Love Is Not Provoked

“They angered God also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses on account of them: Because they provoked God’s Spirit, so that Moses spoke rashly with his lips.” Psalms 106: 32-34

 

 

How many of us have experience:

The Blame Game, “its your fault”, “You made me so mad”

”You hurt my feelings or you don’t meet my needs”

Have these thoughts ever cross your mind and you used the silent treatment to make someone feel guilty?” How about lashing out in a verbal frenzy assuring the other person they are wrong.  Sounds crazy but many do this?

As we accuse one another do those same pitiful arguments go back to our God for His “mistreatment” of us?

Living lies is the surest way to the door of misery, anger, anxiety and blinding us to the Truth.

Is it a lie that we must earn God’s love? Is it ok to get impatient with God’s timing on how He is working in other lives?”

Come investigate how we accept lies to avoid pain and suffering. Learn how we are bombarded daily with lies to keep us under the control of the enemy. Don’t let lies believed as truth affect you as if they were true, even though they are LIES.”

Violations of Gods Love

“love does not brag or parade itself, is not puffed up.” I Corinthians 13: 4

 

 

The root meaning of brag or parade itself is WIND BAG – a lot of hot air. Ouch, then how to you build up someone else or speak of the wonderful works in ones life that do not come across as bragging? Pride can easily puff us up. Telling the Truth with one another becomes imperative as we live in days on confusion, isolation, and just no knowing what is real truth and what is “truth”, based on someone’s opinion or agenda.

Be ready to open your door to inner attitudes of violating God’s expression of True Love and how to build up one another and not puff up ego, when many are needing encouragement in these difficult days.

Love in Action

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.” I Corinthians 13: 4

 

 

We tackle what real love looks like as we see the lack of love  exhibited in envy, arrogant bragging – being a hot windbag, and  , being puffed up.

“We all stumble in many things” James 3:2. Stumbling should not become a habit or lifestyle. We “bear, believe, hope and endure” all things when one falters, showing longsuffering and kindness. God’s love is the only love that can change people’s lives forever.

Let’s explore the Word together as we discuss how true love will mold, melt, fill and use  us as lights in reflecting His love.

Steps to Forgiveness

Psalms 32:5  “I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up in iniquity. I said: “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

 

 

Forgiveness is not an easy subject to discuss, but if we ever want to live in freedom there must be forgiveness. Forgiveness from the Father was necessary to pay for and remove our guilt. This allows us to then forgive one another. But freedom was not free – there was a price to be paid. Father God and Jesus

Christ with the Spirit secured that freedom, once for all on the Cross.

Now, we are commanded to follow through in living in that forgiveness, forgiving others. This is not a feeling choice, but a heart willful decision.

Then why is it so hard to forgive? In a word, PRIDE. We want to bring about justice in our way.

We share today the consequences of failing to forgive and how to move forward with total forgiveness.

Prepare the Heart to Forgive

Ephesians 4:32: “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in  Christ forgave you.”

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins discuss the importance of true forgiveness.

Once we acknowledge our emotional baggage and apply understanding to our lives with the provision graciously provided by The Lord, we can move forward in preparing our hearts for the next step.

In preparing our hearts to live free from blindness and emotional turmoil, we need to search our hearts to see if there is anything that is hindering us. As we study and apply Ephesian 4:32 see forgiveness as the main requirement. It may sound simple, but we will need a guide to help us.

Philippians 4 provides us with 7 precepts to bring us to our goal. Find a quiet corner and come join us in discovering these Truths.

Expectations in Emotions

Philippians 4:6-7: ”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

Emotions are a great gift from God, but we often give them a negative review. They originate within our thinking and most of the time we recognize them from our misuse rather than responding to them favorably. A vocalist belts out:

 Emotions, you get me upset
 Why make me remember what I want to forget
 You worry my days and torture my nights
 Emotions, give me a break
 Let me forget that I made a mistake

And on goes the trail of tears that lead us down the path of emotions ruling our lives and we don’t even realize they are our final authority in how we interact with others and the choices that influence our hearts.
If you are wanting a fresh start with some happiness loaded with joy and topped off with tranquil peace, listen to the discussion about understanding Expectations in Relationships.

Expectations in Relationships

Ephesians 2:12 “Now may the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

 

Expectations begin at birth and grow and change as we grow and mature. We are not aware that we have these mental and emotions desires, wants, and needs. HOPE longs for peace and happiness to find fulfillment at an early age.
It isn’t long before our moods and disappointments result in anger and are loudly expressed when we don’t get what we want. Some expectations are valid and some are a display of our ego and selfishness.
If we are not taught to recognized what is good and bad as we grow, we will react selfishly and repeated actions will form habits that spiral down into deeper problems.
This study illustrates what can happen as we sit on the throne of our lives yielding to the symptoms of wounds and worry causing anger and anxiety. If left unattended, an unwanted visitor called depression may come to stay. Let’s look at the solution to see how to keep HOPE alive.

Strengthen Our Conscience

1 Timothy 1:5 – “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience and from  sincere faith.”

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss ways that our conscience can be strengthened.

