3 Reasons Why We Love

3 Reasons Why We Love

I don’t know about you but I am a forgetful person. I have a tendency to get the day going, move from task to task, from responsibility to responsibility, from person to person…and sometimes at the end of the day, forget a lot about what I did. Add those days up, and then I might forget what a week consisted of, maybe even a month, and so on.

I’m grateful for the Holy Spirit to lead me and keep me on track, often times reminding me of the Gospel. I’m also encouraged by John 14:26 since it tells us we are people who need to be taught, and we are people who forget.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” – John 14:26

One of the greatest reminders that God seems to be bringing to me over and over again is why we love in the first place. Why do followers of Jesus love others? Why do we really do anything at the end of the day?

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Fear Cannot Dictate Our Lives

This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here.

Fear Cannot Dictate Our Lives

I lived in Denton for about 10 years. I got my Bachelors and Masters degree at the University of North Texas. Through that time I attended Denton Bible Church. I grew a lot in my faith through this church. The church has been an amazing resource for me in my walk with God. Denton Bible has an evening Christmas Eve service every year. Last month the church received a bomb threat to cancel their Christmas Eve service. They had to decide whether to continue with the service as planned.

Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous likely to cause pain or a threat. Most people want to live on this Earth for as long possible. When our safety is jeopardized, then we tend to panic and change the way we live. Sometimes we need to be smart and take precautionary steps towards a safer life. We are always at risk for harm whether we know it or not. The world is not a safe place because anything is possible.

We learned that this world was not safe early in history. Adam and Eve’s first kids were named Cain and Abel. Genesis 4-6-8 illustrates the evil of humanity.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.”

Cain was angry and bitter towards his brother. Abel’s sacrifice was considered righteous and looked highly upon by God. Cain killed his own brother due to jealousy and anger. This passage illustrates the point of how no situation is really safe. Cain killed a member of his own family. Humanity is capable of doing harm to one another without any regard to morality or conduct.

Why Contentment With God Is So Important

Why Contentment With God Is So Important

We live in a day where being confident or being secure seems to get farther and farther away from us. Instead we start to question anything and everything and walk around feeling insecure all the time. This happens to you, me, and really all of us if we are honest with ourselves. It even happens with followers of Jesus too.

I think the reason we start to doubt and start to feel more insecure with every day that passes is because of what we are putting our confidence or security in…typically ourselves. When we make things about ourselves (our feelings, our decisions, our path, our joy, our preferences), we set ourselves up for failure, every time. So when we fail and let ourselves down, we start to doubt. We begin to get insecure and forget who we really are. Then it just snowballs from there.

As followers of Jesus, we need the Holy Spirit to remind us (John 14:26) daily about who we really are, and who Jesus really is.

When We Are Content, We Proclaim Jesus Is Our Savior

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10

When we are reminded of what Jesus has done for us, we remember we are sinful and forgiveness is found through Christ for all eternity for past, present, and future sins. Since He first loved us (1 John 4:19), that means everything has already been done for us…so when we are weak, Jesus is strong. When we are insecure, Jesus is our security. When we doubt, Jesus is our truth.

Scripture on Confidence

Scripture on Confidence

Sometimes it’s hard to be confident as a follower of Jesus. Whether it’s our salvation, what God has called us to do, or if we are needing to love someone who is being difficult, sometimes we start to doubt and lose our confidence. Other times we might be called cocky or told that we don’t know everything, which might cause us to doubt even more.

There is Good News though for the follower of Jesus and we all need this reminder today.

Let’s remember what we are being confident about. Let’s remember who we are being confident about.

Our confidence is in what the Bible says and what Jesus has done for us. The confidence is not in ourselves. It’s one thing to be confident in ourselves and treat people beneath us (which is obviously sin for the Christian), but it’s another thing to place confidence in Jesus and what He actually did for us. On top of that, He calls us to continuously trust Him as we follow Him and that He is in control and at work.

So then….

  • Why can we be confident as followers of Jesus that we are going to heaven?
  • Why can we be confident that God is at work?
  • Why can we be confident that Jesus is better than anything else?
  • Why can we be confident of what is sin and what is holy?
  • Why can we be confident of having all the answers that are found in the Bible?

Everything points to Jesus and He is at the center of everything that we do. This includes the fact that the Bible is 100% truth and is God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Be reminded today that you can be confident as you continue to follow Jesus that God is at work and yes, you are saved. Not because of your own self confidence, but because of what the Bible says and what Jesus has done.

Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on confidence:

Proverbs 9: A Seat at the Wise Table

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A Seat at the Wise Table

Solomon shares God’s wisdom to his son in Proverbs 1-9. Chapter 9 continues to show us the contrast between seeking wisdom in God’s word and making the decision to follow the pattern of foolish decisions. The image is a feast. The first part of the chapter portrays a wise lady preparing a feast while verses 13-18 reveal a “fallen woman” preparing a feast.

I was a nanny in college to a very dear family that shared God’s love with me, entrusted me with their children, and treated me like a one of their own.

The grandmother of this family is a woman I admire today. Her character and speech demonstrated wisdom and Godly counsel. She taught me etiquette at her own dining room table and then allowed me to teach her grandchildren. Her actions were full of love and marked by preparation and patience. From her example, I desired to grow in grace and kindness and began to see the value of wisdom.

We find out in Proverbs 9:10 where the beginning of wisdom comes from. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Wisdom comes from the fear of the Lord. What does that mean? Why should I fear the Lord? This type of fear comes from love and respect for God. Respecting God puts Him first in our lives, above anything else. This verse reveals to us that when we seek God first in the decisions we make, God will guide us with His knowledge and understanding.

But, we have to continue to seek Him.