Love One-Four 16.14


In case you missed the last posts:

Love is Patient

Love Is Kind

Love does not envy

Love does not boast

Love is not proud

Love does not dishonor others

Love is not self-seeking

Love is not easily angered

Love keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth

Love always protects

Love always trusts

Love always hopes

‘… always perseveres.’

 Happy new month everyone!!! Guess what? WordPress just reminded me that I registered this blog 5 years ago today … Its our anniversary (and I forgot X_X ). Anyway thanks for sticking with me even when I was VERY inconsistent. I know you know I’m better now 😉 

Anyway, welcome to the second half of 2016! May God’s blessings be on us as we journey through … Love 14 continues with persevering love –

Perseverance is one of those words that often confuses me – not the definition but the application. When do you know it’s time to let go and when are you sure that you should hold on? My dad sent me this piece a few days ago and I think it’s the perfect piece for this. I don’t know the writer so I can’t introduce (unfortunately) but enjoy the last love one four piece:

This is a very touching story to our dear parents (especially our Fathers):

Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties.  Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.

Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble.  He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.

One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?”  “Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable,” and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

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Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble.  Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?”  The worker left and Samuel kept digging.

All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging.  Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins.  But, Samuel just kept working.  He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!”  Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again.  Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?”

Samuel began to dig furiously.  Finally he could see his son.  “Come on out, son!” he said with relief.

“No,” Armand said.  “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.”  Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared.  Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”

Fourteen children were saved that day because ONE father was faithful.

How much more faithful is our heavenly Father!

My conclusion therefore is that, all these attributes of love are interwoven. As much as you hope and persevere, you should also not be self-seeking in that you want to satisfy your own desires. The Holy Spirit is very helpful in this regard – trust Him to guide you and order your steps and you’ll be fine – most of the time. The rest of the time, God’s there to catch you and help you stand right back up.

‘’Love never fails.’’

Ghanaijachic.

Love One-Four 16.10


In case you missed the last posts:

Love is Patient

Love Is Kind

Love does not envy

Love does not boast

Love is not proud

Love does not dishonor others

Love is not self-seeking

Love is not easily angered

Love keeps no record of wrongs

‘Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.’

This particular verse is somewhat tricky. Love not delighting in evil means that even when you love someone, you should not encourage their bad habits or ‘sins’. It also does not mean that you should gloat when an ‘enemy’ is found guilty of a crime. Love rejoicing in the truth means that you celebrate what is right and good – not covering up soon or trying to justify sin. Remember, love is not about how you feel towards someone or who can ‘do you’ back. It’s a lot more complicated than that as we’ve seen so far. Anyway for us to understand this particular quality of love God’s way, we need to understand God’s perspective of evil and the truth.

Today’s write in is by a friend of mine I like to call trans-national. She’s from the South, lives in the North, schooled in the North first then in Western Nigeria and now I’m waiting for her to bring home an Eastern husband. She is truly Nigerian! Okay too much information, her name is Comfort and she’s a God lover too. One more thing, if you haven’t liked Ganaija on facebook yet – WAIT!!! Now click here and like …

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Here’s her Love One-Four piece:

To get a beautiful illustration concerning this great fact about love, let us cast our mind back to the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15 v 11 – 32).

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Yes the boy did evil and no father would be happy about that.  But what happened when the prodigal son saw himself as he truly was – worthless without his father and unworthy to be called son? He was welcomed in grand style by his father.

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One point to note here is that in love, even though evil occurs, if followed by a realization of the wrong and an embrace of the truth, the joy that the truth brings overcomes the unhappiness that came with evil.

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And that’s it folks. It’s short but I hope you got the message. Celebrate God’s truth – even if people err, correct them in love. It’s not an opportunity for ‘I told you so!’

‘’Love never fails.’’

Ghanaijachic.

