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Love binds everything together…(Day 23) What Is Love? Challenge

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Unity cannot exist where there is no LOVE, no matter how different we are, no matter what our background is, what life experiences we’ve gone through, where we come from, the color of our skin or how much money or success we have, there is only one thing that can unite us all and that is LOVE. At the end of the day we all seek LOVE, we seek to LOVE and to be LOVED and this is evident in our pursuits of the things of this world…the underlying need that we’re really trying to fulfill is the need for LOVE

Today’s scriptures, (Day 23) of the What Is Love? challenge, tell us once again how to live as followers of christ, but most importantly we’re told we should “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony”

Colossians 3:8-15 (ESV)

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Most times this world will try to blur out, what is right and what is wrong. Because of this, we’re led to believe that we lead pretty Ok lives. The media loves to sensationalize things and highlight the most dramatic things that take place in the world. Of course they do this because that’s how they attract viewership and ratings. However, you can not base your life according to what you see in the world, if you do, you may end up convincing yourself that compared to what is going on out there, I’m doing pretty ok, I’m a decent person, you know at least I haven’t done that….

However, as christians we can’t base our life on the standards of this world, our standards are kingdom standards, the bible is very clear on what is right and what is wrong,

In today’s scriptures we’re told specifically to get rid of:

  • ANGER
  • WRATH
  • MALICE
  • SLANDER
  • OBSCENE TALK
  • LIES

As followers of christ we have to get rid of our old selves and put on a new self, one that is being renewed in knowledge, the ultimate goal is to be more like the image of our creator. As christians we are all one and we’re all connected together in unity by his LOVE.

As new people we’re supposed to exude the following characteristics:

  • COMPASSIONATE HEARTS
  • KINDNESS
  • HUMILITY
  • MEEKNESS
  • PATIENCE
  • FORGIVENESS

Above everything that we’re called to be, the most important is LOVE!!! Love brings everything together in perfect HARMONY and where there is LOVE there is PEACE. Let our lives and hearts be ruled by PEACE. Not forgetting to be thankful and remain content about everything and in every season of our lives.

Love Always,

XOXO

Dee

 



The Pursuit…

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Hi loves, hope you’re enjoying the summer :) Today, I’d love to share a little passage that stuck with me this week. And the passage is from a book I’m currently reading, “The Pursuit Of God” by A.W. Tozer.

SIDE NOTE: If you’re one of those people who read on the kindle app, either on your phone or your computer, this book is currently only 99 cents.

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This chapter, really stuck out to me because it talks about one of the burdens that a lot of us struggle with…this is the burden of “pretense” and “artificiality”, we are called to be meek…

But most of us are constantly struggling to find our value in this world. We go about our lives always fighting to be recognized and valued, either through our possessions, fame, money, power, beauty, relationships, education, knowledge, career, lifestyle etc

We carry the burden of shame because we feel like we don’t measure up…we’re not good enough…and this stems from constantly comparing ourselves to others, trying to find recognition and seeking for our place in society…

ultimately we’re just trying to be accepted…and because of this, we can’t truly be our authentic selves, we’re constantly trying to be something we’re not, we’re constantly hiding our flaws and weaknesses…

so that we can win the approval of others or so we can be validated…

the result of this is living in a constant state of shame and fear, hiding our true selves under a mask, while playing a role, pretending to be something we’re not….

“The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.” – A.W.Tozer

The big revelation, is realizing that our value does not come from this world but it comes from God, unless we surrender our guilt, shame and burdens to him and seek our identity in him, we will forever seek to be validated by this world…

and if this is the end goal, we will never find contentment and peace, because there will always be someone or something better out there…in essence without letting God determine our value, we’re just fighting a losing battle…

The only way to live without -

…..the burden of not being good enough,

……shame, guilt and fear,

is to PURSUE God

1 John 4:18 (ESV)

18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Love always,

XOXO,

Dee