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1 Corinthians 13 Revisited
 

1 Corinthians 13

1   Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not Love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
 
Without love...NOTHING we do matters.  We can do all the right things but without the right motive, we will not see results. LOVE is the only motivation for anything...even including praying for someone's salvation...we have to want it because we love them, not to make our life easier.

2   And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not Love, I am nothing.
 
Nothing we know will matter if Love is not our motivation for knowing it.  If ministry simply becomes our JOB...it is time to get out.
 
3   And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Love, it profiteth me nothing.
 
Many are doing "good things" to get credit...here or in eternity...but God knows our heart...He knows if we are trying to earn brownie points..or if we are doing things because we love them..

4   Love suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
 
Love takes abuse...and keeps on giving. Love does not become jealous when others get "rewards" for what they do...or....even if they get the reward....WE should have gotten.  Love does not say...Look at ME....Love always tells us to LOOK AT JESUS!

5   Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
 
Love does not look out for selfish interest. It always promotes others before ourselves.  It does not try to get even...even if attacked time and time again...but we can notice that it is not EASILY provoked...so there may be a time in which enough is enough...and when GOD says...enough...we had better listen.  Love does not think bad about others...even if we see a friend coming out of a bar...we do not think they were getting drunk...we look for a possible legitimate reason for what we think we saw...perhaps using the phone?  It does not think for a moment that because a man and woman not married to each other are seen eating together that it is a "date" but there may be good reasons for it...nor does it think evil in so many other situations that the world would suggest.  It will not even think of evil motives.

6   Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
 
Even though the truth may hurt, love rejoices and wants to hear it. Often those that do think evil of others may be trying to justify their behavior...they may be comparing themselves to something they want to see as worse..."I'm not so bad...look at what so and so did...."
Well my friend, we need to compare our life to only ONE....JESUS...NOW how do we stack up????
 
7   Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 
Love does not collapse under the weight of false accusations after false accusations. It will not falter even if others project their own wrong behavior on them nor will they think less of those who do, but love will look beyond the fault of those that do and see their need....It believe the best about others.

8   Love 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.
 
Often those that will think they can say "I told you so" will find out they are wrong. Often what we predict about others will be proven wrong...that man we saw coming out of that bar...the one we told everyone about was using the phone to call his wife to say he would be late...the woman hugging that man was only hugging her brother....but LOVE will always prevail...ALWAYS!

9   For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
 
All of us are given limited knowledge...lets leave the rest to HIM!

10   But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
 
LOVE is perfect, and perfect love casts out all fear.  When we are able to LOVE...UNCONDITIONALLY...we can set aside these petty things.
 
11   When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
 
Most of our petty problems stem from childish games...games like "If you do not play the game MY way...I am going to take my ball and go home!"   Is it not time to put away these childish things?
 
12   For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
 
Someday we will really know what our choice to really LOVE...to care without thinking of what we can get in return will mean....Will YOU hear someone come to you and say...Thank you for giving to the LORD...I was a life that was changed....or will we hear  "If you only cared about me enough not to have driven me away when I pushed you away because I was afraid of rejection...I would not be in this awful place now... http://www.shatterdmen.com/Rejection.htm

13   And now abideth faith, hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.

Without LOVE....NOTHING else matters! Without LOVE....NOTHING else matters!

For God so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life!   John 3:16

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