On the other side of the Valentines season, when loving moments have abounded in our closest relationships; I present three musing that should always be considered.
The greatest thing we can do as believers in life today is live love to its fullest, understanding how easily love is impacted, and know how we can to keep it fresh and alive.
Be free to live Love in all its glory.
Love is classically processed from the emotional platform. For many believers it is even peppered with sacrifice. I suggest that the first thing you must do is layer 1 Corinthians 13 into, over and under our perception of love. Emotive, and sometimes even sacrificial love, is one dimensional. Live love with sacrifice and emotion and always covering it with a thick layers of love as defined in 1 Corinthians 13:
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.1 Corinthians 13: 1-8 NIV
Every time you say, think, or feel love, let the Spirit of GOD bless you with 1 Corinthians 13. When love for the church, the saints and the sinners, your spouse, or your children is lived out in these terms, everybody will be blessed and GOD will be glorified
Protect that same rich love from the great love killer that is anger and wrath. Don’t allow the deadly sin of anger to kill the love you have or just had.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.James 1: 19-21 NIV
Let this word be the weapon of your relational warfare for every moment of anger that would try to kill the last moments or days of love and peace. Do what it says and protect love in the air and love in your heart. Anger and wrath has but one intent, and that is to break and interrupt the cords of love that might have just been experienced. Anger and wrath must be considered “armed and dangerous” in the context of any relationship.
Have you ever had a tender moment… and seemingly out of nowhere, a spark of anger erupts? That last tender moment, sometimes just moments ago, has been replaced, no consumed by the raging fire of anger and wrath.
Anger and wrath must be considered two of the most deadly of the 7 Deadly Sins. We seem helpless before it,Why?
The only answer is that we are slaves to the onset of anger, a malady in our souls.
We allow ourselves to become slaves to these sins. We never find those fires of anger and wrath to be happy, they are always counter productive, and our bodies are impacted by each incident. Yet they occur with amazing frequency.
WE MUST BE A SLAVE TO THEM… because, as if from nowhere, anger and wrath seem to take control.
To protect our love, our loved ones, and all the important relationship in our lives, we must know and blanket ourselves in the truth that… We are no longer slaves to anger and wrath in Christ Jesus!
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galations 5: 1 NIV
Claim the blanket of freedom from the ravages of anger and wrath. Know that for the believer who receives this word from Galatians, (and Romans, John, Peter, Acts, etc…) you are no longer slaves to this killer of love! We are free to move about our relationships as we embrace the freedom from the slavery of anger and wrath.
My brothers and sisters, wrap yourselves in the layers of 1 Corinthian 13 LOVE. Know that anger and wrath are ,moment by moment, bent on destroying that last loving feeling. Protect yourself by exercising your freedom from the slavery of these deadly and insidious sins through His power.
All your loved ones deserve your freedom. The power of love is ours to claim. It is for freedom that Christ has set you free to swim continuously in the sea of 1 Corinthians 13 love.