This thought-provoking poem explains that marriage is a miracle of God!
I wrote this poem for a CCBC Valentine Banquet in 2009. Since that time, it has been used in weddings and marriage counseling.
May God use it to encourage your heart today!
The Miracle of Marriage
What makes marriage special? So many ask today.
Is it lace and garland on the wedding day?
Is it friends and family who gather to enjoy
All the fancy gaiety the day seems to employ?
Is it cake and punch prepared by careful hands?
Is it gourmet lunch the regal day demands?
Is it gay attire donned by all who go,
Or a special smile shared with one you know?
Love is a powerful concept. Everyone wants to be loved. I mean truly loved. Don’t settle for a counterfeit. This article will show you the five elements of true love so you can give it to others and experience it for yourself.
Everyone wants to be loved, but love is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world.
Do you know what real love is? Most people don’t. As a result, they give their hearts to the wrong person or end up hurt deeply as relationships fail.
What does true love look like?
Here are a few things that love is not:
- Love is not selfishness.
- Love is not sex.
- Love is not lust.
- Love is not like.
There are four basic kinds of love found in the Bible. They are identified by these four Greek Words.
Sin costs more than you think. Only eternity will reveal its actual price.
Jeremiah 5:25 “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.”
Sin always causes pain, sorrow, and destruction. Those consequences are easy to see. However, there is another price to sin that is more difficult to measure.
This verse tells us that sin withholds good. There are good things that God has in store for you. He plans to give them to you. God’s gifts include (more…)
Sins don’t happen alone. They operate in groups. If you surrender to one sin, expect more to follow.
Luke 11:26 “Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
This parable speaks of a man who had an evil spirit. The evil spirit left him. I believe the story implies that the man worked to rid himself of the evil spirit. He was successful for a period of time. However, the evil spirit recruited seven more wicked spirits and barged back into the man’s life. He was worse off in the end than he was in the beginning!
There are several vital truths found in this parable.
Willpower is not enough to (more…)
The Greek word agape’ (ag-ah´pay) describes God’s unconditional and sacrificial love that He has for us and expects us to show to one another. What does agape’ love look like?
1 Corinthians 13:4–8
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
The word agape’ is translated into the word “charity” in this chapter of the King James Bible. This is the perfect English word to describe God’s selfless & unconditional love. Learn why God’s love is the Greatest.
Sin is the enemy of love. God’s love conquers sin.
Agape’ love makes eternal salvation possible. Have you accepted God’s love?
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
Our Lord not only gave us a command that we should love one another but also how to love one another. The Greek word agape’ is used for God’s love toward us and for the love that we should display toward one another.
Are you exhibiting God’s agape’ love? Ask yourself the questions after each point to find out.
Here are the 16 characteristics of God’s love.