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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
God loves us so much that He gives us an inheritance and a covenant. When God blessed Abraham, He asked Abraham to move, and to go to the land that He promised.
I received the keys to my new house on 4/9/21, and I couldn’t help but marvel at how much the Lord has given me. I wanted a safe place to live, and He delivered more than I could ask or think.
We have hope that we will be with our Heavenly Father forever, and the relationship continues no matter where we are.
We have faith that Jesus saves us, heals us, and blesses us. We are incredibly fortunate to have a loving God who provides for all our needs. Amen.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:35 KJV
God’s disciples often show love for one another through acts of service. We know who Christ’s followers are, because they are always willing to offer a helping hand. They don’t complain, and they show up when necessary.
We can be grateful that God loves us so much that the more we become like Him, the kinder we are to others.
It makes a difference in the world when we choose to become beacons of light as we reflect God’s brilliance. He has more than enough love to go around. The modern-day saints are those whose actions show Jesus’s love. Amen.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise. – Psalms 111:10 NIV
What does it mean to fear the Lord? Does it mean that if we don’t follow His laws we will be squashed like bugs? Certainly not. The Lord is a mighty, powerful God, so when we respect and reverence Him, we simply begin to understand how significant it is to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Salvation is possible through Jesus, and we can offer Him our utmost respect.
We are not wise in our own ways. Wisdom comes from God.
The Lord grieves when we forget to listen to the words He speaks to us. It saddens Him when we don’t try our best to follow His example to love and forgive one another.
Although we are saved through faith and not by works, God enlightens our understanding the more we study His word, pray, and follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We love His precepts because each one deepens our relationship with Him and makes us want to be more like Him. His commandments are not just a list of do’s and don’ts. They are to teach us how to live by faith. He is worthy of our praise. He blesses us with abundance beyond measure. Amen.
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 NKJV
When babies look in the mirror, they don’t recognize themselves until they reach a certain level of maturity.
When we see Jesus again, we will know His face immediately. What a revelation!
When we have faith, we believe in Jesus without seeing Him, although evidence of His works can be seen every day.
When we have hope, we trust that Jesus will come again, and we will see our loved ones who have passed away.
When we love God, all the things of Earth grow dim, because we can focus on Him through everything. Amen.
Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed His name, the Lord. And He passed in front of Moses proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.” Exodus 34:5-6 NIV
How lucky Moses must have felt to be able to converse with the Lord.
The Lord revealed important traits of Himself: compassion, grace, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, and patience over anger.
If only we could be more like Jesus, what would our lives be like? We would rarely be angry. We would be more loving. We would care more and forgive more. We would find grace during difficult situations. We would have more faith in God’s promises. Amen.
You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. – Psalm 86:5
The Lord teaches us how to forgive. It is not easy, but He forgave our sins, and we, too, must forgive.
Forgiveness in many ways is a journey of acceptance. It may be hard to forgive past wrongs, but the Lord sometimes places lessons in our path so that we can trust Him even more.
The Lord is abounding in love. All we need to do is call upon Him at the first sign of trouble. He places people in our lives who can help us when we get overwhelmed. When we are exhausted or frustrated, He hears us ask for help. He is always available to hear our cry. He responds immediately when we need Him. Amen.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3: 23-24
Whenever we feel overwhelmed by work, it is good to remember that whatever we do, we do it for the Lord. The Lord is truly whom we serve, not men. There is really no need to please others, because our ultimate goal is to please God.
What pleases God? Loving one another, being kind, patient, long suffering, and full of self control.
It’s scary to lose control of one’s temper. Anger may be there to protect us in some cases, but it is a harmful emotion, and we don’t want to harm those we love by being angry.
Unrighteous anger only makes us fools. Instead of reaching for anger in our emotional toolkit when things don’t go our way and when we disagree with others, we need to take a deep breath and be patient.
We need to state our needs nicely, and say “please.”
Nobody likes being yelled at. We get more bees from honey than from vinegar. The Lord wants us to love, not hate.
Day six came with the arrival of the event that brought us to Costa Rica: John and Roxie’s wedding. We drove to the venue, Tambor Tropical.
We were early enough to watch some of the set up.
Despite some rain clouds rolling in, the ceremony turned out wonderful.
Immediately after the ceremony, it began to rain, which is supposed to be good luck.
The reception dinner was moved indoors but everyone was cool and relaxed.
A three tiered cake was not possible despite plans, but cream puffs and custard tasted equally as good.
A good time was had by all.
What a beautiful destination wedding!