Love One-Four 16.8


In case you missed the last posts:

Love is Patient

Love Is Kind

Love does not envy

Love does not boast

Love is not proud

Love does not dishonor others

Love is not self-seeking

‘… It is not easily angered …’

Have you liked Ganaija on facebook yet? Then pause – click on the link and like the page before you go any further!!!

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Today’s piece is by my G baby, G mama, my one and only Glory!!!! She’s an amazing human being and is literally a ball of energy …. I’m pretty sure I might haave gotten on her nerves aa few times but she stills loves me. Another thing, she’s an amazing story teller so we always have fun writing stories and scripts together. Well, I’ve been known to have a tendency of talking too much so let’s just get on with Glory’s take on ‘Love is not easily angered’.

Love is not easily angered: Love never fails.

Teju was scared – Scared to the bone!!! You know that feeling you have when you know obviously that there is no escape plan. There is no excuse, no lie you can tell to defend yourself. There is actually no use of trying. This is it. This is it! It’s the Last and final time. In short no more time. Have you ever been in those shoes?!

Well Teju was in it. How could she have done it again?  After everything?! How could she have been so stupid?! Stupid is even an understatement because her eyes were opened. Fully opened! She knew what she was doing but damned the consequences. Funny part is that she knew she was being watched. Yes! She knew. But still the pleasure just for a moment clouded the treasure for the long time. She so wanted it badly. Did you get that?! She WANTed it badly yet her NEED was met!

She took hold of her want blind siding her need. And after the pleasure yet still not satisfied, what does she do next?!

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You thought right!!

Oh No she didn’t, (Oh Yes she did!)

Why should she?! (Why shouldn’t she?).

She had messed up (haven’t you?! Severally?!! Don’t judge!)

Others had rejected her, even the pleasure had used her up (Can’t you relate) The best thing was to run away but she tried her need.

 

Walking towards her last option, head bowed, heart pumping hard, hands shaking.. She stood face to face.

She: (head bowed, tears flowing) I’ve messed up

Need: I know

She: I don’t know what came over me.

Need: (silence)

She: (starts ranting) I’m sorry! Truly and deeply sorry. I can’t do this any longer. I’m tired. Really tired. I’m a mess … I know you are tired of me too. I know you are angry. I know you don’t even want me…

Need: I am not angry!

And as she finally lifted her head up, she beheld the face but couldn’t understand what she was seeing. The bright face with the huge smile, shining white teeth, sparkling blue eyes with hands stretched out for a welcoming hug. She was perplexed.

 And all she could say was WHY?!

Why are you welcoming me?! Who exactly are You?!

I AM.

I AM sees beyond your pleasures and into your Heart.. Remember I am spirit and know all things.

I AM understands your situations… Remember I came as a man to walk through those paths.

So I know how it feels that’s why I don’t get angry easily.

I turn your mess into my Message,

I am your Need and not your Want…

And when you finally seek Need…

I am Found… I have always been here… Remember I will always be with YOU.

So I definitely do not fail…

Because I AM…

LOVE

 

         Love doesn’t get angry easily (1Cor 13:5)

         Love certainly doesn’t fail (1Cor 13:8)

         Just recognize your need…God is Love 

  • Glory

 

Just because love isn’t easily angered doesn’t mean we should provoke love to anger. No aspect of love is independent of the other as you might have noticed by now. Because love is patient, it is not easily angered and because it is not self-seeking, it doesn’t seek to anger as well. So I’ll leave you with Gee’s words again:

‘Just recognise your need … God is LOVE’ and

‘’Love never fails.’’

Ghanaijachic.

