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Daily Success! The Third mention of love – Ezekiel Atang

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Genesis 25:28 KJV

“And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob”.

Here lies the third mention of love in the bible, and in this story, we see these parents show love to their twin children in a very awkward manner. We could tell here that their love was biased and motive based. A parent is supposed to love their children for nothing, you are to love them for the fact that you gave birth to them and nothing more. As a parent, you are not supposed to love one above or more than the other; that is a recipe for family disaster.

No two children can ever be the same. If God blesses you with three children, all three of them will have different personality types; they will love different things, they will engage in different kinds of work and businesses, etc. They will all not do what you like, they will pursue careers that may be strange to you. But whatever they choose to do and become is not the issue, what you owe them is love. Love them for nothing. They must not qualify for your love; the same way we never qualified for God’s love.

Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his venison, and even though the Bible didn’t tell us why Rebekah loved Jacob, yet it is not that difficult to deduce that Jacob was a very domestic man. The Bible says that Esau was a man of the field, but Jacob was a man of the tent. He was a man who preferred to breed animals than to hunt like Esau. So, he must have been really handy and helpful to his mother around the house. So, you can see why she loved him that much. But both Isaac and Rebekah were wrong. They should have loved their children the same. You will not make such a mistake in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. If you are married with children, then take some time to evaluate the strengths of each child, and appreciate God for them.
ii. Inspect your heart and see if you seem to love anyone above the other and repent today.
iii. Forgive your parents for this kind of mistake if they fell for it.

Prayer
-Lord I receive the wisdom and the grace to love my children the way you love all your children in Jesus Name.
-I repent of all forms of discriminatory kind of love for my children in Jesus Name.

Nugget
A parent is supposed to love their children for nothing, you are to love them for the fact that you gave birth to them and nothing more.

 

THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE

Mark 12:29-31 KJV
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these”.

A principle is a fundamental law or rule that governs the proper function and operation of a thing. Principles are universal truths about anything of concern. A principle must be universal, without which it can’t be said to be a real principle. For example, the laws of gravity must be the same anywhere in the world. A truth in Nigeria that is not a truth in Madagascar and America is not a truth at all; it is an opinion at best.

The principle of love states that ‘a person who has not been able to love God is not capable of loving people’. A man who cannot love God cannot love his neighbor. It is the love that flows between you and God that will flow to your neighbour. If there is no relationship between you and God, it means that nothing is flowing from God to you, therefore nothing good will flow from you to your neighbour.
So, a person who has relationship with God, will manifest a few things for all to see. Firstly, he or she will manifest the fear of God. Do not expect anything good from anywhere and anyone who lacks the fear of God. It all means that they automatically lack wisdom; because it is the fear of God that births wisdom. You don’t want to know the troubles that come with dealing with or marrying a person who lacks the fear and wisdom of God. The first law of marriage is found in Ephesians 5:21 “submitting yourselves one to the other in the fear of the Lord”. Every other principle of marriage comes under this principle.
Receive grace to engage the principle of love in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Work on your relationship with God and watch all other relationships of your life fall in line.
ii. Be a reconciler of men to God today; because it will improve love around the world.
iii. Ask God to help you grow in His fear and reverence.

Prayer
-Lord please keep me in your love in Jesus Name.
-Father I pledge my love for you above all else, and I distribute your love to all else in Jesus Name

Nugget
A man who cannot love God cannot love his neighbor. It is the love that flows between you and God that will flow to your neighbour.

 

THE DEFINITION OF LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:4 TLB
“Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud.”

Over the years, people have made great efforts at defining love, and have miserably failed doing it. It is clear that love cannot be defined, because even the bible refused to do so as well. And the only time the bible decided to define it, it used only three words; “God is Love”. (1John 4:16). So, if God is Love, then by extension love is God – There is our only authentic definition of love.

Besides that, love can only be described and not defined. Love has characteristics, which is the best way to define it. Our text reveals some of the very vital descriptions and definitions of love. Anyone who claims to have love without these features of love is simply lying or deceiving themselves. Now, here we go:
-Love is very patient: To be patient is to be enduring, tolerant; possessing the ability to handle provocation and annoyance.
-Love is kind: To be kind is to be compassionate, generous, caring and concerned.

-Love is never jealous: Jealousy is a disposition and feeling of envy; bitterness because of the advantages or privileges of another person. Love does not behave as such.
-Love is not envious: Envy is almost the same as jealousy, because envy is a resentfully unhappy feeling of somebody else’s success, good fortune or possessions.
-Love is never boastful: To be boastful is to be excessively proud in your statement about your possessions or achievements.
-Love is not proud: Pride is an arrogance that shows over-estimation of one’s self.
This is how to define love. To lack what love says you should have means you don’t have love, and to have what Love says you should not have is to lack love.
Receive grace to love in Jesus Name.

Action Points
i. Go over today’s message again.
ii. Repent of any character that betrays love.
iii. Ask your spouse or best friend to tell you about any character in you that is not loving.

Prayer
-Lord I receive the spirit of love in my life in Jesus Name.
-Lord expose all anti-love element and character in me in Jesus Name.
-Give me the power to overcome every anti-love trait in my life in Jesus Name.

Nugget
To lack what love says you should have means you don’t have love, and to have what Love says you should not have is to lack love.

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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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