I AM, Truth Part 2

Last week we talked about the fact that JESUS IS TRUTH!  In His “I AM” statement He tells us that HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH and THE LIFE!  

He, JESUS, being THE TRUTH, leads us in THE WAY we should go, and in choosing HIM we have LIFE eternal!

So knowing this makes it easy to determine what TRUTH is, right? WRONG!

Like we shared last week, we have many things in life vying for the position of TRUTH. Who do we listen to or not listen to? Who do we follow or not follow? Who do we trust or not trust?

The answer once again is JESUS, JESUS and JESUS!

I am not being facetious here! I am dead serious.

The only way to determine who to listen to, who to follow and who to trust is to listen to JESUS and know His TRUTH! The TRUTH, JESUS, is LOVE!  Love is JESUS!  Love is not an attribute He has, it is who He is. 

I John 4:8 tells us that “GOD IS LOVE.”  Love is who He is, therefore anything He would want us to listen to, follow or trust would have to have these traits:

Patience

Kindness

Hope

Endurance

Belief

Protection

Trust

Perseverance and

Eternal value.

It would be void of:

Envy

Strife

Arrogance

Rudeness

Selfishness

Irritability and

resentfulness.

Jesus spells it out for us in I Corinthians 13:4-8.  It is a so-called the “laundry list” if you will, to determining TRUTH.

THE TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST WILL ALWAYS SEEK TO CONVICT YOU OF WHAT IS FALSE IN YOUR LIFE TO BRING YOU CLOSER TO HIM. IT WILL NEVER CONDEMN YOU AND FILL YOU WITH GUILT AND SELF CONDEMNATION.

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JESUS IS TRUTH AND HIS LOVE CONVICTS US OF SIN, IT NEVER CONDEMNS US.

When Jesus convicts us, He is speaking the truth in love to us, calling us out to change our ungodly behavior. If we feel condemned, as if we are bad people and we can never change or become acceptable to God, that “voice” is not the voice of Jesus. That is the voice of the enemy of our souls. 

What is the truth?

There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 

Romans 8:1

Jesus convicts us of our sin so that we will change and become more like Him. 

So even though change is hard, it is profitable as we seek to walk in the truth, aka Jesus Christ. So walk freely in Jesus, friends, free of condemnation because Jesus is LOVE and HE LOVES YOU!

Speak Truth Love

I AM, Week 5

TRUTH, do you care about it and do you want it?  By this point you are more than likely feeling like this is a rhetorical question!  Of course we want the TRUTH. The alternative is lies! None of us want to be lied to. The problem is, WHAT IS TRUTH?

Is TRUTH an opinion or a point of view? Is TRUTH determined by our intellect and the education we received? Is TRUTH acquired by the family of origin we were raised in?

Is TRUTH taught through the news channel we tune into or through the podcast we listen to? Is TRUTH delivered to our fingertips as we scroll through our social media? Is TRUTH indicative of our feelings and rights?

If your definition of TRUTH is defined by the culture we live in then the answer is YES, YES, YES, YES, YES and YES!

The world has defined TRUTH as a “Conformity with fact or reality.”  It is also defined as, “Agreement with a standard or original.”  Finally, it is defined as, “An obvious or accepted fact.”

Conformity, Agreement, and Accepted…all of these terms imply or even dictate that we be in some kind of understanding or agreement of the facts in order for it to be TRUTH!

When we allow these definitions of TRUTH to determine our definition of TRUTH we are in a world of trouble. We are frustrated, confused, angry, afraid and find ourselves in all kinds of quarrels and disputes! We are easily led astray and can find ourselves way too far down a wrong path. 

The world cannot define TRUTH for us! We must rely on the TRUTH Himself to not only define TRUTH in our lives, but to direct us how to SPEAK THAT TRUTH IN LOVE!

Sound familiar? I hope so!  That is the statement of my Blog Site, “SpeakTruthLove.com”

“Instead, speaking the TRUTH in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, CHRIST.”

TRUTH is not a definition, it is a person…TRUTH is JESUS CHRIST!

Jesus tells us Himself in the I AM statement for today, that HE IS THE TRUTH!

“JESUS ANSWERED, “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”  

JOHN 14:6

TRUTH BOMB

THE ONLY DEFINITION BY WHICH WE MUST DEFINE TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF!