Love One-Four 16.6


In case you missed the last posts:

Love is Patient

Love Is Kind

Love does not envy

Love does not boast

Love is not proud

‘’It does not dishonour others …’’

I am personally enjoying this series. From short poems to long narratives, we’re being forced to confront our definition of love. Here’s another practical love piece by Victory Osarumwense. I call her my song sister 🙂 She blogs at veekhythinks.wordpress.com

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With no further ado, here’s what Veekhy thinks:

On a very normal day as you sit thinking about your life, you receive a message from your bank saying your account has been credited with Ghc 4,000 (N 287898.56 ) from a very unfamiliar name. The fact is this money can change your status but there is a small problem; the voice that is telling you that this can only be a mistake. However, there is another voice, you say this one is the voice of the spirit and you nod as it tells you that this is an answer to the favour provoking prayers you made last Sunday. In fact, you knew it… you knew that God had no choice but to answer you as you recall screaming repeatedly

‘Lord, slap me with your hand of favour.

From the north, slap me!

From the east, slap me!!

From the west, slap me!!!’

This God is just too good. I mean how else can one describe this other than the supernatural hand of God slapping this money into your account by making the payer misdial some numbers? You fall on your knees and start rehearsing how you would give this testimony in front of those sisters who think for some reason that they are better than you. Of course, this is how you would start

“pra, prai, prai…. se the Lord, i said, pra, prai, prai……. se the Lord…’’

 

PAUSE.

 

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The invigilator announces 15 minutes more and you know, you just know that you are dead. You have no explanation for the blank sheet in front of you. It is not that you did not read for this exam, it is just that you did not read this topic which happened to be the lecturer’s sole focus.

You begin to recite

‘I would look up to the hills, from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from…’

That’s when you hear it. It is your faithful God-sent friend whispering your name. He says he has finished and can help you out. This is it… My help cometh from the Lord, but God cannot come down and supply the answers now, he works through men. That is one thing you are very sure of in this your Christian walk. He walks through men and we must shine our eyes to recognize these men when God is working through them.

PAUSE.

 

Someone once said,

“Live life knowing that God’s glory is actually at stake”

And for the life of me, I had never really seen things that way. I was just thinking about how different things would be if we actually lived even the very minute details of their lives knowing that God’s glory is at stake. That we are representatives of God on earth and we owe him a duty not to soil or bring dishonour to his name.

 

After all, the greatest commandment is to love God with all your soul, heart and mind, so why not prove your love to him by living to bring honour and not dishonour to his name (love does not dishonour).

Now go back. Press play on the two scenarios above. What would you do?

  • Veekhy

 

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Sometimes in life, we need to press pause and savor the moments with our loved ones, other times we need to press pause and consider if our actions show love so I’d leave you in one of Veekhy’s scenes – What would you do?

‘’Love never fails.’’

Ghanaijachic.

Love One-Four 16.3


In case you missed the last posts:

‘’It does not envy …’’

Its day 3 already and I trust you’ve been blessed so far. Today’s writer is another special person. I’ve heard her speak, I’ve read her work and I’ve admired her walk with God. I don’t know Oreva to well personally but she’s just one of those people that is sweet and you’d enjoy being around. She blogs at evadiaries.wordpress.com.

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Make sure you check her out. Here’s her love one-four piece:

 

Love does not envy

It doesn’t burn green with envy at the thought of you becoming great.

Love does not hate that you’re ahead.

Or devise ways to bring you down.

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Love does not wish that yours was his, or hers was yours, or his wasn’t his.

Love does not envy, because love understands the truth

That’s what’s mine is ultimately yours, and what’s yours is mine.

In love, there is oneness and with that oneness comes serendipity

Serendipity that makes love a circle.

Not a square with corners to back you in,

Or a rectangle that causes long lines of distress, across the four sides of your face.

Not any of the other shapes, cos it shapes you into an image that is too infinite for a shape to properly describe. Love is a circle, it’s endless and unfailing. It never fails, it does not envy because in the end, what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is indefinitely mine.

– Eva

 

Check out some other posts by Eva on evainspired.wordpress.com

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Love goes round – literally. There’s no beginning and no end. There’s no pause point – no break for you to stop and review what you don’t have and what others have therefore no room for envy! On that note, if you liked this, then click like and share it with those you know – that’s love *wink*. Remember,

‘’Love never fails.’’

Ghanaijachic.