Real Love

Love deeply verse

I love you.  We say that a lot don’t we?  Not many of us truly know what love is though.  Love is not as complicated as the world says it is, and most of us have a very distorted view of what love really is.  So, what is love and what does it look like in action?  I would like to share with you the number one definition of love.  It is found in the Bible in the book of 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4 through 8.  In verse 1 of that chapter the Apostle Paul writes, “And now I will show you the most excellent way.”  Let us read what that way is:

“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.”

If you have never read those words before, or even if you have read them for years, let all that love wash over you!  That is real love folks and that kind of love can only come from God.  You might be thinking, how could any human being on earth really love someone like that?  Great question!  The answer is found in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit!  He empowers us to love each other like that.  When you give your life to Jesus, He actually fills you with His Holy Spirit, which gives you power to love like He does.  Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”

In 1 John 4:16 John wisely writes, “God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  Verse 19 reminds us that, “We love because he first loved us.”  We can extrapolate from these verses that if God is love (and He is), then the character of God is described perfectly in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8!  That is how He loves us!  Me, you, everyone!

Since God is love, then God is also patient, kind, He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud, He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered (I praise Him for that!), He keeps no record of wrongs (praise God!), He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, and God never fails.  He is not up there hovering over us with a lightning bolt like mythical Zeus!

God’s love my friends is perfect love.  That is how He loves the whole world.  2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  Do you realize that?  God loves you and He does not want you to perish!  He wants you to go to Heaven and be with Him.  In fact, He proved His love for us by stepping off His throne and coming to earth to die for our sins Himself.

1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Are you seeing the pattern?  God did it all for the glory of love!

So, when you say I love you or you hear someone say I love you, please remember where love came from, who love is, and how we are truly supposed to love and be loved.

I love you all in the glorious love of God!

Grace and Peace to you all!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Romans 10:9-10

The Maiden Voyage

Hello World!  Welcome, and grace and peace to you!  This is my first ever blog and first ever blog post!  I recently published my first book on Amazon.com called “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.”  Colorado, USA is my home base where my wife of 17 years and I raise our two awesome kids together in peace.  I am an Independent Christian Author, Evangelist (meaning I share the Gospel any chance I get), Minister (meaning I love and help people), and Freelance Writer.  I created this site in order to connect with readers and seekers of truth from around the world.  My prayer and purpose for this site is to reach out to a hurting world and be available as an online minister to anyone in need.  My passion in life is to help people come to know Jesus, and help people understand the Bible and apply it in their every day lives.

I have had a very strange and supernatural life, and that is why I have dedicated my life to serving the King of kings and Lord of lords.  My book is a memoir and my testimony of how I came to know Jesus.  It is not your typical Christian testimony and I am definitely not your typical Christian (if there really is such a thing).  I came to Christ in October of 1996 after living through my High School years engaging in drug and alcohol abuse, and living in absolute terror in a house in St. Charles, IL.  I learned the hard way at a young age that everything the Bible talks about is true!

After I accepted Christ, the supernatural events continued, but they were different with Jesus.  This time it was much more peaceful and beautiful than anything I could have ever imagined I would live through.  The Lord showed me clearly that I belong to Him now.  I have been walking with Jesus for almost 22 years now, and it has been an amazing journey!  He is alive, He loves us, and He is moving in power among us still today!

I wrote my book and I am writing this blog because I have a great burden to tell people the truth!  You need to know that the spiritual realm is real.  You need to know that our souls are eternal.  Most importantly, you need to know your Creator and your Savior, and I am telling you right here and now that I am living proof that God exists and His Son Jesus is alive!

I invite you to contact me.  If you need prayer, have a question about my testimony, God, faith or anything at all, or you just want to comment, I am available.  It is my hope and prayer that this blog shines the light of Jesus so brightly that it cuts through the darkness that is so prevalent down here in the valley of the shadow of death.  Jesus rescued me and my whole family from that darkness, and He will do the same for you!

God bless you all!

Romans 1:16

Unashamed for Life!

 

“I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” -Jesus

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