Do you feel anxious? Are you ever frustrated and confused trying to make heads or tails out of all of the information coming your way? Have you ever been misquoted, misunderstood or misinformed? If you have, you are in good company!

When Jesus speaks this I AM statement, He is in the Upper room having His last and final meal with His closest friends, His Disciples.  They are tired and frustrated and confused. They have received three years of instruction and modeling from JESUS Himself, yet they are wrought with anxiety as Jesus addresses them for the last time before His crucifixion.  Jesus tells them He is leaving them and that they are not to be troubled.

“DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED…..”   JOHN 14:1a

Thomas’ heart wrenching outcry here, chills me to the bone and reminds me of myself!

“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  John 14:5

Does this sound familiar, it sure does to me!  “Lord, I believe I am right. This person is accusing me and they did not even ask me for the truth!”  Or, sometimes it goes more like this, “Lord, this person is credible, they must be speaking truth!”

Softly and lovingly I hear my JESUS whisper these words of TRUTH to me, “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE! No one comes to the Father except through me.” “You know the WAY to the place I am going, for I am also THE WAY, and you will have LIFE because you can come to the FATHER through me!”

TRUTH is not a definition left to debate, TRUTH is a person, TRUTH IS JESUS CHRIST and in that TRUTH you are set free!

Then you will know THE TRUTH, and THE TRUTH will set you free.”  John 8:32

TRUTH is not a relative word left to our conformity, agreement or acceptance, TRUTH is JESUS CHRIST and Him ALONE!

JESUS is the way, the truth and the life! There is no other life worth living!

Speak Truth Love

I AM, Week 4

I am sure you have noticed that there are different taste buds that we all have. For some of us there is nothing better than a big bowl of tortilla chips with a side of salsa and guacamole. For others, it is sheer delight to see a bowl of candy and have that sweet tooth satisfied. And for some, nothing will satisfy unless it is pure decadent chocolate!

For my family it is BREAD!  We love it sliced, pulled from the loaf, covered in butter or just plain! We love it served warm or cold and topped with seeds, grains or just plain sourdough! WE love bagels, rolls, muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls, cookies and cupcakes. We certainly would never turn down a delicious slice of cake. But more than anything, we love BREAD!

From the time my first granddaughter could sit on the top of the kitchen counter without falling over, we have baked together. Every season it is a new batch of the seasonal favorite. We have aprons for every occasion and we plan our times together around our “Baking Adventures!”  Her third birthday party was actually a Baking Party! She had a chef’s hat and apron for that event. She calls herself, “Mamma’s Little Baker,” and earned her nick name “Cami Cakes”, from her love of baking. She is now 9 and has begun to bake on her own at home. She has a wonderful Mom who lets her try out recipes and cook up a few favorites. The family baking tradition continues as our second granddaughter is being schooled in the art of baking and loves to sit up on her kitchen counter and help her daddy make waffles from scratch or her mommy make cookies.  

My grandma taught me to bake and my favorite recipes to this day are the ones she handed down to me! In case you haven’t figured it out yet….YES, my family also loves to eat all of the delectable baked goods we make. However, at the top of everyone’s list is BREAD. That same first granddaughter was not even two when she was caught gnawing on a sourdough loaf as her PAPA pushed her in a stroller (She still does that today, aloughth she can now sit upright and hold the loaf, and does not require a stroller)! Bottom line, WE LOVE BREAD!

Bread is nourishing, satisfying and filling. Bread can be defined as food or sustenance. To “Break Bread,” is to eat a meal in companionship with others. It is also the definition we give to what we in the church call COMMUNION. We remember together the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on our behalf as His body was broken.

You may have already guessed it…this week the I AM statement of Jesus that we are reflecting on is,

I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.”  JOHN 6:35

In the very first “I Am,” statement of Jesus He declares Himself to be “THE BREAD OF LIFE!  Jesus finds Himself in a discussion about manna. Manna was the miraculous bread that God provided from heaven for His people, Israel, as they wandered in the desert. This BREAD kept the people of God alive while they wandered! Yet, they eventually did die. 

