Love Even When Unlovable

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Love Even When Unlovable

Do you ever find yourself struggling to love others? To respond in kindness?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV) tells us
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preseves.”

Compare your response or reaction to this scripture. Go down through the above scripture and ask yourself a question at each descriptive. We can apply all these questions to a Husband, Child, Wife, Boss, Pastor, Mother, Father, Aunt, Brother, Sister, etc. For example “Am I patient with my ? when they?” “Am I kind to ? when they?” “Do I wish my ? was like or compare my ? to someone else’s ?” “Am I trying to boast and be self-seeking for approval or praise? Or am I truly proud and humble about my ? accomplishments.”

This is an excellent way to check your reactions and your motives. The key to loving and being kind and so on, is to respond to the need, not react to the action, hurt, or whatever else is causing you to not live this scripture out the way God intended. NO, not everybody is lovable all the time and we may feel like they do not deserve kindness, but be honest and check yourself. Are you always the example of a lovable person who deserves everyone’s kindness all the time? I know I’m not.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14, “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

Yes. It is hard to do this, but Jesus loved us so much He bore our sins on His shoulders. If He can love someone like me, or someone like that person you are in the midst of writing off from your life, think about these scriptures and what God did for you and those you have trouble loving. No, you won’t be perfect, but you will be striving for perfection in your witness to others showing Christ’s characteristics. Stick with it! Imagine if God had given up on you.


Joy No Matter What

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2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

It’s hard to be happy in trials, but it’s not hard to have joy in your trials! The Bible tells us to count it all joy when we fall into trials. How? It’s simple. Allow God’s spirit to be what leads you in life and know that it’s working to make you a better child of God! If God’s spirit is leading our lives, the Bible tells us that we will not walk in the flesh, and if we aren’t walking in flesh we are walking in spirit. That is the key!

Galatians 5:16(KJV)
16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

When we walk in the Spirit, we produce the fruit (singular) of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23(KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Notice it says “fruit” not “fruits” That means the fruit is singular. You cannot pick and choose which you will have this or that day. If you have the FRUIT of the Spirit, you have them all. That means, you can have JOY every day no matter what you are going through (as well as all the other characteristics of the FRUIT of the Spirit) as long as you have a Spirit Led life.

Make God the center of your life and your life will be better than you could have ever imagined. Yes trials will be there, but you will find joy in the midst of them.

Have a blessed and JOYFUL day!


What Does Your Character Say About You?

Do you know someone you hate to give bad news to? Is it possible you’re that someone?

What is your first reaction when something bad or irritating happens to you?
When we get into a relationship with Jesus, and by relationship I mean taking time to talk to Him, read His word and pray, our lives automatically get filled with these things. Our minds turn from the negative and reach for the positive so when that tough situation or circumstance arises, we respond and react a whole different way. Our character becomes new. Maybe not overnight, but on a daily basis more bad characteristics get chipped away and more Godly characteristics shine through in you.

It’s like Philippians 4:8 (KJV) tells us:
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Have you talked to Jesus today?


If You Hear God’s voice, DO IT

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Have you ever felt a nudge in your spirit to go pray for someone you don’t know? In a place you don’t feel appropriate?

My husband and I have had many conversations about this. One thing that helps to know is, if they reject it, they aren’t rejecting us. They are rejecting God and His power. We’re just the middle man…. or woman.

My husband is from India, a culture where approaching people is not a bother to them. I however am learning that it’s okay to do that. We grew up totally different in different cultures and religions. My culture basically tells me to leave people alone and don’t bug them, but Vishwa is a different story! He prays for people in Grocery stores, retail stores, malls, on the street and anywhere else he sees someone and feels like he should pray for them. People seem fine on the outside… if you feel God leading you, no matter how they look, do it. They might be a mess on the inside. You might be the one God is sending to make a difference in their lives!

Have a great day!


Live In The Now

Things like this inspire me… Especially when the golden sunlight catches them. Take time to enjoy life. Live in the now and not in the past so you can enjoy your futureGod has for you. You miss so many things in this fast paced life, especially with your eyes facing behind you. 


