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Running The Race As A Winner – Day Fifteen

As I do the will of God,
Jesus is my Brother and I am a branch;
Identifying with the vine,
Living by the Royal family Code.

A search of the scriptures reveals 13 words for love -a  passionate, spiritual, emotional attachment that reflects the high regard one has for another person; a gentle and solicitous feeling.

To list all these words here would be pointless, but their meanings will help us understand the immeasurable power love has in the life that seeks to honor Mashiach/Christ.

These are the meanings:
1.         Spiritual and sexual affection
2.         Tender friendship
3.         To have pleasure or delight in (admiration)
4.         Desire
5.         Amorous words (very lovely, etc.)
6.         To Caress
7.         To have compassion, mercy,
8.         Benevolence
9.         Brotherly bond
10.       Fondness for mankind
11.       A husband and wife being a friend to each other
12.       Fondness for one’s children – Warm instinctive affection (has to do with choice or preference)
13.       An inclination to preform acts of kindness and to love in a social or moral sense (denotes the love of esteem, embracing the judgment and deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty, or propriety).

All the above are love; all are the same action verb described in I Corinthians 13 – the Royal Family Code. All, whether from a social or moral sense, love for brother/sister, husband/wife, one’s child; whether it is love from choice or preference; love for a friend, or love between God and man – all are patient, kind, not fearful about loss of position or affection, not boastful or self-important, polite, puts the loved one first, forgives eagerly, encouraging, supportive, optimistic, and consistent. This love is produced by the Rauch Ha Kodesh/ the Spirit of God and fulfills the law. It is alluring, enduring, faithful, and sure.

As we run the race with our eyes on Love we take on the qualities of love. We see Love in action and Rauch Ha Kodesh produces love in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, you who are perfect love, teach me to love. You are planting the seeds in my heart as I seek to obey you. You water them with the water of your word. Your spirit breathes life into the flames of my love so it burns brightly. The love that flows through my life will take root in the dirt of the world and produce the fruit of the Spirit, returning beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for sorrow, and the covering of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Then I will be a tree of righteousness that you have planted (you who are the root of the tree) and you will be glorified.

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Oh How I Love You

Oh How I Love You!

If romance could build houses

Would love build a home?

If mice were called mouses

We’d leave mooses alone.

Here’s my heart for you

Take it and do as you must.

I hope you won’t make me blue

My heart is easy to bust.

Be mine, please do

My heart’s all aglow.

Be yours? Who you?

Sorry, the answer is NO!

 

 

You’ve heard the story of Dick and Jane, and we’ve all heard about Tom, Dick, and Harry. This is a once upon a time story about Dick and Jane who live in Never-Never Land. In Never-Never Land the heroine meets the hero, they fall in love; the hero kills all the dragons and they live happily ever after. The end? Not quite! Let’s go back to the beginning. Okay, in the beginning god created… No, not that beginning, Dick and Jane’s “us” beginning. A character study of our old friends might look like this:

  • Dick: the hero and a real he-man who knows how to hold his liquor – and a lot of it! And, of course, he makes his own rules – no one’s going to tell Him what to do. He is also very daring and he’s always in command. He doesn’t need anybody and he doesn’t feel anything. He’s macho! He’s the tall dark stranger, “sigh, pant, pant.”
  • Jane: the heroine. Almost nothing is too much trouble or takes too much time, if it will help Dick. He’s hard to please but she’s willing to wait, hope, and try harder to placate. She has an all expending, reckless yearning for Dick. She is consumed with him, willing to endure pain and distress for him. She knows she loves him because of the agitation, abandon, tragedy, anguish, suspense, perplexity, and longing she feels on his account. After all, every love story she’s ever read told her this was how she would feel. She’s a good hearted woman in love with – ? – well, who knows what – anyway she’s a good hearted woman. She’s very helpful. Does she really find this dizzying relationship exciting? No, but we hope the reader will.                                                                                             We can hardly wait to see how this “loving”, helpful, unselfish innocent turns our cruel, indifferent, abusive, emotionally unstable hero into a kind, stable, reliable man who cares about her. Can we?
  • Tom: the villain. He tells Jane she is helping Dick out of the need to control him. He is an irritating liar who makes Jane’s life miserable by telling her that she is afraid of being left alone and will do anything to keep Dick – to make him need her. He tells her she doesn’t know what it is like to be loved and is afraid to try to find out so she would rather be involved in a situation that is chaotic, uncertain, and emotionally painful. He is a total bore! He says Jane is using her obsession with dick to avoid her own pain, emptiness, fear, and anger. He insists she finds Dick exciting because he is unstable, challenging because he is unreliable, romantic because he is unpredictable, charming because he is immature and mysterious because he is moody. He further states that she wouldn’t be happy with a man who wasn’t cold, inadequate, and angry because she couldn’t fix him and suffer for him.
  • Harry: Jane’s best friend and confident. She really likes Dick and encourages their “Us-ship”. She becomes dick’s champion and confidant. Aren’t they lucky?

The story gets more confusing and less uplifting as we go along. It doesn’t leave us with much hope for a lasting, loving, romantic relationship that is beneficial to both partners. It leaves us wondering if there is such a thing as romantic love and lasting marriage. To find the answer we will have to go back to the beginning

In the beginning God made the rules for the benefit of his creation; but the rules are all messed up because of sin and the fall, and the muddle the world is in today. How is a Christian to know what to do about love and marriage? Is love and romance something a Christian has a right to look forward to?

To be continued