We should always hold love at the center of our being. No matter what we
go through in life, no matter how bad we've been hurt, no matter who has
betrayed us in times past and no matter how let down we may sometimes feel,
it is still within our ability to hold on to love. Holding on to love
means that we will not give away the joy, peace and contentment that is
within our hearts. Holding on to love means that we will still see the
best in people, hope the best from people and wish the best for people.
When we have a love focused mindset, we don't allow petty misunderstandings
to keep us from living joy filled, praise filled and have a heart filled
with God's perfect peace. Always remember and keep in mind that no one
can steal your love, your joy or your peace, but you can easily give it
away when you allow someone's negative actions to dictate your reaction.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-13) (2 Timothy 1:7)
No matter what you go through in life, I encourage you to keep love at the
center of your being. Don't become a cynic, a doubter and see only the
bad that people can do, but rather focus more on the blessings they bring,
the goodwill they do, the love they share, the encouragement they impart
and try your best to share the same with them as well. All that we have
in this life is the love that we give and the love that we receive.
Nothing else really matters. When the Lord Jesus was asked what was the
greatest commandment, He answered and said in Matthew 22:37-39 “Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is
like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
(James 1:27) (Luke 6:31)
I encourage you again to be a lover of people. Don't condone their actions
when they aren't at their best, but look past it and see them for who they
can become. We all are worthy of a new beginning and when we look at
others with love as God does, we will truly understand what holding Love
at the center of our being really means. (Luke 6:35-36) (Mark 9:41)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to look past any
imperfections that you may find in others and know that just as you would
seek for another chance, so must we allow others that same opportunity.
LOVE IS UNDERSTANDING
Do you know what the most common craving is among pregnant women? (I'm
sure this is factual.) The most common craving among pregnant women is not
spicy food, pickles or ice cream. Not even close. It is for Men to get
Why? Because then they would know what it is like. Then they might be more
patient. What most women need during times of cravings, discomfort, swollen
ankles and morning sickness is...understanding. Much of our conflict is
the result of Misunderstanding.
As a new bride, one woman moved into the small home on her husband's ranch
in the mountains. She put a shoe box on a shelf in her closet and asked
her husband never to touch it.
For 50 years he left the box alone, until his life partner was old and
dying. One day when he was putting their affairs in order, he found the
box again and thought it might hold something important.
Opening it, he discovered two doilies and $82,500 in cash. He took the box
to her and asked about the contents.
“My mother gave me that box the day we married,” she explained. “She told
me to make a doily to help ease my frustrations every time I got mad at you.”
Her husband was touched that in 50 years she'd only been upset enough to
make two doilies. “What about the $82,500?” he asked.
She explained, “Oh, well that's the money I've made selling the doilies.”
Making doilies might take your mind off the problem, but nothing will
change if you don't address it. The path from conflict to love is not by
way of arts and crafts, it is through the gates of conversation and
You've heard it said: “Love is patient and kind.” Patient and kind, yes,
but love is also understanding. Maybe that's what makes it so lovely.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity
Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them
that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as
being yourselves also in the body.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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God’s Work Ministry