When we look at God's covenant love we must not forget to include First Corinthians 13:4-8: "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniqu ..
We can tap into the deep, rich reservoir of God's love residing within us even when people rub us the wrong way. Love is a force much more powerful than human emotion. The God-kind of love is the most powerful force in existence. It's even more powerful than any force known in the physical r ..
Always remember, the focus of the New Testament is not on our love for God as much as it is on our coming to know the love He has for us. His love in us will drive out fear and every fear-fed issue in our lives. Consider the various things in life that are driven and fed by fear: Anger can be ..
Typically, the way people love one another is very different from God's love. Natural love is conditional. A person usually has to meet someone's expectations in order to be loved. Then later the recipient of natural love needs to requalify — and requalify again. In fact, in order to be lo ..
There was something very different about the Apostle John. He was the youngest of all of Jesus' disciples, but a quality lay deep within John that set him apart from all the other disciples. We can see that difference at the Last Supper and again at the foot of the Cross as Jesus hung in agony. ..
What we constantly think about is a sign of what we love. King David said, "O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day" (Psalm 119:97). David loved God's Word. That's why he thought about it day and night. It's not that he had nothing better to do. He was the King of Israel and hi ..
We can change distorted images by simply looking into an accurate mirror that reflects our true image. James 1:23-25 says, "For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has im ..
When a young elephant is added to the circus, a heavy chain is fastened around the animal's leg. Then a long stake, which is connected to the chain, is driven deep into the ground to prevent the animal from breaking loose and wandering away. The young, energetic elephant constantly tugs on the c ..
When a police officer captures a thief, he is read his Miranda rights and then he is taken into custody. Wrong thoughts are thieves that must be captured or they will steal our God-given inheritance. The moment we recognize a thought that steals the promise of God, we must arrest it and put ..
At some point in time, we have all had to deal with some kind of distorted thinking. This distorted thinking may have come after damaging words were spoken by a significant person in our lives, or perhaps by a past failure. Either way, when we allow the opinions of others or our experiences to d ..