Jesus Suffered for Our Salvation


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He suffered for our salvation

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Do you realize that Jesus suffered for your salvation?
Isaiah 53:5, the English standard version, tells us this about Jesus,

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Wounded means a bodily wound; not mere mental sorrow; literally, “pierced”;
bruised—crushing inward and outward suffering
He was bruised
by the thorns
by the nails
by the spear of the soldier

Chastisement is the correction inflicted by a parent on children for their good. He literally suffered our chastisement so we could have peace

1 Peter 2:24 tells us:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

By His wounds we are healed! By His bruising, inward and outward suffering, by his gashes and lacerations, we are healed. He took that upon Himself because He loved you. There is no greater love in this world than His.

Hebrews 9:28 says this:
So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

He did all this to save us! To save you!

Take time to reflect on what Jesus did for you so that you might be saved.

Have a safe and blessed resurrection day!

Please take time to read my post about Resurrection Day The true meaning.


Thought for the Day

Stop Complaining!


No one said life would be easy, and complaining will only make you feel more helpless to do anything about it. Instead, remember what God has done in your life and make an effort to be cheerful no matter what. You can always go to God with your needs, but why not spend some time just thanking Him. You will notice a shift in your outlook on life.I like how The Message Bible puts this into perspective.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message (MSG)
16-18 Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.


Don’t Just Pretend

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Ever feel lonely or see someone who looks that way?

Romans 12:9-10 tells us
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”

When I read this scripture, something pricked me inside my soul. I think if we really took time to think about it, we would notice that this is lacking in our busy schedules, because we just don’t have time to stop. First and foremost we are called to be God’s children. We are how many people meet Jesus and we may be their only glance in to Him. He took His full attention and gave it to us. Can’t we just give little of ours here and there? After all, He came and died for them too.

There are so many people in this world who are sitting in a silent lonely state of mind…. Who may seem to have everything, but lack in the most important things such as friends, family, or just want to know that someone genuinely cares if they are alive in this world. We know one who is all those things and who wants us to be those things too. Remember your most lonely moment in life. Now magnify that feeling by a couple of times and you will have a small idea of what many people are going through right at this moment.

A smile, a greeting, a cup of coffee, or even having lunch with someone may take up a half hour to and hour of your time, but that hour can change somebody’s life. It may change their whole life. It may give them a glimmer of hope. Remember, where we go Jesus goes. The second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor like your self. The first is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. The Bible says that there is none greater than these commandments. (Mark 12:29-31)

Hey, no one told us following after Jesus would be sitting idle and doing nothing. Take a moment out of your busy life and show the lonely that they are not alone. It’s the least we can do. After all, someone cared for us enough to do the same.

Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season we are celebrating right now! Love one, another and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

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Isn’t it the most wonderful time of the year?
The Christmas season is a beautiful time of year! It’s a reminder of how much God loves us. That He came down in flesh as Jesus to die for us that we might enjoy everlasting life with Him. He came and suffered for us. He was persecuted and hated for us. If God has not robed Himself in flesh we would have no hope in this life. Never forget the reason for celebration. Try to bring the true meaning of Christmas back to those around you. Santa is fun, but Jesus is the true meaning of CHRISTmas cheer this season. Love your families and bless one another during this time of Giving.

Have a blessed and very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

Thank you for joining us here at Live the Faith Ministries.


Sit Down With Jesus

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Are you easily distracted during your prayer time? I know I can be.
While reading a morning devotion about how Jesus got away an prayed, the author talked about how she wondered if Jesus ever got distracted like we do, if His mind wondered or not. She said she then realized He probably didn’t because Jesus was always in the “presence” of His father when He prayed. She then went on to say that to keep her mind from distraction during her prayer time she began to imagine God drawing near to her and leaning over to hear what she had to say.
I thought, what if we sat at a table with a chair opposite of us and invited God to sit with us while we pray. Then, either journal our prayer to Him, looking up at that seat to remind us whose company we are in, (this would work especially if in a place where you do not have a time of solitude by yourself as well. Journaling is your conversation with God that no one else can hear) or pray while looking at that empty chair. Read the word out loud with God sitting at the table with you. It’s okay to have your tea or juice, because this is you and your heavenly “Dad” just sitting together, praying together and talking about what is in your heart.
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new…. It might be awkward, but you may draw even closer to God.