It’s Valentine’s Day (2017) and for most, It’s that time of year when we profess/proclaim our undying love and devotion for one another (couples), while showering each other with jewelry, chocolates, flowers, and my personal favorite, beautiful brown teddy bears (from hubby). What a fun way to express our love for one another. This Blog is dedicated to all of you “lovely valentines” out there.
Real love is; to a marriage, to a relationship, to the home, to the Christian life, and even to the church, very important! Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for Christians to focus on just what that is (real love).
In just a few short months (June), hubby and I will celebrate another year (marriage), “a lifetime of love!” Today, we celebrate each other, and that love. For our married friends out there, we encourage you to do the same. A marriage that lasts takes real work, and an understanding of what real love is, and where it originates (In Christ). #EpicYearAhead You don’t find a great marriage, family or life. You build one.” Joe McGee
My Prayer For My Friends That Have Been Through It (In Marriage): “Restoration and a Marriage That Thrives!” Terence and I have been there. Marriage is not always easy, but with God it is so much sweeter. On our own, we could not seem to make it work, but once we decided to draw closer to God (First Thing First), we began to see a turn-around in our marriage, and 28 years (and Counting) later, we are still at it (learning, loving and growing together). #Sweeter #JesusIsTheAnswer
Faith Speaks, “Our Best Days Are Always Ahead!” #EnjoyTheJourney #EmbraceTheMoments and Celebrate a love that is sure to last a lifetime with God’s Help! Happy Valentine’s Day Friends
The Love Chapter | What Real Love Looks Like (1 Corinthians 13 AMP):
I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).
But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].
And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.