Love/Hate….

Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. (Proverbs 10:12)

It’s been two years today, that my Sweet P and I have been happily married. Joyfully is probably been a better word. For this reason – it, as well as the five and a half years prior, have not always been happy. There have been hard times – certainly very hard times early on as we lived as pagans. But even recently there have been hardships. Times even I could say if being honest, that I’ve hated Phyliss….

No, not literally hated. But certainly I’ve thought ill of, been angry with, fought with and exasperated her. That’s a kind of hatred. And yes, it stirs up strife….

Phyliss on the other hand is a master at LOVING. She’s not perfect, don’t get me wrong. But she is the one often taking first steps at making peace – in our relationship as well as others. She initiates prayer in our arguments much more than I (something I’m not proud of). She is quick to forgive, so full of grace. Her love covers a multitude of sins….

Today on our anniversary, I just want to – for lack of a better word – BRAG about her. I think she’s amazing, beautiful, smart, funny, welcoming, GRACEFUL. She certainly has a gift from God in making others feel wanted, welcome, important. I am so proud to be her husband, that I’m waiving my banner over her – today and every day. She truly is a joy in my life, a real wife of noble character. I thank God for her every day – even those days when I might be a little hateful. 🙂

Happy anni Sweet P! I love you!

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Feeding Five Thousand….

In Mark 6, the story of Jesus and the disciples feeding five thousand, we see that Jesus multiplies our meager offering – which really were not much – to care for many. For many…..

Why do we not believe he can do that today? Have we tried? Or do we just look at that proverbial ‘mountain’ and give up, thinking its just too large to climb, too large to move…

Faith of a mustard seed. That isn’t much…. What does that say about us? Jesus says in Mark 5, “Do not be afraid; only believe”. Lord I believe…. Help me with my unbelief….

I want to move mountains. I want to take my meager offerings and have God multiply them for the good of others, for his glory! How about you?

Man’s Anger Does Not Please God….

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you (James 1:19-21)

Some great points in this passage…….

1. Anger is not bad, if it is righteous anger. Righteous anger is godly anger. Man’s anger (my rage, temper), is NOT righteous anger. I would do well to evaluate my anger, and suspect that if my heart rate is elevate or my voice is higher or louder, whether that is righteous anger or sinful anger (Most often, if not always, the latter). For that matter, if anger is a REACTION, not a RESPONSE (Slow to become angry…), I’m betting it’s not righteous….

2. I wonder how much less angry I might be, if I were to get rid of all the crap in my life – greed, PRIDE, lust, laziness, etc…..

3. I’m pretty sure I alone cannot get rid of those things in my life. I’ve tried. Only through Christ is that possible. I’m thinking that is what James means when he says “humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you”.

4. I love that the very next verse, James 1:22 says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” So you fell down – get up. Do what it says. Even if you haven’t done what it says 100 times over – do what it says now. Just this once. Steps taken away from God over and over are not reason enough to never take that step toward him.

Great passage……