"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Tonal Importance

Posted by Emma on January 2, 2013 | Filed under: Attitude,Daily Thought,Leadership,Love,Words

I was reminded today that your tone is reflecting in other people as you speak with them. If you are harsh, they will be as well. If you are gentle, they may follow suit. If you are laid back, likely they will seem laid back. It is important that we are careful about the words we choice and thoughtful about the tone in which we say them. Perhaps that is what it means in Colossians 4:6 when we are instructed to “let your speech be always with grace”. Our tone needs to be one of grace. We also in Ephesians 4:15 are instructed to speak the truth in love. Our speech should have the tone of love.

Take thought to what you say and also take thought to how you say it. 

Warriors and Lovers

Posted by Emma on January 26, 2011 | Filed under: Character,Christianity,Love

A friend of mine posted this on her blog, For the Recognition of the King. She does a very good job of express some truths into words that most of us do not see or understand. It is well worth the read and I am very glad that she gave me permission to post it here.

Warriors and Lovers

A warrior lives deeply. He knows that life is short, that nothing is worth fighting over but some things are worth fighting for. You could accurately interchange the names Warrior and Lover because it is impossible to be one without the other. You can be a fighter, a killer, or a soldier without love but it is impossible to be a Warrior without love.

It is also impossible to love without being a warrior. You can have sex, you can like people, you can enjoy all sorts of things, but you cannot Love without being a warrior.

If you love, you are willing to sacrifice yourself in whatever way necessary and only a warrior’s heart is strong enough to be able to sacrifice itself. But if you are a fighter without a love to fight for than you are an uncontrolled and aimless weapon.

A warrior lays down his life either living or dying for those weaker. This is a great mystery, why do the strong die for those who are too weak to keep themselves alive?

Warriors see the world as it really is and so have hearts full of deep pain, this is what makes their eyes sad and grim. Pain is everywhere. They have the choice to close their eyes to it, but they can’t stand to be willfully blind. They must see clearly. They believe the worst can and should always be faced because the worst is only the inverse of the best.

They would go crazy with despair if this were all they see, but it isn’t. Remember, warriors are lovers and lovers see beauty when no one else can. Warriors don’t fight so much against the pain but ratherfor the beauty. Warriors know that pain is a fungus, living off of the beauty; it has no life of its own. Where some see only despair, they see hope. If the pain is so great, the beauty it is living off of must be even greater. This is what gives their eyes a smile, in spite of the horrors within and without that they continually live through.

If you don’t understand warriors, or are not one yourself, then you will think that they have buried all emotion. In fact denying their emotions is a common fault among them. The truth is that they are more emotional than everyone else combined but their emotions run deep, fathomless as the ocean. This is their one fear, that their own feelings will sweep them away and toss them about uncontrollably.

The wise overcome this fear with humility. If God would sweep them away on their own emotions then so be it. They are not foolish and hate to be taken as such, but if God would make fools of them with their own emotions then they would gladly face that fate too. They find instead that God does not make fools of them but gives them the very keys to become the warriors and lovers they live to be.

Far from their emotions tossing them about, they find that they propel them very precisely, that they give them greater strength and greater insight. To be unafraid of weakness is to find fearless strength. Do not think that this means you will ever see the depth of their emotions. It is just as likely that you will see the bottom of the ocean. In fact, they will still seem to be particularly unemotional, because they despair of ever truly communicating their emotions at all. You must see them by faith or not at all.

They feel sorrow so deep that it seems they could weep without stopping forever. But they cannot weep forever and any fewer tears seem so inadequate that they may seem to never weep at all. They also feel joy. Joy so encompassing, so true, so fulfilling that heaven itself will spend eternity celebrating it. But here, they have not the time or the means to celebrate it appropriately so in fact, you may only see a content smile and a twinkle in their eye. Joy and sorrow are not mutually exclusive to each other; they are usually full of both.

They feel hope, but this is no light hearted hope, neither is it a hope that wanes or waxes. It is the hope of those who die without obtaining the promises but are assured of what they hope for. They feel the strength of their own hearts. A deadly strength that only gets stronger as time continually assaults it. A strength that is capable of laughing in the midst of despair because it has learned that despair is a grim illusion that will vanish in a moment. They feel desperate but far from panicking, they become even calmer to compensate and so even more deadly.

They are full of compassion and will care for the wounded with a touch more gentle and tender than a Mother’s. Their hearts do not break for themselves, but for you. They are fierce protectors, fiercer than wild animals. Nothing is more dangerous than a lover at war.

