The LOVE Test

 

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THE LOVE TEST – WE ALL HAVE TO PASS IT.

 WE ALL GET TO KEEP TAKING THE LOVE TEST AGAIN AND AGAIN.  

Are you able to LOVE like you’ve never been hurt?

Are you able to FORGIVE like you’ve been forgiven?

What is Love?  

Definition from Dictionary.com:

As a noun: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. As a verb:  to have a profoundly, tender, passionate affection for another person.

Definition from The Bible:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

God is love.

 

About a year ago, I heard a great message on how to love and keep loving others after being hurt and wounded.  As a guest speaker at our church, Author and Pastor, Jentezen Franklin, spoke on the subject of his book entitled, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt. This book covers several issues, including loving others through problems and pain, overcoming hurts and wounds, continually forgiving others, and remaining free from a spirit of offense.  Jesus told us, “…it is impossible that no offenses will come.”  If you haven’t already had to forgive and pass the offense test, get ready my friend, you will. We will all eventually be tested in forgiving others and releasing a spirit of offense. Every relationship worth fighting for encounters overcoming the love and forgiveness test.

This is what I refer to as the true LOVE TEST.  It’s often easier to love those who never hurt our feelings, never disagree with us and have not grievously harmed or abused us or one of our close beloved ones.

Jesus told us we are to love our enemies and pray for them.  Some of us can’t even love our friends or family members, and forgive and pray for them.  

Help us all, Lord.

Pastor Jentezen shares candidly in chapter one of his book about the pain and heartbreak within his own family and the resulting love challenges. We all wish we could say, “I can’t relate.” “I can relate too!” and very likely can you and MANY others in our world filled with the walking wounded.  The crushing and pressing of our pain and suffering brings a spirit of humility, gentleness, and anointing that brings glory to Our Father. Tested leaders, teachers, and preachers who have passed the testing and trials of life, and especially the LOVE TEST, by overcoming and remaining faithfully committed to The Lord have a powerful anointing. This brings glory to God, and this is evident through Pastor Jentezen’s ministry.

I agree with Pastor Jentezen, as we allow God’s love to heal our broken hearts, “Love wins.”  Shared experiences, including the unlovely ones, empower us with the capacity to empathize with the suffering of others.  As we are able to relate, open ears and hearts are more inclined to listen as we offer God’s love, help and healing.

Our lovely and unlovely journey when shared in transparency can help open a door of truth spoken in love that sets other captives free – ultimately leading us all on the highway of freedom.  

Freely loving and leading as we have been freely loved and led.

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#neverstoppraying

#21daysofprayer and beyond 🙏#prayfirst Genuine heartfelt repentance and prayer is the pathway to restoration.

Pray for all who lead and are in authority first.

Repent. Turn. Change your mind, your heart, and your direction. Return to the Lord with ALL your heart.  

Fast, weep, and experience fellowship with the Lord restored. God is merciful above all others, and loves us ALL like no other.  He is a God of restoration and The Restorer of ALL things – hearts, souls, lands, and nations. 
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it. 1 Timothy 2:1-10 (The Message)

A National Day of Prayer

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Today is the 65th annual #NationalDayofPrayer  The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.  More information is available at:  www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

  • Prayer is powerful.
  • Pray continually.
  • Pray for America.
  • Pray first.
  • Pray about everything.
  • Pray from your heart.
  • Prayer changes us before it changes anything else around us.
  • Prayer is one of our greatest spiritual weapons.  
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere (Ephesians 6:18).
 
A PRAYER acronynm:
P – PRAISE and worship God for who He is first
R – REPENT and confess your sins to God, RECEIVE His forgiveness, and RELEASE others who have hurt you
A – ASK God for His help, guidance, wisdom and provision for yourself and for others
Y – YIELD your heart and life completely to God and His will
 
Billy Graham quotes on prayer:
If Jesus felt He had to pray, how much more do we need to pray.
A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.
Heaven is full of answers to prayer for which no one ever bothered to ask.

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The Best

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God has given us His best.  The question is:  have we given Him our best?
Giving God our best does not mean that God is calling any of us to work ourselves to a burned out and frazzled state in the name of loving and serving God.  

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Honor Keeps It / Dishonor Depletes It

What you honor moves toward you.
What you dishonor moves away from you.
Or, another way to put it is:
Honor holds onto it; dishonor dissipates it.
This is one of the reasons many lack wisdom.

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