Let Love Shine ! While They Whine !

I was reading my bible this morning when the Holy Spirit illuminated verses 5 and 6 of the Love Chapter of the Bible, I Corinthians 13.  It is a chapter most believers are familiar with… for it is read at many weddings… but this passage isn’t just for interaction by couples. This passage is telling true believers what operating in God’s definition of love looks like.  It reveals the importance of this attribute being exhibited by a believer in today’s modern society.  As a matter of fact, our spiritual gifts aren’t worth anything without this love being witnessed by society as they look upon each of us individually. Together…we can make a difference…for we can operate in love within our own sphere of influence…and live this definition.

So…let’s read these specific two verses as they describe love:  I Corinthians 13:5-6

Love…. “does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

Here is an easy question for you: Does Society today reflect this kind of Love? 

We can all emphatically say,  “No Way!”

After all, we all just experienced, via the media, the Charlottesville riot this past weekend.

Does Society as a whole behave rudely?  Yes!

Do they seek their own? Yes!

Do they think evil? Yes!

Do they rejoice in iniquity/sin? Yes! Like never before. No one calls sin SIN as the scripture does. Society is uniting in their acceptance of iniquity, and fighting for their rights to continue in it!

What about “rejoicing in the truth“?

Do they rejoice in the truth of God’s word? No!

Do they rejoice in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the Word, who says He IS the way, the TRUTH, and the life? and that no man comes to God the Father but through Him?  No!

Modern society is seeking to deny even basic truths like the institution of marriage, of male-female gender, God’s right to tell them, as their creator, what is good and what is evil? The absolutes of right and wrong are replaced by opinion and societal brain-washing! Evil is continually in man’s thoughts…and it doesn’t take anything to provoke someone to anger and violence! We’re getting pretty far from the truth when we want to erase our own history from existence.

And yet…. Doesn’t Society talk about Love?  … They sure do! … ALL the time!

The fact of the matter is, modern society, while condemning and persecuting believers who stand up for the truth, are calling those who agree with God “unloving”, when in actuality, their definition of love is a lie!  Love is neither tolerance of evil nor acceptance of the evil doer who is harming those around them by their evil ideology or works. Never being allowed to share an opinion different from them is not love.

Society has been operating under a false definition of love and we, as a whole, are therefore being destroyed from within. Not only the USA, but also other countries. They, who for the sake of this “false definition of love” have let people full of hate and division and immorality into their boundaries, which has now lead them to inner destruction. Lawlessness abounds across the land, and believers are really the only group of people who can remain hopeful, joyful, and loving amidst the chaos. Why? Because we have Christ within… and greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world. Amen?! (smile)  This is why we can follow verse 7 of love’s chapter: “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  Did not Christ exhibit that kind of love? and we abide in Him…hallelujah!

Love is being kind and patient, not being envious, or proud, or boastful, yes….but this is an attitude of our own hearts God speaks of.  As a nation, we must place love for GOD and for HIS WILL above all “tolerance” of an evil doer. This takes wisdom and knowledge of the truth. Once reborn by the blood of Jesus Christ, we depend upon the Spirit of God and our Bible to be read and understood, to follow after Jesus. It IS a narrow way! And not all who say Lord Lord even are going to find that narrow way, but those who Obey His Will and find their righteousness in Christ. Becoming a believer is free, it is of grace not of works, and totally makes us all “even” in the sight of God. No group is better than another within the body of Christ. We find equality at the humble foot of the cross looking up to Jesus, who alone is worthy of greatness. Yet Believers, we are “higher” than Society, for we are already eternal and seated in the heavenlies with Christ Jesus (as far as our position), and we CAN affect lives all around us, by our own individual life lived in LOVE and OBEDIENCE, for Christ lives in us. We can Shine! We can allow Christ to be glorified through us. Through our life of true love.

John 17 is an awesome prayer, prayed by Jesus Christ to the Father, and he is praying for us, Believers!! He says he “doesn’t pray for the world” but for us! He prays for us, because He is “glorified in us”, not in them. (See verses 8-9 of John 17)

Believers, we, as we let true love grow, as I Cor 13 defines it, and allow our hearts to pray for and build up one other …and speak out for God’s will and edify with words of faith…following after Jesus…we can begin to shine while they all whine!

I happen to believe if our light, collectively, becomes brighter, and our love more visible, that the lost will come to us to find the answers in this dark world and find hope and freedom in Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

To conclude:

Does society today reflect true Love? NO!  Even unbelievers are realizing that Trump is not the blame for everything in society that is going haywire! Although he is continuing to be blamed for every evil work. What he has become is an excuse for lawlessness, and a license for others to go their own way, for they can blame someone other than themselves, the evil of their own hearts, and their own lack of true love.

It’s time to stop the blame game and start the love from above!

Believers, Make a loving stand! Know your word! Tell the truth! Be true to yourself in Christ! Don’t deny the truth to be falsely loved by them. Don’t be bullied into embracing their false definition of love! All this compromise has produced nothing good… so let’s try another strategy! Let’s love them to the truth! Let’s share the true definition of love with them!

Love never fails! (I Cor 13:8)

Let’s allow Christ’s love to show outward to all. We won’t be behaving rudely…we won’t seek our own…we won’t be easily provoked…we will think no evil…we will not rejoice in iniquity…we will rejoice in the truth.  Amen?!! (smile)

Now is our time to shine! While they whine!

Don’t let them condemn you, a believer, saying that you do not know how to love, just because you speak the truth! Love rejoices in the truth! Amen?!!

