Word 4 Today September 5, 2011

LOVE NEVER FAILS

People who are experts in the field of spotting counterfeit money will tell you the best way to know what is real from what is phony is by studying the real and you will automatically know what’s fake.  So what is love?  The Apostle Paul give us nine virtues through the Spirit of God that enable us to see if we are being real, or phony.  But the fruit of the Spirit is, Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

LOVE – Am I affectionate and giving to as many people as possible, regardless of their position or social standing?  Can I be friendly to others without expecting something back? Can I be nice to someone even though they are not nice to me?

JOY – Am I cheerful and calm most of the time, or do I let things easily upset me?  Am I happy inside, because I have counted my blessings?

PEACE – Is my mind at rest most of the time, or is my head always racing back and forth? Is there a quiet calm in my soul that says, despite what’s going on around me, I know everything’s going to be alright?  Is my spirit at rest, do I lay down at night knowing, today I did the very best I could?

LONGSUFFERING – Am I patient?  Am I willing to put up with people that would normally drive me absolutely nuts?  Do I listen without interruption and attempt to understand another’s point of view?  Can I accept people where they are today and trust God to change them?

KINDNESS – Am I useful, gentle, and kind?  Do I see needs around me and try to fill them as best I can?  Am I respectful of other people’s property and personal opinions?

GOODNESS – Am I charitable?  Do I like being nice?  Do I smile at the cashier and leave a big tip for the waitress?  Do I try to leave everyone just a little better off than they were before I met them?  Do I care about anyone other than me?

FAITHFULNESS – Am I faithful and trustworthy?  If I give my word, can you trust me to keep it?  Am I punctual, and if not, did I call to let you know I would be late?  Am I a fair weathered friend?

GENTLENESS – Am I kind, understanding and sympathetic to those around me?  Can I sense how others are feeling?  Do I look for a solution to their problem?  Do I make that phone call I have been neglecting or send that card I know someone needs?  Do I send E-mail to someone who is lonely?  Am I a true friend?

SELF-CONTROL – Am I able to keep myself from getting upset over trivial matters?  Do I whine when I don’t get my way?  Can I stand in line at the bank or grocery store without tapping my feet, looking at my watch, or glaring at the clerk?  Do I give others the right of way and let them ease into traffic? Do I constantly blow my horn?

PRAYER 4 TODAY

Just about everything we need to know about love, Paul put in one short paragraph.  We cannot learn to walk in love unless we ask the Spirit of God, to show us what we need to do to love one another as Jesus loved us.  Make a commitment and take the first step by receiving God’s love for you. By His love, we were given His very best first, His only Son.  Believe me, if God gave His very best first, what else will He not bless you with?  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  LOVE never fails.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

THOUGHT 4 TODAY

Give LOVE a try, it just might work for you.

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