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Topic: Life (06/15/06)
TITLE: Love, Life and Living God’s Way
By Shannon Anicas
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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
In my recent studies of a brighter path I came across this passage. I know I had heard it before but I had never really stopped to meditate on it.
It is a beautiful passage really sums up what we should be as people: loving, kind, faithful and selfless. This is a hard task to achieve in todays world of “everything me” and “everything now at all costs”. The temptations of excess over kindness are everywhere we turn, but to have the strength and conviction to turn away makes you stronger in the eyes of God. Sure, it is the easy way to give into such earthly temptations but the easy way is not the right way according to God’s plans.
According to 1 Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
In other words God will not give you more then He believes you can handle. But take heart temptations of man will come tenfold. We should be living a life of God because if we live a life of earthly temptation we will live a life of misery, worry, and burdens unbarable to carry. By allowing God to come into our lives and fill our hearts and heads His devine forgiveness will lighten our loads and strenghten our backs. That only through Him can we live a life of joy, love and happiness.
Ok, I know this isn’t my usual wity and funny banter, but my goal isn’t just to say how cool the movie was or that a race was exciting, but to challange your thinking about everything. And I challange you to take a look at your life and see if you can truly say you are happy with large burdens of today’s world or if you would like to think about doing something with God about it.
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