Many times, life feels like a roller-coaster ride of high hills and huge dips where it’s easy to let our emotions start to control us. The Book of Psalms offers help on handling the emotional ups and downs of life.
To restore real love, agape love, we must stop the destructive flood of fear that creates conflict and start the restoring flood of love with loving words and actions and, most importantly, rest in the never-failing love of God!
Preparedness is essential for surviving a storm! The man in this verse dug down deep and laid his foundation on rock. He was prepared for the flood that would certainly come. Restoring real love when the storm surge of stress, brokenness or pain threaten our homes begins when we stop the destructive flood of fear.
Storms are indiscriminate. They come into all our lives! The difference is in how we weather the storm. Jesus tells us how our home (our relationships, our marriages) can remain intact even though a storm surge may flood our house. The key is how strong the foundation of love is in our home.
Unlike the English language, the Greek language has a number of words for love that help distinguish different kinds of love. When we say, “I love my car; I love my dog, I love the Texans, I love my wife, I love God”, we only have one word to work with – love.
1 Corinthians 13 is best known as the love chapter. In just five verses, Paul offers 16 descriptions of love. Seven of those descriptions tell us what love is, and nine tell us what love is not.
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I […]
There are three things that can never be washed away by a flood, destroyed by fire, or fade with time – faith, hope and love. “… But the greatest of these is love.” As great and enduring as faith and hope are, love is superior!
One of the three abiding qualities that God says will remain when the sandcastles of our lives are washed away is hope! Hopelessness is a common emotion when we experience loss. We feel hopeless. Yet, it’s in those very times when the God of all hope wants to flood our souls with hope.
When our kids were younger, we used to love to go to the beach and build sandcastles. Hours were spent forming and sculpting the sand with the complete understanding that, in just moments, the tide would come in and wash it all away.