Love is in the NIV Bible 686 times. What is God telling His people?
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part. and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
This is a story about Jonah and God. God had instructed Jonah to give a message to Nineveh because the people’s evilness had come before Him. However, Jonah fled instead and took a ship to Tarshish where he was thrown off because of a great windstorm had threatened a possible shipwreck, the men on the boat were aware that Jonah was fleeing from God and figured that was why there was a terrible storm, they really wanted the storm to end. Jonah told them to throw him into the sea and the storm would stop. However, being thoughtful or reluctant to do such a drastic thing that might anger God they prayed to God not to let them perish because of Jonah, before throwing him overboard. Afterwards for fear of God they made a sacrificial offering and made vows. In the meantime the great fish had a divine appointment to swallow Jonah which he did, and Jonah was detained for three days and nights. Jonah finally cried out and prayed to God and God raised him from the pit. As God as done for many of His children. God gave the great fish the command to vomit Jonah on dry land. Jonah was called by God a second time, God instructed Jonah to preach the message He told him. This time he arose and went to Nineveh and preached the message God had given him and the people repented. So God saved them which angered Jonah because he figured that was God’s original intention that is why he didn’t want to deliver the message the first time. In addition he was angry because the message blessed them, now does that make sense?
Moral of Story: When God speaks and gives you a message to give, do not run lest you be swallowed up by a great fish, who knows what will happen after that.
This story begins in chapter 12 of Samuel, Samuel is presenting Israel with a king that they requested, and God granted, Samuel was leading them without a title that a leader may receive such as king. The people were very adamant, they wanted a king, although Samuel did not mistreat or wronged anyone and did not accept bribes. In which the people agreed but yet they wanted a king even though God was a witness and performed many righteous acts for them and their ancestors, such as when He sent Moses and Aaron to bring the people out of Egypt. The people still wanted a king. One could say some people are like their biblical ancestors, all that God has done for them such as giving them King Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In addition to feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for them, the people are wanting and choosing leaders who do not measure up to Jesus, the perfect king and leader. A leader who serves the people. Jesus made it clear about service in John 13:4-5, picture this, He laid aside His outer garments, took a towel, and tied it around his waist,then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and finally, wiping them with the towel that He had wrapped around him. This is what the followers of Jesus ought to do in addition to becoming leaders like Jesus.
Moral of Story: Why ask for a king when you already have the perfect Leader and King
God has always been with me, I felt His aura over me when I was baptized at 12 years old, at that time I did not understand that it was His presence. God granted me my vocation of nursing, where I was able to minister to patients, families, and staff. I am most grateful that Jesus heard my cries and brought me out of the miry waters of sin and alcohol. I have been through many trials and God has brought me through and protected me from all harm, He has provided me with mental, physical, and spiritual healing. I can truthfully say I have not lacked for anything. I am thankful for my intimate relationship with Jesus for because of Him I have a personal relationship with God and His indwelling Spirit. I am thankful for the spiritual gifts of giving, love for all people, and the ability to write poetry and other biblical inspirations. He has also given me the gift of spiritual leadership and the ministry of reconciliation with the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God and preparing God’s people for the return of Jesus through the truth of His Word. I now understand the fullness of His presence. All I can say is thank you Father and continue to help me fulfill your will and good purpose (Philippians 2:13, NIV).
On 10/15/2021, I dreamed I lost my direction in my hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I’ve had that dream in the past. I am not going to describe the whole dream. In the dream, I met various groups of people who either hindered me or helped me along the way. When passing by a row of houses, a woman opened her screen door and asked me “are you coming in” I said yes and went in, there were two young children and the woman’s mother in the brightly lighted house. The young woman commenced to show me around the house, directing me to look out a screened window where there were three dogs, two black and one white with a brown spot. After looking at the dogs, I went and sat on a couch across from her mother. One of the children began to talk about a dove and I told her that I had a dove on a staff (like Moses) at home. Then I looked up at the ceiling and a flock of birds were flying which I thought were doves. I started yelling, happily, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, and turned to the mother who was looking at me as if I were crazy. I said something to her and left the house. However that was not the end of the dream. I was in a car with a man, I did not see his face, I thought he was my deceased husband, I was not paying attention and he crashed into a mountain. We got out of the car unharmed and went into the house. I saw someone leaving the house and looked out the window. The dream ended with a woman and someone else telling me “We will see you again.” After I woke- up, I read Isaiah 35:8.
Isaiah 35:8 “And a highway will be there; it will be called, the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.”
Commentary: “This way, being made by divine power, is appointed by divine authority to be the King’s highway for all. Whoever travels by this road is under the protection of the King of kings. Be sure it leads to the right end and runs in the best direction, for the Lord never made an error and never failed in what he attempted. This is no roundabout way, or broken route, or blind alley. Let your faith abide in it, and it will receive its reward. To quit this road for another is to despise the wisdom and grace of God in Christ Jesus, and to prefer the idle inventions of man; this cannot lead to any good, either in this life or the next (CSB).”