be attacked, falsely accused, made an outcast, and persecuted.  As a matter of fact, beware when everyone praises you.
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Christ’s love requires Truth and His Truth, many times is not received favorably and/ or rejected. Christ was crucified and all the Apostles, but one killed in the name of True Love. They walked in The love of God spreading the gospel and loved not their lives even unto death. They spoke and defended God’s truth, risking their very lives. If you know Jesus you will walk in The authentic Love of Christ, living, teaching, and preaching The One True Gospel of Jesus Christ; no matter what comes.
1 John 1
The Test of Knowing Him
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Don’t be fooled by the world’s false love. If you follow Jesus and live by His Word, then like Jesus many will leave you, try to discredit you, attack you, plot against you, and persecute you. When these things start to happen, you may truly be walking in The Love of The One True God. Just like in the days of Christ, The truth is rejected more often than received.
Matthew 10
Christ Brings Division
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’[e] 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Narrow is the gate that leads to salvation and broad is the way to destruction. Telling people the truth, of sin, satan, hell, death, Christ, death-burial-resurrection and salvation is true love. How can we call ourselves Christ followers, see someone living in the bondage of sin, false religion and not share the gospel; for fear of what they may think of us? Authentic love is knowing they may reject the truth, but telling them anyway.  After that, it’s between them and God.  We plant and water, but God gives the increase. Beware of the world’s false definition of God’s love, their “love” does fail. It is only His true love that has The power to set the captives free.
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The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The authentic love which is Christ’s love,  It never fails.
The first characteristic of love in first Corinthians chapter 13 is suffering.
“4 Love suffers long and is kind” This text informs us that if we truly walk in Christ’s love we will suffer. It will not be all roses, daisies, cool whip, and fun. It is loving people as God has called us to love, walking in Holiness and truth.  Do not let the enemy deceive you into believing God’s love will always feel nice and comfortable, whether you are on the giving end or receiving end. Therein lies the deception, so anytime we are confronted with His truth and we feel uncomfortable, the truth bringer is now accused of not walking in “love” and we cry offense. All because we secretly revile truth. The flesh does not like truth. The way the bible describes John The Baptist, I’m sure he would be accused of not “walking in love” in our modern times.  He would be accused of “judging.” The accuser of the brethren, hard at work to intimidate the bringer of Christ’s truth to be quiet for fear of offending others. Do not be deceived, continue to walk boldly in the authentic love of Christ, speaking the truth, contending for the faith and trying every spirit to see if it be truly of God. (1 John 4:1)

A dog who brings a bone, will carry a bone…

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Oh my, how the lips love to move, a curling of the tongue, a wink of the eye, and a pounding heart of excitement.  Be watchful of those who come to you with juicy information and slander.  Gossip and slander has ruined more families, reputations, businesses, and relationships.  It is such an insidious sin that infects the weak.  Yes, I said the weak…  What kind of person would want to hear someone bad mouthing another human being?  It is our sinful nature that would either slander or sit and listen to slander of another person.

Proverbs 16:28

The Message (MSG)

28 Troublemakers start fights;
    gossips break up friendships.

I heard a saying years ago, “A dog who brings a bone, will carry a bone.”  This simply means that if someone comes to you telling the business of another or slandering another, you can be sure that same person will do the same to you.  If someone comes to you slandering another, that person will also slander you.

I absolutely abhor slandering or talking bad about someone else!  It makes me instantly not trust the person slandering.  I go even a step further to let the slanderer know how wrong it is and that I care not to hear it!!  I go a step further and suggest that they confront the person they feel has harmed them.  We should also call the person out as a group if they persist on bringing division among us!   That may sound controversial to some of you because we live in a day where we are PC and deathly afraid of offending anyone.  Sorry, but the truth is often offensive.  Exposing darkness is not an offense, it is a responsibility.  If we truly love God, we will hate what He hates.

Proverbs 6:16-19

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies,
And one who sows discord among brethren.

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Do not fool yourselves, if someone will sit and secretly say bad things about someone to you, they will do the same with them about you.  

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Now, I am not talking about being genuinely concerned about a matter and confiding in a friend or getting counsel for direction or accountability.  This approach is a healthy part of conflict resolution concerning relationships.  I am specifically addressing gossip, rumors, slander, and bringing division among people.  This kind of person is like a cancer to any group and/or community.  If you were to get to the root of the slanderer, you will usually find: anger, bitterness, insecurities, need for control, jealousy, and/or resentments.  Therefore, it is fair to say that the gossip or slanderer is sick themselves and in need of healing, but instead of facing their own sickness, they operate in a spirit of strife, criticism of others, and judgement of others.  They are the finger pointers.  What does the bible say about these type of people?

Proverbs 20:19

New Living Translation (NLT)

19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
    so don’t hang around with chatterers.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

English Standard Version (ESV)

Godlessness in the Last Days

3 But understand this, that (A)in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be (B)lovers of self,(C)lovers of money, (D)proud, (E)arrogant, abusive, (F)disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 (G)heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, (H)not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, (I)swollen with conceit, (J)lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but (K)denying its power.(L)Avoid such people.

That is right, the bible says AVOID SUCH PEOPLE.  In 1 Corinthians chapter 5 Paul talks about ignoring sin among brothers an sisters in Christ.  We are not to ignore for fear of offending someone.  We are to uphold righteousness.  If someone persist in sin and it is clearly a character defect and they refuse accountability and/or correction, then we must avoid such a brother or sister.  If more of us were to not tolerate and expose this sinful behavior, the gossipers and slanderers would be convicted and possibly get with God to change.  As long as this is an acceptable behavior, they feel it is okay to continue. Just recently, I had someone who started to talk ill of another person and I shut them DOWN!  I mean they started to say awful things about another person and it made my stomach literally churn.  Well needless to say, I do not believe this slanderer will EVER come to me with any ill words ever again and I say GOOD!!  We must have courage to speak truth in love.  Why are we more afraid of what man thinks than what God has commanded?

Ephesians 4:29

English Standard Version (ESV)

29 (A)Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give (B)grace to those who hear.

We are supposed to love one another and speak kindly towards others.  If we can’t find anything nice to say, like we learned as children, then don’t say anything at all.  We are supposed to believe the best in all people.  If you really feel a person is in error, go to that person and have the courage to tell them face-to-face.  It is not your job to expose them to others and start a smear campaign.  Pray for them and if they need to be brought down, God will do it.

Titus 3:2

English Standard Version (ESV)

2 (A)to speak evil of no one, (B)to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and (C)to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

Look at King David in the book of 1 Samuel 26:7-11

David would not harm Saul even though Saul was wrongfully seeking to kill David…

1 Samuel 26:7-11

The Message (MSG)

7 So David and Abishai entered the encampment by night, and there he was—Saul, stretched out asleep at the center of the camp, his spear stuck in the ground near his head, with Abner and the troops sound asleep on all sides.

8 Abishai said, “This is the moment! God has put your enemy in your grasp. Let me nail him to the ground with his spear. One hit will do it, believe me; I won’t need a second!”

9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t you dare hurt him! Who could lay a hand on God’s anointed and even think of getting away with it?”

10-11 He went on, “As God lives, either God will strike him, or his time will come and he’ll die in bed, or he’ll fall in battle, but God forbid that I should lay a finger on God’s anointed. Now, grab the spear at his head and the water jug and let’s get out of here.”

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If you have been hurt and you confide in one person as a part of your healing process, that is appropriate, but it is never appropriate to start talking bad of and telling anyone who will listen about the person who hurt you and how horrible they are.  We are supposed to love and love covers, love does not slander.  David could have slandered Saul and even killed him, but he showed respect to whom God loves.  As much as you are hurting because someone has hurt you, remember God loves that person just as much as He loves you.  Pray for them, so not to allow your heart to become bitter.

Matthew 5:44

New King James Version (NKJV)

44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[a]

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1 Peter 4:8

English Standard Version (ESV)

8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since (A)love covers a multitude of sins.

“a better me equals a better you”

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Or, you could even say, a better you equals a better me.  The idea is that we are all interdependent upon one another.  No man is an island.  Although, this particular saying is not in scripture, it captures the tone of community from scripture.  The body of Christ, we are called.

Ephesians 4:16

English Standard Version (ESV)

16 (A)from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, (B)when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The bottom line is we need one another, even when we think we do not.  What plagues one, given enough time, can and often does plague many.  We can only give out, show, or communicate what we have within ourselves.  Therefore, if I have mostly ignorance, fear, and hate, that is what I will show and communicate to others.  Although, if I have love, peace, joy, and wisdom, that is what I will show and communicate.  Ignorance is just as contagious as knowledge and wisdom.  Also, the last thing desired is to get a bunch of ignorant people together to validate one another, Lord help us…

I say all this to say that, when I take the time to better myself, to learn, to grow, to understand…  I am helping my community around me; because then, the better me will spill out to others.  I have a responsibility to share what has freed me, opened my eyes and made me whole.  It is a fundamental principle of Christ fueled by The Holy Spirit Himself, one can only give what one has.  Christ gave what He had; His love, His servant-hood to mankind, His wisdom, The Father, and ultimately His Life.  He walked the earth giving all that He is and it makes the world better.   He charges us to do the same; to know Him, become better, and make the world better; that men might be saved.  Therefore, let the love of Christ shine brightly within you, that others may see His glory in the earth.   That is why I pray by the grace of God and examine myself before Him with His Holy Spirit, God help me be more like you.  A better me equals a better you, a better you equals a better me♥

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

English Standard Version (ESV)

God of All Comfort

3 (A)Blessed be the (B)God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and (C)God of all comfort, 4 (D)who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.