“This is the new covenant I will make with my people
on that day,” says the Lord.
”I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
Then he says,
“I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
A few days ago we started developing a Love Blueprint for ourselves. Let's keep working on that. Remember, we're using the "Love" chapter in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13) as our starting point.
As we’ve developed our blueprint for love, using 1 Corinthians 13 as our guide, we’ve considered action words like being kind and not being jealous, boastful, proud, rude, demanding, or irritable. Today we move on to focus on not keeping records of the wrongs done to us.
When someone we love does something against us, we may forgive that person but it is so much harder to forget what was done. God’s Word tells us that loving someone according to His blueprint for love means that we will not keep records of wrongs done against us. How is that possible?
God demonstrates to us how we can add this action to our love blueprint. You see, when we ask God for His forgiveness for something that we have done against Him, He says, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” If anyone has a right to remember the things done against Him it would be God! And yet, He promises to never hold them against us.
As you consider how you will love people and how you want to be loved in return, pray that God will give you the ability to no longer remember the wrongs your loved ones have done against you.
No matter how dreary life may seem right now, there is so much to be thankful for!
Today, the first day of November, every time you think about what you don't like in your life, start thinking about ways that you've been blessed. I'll bet by the end of the day you'll feel a lot better about your life.
Love is patient.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Always be humble and gentle.
Be patient with each other, making allowance
for each other’s faults because of your love.
Last week we talked about the "Love Chapter" in the Bible
(1 Corinthians 13) and I encouraged you to consider writing out a Love Blueprint for yourself. A Love Blueprint is a plan to follow on how you give and receive love. Today, let's continue helping you work through creating your own Love Blueprint.
The first action word of the Bible’s love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, is “patient.” As we formulate our blueprint for love, would we want being patient to be part of our plan? How do we put that word into practice? Yes, we expect people who say they love us to be patient with us, but are we patient with them?
When it comes to the men in our lives, we want them to be patient with us when it comes to dealing with our emotions. But are we patient with them when they are never late for work but always seem to be late when we plan to go out?
When it comes to our children, we want them to be patient with us when we’re in the middle of a homework assignment and they want to play. But are we patient with them when they struggle with potty training?
When it comes to our friends, we want them to be patient with us as we struggle to find time to be with them that does not interfere with our baby’s naptime. But are we patient with them when they don’t understand why we don’t have money to go clothes shopping because we’ve spent it all on diapers?
According to the verse in Ephesians, I’m called to be patient with others in spite of their faults; I am called to do this because I love them. In light of this, I think I want being patient to be part of my love blueprint.
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
It does not demand its own way.
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith,
is always hopeful, and
endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Our society has a twisted view of what real love is. In our world, love is more about flowers, candy, champagne, and romantic feelings. These verses from 1 Corinthians 13 tell us that love has very little to do with what I get and so much more to do with the actions I take toward someone I love.
If real love is about doing something, I need to put together a blueprint of how I plan on loving someone and how I want to be loved in return. Just as an architect draws a plan for a building she is creating, a blueprint for love is a plan for how I will love someone and how I want to be loved back. This plan isn’t just for boyfriend-girlfriend relationships; this plan covers how I will love and want to be loved back by my children, my parents, and anyone else I truly care about.
Over the next few days, we’re going to look at some of the action words listed in the verses in 1 Corinthians. As we discuss these words, consider using them to develop your own love blueprint.
But those who obey God’s word truly show
how completely they love Him.
That is how we know we are living in Him.
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
1 John 2:5-6
Back in the 1990s many Christians wore bracelets with the letters “WWJD” on them. WWJD stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” People who wore these bracelets did so as a way to remember to ask themselves that question all day long. For example, if they were being accused by a coworker for something they had not done, they would stop, look at their bracelet, and ask themselves, “What would Jesus do…if He was being falsely accused?”
This verse from 1 John tells us, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” Am I living every day of my life like Jesus did? Am I compassionate like He was? Am I willing to stand up for injustice like He did? Am I willing to be a Jesus-follower in every area of my life?
As you go through the day, why not check to see if you’re living your life as Jesus did by asking yourself, “What would Jesus do in this situation?”
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
Where I live, northern Illinois, we're blessed to be able to experience all four seasons. Today, we're right in the middle of some great fall weather! Sweatshirt, hot chocolate (or coffee, my preference) and leaves changing colors ... AHHHH ... I love this season.
Because I know God created the seasons I can also know for certain that He knows and understands the different seasons of my life. He knows when I am experiencing seasons of joy, seasons of heartache and seasons of loneliness. He knows I am going through them because He knows me.
He knows you and what you're going through right now. The God of the universe, who created the seasons and the weather, also created you and knows you perfectly.
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
Did you know that every time I write in here, I pray for you? I do! I don't know you ... yet .... but I know for certain that God knows you. He knows everything about you. He created you! He knows you so well that the Bible says, "And the very hairs on your head are all numbered." (Matthew 10:30)
Are you feeling lonely, stressed, confused? Remember, God knows everything about you ... even what you're feeling right now. He wanted so badly to love and comfort you that He sent His Son, Jesus to die for you, to pay for all the things you've done that have built a wall between you and Him.
So ... how can I pray for you? Until you tell me directly please know that I am praying for you ... every time I think of you ... that Jesus would make Himself more and more real to you everyday. And that you would begin praying to Him yourself.
Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
Did you know that your baby and you both, are a gift from God?
God's universe ... God's history ... God's world
would not be complete without you in it.
There has never been anyone like you before and there will never be anyone like you ever again.
Welcome to the God's world!
Right now, why not ask Jesus to show you
what it is that He created you to do.
If I can help you learn more about Jesus and God's purpose for creating you, please let me know!
Have a great day!
The tongue can bring death or life;
those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
For Christmas one year I gave my best friend a package of napkins. Now, you might think a package of napkins is a dumb gift for someone you care about, but these napkins were the perfect gift for my friend: On the front of each napkin was a picture of a beautiful woman leaning up against a tree and the thought bubble above her head said, “Should I use my powers for good or evil today?”
The words that form on my tongue can either be good or evil. My words can either bring life to someone or they can be weapons that slowly kill them. This is especially true when it comes to how I speak to my children. I need to constantly ask myself, “Am I choosing to use words that build my children up or are the words that flow from my tongue slowly killing their spirits?”
Prayer for Today:
Dear God, help me to be wise in the way
I use my tongue to speak to my children this day.
Help me use words that will build them up
and bring them closer to you.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.