Jesus is telling us here that He is not only our BREAD of sustainment as we “wander” this earth, but He is more, so much more than that! He is THE BREAD OF LIFE! Not just life on this earth, that is sustainment, but LIFE ETERNAL!

“FOR MY FATHER’S WILL IS THAT EVERYONE WHO LOOKS TO THE SON AND BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, AND I WILL RAISE THEM UP AT THE LAST DAY.”  

JOHN 6:40

Jesus makes a bold statement here and declares that believers in Him will have endless life if they believe in and follow Him!

PRAISE GOD! Not only do we get to savor sourdough, but we get to be sustained and saved into eternity by the One True BREAD OF LIFE, JESUS CHRIST!

All we have to do is believe in and follow Him. He has made that as easy as “following a recipe!”  Now we can all be cooks!

Bon Appetite!

Until next week, savor the flavor of the Savior! He loves you SO!

Speak Truth Love

I AM, Week 3

Last week I wrote about the “warm and fuzzy” feeling I get knowing that Jesus is my Gatekeeper. Jesus not only tucks me in at night by knowing where I am, but He also stands guard over me giving me protection and security.

This week those “warm and fuzzy” feelings help keep me grounded as I face one of my greatest fears.

I am afraid of the dark!  I wake up to natural light and I always have a night light glowing in the dark. I do not cover my windows with drapes or heavy coverings and I never have. I love the natural glow of the light streaming through from the sun or from the moon.

One of my favorite memories of all time was on a family trip we took to Lake Tahoe.

True, Lake Tahoe is my favorite place and it is breathtakingly beautiful every time we are there. But on this particular trip, we were blessed to be staying in a cabin right on the Lake front. My bedroom was on the second floor and the entire wall facing the Lake was glass. I never shut the curtains once on that entire trip! I went to bed looking at the moon shine its’ light clear across the entire lake and I woke up to the sunrise peeking over the top of the Sierra mountains. Even if I awoke during the night, I felt warmed by the light of the moon beams as they danced over the rippling water of Lake Tahoe. I felt God’s presence every morning in the sunlight, and drifted to sleep secure in the light of the moon.

There is not a single moment or incident that I can put my finger on as a child that made me afraid of the dark. I only know that from my earliest memory I always wanted light in my room, someone else in my room with me, (It was super convenient that I had three sisters and was really never alone) and hated it when the sun went down and could not wait for the sun to come back up!

How happy am I that the second “I AM” statement of Jesus is Him declaring Himself to be THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!  

“I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. WHOEVER FOLLOWS ME WILL NEVER WALK IN DARKNESS, BUT WILL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE!” JOHN 8:12

Jesus spoke this I AM statement to the Jewish people in the temple courts during the Festival of Tabernacles. This was a festival to commemorate Israel’s wandering in the desert. This festival was also called the “Festival of Lights!” It was celebrated with a grand display of bright lights to remind them that even when they wandered in the “darkness” of the wilderness, God was their LIGHT! He even came to them as a pillar of fire at night so that they would not walk in darkness.

Jesus takes what they already understand and if you will excuse the pun, “BRINGS LIGHT TO IT!” In this I AM statement of Jesus, He is telling them that He is a better light, He is an eternal light! Anyone who follows Him will never walk in darkness.

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. HE IS NOT JUST A LIGHT FOR ISRAEL – HE IS THE LIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD!

TRUTH BOMB

WE NEVER WALK IN DARKNESS WITH JESUS AS OUR LIGHT!

Now that’s a night light that never burns out!

Speak Truth Love 

I AM, Week 2

As we continue in the “I AM” statements of Jesus, there is one that gives me warm and fuzzy feelings. One that makes me feel like a young child again, cared for and protected.

One of my favorite childhood memories was being carried from the car by my dad, into my room and tucked under the covers of my bed. I felt loved, protected, cared for, warm and cozy. It was not only the covers that made me feel warm, but the care and protection from my dad to make me feel secure and safe. I loved this so much when I was little, that I must confess, there were times I faked being asleep so that my dad would carry me into bed!

I believe this feeling is innate in all of us, and not just when we are children. We crave the feeling of warmth, security and love no matter what our age is.

The “I AM” I am talking about feels to me like Jesus Himself is tucking us in and keeping us safe. He not only tucks us in, He Himself lays across the entrance and becomes the gate for us!

