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Daily Success! The demonstration of love – Ezekiel Atang

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John 3:16 KJV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

A demonstration is the outward show or display of a sentiment or feeling for someone or a group of people. Love can be expressed verbally and physically, and in fact, it should be expressed in both ways. But we are mostly used to verbal expressions of love for God and nothing more, and that is rather unfortunate.

God did not just express love for us by talking about it only, He went further to demonstrate it by giving. Giving is the most powerful expression of love, without which love is fake.

It is said that it is possible to give without loving, and that is true, because people could give to you for all kinds of selfish reasons. A young man may decide to give to a young girl, just to sleep with her.

Also, a very highly placed official can receive so much gifts from people, not because he is loved by them, but because he is in position to do them some favour, if they impress him well enough.
However, the reverse is the case with love; it is impossible to love without giving.

To love without giving is a very strange way to lie against both yourself and against whom you claim to love. It is lies on all fronts. God loved us and gave His best and only.

So, when you love, it wouldn’t be a problem to give your best and even your only. Love never complains of not having what to give; it looks for what to give, including laying down its life.
Receive grace to demonstrate love today in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Determine to give God something really special this year, and let it be something that will cost you much.
ii. Determine to surprise your spouse this year with a gift you know they have always desired, or a gift they never expected from you.
iii. Reach out and touch the life of someone that has been a blessing to you, and let them know you truly love and appreciate them.

Prayer
-Lord please teach me to love the way you love in Jesus Name.

Nugget
Love never complains of not having what to give; it looks for what to give, including laying down its life.

 

 

HOW TO SEE THE LORD

Hebrews 12:14 KJV
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”.

There are two ways and two occasions where we get to see the Lord, and there are conditions we must fulfill in order to see Him.
The first situation wherein we really need to see the Lord, is in our affairs, our times of trouble, in our moments of distress, and when we call on Him. It is crucial to see the Lord show up for you at such times and every time for that matter.
The second occasion where we will need to see the Lord is when our time on earth is done, and we leave this world either by death or by rapture. It will be very bad to realize that you were not allowed or are not qualified to see the Lord at the end of time – that means hell fire, God forbid! You will see Jesus at the end in Jesus Name. But here are the conditions as spelt out in our text:
The condition is Peace with all men and holiness to God. In simple presentation, it is success in relationship with men (hence peace) and success in relationship with God (which is holiness). Put in another way, it is your horizontal and vertical relationships that determine if you will see God or not. These horizontal and vertical relationships are symbolic of the cross. Jesus died to correct these two relationships. It is not one or the other, it is compulsorily them both. Men have been made in God’s image, as such, you cannot claim to have peace with God when you are not at peace with your neighbours. In simple terms, it is loving God and loving men. Love God by obedience to Him, love men by living in peace with them.
You will see the Lord in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Make sure that there is no one in your heart with whom you are not at peace.
ii. Make sure there is no one you cannot greet on the way.
iii. Ask God to purge your heart from all ill feeling against anyone.

Prayer
-Lord help me live a life that will qualify me to see you now and in eternity in Jesus Name.

Nugget
Men have been made in God’s image; as such, you cannot claim to have peace with Him when you are not at peace with your neighbours.

KILLERS OF LOVE

Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.

Is it possible for love to die? Yes, it is. I know that God is Love, and I’m also aware that we are supposed to have elastic love for people. But the love that is unlimitedly elastic is the “agape” (or God kind of love; that unconditional love God has for us). However, there is another kind of love which is called “phileo”; Which is friendship kind of love that ought to exist with people who are closely related by whatever means. This kind of love can die, it’s benevolence can be overstretched.

One way this happens is by the allowance of bitterness into our hearts. Bitterness is caused by delayed forgiveness and delay in dealing with feelings of resentment. You cannot stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can certainly stop it from perching on your head. You cannot allow it build a nest on your head. In like manner, a bad thought and wrong feeling about someone may fly through your mind, but you must not allow it settle in your heart. If it does, that would result in bitterness.

This must be the very reason Solomon said that we should guard our hearts with all diligence, for the issues of life flows from there. Letting bad feeling into your heart is like allowing water into a boat, or the wind into the air plane; very dangerous. While people are obligated to love you with the love of the Lord no matter you do or do not do, yet they are not obligated to be with you despite your shortcomings. They can love you from a distance; meaning that the friendship or closeness died. They do not hate you, but for their safety, they had rather moved far from you.
Receive grace to keep love alive from today in Jesus Name.

Action Points/Prayer
i. Lord please trace all forms of bitterness in my life and root then out in Jesus Name.
ii. I receive the grace and wisdom for prompt forgiveness in Jesus Name.
iii. Lord please make me a reflection of your love in Jesus Name.

Nugget
A bad thought and wrong feeling about someone may fly through your mind, but you must not allow it settle in your heart. If it does, that would result in bitterness.

