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Love’s Attributes (4)
(#158 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“Love is not boastful!” (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Love is not boastful, and therefore, Yahweh is not boastful!
Shaul urged Timothy to; “Teach no other doctrine,” (1Timothy 1:3) so, as with jealously, we find the need to define terms in order to hold to pure doctrine. “I am Yahweh and there is no other” (Exodus 20:3) should make His doctrine on boasting quite clear. When it comes to boasting, it is Yahweh who expects all the glory! Shaul says, “Of such a One I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.” (2. Corinthians 12:5) And he also admits, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells.” (Romans 7:18) And so, in this boasting on Him alone, we could only see beauty if He who claims all the glory saves us from our own depravity. If He was to boast, yet leave us in our fallen state, could this be described as perfect love? Of course not, and so we see that Yahweh alone is due His boasting.
As for us, the redeemed, love speaks to our carnal ways of boasting. And though all such boasting is horrid, there are the worse kinds of boasting. False humility (Colossians 2:18-23) and self-righteousness (Romans 10:3) are the worst of the ego’s ways of boasting. Pride and spirituality have no place in the same conscience chosen for salvation; for it is the contrite and humble mind that would never boast of its own importance.
If you are to be saved (a redeemed conscience, fully given over to Yahweh’s commands) by Him, then how could you ever have anything to do with such a grand design? It was by the death of One (Hebrews 2:14, Romans 5:15) that many men would be saved, and it is that death alone that opens His mind within man’s conscience. What credit can you take for this, other than the murder of the One who died for you? I will not boast!
I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves]. (John 13:34-35)
Do you really understand what tenderhearted really means? Please see this video…
The Way of Man II
(#147 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
A man and his wife enter the church. After the worship, the pastor begins to preach. The wife is fully engaged while the husband dozes off. He tries his best to stay awake. She nudges him when the service is over. They rise up and leave. For many weeks, this same pattern continues. The pastor notices the husband’s tendency and labels the man as disinterested in spiritual matters. He wonders why the man even comes. Others in the congregation have noticed and wonder the same.
Several weeks pass since the last time the man and his wife attend when she appears alone at a service. Afterwards, she finds the pastor and asks him if she could speak with him. The pastor willingly agrees and quickly discerns the meeting will be about her “disinterested” husband. He is ready to minister to her heart as needed.
As the meeting begins the pastor says, “I have not seen you in church for quite some time. How have you been?”
The lady, with tears streaming down her eyes says, “It’s my husband.”
“Yes, I figured that,” the pastor replies.
She continues, “You see. He has cancer. He is dying. He takes his medication and it makes him very tired and sleepy. He was embarrassed about coming and falling asleep so we’ve just stopped coming. He does not seem to have much time left and he wanted me to tell you something. He said that it made him so happy to be able to come and see you, to listen to you preach. You are his favorite teacher. He asked me to thank you.”
Never judge loved one. Never think you know what’s going on within someone, just by the external appearance of things. Caring takes time, and if you are willing to ask yourself the tough question, do you struggle with caring for others? Healing comes from a mind, spiritually redeemed, that can admit, “I don’t really care about other people as much as I should; help me Yahshua. Give me a heart (mind) that cares for others more than it cares for myself.”
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13)
Worthy of Me
(#037 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his torture stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)
Why do My children so often only emphasize the scriptures that seem to say that My grace is for everyone? Why do you choose to ignore the reality that My torture stake is the line in the sand between those who are Mine and those not worthy of Me? Why do you insist on imposing your desire for others over My will for them? Doesn’t it take the loss of your life to find the life I have for you? Why do you continue to reason and hope that I would ever do anything other than what I said I would do? Will I change My very own words (Malachi 3:6); am I double minded in some way (Numbers 23:19)? He who I say is worthy is; and he who I claim is dishonorable is! So, what of the one who does not pick up his torture stake and lose his own life for Me?