“Very truly I tell you, I AM the gate for the sheep.”  John 10:7

In the ancient world where Jesus walked on this earth, the sheep pens held the sheep safely at night and there was only one entrance. The walls of the pen allowed the sheep to sleep safe and secure at night keeping dangers out.

In those days during the pasturing season, shelters would have been temporary as they traveled. In these temporary shelters the shepherd himself would lie across the opening 

during the night and literally become the “gate” for the sheep. 

In this I AM statement, Jesus is claiming to be the GATE for us. He is our protection!

We can have life and have it to the full as we are safe and secure in His protection.

TRUTH BOMB

WE ARE SAFE, WARM AND SECURE WITH JESUS AS OUR GATEKEEPER.

Sleep warm and secure my friends knowing Jesus is protecting you!

Speak Truth Love

JESUS IS THE I AM

Have you ever wondered how you can pass the same way over and over again and feel like nothing ever changes? Then suddenly you are traveling that very same route when there it is!  Your attention is drawn to an obvious change and you cannot believe that before your very eyes, there it is!

This happened to me on our evening trail ride through the vineyards. We take this trail frequently and I love the way the scenery changes from fields full of grazing cows to perfectly formed rows of grape vines!  

Suddenly, yesterday I spotted it! Huge clusters of grapes, ripe and hanging from every vine. How had that happened? It seemed like it was overnight! Of course I know that it is scientifically not possible that the grapes grew overnight, but it sure seemed like they did!

The Truth is, I was not paying attention to the vines.  I was getting my exercise, checking it off my list, and moving past the vines as I pushed myself forward to accomplish my goal.

The fruit had come, the vines had done their job, as well as the sun, rain and atmosphere around them. 

But was I doing my job? I am not just talking about riding my bike and exercising. As I stopped to take the picture of the beautiful, ripe fruit hanging in clusters so heavy I thought they may fall to the ground in a gust of wind, I was touched in my spirit with the thought of “clinging to the vine!”

YES, I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. THOSE WHO REMAIN IN ME, AND I IN THEM, WILL PRODUCE MUCH FRUIT. FOR APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” JOHN 15:5

I am afraid I tend to rush through life so quickly sometimes. I can make my list, check it twice and move through it at record speed. I fool myself into thinking that I am doing a pretty good job until I hit a roadblock. Suddenly, both tires fall off the bike and I find myself in a pile on the trail looking up. There it is, the vine, standing strong and full of fruit, just waiting for me to attach myself to it and stop straining in my own strength!

This is a frequent exercise of mine, as I find myself getting on and off the track or “trail,” and having to re-attach myself to the True Vine. The only way I know to do this is to cling to the “I AM’S” of Jesus. The statements that He makes about Himself. 

One of my favorites is,

I AM THE TRUE GRAPEVINE, AND MY FATHER IS THE GARDNER.” JOHN 15:1

The “I AM’S OF JESUS,” are who He is! Friends when we cling to these we can keep the tires on our bike and roll through this life with confidence, TRUE CONFIDENCE from the TRUE VINE HIMSELF!

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ATTACHED TO THE TRUE VINE, WE WILL PRODUCE FRUIT!

Meet me back here next week as we take a look at another “I AM” statement.

Have a great week and keep on rolling!

Speak Truth Love

WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART?

God’s Word tells us that whatever is in our heart is what comes out of our mouths!

“For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.”  Matthew 12:34

That is the New Living Translation,NLT. I also love the way the the New International Version, NIV puts it…

“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”   Matthew 12:34

Have you ever had anyone say to you, “You are just full of it?”

I have and I hope my response would be, YES, I am “full of it,” full of God’s Love and Truth. But of course the TRUTH is, I am not always full of God’s Love and Truth. Therefore, what comes out of my mouth is not always kind and loving.

I am blessed to have four beautiful grandchildren. From the time the first one was born, I was uttering the words, “Always be kind and loving.” “That is how others will know that you love Jesus.” My point was to teach them this very principle. When we act kind and loving, we are acting like Jesus. When we act like Jesus, His Love and Truth fills our hearts. When our hearts are filled with His Love and Truth, good things pour out of our mouths.  

