Tagged: love

Tag: love

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Jesus reveals wrong views about God to manager

C works in his family business and subconsciously sought to win his parents’ approval in every way. The pressure he felt led him to turn to pornography for comfort. Here is his testimony of realising that God’s love is different from his parents’ love and that he does not need...

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Compassion can be misdirected against difficult people

Compassion is an amazing quality from God that enables us to foster deeper understanding and relationships, even with antagonistic people. By allowing the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with God’s loving compassion, we are able to move beyond anti-social behaviours to empathise with other people’s inner hurts and insecurities....

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Jesus frees banker from the work of a Jezebel spirit

C noticed similar destructive patterns in his romantic relationships. Here is his testimony of how Jesus lovingly pointed him to Himself as the Source of love, after removing several spiritual strongholds that were rooted in how his mother relates to his father. Praise God.  Growing up, I rarely thought of myself...

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Serving God vs. our belly god

The love for good food leads people to travel long distances to hunt down restaurants, queue up for famous delicacies, watch cooking shows and talk about food. For “foodies” or “food connoisseurs”, eating has become a preoccupation and an identity. In contrast, the Bible warns believers not to worship our...

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Choose what you are stubborn about

Stubborn people who are headstrong, wilful and inflexible are unpleasant to be around. But there is a type of stubbornness that’s vital for believers of Jesus Christ. God is stubbornly faithful and steadfast in His love for us, and we need to be stubbornly loyal to Him and His commandments...

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Staying healthy when serving others in ministry

Serving others tests the purity of our hearts – and if we are truly serving others because we love God. The Bible says that if our hearts are pure and pleasing to God, we will produce good fruit. How can we ensure we serve others with the right attitude?   Colossians...

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10 ways to reflect God’s humility

Jesus, in all His magnificent power and glory, is so perfectly assured and secure in who He is that He has no qualms in comparing Himself to a gentle baby lamb. This is the beauty of God’s humility. Human beings, on the other hand, are driven by a constant need to...

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The dangerous pursuit of happiness

Many of us have bought into the world’s view of happiness, which entails being secure, popular, entertained, in a relationship and self-fulfilled. Happiness, as the world preaches, may look fulfilling on the outside but is ultimately temporal. Deep contentment can only be found by resting in God’s unmovable love, peace,...

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Communications that keep marriage sweet

The Bible says that we have the power to speak life or death into our marriages. The words we speak will reveal the subconscious motivations of our hearts. Our spouses will know when we speak with love or judgement towards them. Do our words ultimately build up or tear down?...

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Toxic parents who bring us pain

God calls us to honour our parents. What if they are also the source of our greatest pain? Some parents rule their families through poisonous manipulation, intimidation and fear. This leaves many with conflicted emotions; frustration, anger, resentment, desperation, guilt, respect and affection towards their parents. How can we reconcile our...

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Emotional suppression is ungodly and harmful

Self-control is a good thing, emotional suppression is not. What is the difference? Emotional self-control chooses when and how we release our emotions. Emotional suppression hides our emotions and won’t release them at all. Unfortunately, negative emotions don’t go away, no matter how hard we suppress them. They simply get...

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Judgment and the abuse of wisdom

Wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are all good gifts from God’s Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, when we use such gifts without the fear of the Lord in our hearts, we can become judgemental and condemning. Exodus 31:3 NIV  and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding,...

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Finding God’s promises in our pain

Psalm 22:34 ESV  For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. Pain can be a powerful teacher. It offers valuable lessons on: Endurance and focus Wisdom  Empathy Humility What we...

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Preparing our hearts for baptism

In Jewish weddings, brides are ceremonially bathed in purification rituals before they are married. So when the Jewish people heard Jesus refer to Himself as the Bridegroom of His people, they understood that they had to wash and purify themselves before they could be united with Him. This is the...

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Kingdom citizenship

Once we ask Jesus to be our personal Lord and Saviour, God makes us full-fledged citizens of His spiritual Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy. God doesn’t ask us to wait until we go to heaven to become perfect like Jesus. He tells us to obey Him now, so we...

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The significance of fasting

We are probably familiar with the phrase, “listen to your body”. Every day, we pay a lot of attention to our physical well being; our hunger, needs and desires. They determine our priorities and actions. The Bible warns us that such fleshly messages are not from God but from the...

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Fear, an ungodly use of imagination

Fear is often driven by us imagining the worst and asking “what if?” We needlessly “spin our wheels” going nowhere – until God releases the brakes and sends us off in His planned direction. All our initial anxious activity ends up bringing us no benefit whatsoever. Instead, it only exhausts us...

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Responding to “Christians are hypocrites”

Have you ever been in one of those awkward conversations where you find people around you criticising Christians they know for being hypocritical; self-righteous, rude, selfish, greedy, unfair and so forth? How can we respond to others in loving ways when they say that “Christians are hypocrites”?   Before we...

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Homosexuality is not an identity issue

This post on same-sex attraction seeks to provide a loving and hopefully, constructive platform for those who are uncertain about their sexual orientation in light of God’s Word. It is for those who place their faith and hope in the God of the Bible but are unsure how their sexual...

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Praying for others through God’s lenses

When we first start to pray for other people, it is not unusual to worry that we may say something wrong or look stupid. Once we take the focus off ourselves however, our prayers will flow more naturally as we allow God’s Holy Spirit to work through us. We can...