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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Stop sinning and get JOY instead

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Stop sinning and get JOY instead
 
 
Your JOY in Christ is loving Jesus, Others and You. If you sin then this is how your joy will get messed up:
 
    • Jesus: It really hurts God. It makes Him so down and sad as He loves you and does not want anyone to get hurt.
    • Others: It hurts others e.g. adultery splits up marriage and leaves kids with no parents.
    • You: It messes you up and you might have fun for a short time but you will be left in ruins for days, months or even years if it is a bad sin. The Christian soul and sin are not compatible.
 
 
 
 
The good news – we can stop it, there is an easy way to stop sinning and get joy:
 
I have capitalized the words “wisdom” and “he will also provide the way of escape” as this is the answer:
 
WISDOM – knowing how to avoid it, resist it when it does come and stop others from sinning.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation HE WILL ALSO PROVIDE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, that you may be able to endure it."
 
 
 
So what does that mean?
Let me explain with a story of a dream that I had. I dreamt that I was at a beach one day with my family and just before I went in the sea for a swim, my Mum said be careful and do not swim too far out. I sinned by not respecting the loving advice of my Mum and I swam out too far and I found that quite strong tidal currents started to pull me out to sea. So I tried to swim back as fast as I could but made no progress. I then prayed to God for wisdom as to what to do. He said stand up and so that is what I did. I found that the water came up to my waist and I was able to walk back to shore!
Wisdom is the way out.
 
So how can we apply this to our daily lives? Be clever and be wise, think of ideas to get out of it so that you keep your JOY.
If you are being seduced by an adulterous person then pretend your phone vibrated in your pocket and say “my friend Jesus (don’t say the word Jesus) is in trouble I have to go”.
Avoid the adulterous person in the first place by choosing your friends wisely.
Teach this to your Brother’s and Sister’s in Christ too please.
 
 
Pray to God for wisdom to escape and pray in faith.
James 1:8 (ESV)
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
 
When it says that a double minded person who is unstable will not get wisdom, remember that God is love and He loves us and these words DO NOT mean He is angry with you, instead it would mean in that situation that He feels sorry for you.
 
If you lack faith then think of the Oceans song by Hillsong – this always gets my faith going.
Think of a different Christian song if you want but remember that you need faith to receive wisdom.
 
 
 
Shalom ☺

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5 hours ago, Sharky and George said:

WISDOM – knowing how to avoid it, resist it when it does come and stop others from sinning. ...

 

Let me explain with a story of a dream that I had. I dreamt that I was at a beach one day with my family and just before I went in the sea for a swim, my Mum said be careful and do not swim too far out. I sinned by not respecting the loving advice of my Mum and I swam out too far and I found that quite strong tidal currents started to pull me out to sea. ...

PROVERBS.1: =

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother; ...

 

20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares. ...

 

23 Turn at my rebuke;
Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.


24 Because I have called and you refused,
I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded,
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.

 

ROMANS.7:7 = 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law.

(cf: ACTS.15:24-29 & 21:20-25)

 

 

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