God Defines Love

1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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So, the Lord tells us in these verses and throughout His Word, what love is and what it is not.  There will always be people trying to define love, but since God IS Love, His definitions are factual, they do not change and it is certainly not a matter of opinion!

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If you’ve known me for a while, you may remember that I chose the 1 Corinthians passage to be read at my Mom’s Going Home service.  

If ANYONE I’ve ever known understood what love is, it was her.  She was kind, compassionate, forgiving, understanding, patient and anything else defined by love.  

I know she was not perfect, as none of us are, but she was a godly woman, who in losing her husband at 50, showed how much she dearly loved him by living into her 80’s, never remarrying. 

She loved the Lord.  The two of us talked about Jesus and His glorious creation, and just about anything and anywhere we went, she found some way to turn the conversation to Christ.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.

Mom loved her family, friends and strangers.  She had six children and several grandchildren she enjoyed. 

At her service, so many people came to me to say that she was their “best friend”.  How can one person be so special to so many people?  She was who she was, a genuine friend and confidant, a prayer warrior and someone anyone could trust with their deepest secrets and darkest pain, knowing the information would never go anywhere else.

She worked a hotline where calls would come in all throughout the night and I would hear her softly console and converse with strangers as though she had known them all their lives.  From the time the phone rang, until sometimes hours later, she never acted sleepy, bored or uninterested. She stayed engaged and focused on their needs. 

I thank the Lord for allowing me to call Kay Wilson my mother, and that I grew up with such a precious example of a godly, smart, beautiful,loving lady. 

Father God,

Thank You for this glorious, rainy day

Even when it is not so pleasant outside, You are preparing the earth for the next season

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

We ask that You heal those who are not feeling well

Those who are low in spirit

Please remind those who have cause to celebrate for any reason, that You bring blessings into our lives

Please give them a heart of thanksgiving 

Lord, thank You for love

Especially, thank You for the love Jesus had to go to the Cross for us

He gave His Life for us

Please give us delight in giving our life to Him

To use for His glory

In the Name of Jesus

AMEN

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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