Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rejoice

 "Though the fig tree does not bud
   and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
   and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
   and no cattle in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
   I will be joyful in God my Savior." (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

This is not a mere fading away of some pleasant scene that Habakkuk is referring to. What's in view for him is complete destruction of his peoples land and livelihood. The circumstances he envisions are horrifying. That was his reality, and still his response? "Yet I will rejoice"

            ~Grace~

What True Love Is - Part 2


How, exactly is true love defined?

Agape Love:
-Unconditional Love
-An act of the will, not dependent on the attractiveness or merit of the one loved.

True Love = Commitment 

ACTION not FEELING
SELFLESS not SELFISH 

What is the difference between romantic and love affection? 

True love is lasting because it is not based on just seeing then doing. It is based on a commitment of the will. The idea of "Prefect Chemistry" emphasizes emotions over the will. Think of this like building your house on jello, your foundation cannot be strong.

~Grace~

What True Love Is - Part 1


Part 1
 True Love is NOT -

Eros: Self seeking affection 

Physical Attraction:
A: Looking
B: Doing
C: Fantasizing

Infatuation:
A: Puppy Love
B: Fickle
C:Different Head Space

Emotional Gratification:
-Jealousy
-Habit
-Ego
-Reputation
-Insincerity
-Filling a void 
-Guilt or pity
-Fantasy Gratification / Satisfaction 

Storge Love
-Protective
-Instinctive
-Family

Phileo Love: 
-A fond affection based on mutual attraction, brotherly love.

Physical / Hormonal:
-Emotional bonding 
-Trauma Bonding
-Adventure Bonding
-Rescue Bonding
-Spiritual Bonding 

                                              
~Grace~

Red Hot Prayer

  Charles Spurgeon wrote this commentary inspired by Jude's phrase, "Pray in the Holy Spirit", from Jude 1:20:

"Praying in the Holy Ghost is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency, plead not at all. One may as well speak of lukewarm fire as of lukewarm prayer  - it is essential that it be red hot. It is praying perseveringly. The true suppliant gathers force as he proceeds, and grows more fervent when God delays to answer.....Beautiful if God's sight is tearful, agonizing, unconquerable, importunity....we shall never sing "Gloria in Excelsis" except we pray to God "De Profundis": Out of the depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest." - Charles Spergeon


       ~Grace~

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Possibilities of Guy-Girl Friendships

  
       Although some have fallen in their efforts to walk the narrow line between friendship and romance in this area, I believe guys and girls can have life-enriching, non-romantic friendships. Actually, it's important that we do. Paul the apostle instructs Timothy to treat younger woman "As sisters with absolute purity" (1 Timothy 5:2) Paul assumes that Timothy interacts with woman daily, and because of this assumption, he encourages Timothy to pursue a Godly and pure attitude. We should follow and pursue these things as well. Guy-girl friendships can be pure, inspiring and educational. While interacting with male friends I've gained information on their perspective on life, learning valuable things I would have missed in my narrow minded female view.

                                                                   ~Grace~