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Nigerian woman gushes about getting married to a man she used to make fun of on Facebook, shares their love story(photos)

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Nigerian couple, Anita and Asuquo are getting maried this week, starting with a traditional wedding in Akwa Ibom today.

Taking to Facebook , Anita narrated how she used to make fun of Asuquo over his political views, aspiration and disposition. In fact, she never liked him and one time went into his inbox to tell him that he is a complete joke after she spotted his campaign posters. Read below:

He was my friend on Facebook but we never chatted, even though I saw some of his posts, I took no notice.
All these political people, nki dogho do interested.
I never liked him (nki bata bad anye)
I remember making fun of him with a friend once…
One day I saw a poster of him, he was contesting for a position; I felt it was a complete joke because I knew he wouldn’t win at that time. So I Went to his inbox to tell him bluntly what I felt about him and his poster.
That was the first time we chatted. He asked for my number, I RELUCTANTLY gave him my “business number.” I prayed he wouldn’t call.
That night, oga sent a love text, I rolled my eyes in contempt (mme ani do ayem). In my mind he wasn’t up to the standard I dated or had in mind to date, I mean, I was even quiting a relationship I called ‘standard’.
I didnt know God was in a corner laughing.
God’s ways clearly differs from man’s ways!
Thereafter the baba called and I just knew I had entered one chance!
I finally met him on my sister’s wedding day and he WILLINGLY paid for all my pictures, he stayed with me till the very end. I was amazed at his kindness… I had found a diamond in the rough.
Overtime, I have learnt not to judge a book by its cover.
I have learnt what it means to love and be loved unconditionally.
I have learnt about sacrifice, forgiveness and hope.
I have learnt what it means to be courageous and determined against all odds.
We’ve been termed an unlikely pair with little connecting interests but we’ve been through the hurdles of a relationship even though we were a thousand miles apart.
We have trusted and believed in God and each other.
God has blessed me and I am thankful.
One year and 3 months later we will be saying ‘I do’ and spending a lifetime together.
I’m saying “I do” to my friend, cheer Master and partner in everi everi!!!!
Dear friends share in our joy, be happy for us, pray for us.
It’s today 22nd and 24th of November.
# Kimani2018 # Abasi_Ikpong_Abene_Owo

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Nigerian woman gushes about getting married to a man she used to make fun of on Facebook, shares their love story(photos)

Nigerian woman gushes about getting married to a man she used to make fun of on Facebook, shares their love story(photos)

Nigerian woman gushes about getting married to a man she used to make fun of on Facebook, shares their love story(photos)

Nigerian woman gushes about getting married to a man she used to make fun of on Facebook, shares their love story(photos)

Nigerian woman gushes about getting married to a man she used to make fun of on Facebook, shares their love story(photos)

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”The best decision I have made in my adult life was to wait until I found my wife” Banky W says as he celebrates wedding anniversary with Adesua

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Banky W and his stunning wife, Adesua, are celebrating their first traditional wedding anniversary today November 19th.

In a post shared on his Instagram page, Banky said the best decision he has made so far in his adult life was waiting to find the right person as a wife.

In his post, he advised that people should endeavour not to give in to pressures when on the journey to finding a life partner. Happy anniversary to them. Read what he wrote below

By far the best decision I have made in my adult life, was to wait until I found my wife. People will pressure you and try to make you feel inadequate or incomplete.. all because you’re not living according to their own mental timetable. Ignore them.

Focus on your journey, your happiness, and on making yourself a better person. My prayer is that you will discover, like I did, that the right person is worth waiting for.
Mrs W… I’m still amazed that I get to call you mine. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for building with me. Thank you for believing in me and for inspiring me to be a better man. My purpose partner, my rock, my destiny, my Shug, my wife, my life… Happy tradiversary Skuu. Love you SCATTER.  #BAAD2017 #BAAD2018

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Without regular sex women risk mental disorder – Nigerian Psychiatrist

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A Nigerian psychiatrist, Dr Maymunah Kadiri has advised married women to have regular sex with their spouses in order to prevent depression and be happy.

 

Kadiri, who is the Medical Director of Pinnacle Medical Services gave the advice in a recent interview saying sex is not just to nourish a woman’s body, but it is also beneficial to her mental health.

“As women, there is need for us to make our spouses our best friends if we want to be mentally healthy. Studies have shown that women who have more active sex and in long term relationships were less likely to be depressed than women who went without sex.

So, more sex is important and essential. It is a remedy to curing women from having persistent headache. Low sexual drive, which leads to depression, should be looked into.

A woman can be depressed when that sexual drive that she used to have is no more there. Frequent active sex can play good roles toward women’s sense of well being and quality of life,’’ Kadiri said.

 

She explained that sex was not just for procreation and to have children, adding that it could create bonding, good companionship and sound sleep. Kadiri, popularly called ‘celebrity shrink’, urged women dealing with depression to frequently indulge in sex, while boosting their self-esteem.

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