VIDEO What Does Love Do? Love Waits!

What Does Love Do? Love Waits!

 

Love suffers long. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Most adults are generally patient with infants or people with physical or mental limitations. That is, people who “just can’t help it.” And we should be. Patience is a godly virtue that the more capable can reasonably be expected to exercise toward the less capable.

But those folks make up a small minority of the people in our lives. Most of the people in our lives are just like us—relatively fit and capable. And it is those people with whom we find ourselves being impatient. We think, “They should know better; they’re taking advantage of our good nature”—all of which could be true. But instead of justifying our impatience, we should follow the apostle Paul’s words: “Be patient with all” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). He mentions three kinds of people before that exhortation: the unruly, the fainthearted, and the weak. Then he sums up by essentially saying, “be patient with all”—the old, young, fit, disabled, responsible, irresponsible. Patience is required toward all.

Think of those in your life who consistently try your patience. Ask God for the fruit of His Spirit of love to be manifested in patience toward all.

God’s love for poor sinners is very wonderful, but God’s patience with ill-natured saints is a deeper mystery.  Henry Drummond


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Everywhere and Nowhere

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7

A family friend who, like us, lost a teenager in a car accident wrote a tribute to her daughter, Lindsay, in the local paper. One of the most powerful images in her essay was this: After mentioning the many pictures and remembrances of Lindsay she had put around their house, she wrote, “She is everywhere, but nowhere.”

Although our daughters still smile back at us from their photos, the spirited personalities that lit up those smiles are nowhere to be found. They are everywhere—in our hearts, in our thoughts, in all those photos—but nowhere.

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is knowing God is with us.

But Scripture tells us that, in Christ, Lindsay and Melissa are not really nowhere. They are in Jesus’s presence, “with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). They are with the One who, in a sense, is “nowhere but everywhere.” After all, we don’t see God in a physical form. We certainly don’t have smiling pictures of Him on our mantel. In fact, if you look around your house, you may think He is nowhere. But just the opposite is true. He is everywhere!

Wherever we go on this earth, God is there. He’s there to guide, strengthen, and comfort us. We cannot go where He is not. We don’t see Him, but He’s everywhere. In each trial we face, that’s incredibly good news.

Thank You, Lord, that You are present with me here, right now. Teach me to lean on You.

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Our greatest comfort in sorrow is knowing God is with us.

By Dave Branon 

INSIGHT

In Psalm 139 David describes being overwhelmed by the reality of God’s constant presence—feeling it is “too wonderful” and “too lofty” for him (v. 6), even speculating whether he could hide from God (vv. 7–12). But ultimately David celebrates the wonderful reality that he was personally created by God (vv. 13–16) to be tenderly held and guided by Him (v. 10) and to know Him (vv. 17–18).

We too might have similar feelings when we try to comprehend the glory of the One who is always with us.

As you reflect on the wonderful truth of God’s presence, thank Him that He is there even in the midst of your pain.

Not Yet

“These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” (John 8:20)

This is the last of seven times in the gospel of John that the phrase “not yet” is used in reference to the forthcoming death of Christ. Although this was the very reason He came into the world, the event itself could not be hurried.

When His mother wanted Him to provide wine for the wedding, He said, “Mine hour is not yet come” (John 2:4). When His brothers urged Him to show His mighty works in Jerusalem, His answer was “My time is not yet come” (John 7:6, 8). When His enemies tried to take Him at the feast of tabernacles, “no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come” (John 7:30). Even when He preached His great promise of living water, John noted parenthetically that “the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39).

But His hour did come, and they did lay hands on Him and put Him to death. Then He was glorified, and the Holy Spirit was given. And now we await another great time that has not yet come. John speaks of this also: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but . . . we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2).

In that great time to come, all things will be made subject to Christ. “But now we see not yet all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:8). These great promises and others associated with them have not yet been accomplished—the world is far from being in subjection to Him, and we are far from being like Him. But the hour will come, just as the first one did, and it will be glorious. For “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). HMM

The Trials of Discipline

Hebrews 12:4-13

Since difficulties and pain are a universal experience of mankind, we may not recognize when our particular trial is the result of divine discipline. In Job’s day, the common thinking was that all suffering was the result of sin, but today some Christians have swung so far away from this flawed teaching that they fail to consider whether their adversity might be related to waywardness.

When this happens to us, we usually just want to find a way out of the difficulty and move on, but in every painful situation, God is working to purify our life and make us righteous. He knows our weaknesses and sees when we compromise and fall into sin. So as a loving Father, He intervenes to bring us back into obedience and fellowship with Him.

Pain has a way of bringing to light sinful attitudes and practices, of which we were unaware. It drives us to our knees, and as we draw closer to the Lord, we see more of His holiness and recognize the ugliness of our sin.

What we do with this conviction of sin is of utmost importance. If we grumble and groan but refuse to repent and change, then we lengthen the trial, which intensifies the pain and sets us up for further discipline. This is not a sign of God’s disfavor; rather it shows His love for us. He knows a path of sin is unfitting for His children.

Let’s choose the better option of repentance and obedience. When we let our trials train us in holiness, we will reap “the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11). And compliance with the will of our heavenly Father brings joy to His heart.

Despise not prophesyings

Jeremiah 36:5, 6, 8, 21-31

We must now leave Daniel at Babylon, and return to the wicked king Jehoiakim and the prophet Jeremiah at Jerusalem. Jeremiah, at the command of God, wrote all his prophecies in a book, that the king and people might yet be moved to repentance. Great is the patience of the Lord. He waiteth to be gracious.

