Love Lesson

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Recently,  I received a little lesson in love thanks to God's amazing Spirit. I learned that in the past, I always had the wrong idea of what love was. By society's standards we learn that love is an overwhelming feeling that we have toward a person. We hear so many songs about how good love has been to someone or even how love hurt them.  But rarely do we hear about the act of love and how truly transformative it is. 

A very popular verse in Scripture says that God is love. And it's true! But what does that really mean? If you check out 1 Corinthians 13 (aka the love chapter), you'll find a list of what real love entails. If we can be honest...that list reads off everything that we aren't. 

Are you truly patient? Are you able to resist the urge to let the petty take over when your boo or bae makes you upset? Do you always want things to go your way? Do you have to fight the desire to throw acts of the past in your significant other's face?

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Overcoming these shortcomings is difficult to achieve. Why? Because of our sinful nature. As mere humans, we don't have the ability to truly love others unless the Spirit of God is dwelling in us. To be a true lover, is to be like God and that is something that is impossible without His help. 

Love, in the way it was truly designed, should transform you. Love should make you better. It also is an action that we will never arrive at. It's a continual sanctification process that we will need the Lord's help with every single day.

Love is also an opportunity to demonstrate to others what it looks like to act out the first and greatest commandment: loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.

So before you go out in the morning or before you encounter anyone, ask God to help you to love. 

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Your Life, His Hands

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“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:14

There’s nothing more powerful than knowing EXACTLY who you are. When you’re grounded in your identity, you’re able to walk with confidence and speak with assurance. Knowing who you are makes it easier for you to live a life of unending joy and peace.

However, when you’re unsure of who you are or where you come from, there begins to be a deep sense of longing. You find yourself to be living a life of confusion more so than a life a stability. You’re floating wherever the wind takes you because you have no direction. And fear can become part of you.

But the Good News is...this does not have to be your life. There is Someone who has already made you their own. Someone who has your full identity in Their hands and desires to bring you into Their family.

That Someone is God.

Our identity was molded long before we were born. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that before we were even in our mother’s womb, He KNEW us. Our identities were never lost, they were always in the hands of the One who created us.

The only way to find what He has in His hands is by seeking His face. We must get on our knees in prayer and ask that we be filled with His Spirit who leads us into all truth (John 16:13). We must also go to His word which is our guide, and reveals to us who we are right in this moment (Hebrews 4:12).

You may be wandering, but you don’t have to be lost. Allow God’s word to affirm in you who you are and watch your life completely transform. You are a child of royalty. You are a person who has the ability to walk in freedom. Choose that. Walk in that. Cling to that.
 

The Seed. The Time. The Harvest.

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I was so thrilled to receive plants for my apartment. One of them, which I named ‘Lil Boo’ (don’t ask lol), is definitely my favorite out of the three. The reason why I show that plant so much favor is because it has yet to fully bloom. It has beautiful flower buds on it that are beginning to blossom. Watching them make progress serves as a reminder to me that beautiful results take time and patience, but they also take nurturing and care.

So often we hear people say to “trust the process”. While it sounds pretty cliche, I think it’s safe for all of us to agree that it’s a true statement. Trusting the process is probably one of the hardest things to do in this life. To make it even better, there will be countless times where we will have to go through the cycle of planting and nurturing before we can enjoy the beauty.

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My beautiful, growing plant once started as a seed. In the Word, we sometimes come across metaphors paralleling seedtime and harvest with faith and manifestation. When seeds are usually planted for crops, it is at least six months before the expected harvest. Six months is half a year...which is a lot of time. Since we don’t hold the time, we have not choice but to either practice our patience or let the seed die.

Look at a seed as a symbol of your faith. It doesn't matter the size. There is a promise or desire resting in your heart that you are believing God for. So, you plant that seed first by being convinced that there will be an end result. I highly doubt a farmer would plant a seed that would not eventually sprout. That seed, also, must be placed in good soil. Good soil for us is a pure heart with our belief in God’s ability at the center.

Once the seed is planted, we care for it and nurture it through prayer and patience as we allow God to do the growing. Yes, we water. But God has to send the rain.

Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord comes. See how the farmer waits for the land to produce its rich crop. See how patient the farmer is for the fall and spring rains. You too must be patient. You must remain strong. The Lord will soon come back. James 5:7-8

See? We have to wait, but we also must trust the God is coming with the harvest.

When we choose to neglect our seed by ceasing to water it with prayer or even not getting rid of the weeds or dead ends around it, it dies. Don’t allow your faith in God’s promises to die.

Waiting and long-suffering is the most difficult part of the process. But just as neglecting the seed can be harmful, rushing it can be just as bad. You could water a plant daily if you so desired because it seems right, but in all actuality it does the plant more harm.

Be wise in your waiting by seeking God on how to do so. Your crop will grow so beautifully, full of health and with the hand of God on it. Who wouldn’t want that?