August 10, 2011 Comments Off on Actions and Words
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. -James 1:23
Throughout our life we constantly hear the phrase “actions speak louder than words”. We understand it. Take it to heart. File it in our mind and move on. Never applying it, consciously.
We, as christians, today are so good at speaking the bible, telling others we go to church, singing worship songs in the car, or telling people we are praying for them. But when do we ever actually take action?
There are situations in your life that are going to call you to be Jesus rather than speak Jesus. Nobody can BE Jesus, but you get the point.
Think about the last friendship/relationship in your life and how it ended. What do you remember? You probably remember the actions as of why the relationship ended rather than what was said. You remember what the person did you, rather than the apology. Why? Because your actions leave a lasting impact more than your words.
Sometimes we get so busy telling others about God that we forget to spend time with God, ourselves. We get so caught up inviting people to church, writing blogs, counseling others, or listening to Pastors that we forget to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (All those things are extremely important to your walk, but that’s not the point of this post)
If I can write these blog posts, but do not live the very words I speak then what good is that? If my actions do not align with the words I speak, then what kind of a witness am I?
Before I die to others and love on them the way Christ loves me, I have to die to myself first and love me for me first. If you can’t love the person God has called you to be, you can’t love others the way you need to.
May 18, 2011 § 2 Comments
You’re going to the doctor today and you’re symptoms are: lack of communication and ability to show love.
Today, we feel the pressures more than ever to give into our wants and desires. We are fueled by a society that is used to getting what it wants, when they want it. Patience is almost a forgotten virtue and our role models are in the next great movie found in the box office. So, where does God fall in all of this? This world is sexually charged and you can’t even flip on the TV without it coming to your head.
Here’s an analogy involving christmas and love:
1) You know it’s December, but it’s just not Christmas day quite yet….You know you’re in a serious relationship and all the elements are there; the feelings, the “I love you”, their ability to always be there for you, the year long relationship (The snow, the cold weather, the christmas music), but you just don’t quite have the ring on her finger yet.
2) You know exactly what you want, but you’re just not sure yet until you actually open your presents to see if it’s what you wanted…You know exactly what you think sex is about, you think you know exactly what it’s going to feel and be like. But you just won’t know until you actually do it.
3) You have the opportunity to open your presents because you know where they are, even though it’s not even christmas day…You know who would and wouldn’t have sex with you, you know when and where it would be possible, but it’s not even your honeymoon yet.
So here’s the point or the moral of the story- like christmas presents, a sexual relationship is highly valued, desired, and you look forward to that day very much. However, if you decide to open all your christmas presents early, once christmas day comes you will have nothing to open on that special day and there will be nothing exciting about christmas to you because there’s no presents for you to open. If you decide to have sex over and over again before you get married, you’re going to get to that special day and it’s not going to seem very special to you. You’re going to have wasted your opportunities on people that seemed like they mattered, but now you can’t even remember the last time you talked to them.
If you can just wait, you’re honestly almost there and and it will all be worth it in the end because it will be the most special time of your life. You’re not with you boyfriend or girlfriend anymore, you’re with your spouse; the person you’re going to be with for the rest of your life. Why not make it special with the one person that it actually matters with? Why not save those christmas presents for christmas day? That way you will feel special opening them and go through those last couple of weeks like Christmas day knowing that you have something special waiting for you under the tree. So say, NO BANG BANG ON THIS CHOO-CHOO TRAIN.
Our lack of ability to communicate love is our greatest excuse for giving into sinning. We find ourselves not knowing how to communicate our feelings and just pick the thing that first comes to mind. However, patience is the key to owning your life for God. With great patience, comes maturity and wisdom. We all have the ability to build the people up in our life or tear them down. You have the ability to make someone feel just as special as having sex with them by giving them continual encouragement and standing by their side.
The bible tells us that our tongues can even speak death or life into people. As christians, we have a commitment to God to build each other up in life. We have an uncanny responsibility to speak encouragement into our girlfriends and boyfriends, not get mad at them when they let us down.
If you’re in a relationship that only speaks to your sinful nature, that only calls out to your desires of your human body you need to flee. Yes, I know it feels great and feels amazing – God made it, of course it’s going to be amazing, but it is going to lead to the destruction of your self-worth. Relationships have to be uplifting, not destructive.
Each and everyone of us have our own love language, it’s our duty to discover it – not let someone fill in the blank for us and throw away our purity. Some people show love through words, some through writing, some through gift giving, and some just from being faithful. God has created you to be something and someone special, all you have to do is trust his promises for your life.
It is every guys duty to make sure a girl accomplishes her goals and walk with Christ, not lead her astray. If he is only in it for himself, he is not the one for you. As men, God called us to be leaders to you and enable you to run after your goals and calling on your life; building you up, praying for you, and spending time pouring into you. Yes, these kind of guys exist. You just have to look hard for them, they are few and far in between, but when you find one – you better not ever let Him go.
Before you even go out on a date, you have to run through the motions in your head and make decisions. Before you even think about deciding to find a boyfriend, you have to decide what your boundaries are going to be. When yall start dating, you have to sit down with him and lay down the rules. It’s your duty as a woman to tell him this is the line and it’s his duty not to cross it. Bad company corrupts good character!
Proverbs 8:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Matthew 8:26 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends
Song of Solomon 8:6
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails