Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rejoiceth in the Truth

"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;"

I love it when the LORD tells me exactly what I am supposed to do or be... don't you?! He has told us what love does/is not... now He is telling us what love does/is!

Love will rejoice in the truth! This particular phrase brought many verses to my mind, a few of them are: "The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable...", "...worship Him in spirit and in truth.", "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:" etc.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rejoiceth Not in Iniquity

"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"

Love will never be happy at another persons downfall. It will not have pleasure but will grieve with the person. Love will rebuke a sinner, not in pride but in humility, to help keep the brother from further sin.

It made me think of Nathan telling David of his sin with Bathsheba. He did not gloat in his own righteousness or taunt the King with what he had done, he simply presented the truth to bring the king to repentance. He wanted the LORD to be pleased with David, Nathan was not trying to exalt himself, but help the king. He also did not just leave him in the sin for fear of rebuking the great king, but boldly told him of the evil to keep David from further sin and worse consequences than he had.

We should grieve with those who have sinned and work to help them be restored in righteousness before the LORD. This is real love and affection!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thinketh No Evil

"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;"

When someone says something or does something we can do one of two things...

1. We can construe that the meant to hurt us, that they are doing something deceptive and are guilty of something bad

2. We can believe that another has good intentions, does not mean to hurt anyone, is innocent of any evil in what they are doing/saying.

Love does not surmise evil, it does not backbite or countenance back biting, it does not dig up past sin, it does not make a man an offender for a word. Even jealousy will not dwell in love, because love trusts others and is not thinking evil of them.

Love will at least hope good of others if it cannot absolutely believe.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Not Easily Provoked

"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"


Similar to Suffereth Long, Charity will be abused a long time before ever reacting. It is not easily annoyed or angered; it is not easy to ruffle her feathers.

If we become angry easily, then we prove we are a fool. Fools who are easily provoked are critical of others, they think they need to "teach them a lesson!", they are loudly opinionated, never agreeable, become indignant if corrected because they are "always right".

Love will have a humble response to provocation. Love is humble and therefore overlooks personal offences because she thinks herself to unimportant to worry about.

We need to think before we speak and keep our selves cool inside so we will not be angry quickly and sin in our anger.

*Ohy- a sound I make when convicted by something... in this case the words NOT easily provoked. I want to be good and sweet... not easily angered... LORD help me!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seeketh Not Her Own

 "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"

Love is not selfish, it is selfless. Love will seek the good and pleasure of others before ever considering its own. It will spend and be spent for others happily and cheerfully. It will invest in others never asking for something in return... It will always remember that a relationship is about what you give, not what you get out of it.

Love will give up its own opinions and personal preferences to accommodate agreeably, others desires. It is sincere in its consideration of others.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Unseemly Behavior

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly,"

Love will behave appropriately in every and all situations at all times. Unseemly behavior is the opposite.

Unseemly behavior can be actions as well as the words you speak. Gracious speech and proper behavior are what love will exude.

Love avoids offending others by unsuitable, unconventional, behavior. Love will not "speak its mind" but will speak only that which is good to the use of edifying, that which is pure, honest, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. (remember, what flows form the mouth is a reflection of what is in one's heart... so if we think on these things {Phil. 4:8} that is what our speech will be comprised of.)

Love will conduct itself in a perfect way at all times with a pure heart. Her words will be like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Pr. 25:11) Her neighbors will love her because she never overstays her welcome or presumes upon others. (Pr. 25:17) She will be discreet and chaste for the good of those around her. She will be a tree of life to others, for her words are always fitting and appropriate.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Puffed Up

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up"

Similar to vaunting ones self, puffed up is rather the attitude behind the actions. Being filled with high thoughts of ones self... the common word for puffed up would be proud. Pride is the root behind a lot of uncharitable thoughts and deeds. Being puffed up will keep one from admitting faults, honoring others and seeking forgiveness.

Love finds it easy to apologize, easy to praise others, to change conduct, etc. Love gets down beneath others and has a meek and quiet spirit. Love controls the thoughts of the heart and head to root out the pride and replace it with humility.

This one is not easy... but if we can master our pride, put it down and exalt humility in our lives, the love that flows from us will be untainted and unlimited. We must remember that even if it appears that we are humble in our actions, the LORD sees and tries the heart. We must be careful! Take every thought captive in obedience to Christ! He humbled Himself to the death of the cross and came in the form of a servant... What are we?! Just air-blown clay... Let us humble ourselves before Him and before our brethren to serve them with charity today.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vaunteth Not Itself

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself,"

Vaunteth is not a word that we commonly use these days, but it describes a deficiency in character that is very common in today's world that centers itself on self love and promotion (rather than love of others)...

~It is to speak vaingloriously of one's self, to brag about one's own accomplishments or worth. It is to boast and put yourself forward.

We as Christians are to make our boast in the LORD, not ourselves. (Psalm 34:2)

If we love as we ought, we will seek to praise others and talk about their accomplishments and abilities. We should promote others, not ourselves. We should, as Jesus taught, take the lowest position instead of presuming the highest. (Luke 14:7-11)

Don't talk about yourself! Ask others about themselves...
Don't volunteer information about your achievements, praise someone else for theirs...

Love will truly desire to put others up and forward and leave off the arrogant assertion of it's own presumed superiority of ability or prowess.

Love will get down.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Envieth not

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;"

Envy is a discontented, resentful, longing for another's possessions or qualities.

Love will not have a burning desire to equal or exceed others in an ungodly form of emulation. Instead love will be excited and rejoice at the advantages of others... The LORD is the one who makes men to differ (1 Corinthians 4:7) and blesses according to His good will and pleasure. When we envy others and resent them we are truly setting ourselves up and replying against God.

Let us get excited TODAY for others when they receive praise, when they get something new, when they get a raise at work, when they are smarter, prettier, taller, more naturally talented etc. when they receive good at the hand of the LORD, we rejoice!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And is Kind

Charity suffereth long, and is kind;

We all desire affectionate, *benevolent, sympathetic and gentle treatment from others... We would say such a person was, oh so kind!

If we are going to treat others as we ourselves desire to be treated then we must learn how to be and embody kindness.

If we are kind, we will not cause others trouble (or, if we do, we'll quickly and genuinely seek forgiveness and reconciliation).

Kindness will liberally devise good things to do for others, holding nothing back. It will listen with care and concern, weeping with those who weep, rejoicing with those who rejoice; never critically or with malice, envy, or maliciousness. (Sympathetic should probably be taken to the next level word, empathetic.) There will be no harshness, violence or forcefulness shown in word or manner. It will show an amiable spirit of pleasant good-naturedness (<That isn't a word). Doesn't that sound beautiful?!

The proverbs 31 woman is said to have "the law of kindness in her tongue" and what a comfort such a woman would be! A good and faithful man with a kind tongue would truly and rightly be called a prince.

*Benevolence is a disposition of doing good for others, generosity or being filled with goodwill toward others.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Suffereth Long...

Charity suffereth long...

It considers others as more important than one’s self and so gives up self and tolerates many personal offences while yet continuing to love and serve the offender(s).

Humility is a key in this, as well as the other phrases in 1 Corinthians 13. If we put ourselves down (where we belong) then it is easy to forgive and forget again & again & again &... the offences of others toward us.

Sometimes we wonder how long is long? (Uhm, is that a humble question? How would it sound if we said it like this... "How long do I have to wait until I get to slap them back and it will be okay?") Well, if we look at the LORD's longsuffering toward us, we get an answer to our question. We daily sin against a Holy, Holy, Holy, God and yet He does not fry us... We deserve a frying because He is HOLY. Our neighbor doesn't deserve a frying for "hurting" us because we are NOTHING. How long do we want to LORD to suffer us?

Suffer... it does not sound like a pleasant word, so we know that it will be difficult because of our pride and flesh... but we are to SUFFER long... Put off the Pride and Forsake the Flesh.

70 x 7= 490 (Nope, that doesn't mean count 'til we get to that # ;))

The LORD has forgiven us so much, what can we not forgive our brother?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Title of my blog^

How do we sojourn here in fear? (1 Peter 1:17)
By keeping the LORD's commandments!

What are they?

#1 Love the LORD your God with all your heart, mind, soul & strength;
#2 Love your neighbor as yourself. {All other laws hang on these two.} (Matthew 22:38-40)

(#1) We are to gird up our minds, taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ and hoping to the end for the grace that will be given when Jesus Christ appears. (1 Peter 1:13)

(#1) We are to be holy as God is holy, (1 Peter 1:16)
(#2) We are to love our brethren (1 Peter 1:22)
What do we know about charity? a lot :) But here are a few things:

a. Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 13 an in depth definition of loving our neighbor as we love our self.

b. Charity is greater than faith and hope, faith and hope abide and are good, but charity is better (1 Corinthians 13:13)

c. All the sign gifts, which were wonderful and glorious and miraculous pass away, but not charity! (1 Corinthians 13:8)

d. It is better and above giving all your goods to feed poor people, having faith enough to move mountains, even giving your body to be BURNED... if you do all these things, that ARE good, but have no charity they are truly of NO, absolutely NO profit.

If we desire to please the LORD, take hold of the plough handle and never look back, to sojourn here in fear as He has called us to do (because we call on Him we must! and He will judge each of us without respect of rank, station, money, etc. for our life{actions and thoughts}), then we need to learn how to have and live charity.

I want to! So I want to take one phrase at a time from Paul's definition of love and reflect upon it, write about it and try to put it into practice in a way I have not done before. (over a stretch of time to be determined)

You can come along with me and look over my shoulder... You would be very welcome and I would be delighted if you would join me by adding your thoughts in the "comments box" of anything you have thought of to add to each aspect or facet of charity that I may miss!

This is just my introduction... soon I will begin upon the phrases. I named my blog "Sojourning Here in Fear" and I want to continue to live it and to live it better than ever before!