Tag Archives: love

Revelation 2:1-7 — If the church has not love…

We now come to the first admonition to the church in Ephesus. Jesus actually has a lot to praise them for. They were working hard for him. In the face of hardships, they persevered and didn’t grow weary. (2a) More, they … Continue reading

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Revelation 1:9-20 — The one to whom we must give account

Judgment day. It is coming for all of us. And it comes first and foremost for us who believe. This is something that we see from this passage to the end of chapter 3. In his vision, John hears a … Continue reading

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II John – Walking in truth and love

Here we have a very short letter, written to a church that the apostle John lovingly calls, “the chosen lady,” probably in reference to the church being the bride of Christ. And I don’t think you have to look very … Continue reading

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I John 5:1-5:5 — If we truly know and love God (part 2)

Just a quick note. There were some verses in chapter 4 that I skipped last time and I really want to get back to. But before I go there, I want to complete my thoughts from yesterday. As I said … Continue reading

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I John 4:7-5:1 — If we truly know and love God

Jesus once said of false prophets, By their fruit you will recognize them. (Matthew 7:16) And while Jesus was specifically talking about false prophets, we can say the same of all those who claim to be Christians. Many people claim to … Continue reading

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I John 3:16-22 — But am I really saved?

“But am I really saved?” I’ve mentioned before that I really struggled with this question when I was a child. And to be honest, it’s a hard question to answer. It’s hard because only God truly knows the human heart. … Continue reading

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I John 3:16-18 — The mark of a child of God (part 3)

Actions speak louder than words. That is true of anyone who is truly a child of God. We saw that in James, and we see that here as well. Jesus’ actions spoke volumes. John said, This is how we know … Continue reading

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I John 2:28-3:24 — The mark of a child of God (part 2)

We saw yesterday that the mark of a child of God is righteousness. That true children of God seek to be pure as the One they love is pure. And that when they sin, they can’t do so without feeling … Continue reading

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I John 1:8-10 — Our struggle with sin

It would be easy, having seen the last two blogs I have posted, to get the impression that I’m saying a true Christian should be perfect. That there should be no sin in our lives at all. And John does … Continue reading

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I John 1:5-2:11 — To have fellowship with God (part 2)

We saw yesterday that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. So if we are going to claim to have fellowship with him, then we need to be walking in that light with him. If … Continue reading

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I John 1:5-2:11 — To have fellowship with God

In a lot of ways, the word “Christian,” is applied to far too many people. Many people claim to be Christians, but by their lives show themselves to be anything but. At this point, many people may scream at me … Continue reading

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II Peter 1:2-15 — If we truly know him and love him

I’ve been reading Luke 19:11-27 in preparation for a message I’ll be giving in a few weeks at church. And as I read this passage in II Peter, it caused me to reflect on that passage in Luke. In Luke 19, … Continue reading

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James 4:13-17 — How true faith expresses itself (Part 8)

I think with this passage, James pretty much concludes his speech on how true faith expresses itself. And again, throughout his whole letter, he has focused on love, speech, and purity. In these last few verses, I think he’s going back to … Continue reading

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James 2:17-26 — How true faith expresses itself (Part 4)

There was something that I wanted to add in the last blog, but it was getting long as it was, so I decided to put it here. One thing that I have been trying very carefully to do is to … Continue reading

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James 2:14-26 — How true faith expresses itself (Part 2)

I think it’s easy at times to parse the Bible into neat little sections, especially as we do our daily Bible reading. What I’ve been noticing more and more over the past year, though, is that when we do that, … Continue reading

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James 1:26-2:13 — How true faith expresses itself

One of the things that James really is strong on is that true faith expresses itself in more than just saying, “I believe in God.” Many people today say, “I believe in God.” But as we will see in later … Continue reading

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Hebrews 13:5-6 — What we love, what we put our trust in

I’ve gotta admit, having money makes life easier. It makes it easier to deal with serious health problems, as we can afford more expensive types of treatments. It allows us to have better cars or homes when our old ones … Continue reading

