Shared Word

Today’s devotional topic is about recognizing that although many of us are different [or the same] in race, color or ethnicity we are all created by God. He knows every single one of us and He does not rank us to see who should receive His love – no, He loves us all the same. With a GREAT love. Jesus said He will never turn away those who come to Him regardless of how our outward appearance looks.” – Tiffany Cole
Our Daily Bread: Where Did I Come From? June 8. 2013
John 6:36

Age 20

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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

Love One Another 

Little children, I am with you [only] a little longer. You will look for Me and, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to come.’   I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”

JOHN 13:33‭-‬35 AMP

Foundations of Relationships

The enemy of all mankind the devil doesn’t like to see anyone have a good relationship.
-Protect your relationships.
-Love is the FOUNDATION upon which relationships are built. 1Cor 13:1-13.
-Truth (Honesty and Integrity) are the BUILDING BLOCKS for relationships. John 14:6; 8:32.
-Communication CONFIRMS, SUSTAINS and MAINTAINS relationships. 1 Cor 1:10; Acts 2:44-47.
-Agreement is the POWER in relationships. Amos 3:3; Acts 2:1-4, 4:32-35; 1:8.
-Christ at the CENTER is the VICTORY in all relationships.
John 15:5 Jesus said:
…for without me all of you can do nothing.
1 Cor 15:57
But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
+++Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to the Lord Jesus Christ be all the glory. Amen!