Don’t believe me? Just look at the Word of God!

In a world full of hurtful things and hurtful people (which we can also be at times), we can all fall prey to a hurt, broken or spiteful heart. God does not want this for us! God desires that we pour His Truth and Love into our hearts and demonstrate His kind and loving ways so that our hearts will be full of all of His goodness. Then, even when we are hard-pressed, challenged, disappointed, discouraged, let-down and hurt, the goodness of God we have filled our hearts with will pour out of our mouths.

TRUTH BOMB

KIND AND LOVING WORDS COME FROM A HEART FILLED WITH GOD’S GOODNESS!

The beauty of loving and kind words pouring out is that they can heal, bless and mend another broken, sad, hurting heart. You may actually be helping someone else to fill their heart back up with Goodness to allow it to overflow out of their mouths!

God’s Truths never return void my friends! They are True today, yesterday, tomorrow and forever!

Speak Truth Love

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS, Week 5

It is the final day of August, finally! 

August is a long month and the hot days can seem endless. For many of us the heat of August has not just come in soaring temperatures, but in smoke filled skies. For others it has been the heat of feeling like the Covid virus will never end. And for all of us it has definitely been the hot searing pain and grief of watching those suffering in Afghanistan.  

Do you know that there are over 25 definitions of the word HEAT in the dictionary.

One being;

“Extreme pressure, as of events, resulting in tension or strain.”

Has this definition defined you anytime during this hot month of August? I know it has defined me. As hard as I try, I cannot escape the drastic temperatures during the month of August any more than I can escape the “HEAT” of this world I live in.

This weekend I found myself in one of my happiest of all places! I had not seen two of my grandchildren for almost a month. I could not wait to hug them, run and play with them and watch them play sports. We drove the two plus hours to their home and woke up the next morning to hot temperatures. We were able to walk a bit in the morning and ride bikes and scooters for a short time, but soon the temps were soaring. We made the best of it only to wake the next morning with the temperature reaching 102 and the air quality climbing into the hundreds as smoke filled the air from nearby fires and it was unhealthy to be out in.  Disappointment reached an all time high as soccer and football games were cancelled and our plans for the day were dashed.

You know how that feels, right? Disappointment is never a good feeling. It grips us and can easily make us feel sad and discouraged.

As we drove home on Saturday we felt a bit like that. We had a great time just being together, but our plans were certainly disappointing.

We began looking toward the next day.  The smoke was definitely traveling our direction and the air quality, while a bit better, was not good. The feeling of disappointment and discouragement began to grow. We had an outside event planned for our church. In fact, we had the entire service planned for outside. It was our ‘All Church Picnic.’ It had been cancelled the year before due to covid and it now looked like it may be cancelled again!

I felt the disappointment growing inside of me and taking over. I began to get discouraged and grumble and complain…WAS THIS EVER GOING TO END? Then as quickly as the discouragement came the prayers came. “PLEASE God, you are in control. You have all the power. If you want this picnic and outdoor service to happen then calm the hot August temperatures and the heat of these terrible fires.” 

And God answered our prayers! I knew I was not the only one praying. As a church family we were praying. We needed to be together. We wanted to raise our voices in worship and praise to our Heavenly Father outside for all to hear. We wanted to offer food and community to our community in Jesus name. And God heard our prayers!

The next morning the weather was calm and beautiful. the air quality had improved and dropped in half! And God demonstrated to us the Truth of His words in I Corinthians 12:21-22

“The eye can never say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’ The head can’t say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you.’ In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most important.”  

We were together as the body of Christ, eyes, hands, feet and every other part, doing it’s part to set up, prepare food, lead worship, place chairs and canopies, speak God’s Truth, hand out programs, greet, welcome and clean-up.  Every part doing their part in love and unity to bless the community God has placed us in!

Needless to say, it was a wonderful event! One that turned this girls discouragement to encouragement as the body of Christ came together and blessed others in Jesus name!

TRUTH BOMB

A family works best as it works together!

Our discouragement can turn to encouragement when we all do our part together as the family of God side-by-side!

Speak Truth Love

IT’S HERE!

Pumpkin Spice is Back! That delectable spice mixture that warms you straight down to the bottom of your toes is back! That frothy steamed milk poured over that rich deep espresso, topped with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves is here! 

All I can say is, “WELCOME BACK PUMPKIN!” 

My heart races, a smile pops spontaneously on my face and I run out the door to grab one of those tasty drinks. I grab the handle of my car door when something strange begins to happen. A drop of sweat trickles down my forehead. Slowly but surely the sweat drops increase until the back of my neck feels damp!  Then it hits me…

No Fall drink, as tasty and delightful as it may be, can make Fall happen. IT IS STILL SUMMER!

Does that mean I am going to wait for those crisp mornings, cool nights and sweater wearing weather to appear before I sip a pumpkin spice latte? Not a chance! I may not be the first in line today to grab one, but I certainly will not be the last!

We may still be in the ‘Hot August Nights’ of Summer, but the HOPE of Fall is real!

The way I see it is this…I can mope around with my sweaty neck feeling the heat of Summer and let it define me. Or, I can raise my wet, sweat-drenched brow and look to the Hope of Fall!

It really is a mind-set. We are no more in control of when Summer ends and Fall begins than we are of when people move or when they stay. Nor are we in control of when people get sick or when a life ends or how it ends. Neither are we in control of how long a prayer takes to be answered. We are not in control of life’s circumstances, but we can be in control of our attitude toward the circumstances life brings! 

“Have this MIND among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5

It is possible for us to have the mind-set of Jesus because He lives in us! 

Admittedly, this is not possible in our own strength! But with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

The old saying goes, “Mind over matter.”  I believe as Christians, Christ followers, Christ living in us, we can say, “CHRIST OVER CIRCUMSTANCES!”

TRUTH BOMB

WITH THE MIND-SET OF CHRIST WE CAN HAVE HOPE IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!

So, as Summer lingers and these Hot August Nights Persist, let’s keep the mind-set of Christ and look to the hope of cooler days ahead!

HOT AUGUST NIGHTS SUMMER SIZZLER-HAVE THE MIND-SET OF CHRIST WHICH IS OURS IN CHRIST JESUS!

So, if you catch me at Starbucks today sipping my Pumpkin Spice Latte, don’t judge me, my mind-set is dreaming of FALL! 

Please join me!  Pumpkin Spice Cups Up!

Speak Truth Love

Hot August Nights, Week 3

Here we are, in the middle of August, and it’s still hot!

Have you heard it said that heat can make our temperatures rise? It’s true! And this occurs not just physically but emotionally as well. Because this phenomenon is true, I have a question for you…when is the last time that you have felt insulted?  

For the majority of us it may have been a week away, a day away, or even moments away.

God in his wisdom, has created us as emotional beings. Those emotions in and of themselves are not bad.  It is what we do with them and how we use them, that can be good or bad. We all receive insults, whether intended or unintended, in our lives.  But if we identify with Christ, and we are called to live like him. Therefore what we do with these insults becomes vitally important!  

In the book of first Peter, it is laid out clear for us how we are to respond to insults.

Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.

1 Peter 3:9

That word “instead” stops me in my tracks. It implies that I am doing something incorrect that I need to make correct. This response, in my own human flesh, is impossible. But with God all things are possible. Only by God’s Spirit living and active in me can I accomplish this correction. Nowhere in my life has this been practiced and proven true more than in my marriage. 

My husband and I are very different. And it

Is not an understatement to say that we

Do not always see eye to eye. Given that I am a passionate person by nature and take words very seriously, I could feel insulted almost every day. But knowing my husband’s heart and character and knowing that his heart is not to insult me, I can take a step back, take a deep breath, say a quiet prayer, and respond with a blessing instead of retaliating with an insult. This is easier said than done but with the power of God’s Spirit living in us, we can do it! One of my favorite quotes from my husband is: “It is instant oatmeal to say, and brain surgery to do.”  

The proof of this truth by God, put in to constant practice, is our marriage. We celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Relationships are not easy.

They take much effort, a lot of prayer, and self control, also known as taming your tongue. But living our lives by God’s directive, and not the world’s, we can accomplish good and right relationships through His power!

TRUTH BOMB

RETURNING AN INSULT FOR A BLESSING BLESSES US AS MUCH AS THEM.

Hot August Night Sizzler #3: Return a blessing for an insult!

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