Sometimes, they forget that they are not made to love or fight alone. Sometimes they forget that they too have weaknesses that need protection. Sometimes, they are so used to comforting that they don’t realize that they need comforting too. Sometimes they protect so fiercely that they begin fighting the very one they are trying to protect. Sometimes they forget that it is good for those who have healed to become warriors in their own right, that they should not be protected from becoming great.

Every weakness that appears in themselves they throw back to God and between His strength and the protection of those warriors around them, they are an invincible force. The faster they are slain, the quicker they will rise again and claim that God is victorious.

Truly, the spirit of a warrior-lover can only be found in one place and that is God himself. But he has made his bride to be worthy of a warrior as noble as he and so has given her no other spirit than his own.

My friend, I perceive that you are a warrior.

God’s lovingkindness as our Comfort

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Christianity,Love,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.” Psalm 119:76

The first word in this verse is יהי. I could not find a definition for this word, but I am guessing based on the different translations of this verse that it must have to do with the word let. The next word in this verse is נא (na) which means pray or entreat.

The word חסדך (chasedecha) means thy goodness or thy kindness. It is talking about God’s lovingkindness towards humans. It is amazing that a Lord as big as our God would love us enough to care about each of us. God’s lovingkindness is an incredible thing.

The word לנחמני (lenachameeny) begins with a ל (lamed) which means for or to. The root word is a verb meaning comfort or console. The root of the word כאמרתך (ce’imeratecha) means utterances or words. The כ (caph) at the beginning of the word means according to. The final word in this verse is (take out later) לעבדך (le’avedacha). This word also begins with a ל (lamed) meaning to or for. The root word means servant or salve.

The Psalmist is entreating God to let His lovingkindness be for a comfort to Him. Why? Because of the words God said to His servant. It appears that God spoke with the Psalmist, His servant, and told him that His lovingkindness would be a comfort. God’s lovingkindness can be a comfort for us. It has been a comfort for me many times. When you are needing to be comforted or are going through hard times, pray and ask God to let his kindness be your comfort according to His word. His lovingkindness is seen throughout the Bible as a comfort for people, make it your comfort.

Showing Love

Posted by Emma on October 31, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Love

“Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” John 12:1-3

I was recently reading John 12 and these verses stood out to me, especially verses 2 and 3. Lazarus, Martha, and Mary are mentioned several times throughout the Gospels. They were friends of the Master and loved Him very much. The event told in these verses happens not long after Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and I think that the things recounted in them are the results of Mary, Martha and Lazarus’ hearts overflowing with love and thanks for the Master.

People are quick to note Mary’s act of love and devotion in this event, yet you rarely hear of Martha or Lazarus’ part. If you have read the gospels you know something of the personalities of each of the characters in this event. Each one is showing love to the Master in his or her way. Martha is a server. She is serving the Master to show her love and thanks. Lazarus is spending time with the Master to show his love and gratitude. Mary gives of a precious ointment and wipes Jesus feet with her hair. She is close, personal, and gives a lot in her expression of love and thanks. For those reasons it stands out to us the most.

We should take notice of Mary’s act, but I don’t think we should lose sight of the others. We all serve the Master in a way that expresses who we are. Every person is different and everyone shows love differently. We should show love to the Master from a sincere heart and the way that love is shown is going to reflect who we are. If we really love Him, I think we will. This does not give us the liberty to decide by what rules we follow the Master. No, God has already set the rules. Those are found in the Bible and we must obey God’s commands and not invent our own for the service of the Master. As soon as we invent our own, we no longer are showing love to the Master but contempt for Him. Yet within the rules set by God, there is room to show love to the Master and others in your way. Be who God made you to be and love the Master from pure heart!

Love Others Always

Posted by Emma on January 26, 2010 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Love

“Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have I forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” -2 Cor 5:5-11 ESV

“Love someone when they least deserve it, because that’s when they really need it.” -Unknown

“He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.” -1 John 2:9-10 KJV

“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. …We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” -1 John 3:11, 14.

“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” -1 John 3:16

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” -1 John 3:18

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might love through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” -1 John 4:7-11

“And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” -1 John 4:21

These verses have been floating through my mind the past few days. We do not deserve God’s love. He loved us and sent His Son to die for us while we were sinners, doing what was displeasing to Him. In no way did I deserve that love. But God in His mercy loved me and allowed me to enter into His love and be forgiven. If I have been loved so much should I not love others even when they do not deserve it?

When we love others, who do not deserve it, we show that we really do love them. It communicates a sincere love when you love someone in deed and truth even when the world says you shouldn’t love them, they do not deserve it. Few things show us to be truer disciples of the Master than loving everyone and forgiving those who have wronged us. We can love everyone by letting Christ’s love flow through us. That is the only way to genuinely love others, always.

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