I am writing this article to dispel the lies/confusion of the “love” that society is speaking of!  Believers, let’s not get sucked into a false definition of love.  We just observed from these two verses alone, that society as a whole is not operating in God’s definition of love. Men have become lovers of themselves! They know how to whine! Not shine!

But I say, Let us SHINE, and While they WHINE!

II Timothy 4:18 gives you a promise to hang onto. Remember this verse as you look around you and things seem to be completely lawless, chaotic, and fear would like to replace love within you:

“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

Written by Beth Ann Smith, August 17, 2017

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We are ALL a WORK OF ART

Beth Ann Smith uses her own images here to illustrate a SPIRITUAL LESSON that was given her by the Holy Spirit.  Follow the narration underneath each photo, as you study the photo itself, for THE LESSON is what you are to RECEIVE. Do not be distracted by the pictures, but let them allow the words to come alive.

WE ARE ALL A WORK OF ART

BY Beth Ann Smith

Beth Ann Smith Work of Art

SOMETIMES ONLY THE ARTIST (Our Creator) SEES US…

WE ARE “HIS” WORKMANSHIP… DESIGNED…ULTIMATELY…

TO BE PUT ON DISPLAY…FOR HIS GLORY.

 

THE ARTIST KNOWS “WHO” WE ARE TO BE.

ALREADY IN THE ARTIST’S MIND IS WHERE WE ARE TO BE DISPLAYED…

OUR PURPOSE KNOWN EVEN AS WE WERE BEING CREATED FROM NOTHING BUT HIS IMAGINATION FOR US.  CREATIVELY-DESIGNED.

OUR LORD TAKES GREAT CARE WITH THE DETAILS,

AND TAKES HIS TIME… (EACH OF US A MASTERPIECE!)

WE ARE HIS PRIDE AND JOY!

TREASURED AND VALUABLE!

HIS THOUGHTS ALWAYS TOWARD US.

AND THEN WE ARE PUT ON DISPLAY FOR OTHERS TO SEE.

WE INFLUENCE OTHERS BY OUR VISIBILITY.

THEY WILL COME TO KNOW “THE ARTIST” AS THEY SEE HIS HANDIWORK…

VIEWING HIS WORKMANSHIP.

THIS MAY BE IN A SMALL GROUP – OR FAMILY –

 

OR WE MAY BE DISPLAYED TO THE BUSINESS WORLD

OR BE GIVEN VISIBILITY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SOMETIMES WE MAY BE DISPLAYED UNDER “NOT SO PLEASANT” CIRCUMSTANCES…

AND IN THE END FEEL A BIT TATTERED AND WORN OUT…

ABUSED AND USED… FOR BEAUTY IS NOT ALWAYS RECOGNIZED

BUT BEAUTIFUL WE ARE… ANYWAY…AND THE ARTIST CAN “RESTORE US”.

WE MUST BECOME ALERT, THAT WE ARE DISPLAYED AT PLAY, AT CHURCH, DOING OUR HOBBIES, ETC.  WE ARE BEING OBSERVED BY MANY…

EVEN IF IT APPEARS OTHERS ARE PASSING BY…NOT PAYING ATTENTION.

 

OUR JOY IN THE LORD TAUNTS THE ENEMY…SO LET THAT JOY SHOW TO OTHERS! LET THEM KNOW HOW THANKFUL AND BLESSED YOU ARE IN CHRIST!

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!!  SMILE AND ENJOY LIFE IN CHRIST!

HE IS THE FAIREST ONE OF ALL!

AND WE REFLECT HIS GLORY!

 

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WE ARE TO LOVINGLY DISPLAY OURSELVES

TO OUR SPOUSES.

APPRECIATE ONE ANOTHER’S BEAUTY

AND TAKE CARE TO LOVE AND VALUE ONE ANOTHER

AS  PRECIOUS WORKS OF ART.

FOR OUR TRUEST BEAUTY WILL BE MOST APPRECIATED BY

THOSE WHO LOVE US, AND WHO WE DESIRE INTIMACY WITH.

OUR GREATEST BEAUTY

IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

OUR CREATOR

WHO MADE US – LOOKED BACK – AND SAID SMILINGLY (as in Genesis 1)

“GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD”

REGARDLESS OF HOW WE ARE DISPLAYED, EVEN IF WE FEEL BLACK AND WHITE (BLAH AND UNCOLORFUL)… THE FACT REMAINS, THAT WE ARE ALL A WORK OF ART.

WE ARE BEAUTIFUL IN GOD’S SIGHT.

ON DISPLAY FOR “THE ARTIST’S GLORY” AND

“HIS RECOGNITION FOR HIS WORKMANSHIP”.

SO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD  WORKS AND GLORIFY YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN. 

MATTHEW 5:16

“Hide it under a bushel…NO! I’m going to let it shine!”

YOU ARE A WORK OF ART!

BE CONFIDENT.. THAT YOU ARE JUST AS YOU SHOULD BE…IN CHRIST!

AND BE YOURSELF!

AND IF HE TAKES YOU ASIDE FOR SOME “RESTORATION” –

LET THE ARTIST HAVE HIS WAY.

HE CREATED YOU TO SAY WITH CONFIDENCE: I AM FREE TO BE ME!

ENJOY YOURSELF! AND SMILE!

YOU ARE A PERFECT WORK OF ART.

YOUR SMILE REFLECTS HIS GLORY MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE!

 

 

– By Beth Ann Smith, Handmaiden Music

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