You see My child, I Am not concerned, as you are, that all men are at peace with Me. I remain at peace regardless of what others think. I must, however, insist that you stop limiting My Words to only those that make you feel good, the ones that fit neatly into your comfort zone. It is the sum of My word that is truth, loved one (John 17:17). My peace I leave with My children (John 14:27); My sword, that I reserve for My adversaries (Psalm 37:14-15).
I will not bear the haughty soul,
Who amends My holy Word.
To add to it or take away (Deut. 12:32),
Is the height of the absurd.
Your cups, and bracelets, and bumper stickers,
To the masses you market Me.
Yet no one comes unless I call (Jn. 6:44),
For them only was the tree.
Precept upon precept and line upon line, (Is. 28:13),
My verses never lie.
If I meant for “all” to be saved,
Then how could some deny (John 18:9)?
I will not excuse your ultimatum,
That My Word must fit your style.
If you are My sheep you’ll hear My voice,
What all others hear is vile (1 Cor. 1:18).
I know it seems like this is cruel,
How could this ever be?
But you are the sheep whom I’ve redeemed,
So leave the wolves to Me.
The greatest thing man has ever done is being beaten and put to death but at the same time being at peace with the situation. Yeshua express true love for his enemies when he asked the father to forgive them for beating and killing him. This devotional today is a very helpful reminder of the importance of following Yahweh’s Torah and the shalom it brings.
(#006 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“When a man’s ways please Yahweh, He will make even his enemies at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7)
If you have children, ask them to read this scripture. Then, ask them this question. How will you know if your ways are pleasing to Yahweh? The beauty here is that you actually don’t need a child to answer the question. You simply need to change and become like a child to grasp this Kingdom principle. (Matthew 18:3)
Yes, this is a good litmus test indeed. It is also a noble pursuit. Living at peace with all men will result from a life that is pleasing to Yahweh. And if you take delight in Him (Psalms 37:4), the desire of your heart will be to have your enemies at peace with you. Think about it. Yahshua taught, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45) It even pleases Yahweh to be at peace with His enemies.
His command is to love your enemy. Woe to any man who convinces himself otherwise. Your strength cannot make an enemy flee; only your obedience can. You love them; He guards you. You praise Him; He removes them from your midst. You endure; He gives you strength. You submit to Him; He lifts you up. These are immutable patterns. Sing aloud; “The battle belongs to Yahweh.” (1 Samuel 17:47) Make your ways pleasing to Yahweh and even your enemies will be at peace with you!
As we progressively unfold the patterns of the perfected mind, you will begin to recognize them and even seek them. As you adhere to them, you will find that they produce good fruit every time. You do what He says; you reap the blessings He promises. At last, you will testify, “It was so easy once I applied His ways to every situation.” Enjoy His instructions; they were created just for you. Obey them and even your enemies will be at peace with you. You have His word.
Merciful One from the Suffer Well Devotional Series) Here is the link to the video on Mercy by Carols Perdomo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLxlN… Yet He was merciful; He forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time, He restrained His anger and did not stir up His full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. (Psalm 78:38) It is because of My love for you that I grieve over you. You see, your anger manifests from selfish desire, whereas Mine rises in desiring for you. Have I not said all that I have done is good? (Genesis 1:31; Romans 8:28) Every time you walk away from My Garden of love, My only choice is to watch, as My children walk into pain. My anger is kindled as you walk away from all of the blessings I have for you. Do I raise cursed children? Oh how you need to long to know Me better. My ways, unlike yours, are always directed towards goodness. How many times would you watch a young child slam her head into a wall, after explaining to her why it will only hurt her? What bothers you most about a scenario as this? Of course, it is the pain you see the young girl putting herself through. After a bit, it causes you to stop her against her will. Yes My child, this is what burdens Me about My children. The constant desire to add pain to the life I have provided for you. Yes, now you see. Obedience to Me is mandatory, however, only so I can bless you more. I am Abba Father, and I know better than you.
Here is the original video that I refer to in this video
How Reconciliation Works – Patrick Doyle
John 2:16-20 Children Reading The Bible
When bad things happen to good people