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Hebrews 12:15-29 — If we turn our backs on God

There are two sides to every coin. And we see that in this passage. On one hand, there is the inheritance that God offers to us if we will become his children and heirs. On the other hand, there’s judgment … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 5:12-15 — Because the Lord is coming

After talking about being ready for the Lord’s return, Paul gives us some instructions on how we as a church and as individual Christians are to live. And he starts with our relationships with each other. In talking about our … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 4:9-12 — That we may win respect

Hypocrisy. If there is a word that people like to throw at Christians, it’s hypocrisy. And too often, it’s all too fitting. Unfortunately, it was also true in the time of Paul. By the way some Christians were living, they … Continue reading

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Ephesians 5:25-33 — Unity in marriage (part 2)

The very interesting thing we find in this passage is that marriage is meant to be a picture of our relationship with Christ.  In what way? Paul says, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave … Continue reading

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Galatians 5:13-15 — Returning to the pig sty

For most of this book, Paul has been addressing those who thought they needed to turn to the law for their salvation.  And while Paul strongly disagreed with them, I think he did understand one of their huge concerns:  If we … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 8:1-5 — What giving is all about

Generosity.  Giving. These are two things I have to admit I’m still working on in my life.  Perhaps it comes from being the youngest child in my family.  Perhaps it just comes from my sinful, selfish nature.  But generosity and … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 7 — True love

It strikes me as I look at the last part of chapter 6 and the whole of this chapter, that we see a reflection of God’s love for us in Paul’s love for the Corinthians. Paul implored with the Corinthians … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 5:16 — A totally new perspective

When Paul came to Christ, he was granted a totally new perspective in life. Prior to his salvation, he had been persecuting Christians, thinking that he was doing God a favor.  But upon his salvation, he saw things in a … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 16:13-14 — Being men

I know this tends to get lost in some of the newer translations, but it seems to me that while Paul is talking to all Christians in this letter (I Corinthians 1:2), he does specifically address the men in this … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 13:13 — What remains

It’s very interesting to consider what Paul says here in the final verse of chapter 13. In talking about the gifts that will pass away when we see Jesus face to face, he contrasts them with what will remain even … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 13:1-8 — Making it personal

I must have read this passage a billion times (or close to it), and yet as I read it again today, God brought some new light to it.  Not so much in what the passage means, but in what it means … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8 — What God is like. What we should strive to be.

As I think about this entire book of I Corinthians, it seems a lot of what Paul talks about here concerning love was in sharp contrast to how many of the Corinthians were acting. Paul said that love is patient … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 12:31-13:3 — How we are to use our gifts

In summing up the truth that our spiritual gifts should unite us and not divide us, Paul goes on to show us how we are to use those gifts in one of the most famous passages in scripture. He calls it, … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 8 — How we wield the knowledge we have

This passage in many ways is very similar to Romans 14.  Because of this, I want to put more of my focus on the first few verses and how it relates to the rest of the passage. Paul writes, Now about … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 6:1-11 — How we present ourselves to the world

Lawsuits just seem to be a way of life in the States.  You can get sued by anybody for just about anything, no matter how ridiculous your claim might be. Lawsuits are much less common in Japan, but we still see … Continue reading

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Romans 15:1-12 — Living as one

Paul sums up what he has been talking about in chapter 14 in this passage.  He starts by saying, We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.  Each of us … Continue reading

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Romans 14 — Dealing with each other in love.

In chapter 13, Paul said, Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (13:8) And again, Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the … Continue reading

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Romans 13:8-10 — To fulfill the law

It has always seemed strange to me that Paul said, For whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.  (8b) After all, isn’t loving God the other half of fulfilling the law?  Jesus did say after all that the two great … Continue reading

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Romans 13:8-10 — A debt that can never be repaid

Paul’s use of words here are very interesting when you think about it. Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.  (8) What is a debt?  It’s something that you owe to someone else.  Paul … Continue reading

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Romans 12:3-16 — But don’t we need to go out?

I suppose I should address an objection that people might make concerning my last blog:  I said that one reason Christian fellowship is necessary is that we need each other.  We all have a role to play in the body … Continue reading

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Acts 2:42-47 — Devoted to the fellowship

This is a continuation of the blog I started yesterday on “The Dones,” people who still follow Christ but have dropped out of the church.  I addressed the point of “being lectured to in sermons” and “having heard it all” yesterday. … Continue reading

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John 13:31-35 — That the world may know

With Judas now gone, Jesus begins his final address to his disciples before the cross.  And to this bickering, prideful group, he said, A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:1-16; Mark 14:1-11; John 12:1-11 — True love, false love

Here we see a stark contrast in love.  One person’s love came from the heart.  The other’s came only for what profited him. Jesus was in Bethany having dinner at the house of a man named Simon.  Lazarus, Mary, and … Continue reading

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Mark 10:21-22 — Loving people enough to tell the truth

It would be easy to think that Jesus was being mean by throwing out such an impossible challenge to the young ruler who wanted so desperately to enter the kingdom of God.  Who at least to some degree was quite zealous … Continue reading

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Luke 13:33-35 — What God longs to do, what he won’t do, what he can’t do

This is one of the more poignant portions of scripture.  After dealing with the Pharisees, Jesus weeps, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children … Continue reading

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Luke 10:25-37 — To love in deed and truth

As I read this passage, the words of John spring to mind when he said, Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  (I John 3:18) We see this in the “Good Samaritan.” … Continue reading

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Matthew 17:24-27 — Needlessly offending people

As Christians, with different values and ways of thinking from the world, it is unavoidable that we will come into conflict with others, simply because what we believe is different from what the world believes. Simply by believing as we do, … Continue reading

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Luke 7:36-50 — Where’s your love?

As I look at this passage, I suppose the question I ask myself is, “How much do I really love Jesus?” We see in this passage two people.  One was a woman who lived a sinful life.  What she did, … Continue reading

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John 4:1-26 — Brutal honesty? Or truth in love?

Well, after two days in a sickbed, and a day of catching up with my work, I’m back blogging.  If you could throw some prayers my way, I’d appreciate it.  I’m not nearly at a 100% today. Someone once said … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon 8:5-14 — Sealed

And so after over 900 posts, and 2 and a half years, we come to the end of the Old Testament. In this final passage, the lovers are coming back from their short trip together, and it’s evident to all … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon 6 — Still captivated

As I look at these passages, I can’t help but think of the words of Solomon when he wrote, May you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe, a graceful deer — may her breasts satisfy you … Continue reading

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Song of Solomon 1-2 — A love song

And so we hit the final book of the Old Testament.  It’s very interesting to me that I ended Proverbs with two posts, “To be a man,” and “To be a woman.” For in this book, we find what it … Continue reading

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Proverbs 11:24-26, 30 — Being a pipeline of God’s grace

We’ve already touched on Proverbs 11, but I wanted to take a closer look at a few of those verses one more time. This passage is about the joy that comes from giving.  How when people give, it leads to … Continue reading

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Psalm 117 — When all nations worship

This is the calm before the storm.  Here we have the shortest psalm in the Bible (as well as the shortest chapter), soon to be followed by the longest one.  I’m still not sure how I will tackle Psalm 119, … Continue reading

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Psalm 103 — The love and mercy of God

This is a psalm of praise for the love and mercy of God.  When David wrote this, we don’t know, but I kind of think it was written after his sin with Bathsheba or perhaps his sin concerning the census. … Continue reading

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Esther 1 – Honoring your wife

We are now hitting the book of Esther.  I must admit it took me by surprise that assuming, as many people do, that the Xerxes mentioned in Esther is Xerxes I, that these events happened during the time Ezra.  Somehow, … Continue reading

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