Love Shows

Love shows

How loving one another shows our Unseen Creator lives in us.

The spiritual is evident by everything we do physically:

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12

Physically bowing shows a spiritually humbled heart toward our Creator.

It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.” Isaiah 45:23 ; Romans 14:11

Showing reverence to elders is a sign of reverence toward our Creator.

“‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:32

Physical coverings show spiritual modesty.  A physical symbol of being under or covered by the authority of our Creator.

Covering the head is a physical sign of being under our Creators authority.

“It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.” 1 Corinthians 11:10

“...women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” 1 Timothy 2:10

For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shaven: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shaven, let her be covered.” 1 Corinthians 11:6

Physically giving and helping the needy shows our spiritual faith.

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith that doesn’t show is dead.” James 2:26

Physically giving mercy reveals a heart that has received God’s mercy.

because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

How did God’s covenant of physical circumcision foreshadow mankind’s need to spiritually cut away pride from the heart?

In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh, (pride) was cut away when you were circumcised by Messiah,” Colossians 2:11

What we do is more telling than we think.

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Love Passes Over Offense

“Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5.

This is my greatest challenge when it comes to obeying God’s law of Love.  Even though I know better I read this verse and think, yeah but…is it just me or is there anything more difficult than keeping your mouth closed when you are offended?

Somehow I am always able to find some way to justify myself every time I stumble and fall into offense.

Now I know some people who are able to keep their mouth shut but in their heart the offence is held like a poison.  I used to admire those who had the ability to hide it so well but I have seen the results of holding an offense.  It is like a black mold, hidden in the darkness, but it shows to those around them as negative comments, criticism, gossip and slander.

“It is our glory to pass over an offense” Proverbs 19:11

Yeah but, how does one Pass Over an Offense?

Does it mean ignore and pretend, even when the offence cut right into our heart like a  knife?

Does it mean let everyone know until we feel better so we can pass over it?

Does it mean confronting the offender directly, as if they would be understanding or maybe even apologize?

So how has that worked for you?  In my experience it has made it even worse.

Passing over an offense means not stumbling over it in the first place.  Love is the Way to step over an offence.

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165

When I was young I was painfully shy. I worked hard, as I got older, to learn to stand up for myself.  But as I study God’s law of Love I see that it teaches a completely different Way.  A Way that is actually opposed to our human nature.

Offence reveals the parts of our human nature that are not obeying the law of God’s Love.sally_cowpie

“because human anger does not produce the righteousness, (good deeds) that God desires.” James 1:20

Is any offence worth more than having Peace with God in your heart?   Stay in the Light, learn your lesson quickly and step over an offence as if it were a cow pie.

If you do stumble, do not blame the cow pie.  Instead, look at the reason you stumbled.

Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the Light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 1 John 2:10