Jeremiah 36:5, 6

When good men cannot do the work of God personally, they are glad to. call in others. How glad we ought to be to do anything for the Lord: if we cannot preach like Jeremiah, we can read like Baruch, and if so, we must be sure to do it.

Jeremiah 36:8

Baruch’s reading in the temple attracted the attention of the scribes and nobles, and after they had heard him read the roll in private, they carried it to the king.

Jeremiah 36:21-23

As Jehudi read the roll, the king cut off the portion, and scornfully burned it piece by piece.

Jeremiah 36:24

Contrast this wicked defiance with the tenderness of Josiah when he received the book of the Lord.

Jeremiah 36:25

God here takes kindly note of those who were of a better spirit, but their protests only aggravated the king’s sin.

Jeremiah 36:26

If we help good men as Baruch did Jeremiah we must expect to suffer with them, but we shall also share with them the guardian care of heaven. See the obstinacy of Jehoiakim; he will not repent, but becomes a persecutor of his best friends.

Jeremiah 36:27-30

He was not succeeded by any of his posterity except his son Jehoiachin, whose three months’ reign was counted as nothing. This wicked king had treated the prophetic roll contemptuously, and therefore his dead body was subjected to ignominy. The second roll contained more threatenings than the first: sinners multiply their miseries when they add to their sins.

Jeremiah 36:31

The king gained nothing by burning the roll, for all its threatenings remained. A man who hates the Bible for threatening the wicked with eternal punishment cannot quench the flames of hell by raging against the book. He would act far more wisely if he would escape from the wrath to come by repentance and faith.

 

As parchèd in the barren sands,

Beneath a burning sky,

The worthless bramble with’ring stands,

And only grows to die;

 

Such is the sinner’s awful case,

Who makes the world his trust,

And dares his confidence to place

In vanity and dust.

 

A secret curse destroys his root,

And dries his moisture up;

He lives a while, but bears no fruit,

Then dies without a hope.

 


Preserve me from the snares of sin

Through my remaining days;

And in me let each virtue shine

To my Redeemer’s praise.

 

Let deep repentance, faith and love,

Be join’d with godly fear;

And all my conversation prove

My heart to be sincere.

 

Teach thou my soul all sin to hate,

And loathe the thing unclean;

Thine image in me new-create,

And keep me pure from sin.

 


Reason’s glimmering light is vain

Till thy Spirit I receive:

He thy language must explain

He must give me to believe.

 

Then thy wisdom’s gift is mine

When thou dost the truth reveal;

Then I see the Lamb divine,

All the mysteries unseal.

 

All the seven seals he breaks,

Every truth of grace makes known;

All his children wise he makes,

But their wisdom is his own.

 


Jesus, thy mighty kingdom rear,

A stone unhewn of mortal hands,

Let the fifth monarchy appear,

And spread its sway o’er all the lands.

 

Now let that stone the image smite,

And break the iron, and the clay;

Conquer by thy blest Spirit’s might,

And force the nations to obey.

 

Lord, let thy kingdom now prevail,

And all opposing power disperse;

Soon to a boundless mountain swell,

And fill the happy universe.

 


Father of mercies! in thy word

What endless glory shines!

For ever be thy name adored,

For these celestial lines.

 

The best relief that mourners have,

It makes our sorrows blest;

Our fairest hope beyond the grave,

And our eternal rest

 

O may these heavenly pages be

My ever dear delight;

And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light!

 

Divine Instructor, gracious Lord!

Be thou for ever near:

Teach me to love thy sacred word,

And view my Saviour there!

 

Christ Came to Save Each Of Us

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world. (John 3:17)

Millions who have rejected the Christian gospel have generally been too busy and too involved to ask themselves a simple question: “What really is God’s intention toward me?”

They could have found the plain and simple answer given by the Apostle John: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved.”

This is a gravely significant message from the heart of God Himself! Yet, even in the full light it provides, people are indifferent. Upon our eyes there seems to have fallen a strange dimness; within our ears, a strange dullness. It is a wonder, and a terrible responsibility, that we should have this message in our possession and be so little stirred about it!

I confess that it is very hard for me to accept the fact that it is now very rare for anyone to come into the house of God, silently confessing: “Dear Lord, I am ready and willing to hear what you will speak to me today!”

 

A Constant Witness

“For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.” Acts 22:15

Paul was chosen to see and hear the Lord speaking to him out of Heaven. This divine election was a high privilege for himself; but it was not intended to end with him, it was meant to have an influence upon others; yea, upon all men. It is to Paul that Europe owes the gospel at this hour.

It is ours in our measure to be witnesses of that which the Lord has revealed to us, and it is at our peril that we hide the precious revelation. First, we must see and hear, or we shall have nothing to tell; but when we have done so, we must be eager to bear our testimony. It must be personal: “Thou shalt be.” It must be for Christ: “Thou shalt be his witness.” It must be constant and all absorbing; we are to be this above all other things, and to the exclusion of many other matters. Our witness must not be to a select few who will cheerfully receive us; but to all men” — to all whom we can reach, young or old, rich or poor, good or bad. We must never be silent like those who are possessed by a dumb spirit; for the text before us is a command, and a promise, and we must not miss it — “Thou shalt be his witness.” “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord.”

Lord, fulfill this word to me also!

 

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