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Dec
31


God’s Word on Love: There three things that remain faith, hope and love; but the greatest of these is love…1Corinthians 13:13

Love Remains as We Move Forward

Encouragement Share: For the year ahead I resolve to love more, always forgive and of course draw closer to God through Christ through love. I’ve only recently learned how to love. Prior to coming to Christ, I loved for selfish ways, I loved on my terms and it was always about feelings.
God is love … Love is the Greatest Gift:
The greatest gift is love in order to grow in faith and receive the blessing of this awesome love we need to understand God’s attributes of love. The definition of love by our standard of understanding is usually based on emotions. When emotions lead us it does not provide a good foundation of self-control in our lives. Emotions always leads us to commotion and adds strife to our life. The true test becomes do we believe all that the Lord has said. In order to receive this love we must be willing to commit; delight and trust in the Lord your God through Christ. We cannot be angry or bitter and holding on to those bitter roots that create in us rotten fruit; the fruit of rage, malice that leads to the root of un-forgiveness. These entire things make us incomplete and unproductive for the Kingdom of God.

Freedom From Chains
In order to be free of those chains that keep us imprisoned spiritually, emotionally, physically we must be willing to seek the Lord and for his strength continually… More importantly: We must be willing and obedient. When hard times come we must search our hearts along with the scriptures to ask ourselves: Is it a trial or is it a consequence of sin due to a bad decision? When the truth is revealed are we truly repentant? Do we find ourselves repentant over the same issues consistently? The scriptures tell us – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9


Resolve to Follow God’s Final Instructions for Holy Living-
1Thessolians 5 ~
Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.

• Live in peace with each other
• Warn those who are idle
• Encourage the timid
• Help the weak
• Be patient with everyone
• Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong
• Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else
• Be joyful always
• Pray continually
• Give thanks in all circumstances, this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
• Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;
• Do not treat prophecies with contempt.
• Test everything
• Hold on to the good
• Avoid every kind of evil

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Dec
30


God’s Word: No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Cynical and Critical God Did Not Call Me to…
Encouragement Shared:
I remember early in my journey of faith, being critical and cynical were attributes God was going to work out of me. Here’s the BUT … I needed to be submissive, I also needed to be willing to seek to be obedient to Him. So often I found myself looking down at people, withdrawing from people and using my reckless words to pierce. The ironic part that now I find those behaviors unloving, hurtful , not Christ like at all. When they are directed towards me I withdraw and pray for those people to trust and put their hope in him [God the Father]. After all we are all a work in process … there are lessons to be learned and growing to be done. It is in our most difficult seasons that the word of God equips and empowers us to strive for God’s best for our lives. And it the hard part is allowing God to do the good work in us.

Submissive attitude is revered…
Yes beloved, we can learn, we can grow, we can evolve to the person God the Father has called us to be. So being a critic of someone else’s life is not going to fly. Showing love, showing grace is the excellence we are called to. Not “Perfection” but “Excellence”… God has called us to do every good work he has divinely appointed us to.
Willingness to seek to be obedient God blesses us to do. He has shown us what to do …Micah 6:8 There are sadly many in the body of believers that continue to behave in this cynical and critical ways and how can we say we love the Lord if we are not loving or empathetic toward others. How can we say we love the Lord and not do the least that is required of us to do; To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 I have let go of some friendships because of these two character traits; The Cynical Critic, little do they realize that their righteousness is destructive and unloving. They view it as truth, when it’s ruthless demolition of others.

My Prayer: Show me your ways Father through your truth. Psalm 25
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford~

James 3
Controlling the Tongue

3 Dear brothers and sisters,not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

Dec
23


God’s Word: And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:8-11 NIV

The Encouragement Shared:
The reason for the season seems to be dissipating in the world we live in today. That little baby was born to die for us. And sadly we stand by and allow the world around us to take away the truths… The principles of the teachings of the word of God, we talk silently amongst other believers but we are not speaking loudly enough to share the gospel of peace… the reason for our salvation, our joy and our hope that is Jesus.

Joy through Salvation:
There is joy in salvation; it is through the salvation through Christ we are redeemed. There is joy for the redeemed, he gives us joy in those times we feel as though we are in a parched and dry land. If you taste the goodness of the Lord he will bring you out of the desert into his glorious splendor. Beloved the joy of the Lord is our strength – Jesus is the joy that strengthens us through our trials in the desert, Jesus is the joy that leads us out of wilderness and turns our lives into joy. Jesus is the joy that strengthens us in our weaknesses so we can walk in confidence through the joy that is our strength Jesus. Isaiah the Prophet writes; … The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; Isaiah 35:1-5

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