Archive for the Category »Love The Gift of God «

Jul
23


God’s Word on Love:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not havelove, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy andw can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. … 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Encouragement Shared: Without the love of the Father we can do no good thing. Yes, Beloved this is a tough word. As Christians we are recognized by our love toward one another. It is love that compels us to do the right things in faith and in acts of obedience. Through our faith and willingness to be obedient we can triumph the power of the God in us through his faith, hope and love poured out in us.

Birthday Love:
Yesterday was my Birthday… and this year was quite special just as all the other years I have celebrated. It has been a month long celebration through love and creating new memories. Two weeks ago, my son Jon and his family came to visit from North Carolina… My parents came down from New York … My Brother and Sister in Law joined us from West Palm Beach, Florida where they live. Even my ex-husband and his lovely wife came with my son.
It started out as a visit to meet my daughter’s 6 month old baby boy JC. But quickly it tuned into a family reunion, a fun time for everyone. Having my all of my grand-children here was the best. It really wasn’t anything formal; we did activities, saw some sights, hung out at the pool and went to the beach and ate a lot. The most special part is that I even got to be with my Mother, just her and I for an afternoon just talking, laughing and reminiscing. Now, that is the; Birthday Love; Family … Nothing, better than family time. I treasure it, because most of my family lives in New York … My son in the Carolinas … that leaves just my daughter and I to celebrate usually just the two of us, and now there is three of us with her infant son JC. Those special times serve as a reminder that love is the most excellent gift we have to offer one another.

Love Deeply:
It is not always simplified, because after all there are differences, which can lead to conflict. I have learned through my journey of faith to this point, that nothing is more important than just love and acceptance. Disagreements can be done in love and most certainly in respect. The Bible states; …Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22 Beloved it by our love we can inspire others through love and good deeds [Hebrews 10:24] …that is love in action.

The Word for Thought:
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

I am thankful for God’s love in my life, and the blessings of family and good friends he uses to bless me through love and good deeds.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford
Love-excellently~

Sep
02

God’s Word: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Luke 17:11-19The Message (MSG)

It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”

They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”

Encouragement Shared: As I personally consider this area of scripture … I have to do a heart check on my very own wicked self-centered heart. There have been times that I have done kind acts out of selfish needs that are motivated by my very own selfishness and not the glory of the Father. In fact in my mind my role: A people pleaser. I would go to great lengths to do for others not in love but because I wanted to win approval.

Then there are those circumstances that are even more pitiful doing kindnesses to gain something in return. Like for example: Doing something special for a spouse or a grown child. Then using that special kindness as weapon for manipulation. When the spirit prompts me to act, there is no thanks needed. It is done for the glory of God. And I if no thanks is given, we can rest assuredly in the peace of God, because he provided the opportunity to give in love and good deeds through the power of Christ in us.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Equip us for the call; let our acts of love shine through us only to show your glory and love. May we rest in the confidence as your word states; Every good and perfect gift is from above. We thank you for your empowerment to love one another deeply through Christ that gives us strength. In Jesus name we pray … Amen!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Love-Excellently Jennifer Pettiford~

May
27

God’s Word on Love: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

Encouragement Shared:
How often I find that we forget the godly attributes of love, for that reason it tends to limit our love to one another by setting up limitations. God has put no limitations on His love for us. That is why we must remember his word on love. Love is not feeling but a command of God that only comes from loving God, and spending time in His Word getting to know his character through memorizing, reading, meditating, application and prayer. When I think of love I think of the sacrifices that it requires. It requires sincere faith, commitment, trust and devotion to God through Christ. All we need to do is look to cross and remember the sacrifice made for us through Christ. He was born to die for us… He took on the punishment of our transgressions and sins to give us eternal life; freedom from those things that keep us ensnared to the fears that imprisons us that keeps us from loving.

Love is Not:
Love is not weapon we use to get our way … regardless of the circumstance; marriage, childrearing, family members, and friends [these are your neighbors]. We cannot use love as weapon to gain what ever it is we want. There are consequences for that and beloved it is a high cost for us. The only outstanding debt is the attribute of love: Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:8-9 … These are words as written to empower us to love one another through the power of Christ and the awesome word spoken to our heart, mind and spirit.

Verses to Memorize:

• John 15:10 – If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

• John 15:12 – My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

• John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

• John 15:17 This is my command: Love each other

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love-Excellently…
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford