Love does not boast. When you are bragging, you are not loving and one must consider how this display of vanity effects the other person. When you feel a need to boast, it comes from a lack of belief in yourself that you are enough. I want to encourage you today that you are enough. When God formed and knitted you in the womb, it was because he had something spectacular in mind for you to do on this planet. Never compare yourself to others, rather celebrate your differences.
If someone tries to introduce an element into your life journey that you are not enough, know that it is not from God. We must learn to celebrate and love people right where they are, just as they are. If God equipped you with special DNA to bring forth your personality, looks and demeanor, then you should know that you have everything complete within you to complete the calling God placed inside of you before you were even born. May that truth uplift you and encourage you to push towards your calling even when you believe that you are not enough. God loves and approves of you because he created you in the first place. We all have elements that we need to work on and improve in, and sin we need to overcome. Take the first step of faith and allow God to work on you so that you can boast in the Lord of his goodness and kindness, mercy and patience.
It is not proud. Love is not arrogant. It has a teachable spirit, ready to serve and to learn. It does not display an iota of haughtiness. Scripture warns us that pride always comes before a fall. When you are tempted to be easily offended if things do not go your way, remove your ego and allow your true self to come through, which is the Christ-like character within. Allow the spirit of peace to dwell among you and your brethren.
Love does not envy.Love does not boil over in human jealousy. It allows space for a person to grow and be all that he can be. How can someone grow if not given the space to grow.
Envy comes from an erroneous belief that one must control every move of someone in order for them to remain in your presence. People remain in your presence because they are called to be tied to you and are purposed to continue with you on this journey on planet earth. Love liberates the other person to be all that God created him to be.
It essentially says: “I salute the gifts, talents and creations that God has bestowed upon you and I want you to thrive. I am going to create a space that allows you to soar, even if that has nothing to do with me.” Setting the other person free to operate in their calling is an indication of true love and embodies God's character.
Love that comes in its pure and powerful form has to bring kindness as a gift. The absence of kindness is an indication that love is not present. Kindness goes a long way. The energy of kindness brings forth an uplifting awareness that you are welcome in a space. You feel as though your presence is embraced. That is worth much more than money, status, class or fame.
Love brings about patience as its first fruit. It waits its turn. It is long-suffering.
The principle of mercy states: Because the earth is not flawless, God and I together create a space in my heart for the forgiveness of human faults.
Ever love a person? Then they are deeply flawed and you have to have patience with them, just as God does. That patience allows you to endure for a long time while God works through their process. Scripture tells us that it is the goodness of God that causes people to repent. That comes from having patience for those to repent in the firstplace.
The Principle of Non-Resistance states that because God is love and love protects all things, then refuge is found in God.
What is love?
An open wonder, a mystery, a feeling. It is God’s kiss of approval to the world where his children abide. We can strive to embody God’s love on a daily basis. One of the fruits of the spirit, love conquers all, never fails and in its perfect form, casts out all fear.
Do we really know the power of love? What can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ? Scripture is clear that nothing can.
What does this love look like? Taken from I Corinthians 13, this is a great blueprint to follow.
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.
God is faithful to restore all that has been lost or stolen because his will is done above as below.
The thief only comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus comes to give you life, and that more abundantly. That is why he didn’t hesitate for you to turn the cheek, go the extra mile, lend to, pray for, and bless your enemies.
He was essentially saying: “Listen, I am the God of more than enough. That person that did you wrong, that stole from you, is inconsequential compared to the life that I am giving you. Show him that you belong to me and that you are choosing my way of living by turning the other cheek. You don’t have to fight; you don’t have to battle in court: I am the way-shower, and I died to fight this battle, which isn’t of flesh and blood, but of principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Justice does have its place, when used in balance. But Jesus was essentially teaching that his life was so abundant that you could bless the enemy and pray for the person that just despitefully used you. You can turn to him and trust him to be your vindicator, for vengeance belongs to God.
Perhaps there have been many times that you have been pushed out of opportunities that clearly belonged to you. All you have to do is simply turned to the ruler of all the earth and pray that God would restore to you the years that the locusts have stolen. That is why he admonishes you that when pray, you stand and forgive others for their trespasses.
The blessing of God is so great that he will recompense you several times over if you just forgive and allow him to work in your heart. Be encouraged to let go of opportunities and tangible things, and trust God to be your source.
Excerpt from Jae Magazine Winter 2015 and The Power of Being, Confession Point for Recovering Lost or Stolen Items and Opportunities: Acts 3:21 “whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of His holy prophets that have been from of old.”
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