Many Christians know they have Jesus Christ secure in their hearts and going to Heaven when the Lord decides to bring them home. They want what is right but have failed in finding teaching that has provided them with understanding more than getting out of hell and into heaven. We are so very thankful that has been established in their hearts.

As life progresses the unknown,  disappointments, trials of various kinds, and loss, fears and doubts start to wage war in their thinking with accompanying emotions and feelings. These circumstances can bring a Christian into a perplexing lifestyle and sensing failure in all aspects of coping.

Not wanting to admit failure we can quiet those fears with busyness but never solve the problem for relief.

Our conscience needs to be strong, pure, and clean to guide us by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s instruction manual is the Word of God. There is today a famine in our land for the hungering heart. We have too many other distractions to keep us from becoming students of the Word.

Failure to make the Word in our lives a priority will allow the development of a weak and wounded conscience.

See if you have any traits trailing in your life for a weak conscience.

The Condition of Our Conscience

“Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. The purpose of my instructions is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” 1 Timothy 4-5

 

 

In 1 Timothy 1:4-5 Paul tells Timothy to not give attention to teachings that cause disputes rather godly edification which is of  The Faith. The goal of this commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith.  We need the assurance of our faith and how it operates to check our fears.

Wrong teaching will bring fears to the thinking and emotions, paralyzing our ability to contend for the faith.

We are not left helpless because we have the Holy Spirit living within guiding us. His love will flow through us as we choose to keep a good conscience from a pure heart.

If we refuse to listen to the counsel given, our minds become the battleground for the conscience becoming dull and not able to discern. The Word of God keeps the conscience sharp.

Join in our conversation as we look into some of the traits of the defiled, evil, and seared conscience.

Characteristics of the Conscience

“Purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” Hebrews 9:14

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon continue to dig into understanding the role the conscience plays in our everyday lives.
The conscience is key in aiding our walk with the Lord, finding freedom in Christ, and having ears to hear what the Spirit says. There are many benefits to knowing about the conscience and getting our hearts in tune to hearing the warnings it sends to us.
So, join in the conversation as we discuss the Characteristics of the Conscience.

 

Transform Our Conscience

1 Timothy 1:5 “But the goal of our instructions is love from a pure heart and a good conscience  and a sincere faith.”

 

 

As we look at the qualities of a good conscience, we find some definite character traits that we want to build into our thinking as we are conformed to His image.

“In keeping us on course, it will lead us to a  victorious walk” 1 Timothy 1:18-19

“We will commit ourselves to knowing that we have a good conscience, and we will desire to live honestly and honorably” Hebrews 13:18

“For we are God’s workmanship created for good works.” Ephesians 2:10.

We can say the same that we were created to have a good conscience. A good conscience will exhibit kindness with graciousness in an agreeable and pleasant manner.

Join in our discussion of sowing and reaping the benefits of a GOOD CONSCIENCE.

The Challenge of Conversation

 “Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would have soon lived in silence” Psalms 94: 17

 

 

We talk with one another to enjoy encouragement and enjoyment, we hear information that guides us in daily activities, we share warnings for protection and we express our affection and love in caring for one another.

Today, if our conversations involve lots of dramatic changes foreign to our way of life,  negative thinking and emotion are the results. As our world blares out the battles that rage, our conversations can stay very superficial to avoid “feeling” bad and overwhelmed. We hear “That is enough, I’m not listening anymore” and we shut down the gift of communicating because the brain struggles with what to retain, and brain fatigue sets in. . We fail to realize in shutting down our conversations, in any depth,  we also close our hearts to real needs.

Our conscience is a tool the Holy Spirit works with to give us operative freedom to choose the content of our conversations. We can avoid idle chatter. So,  listen in and loosen up as we discover the workings of the Conscience to maintain meaningful conversations.

The Condition of Our Heart

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss matters of the heart. As we read the words David prayed to the Lord, we to can ask God to search our hearts and thoughts to expose the things that we are unaware of.
When our eyes are opened we can see clearly, repent and be lead in His way. So, join in the conversation as we allow these words to be our prayer today and examine the condition of our hearts.

Reminded to Remember

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth” 2 Peter 1:12.

 

 

This week on Sharin Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the importance of remembering.
Peter emphasizes how he will continually remind the readers to remember. Throughout Paul’s writings, we find that he repeatedly reminds us of truths that the Lord wants us to remember.
How many times have you heard something that you “know” but have forgotten? How many times have you shared with someone a truth, only to hear them say, “I know”? Or, you heard yourself saying, “I know” to a truth?
We all have things that we need to be reminded of and strengthened in each day.
So, join in the conversation as we discover the importance of being reminded to remember.

Remembering and Forgetting

“Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent” Revelation 3:3

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the topic of remembering.
There was a time that many of us use to remember phone numbers and birthdays, but today technology does that for us. We now live in the “information age” and sometimes we can get information overload.
We are encouraged to find out that God created us to hold only so much information so dementia may not be the problem, maybe our brain is forgetting things that are not relevant in order to protect us from overload.
So, join in the conversation as we learn more about remembering and forgetting.