Longsuffering

Longsuffering.

I learned what that word meant some years ago as I did a painting on the verse Galatians 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 NKJV
Today I thought about my relationship with one I consider my past “significant other,” but truthfully my past(?) love. I was thinking I went through longsuffering with him.

Longsuffering basically means being patient. However it is an extensive kind of patience. Imagine a husband or wife with a spouse, a child or a relative with cancer or some other type of deadly or serious illness. That wife, husband, parent or whoever would have no choice but to suffer long as their loved one goes through life with this temporary or possibly permanent illness. At some point, as true Christians we will go through some type of longsuffering.

Now don’t get me wrong. Longsuffering is not a bad thing. Why? Because God’s word says,

“…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Romans 5:3‭-‬4 NKJV

In patience, there is an element to persevere. You gotta stick with it, stick through it. Not many of us have a choice as to whether we will stick it through or skip over it. What is a shame is that if you skip that situation, you just may face it again until you learn what you should have learned the first time that situation occurred. So, please don’t skip over the hard stuff in this life that we face. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go through a hard time once and learn my lesson, than go through it three, four or five times.

I started this post thinking about what I’m going through. I’m happy I didn’t vent about my situation. My venting shall go elsewhere. This blog isn’t just about me and my life, but it is to share the word of God, the gospel, and everything else in the same line or topic. I want to share how I feel, but what’s the point.

Still love God,

In the end,

He knows

What is best.

TC

How Great Is His Love?

How great is God’s love that He would die for us?

Though He could have saved Himself, because He was the Son of God. How great is His love for us?

How great the Father’s love.

Many songs have been written about the greatness and mystery of God’s love.

I would like to know the greatness of His love.

Movie: The Case for Christ

Yes, Going First

This thing of going first is risky at times.

It is going first with risk of what you give not being seen or accepted.

Going first comes with the risk of being vulnerable.

Going first is not easy for some of us.

It requires us to be, what some would say, mature.

Going first is loving first.

Pushing past the hurt of what another person said or did and still choosing to love them. Loving them because you and I, we know it is right and we know it is what Abba requires of us.

From experience I can admit that going first is certainly hard. I thought that the more I went first the easier it would become, but I’m finding out now that is not how it works. So now,  I consider my flesh dying. My flesh, the past of me that is selfish, that only thinks about myself, that cares little about others, that hates other people. Galatians chapter 5 gives a greater description of the flesh and also of the Holy spirit.

Todays devotional talks about going first, loving first. God, Abba, heavenly Father,  Jehovah loved His creation first. He loves us first at all times.

This morning I realized He loves me more than my fiancé does. I see that my fiancé loves me,  but by events I now see that my soon to be husbands love for me is not greater than God’s love for me. God’s love for me is something I can be content in and content with. It is a journey for me to say something like this, because I know how important it is to keep God first in my heart and by my actions.

When I have children, I will have to love them first.

After loving God and after loving my husband – as is taught by the Lord knows who, because I don’t know where or who it came from.

1 John 4:7-21 July 6 2017 ODB

Love Is Powerful: Part 3

-Remember it is never about the love of power, but it is always about the Power of Love.
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love bears all things… and Love endures all things.
-You have the God given ability, which is the Love of God in you, by the Holy Spirit of God in you to bear and endure all things.
-Continue to be determined to live the rest of your life in the Powerful Love of God because God is Love and Love never fails.
-Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen!