Written by Joyce C. Lock

~ Charity ~

Though I speak withrepparttar tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I haverepparttar 147158 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 charity, I am nothing.

Charity suffereth long

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious (longsuffering and plenteous) in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15

and is kind

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again ... for he is kind untorepparttar 147159 unthankful and torepparttar 147160 evil. Luke 6:35

charity envieth not

For we ourselves also were sometimes ... living in malice and envy (hateful, and hating one another). Titus 3:3

charity vaunteth not itself

.... vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Judges 7:2

is not puffed up

Let no man beguile you of your reward ... vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind ... not holdingrepparttar 147161 Head ... as though living inrepparttar 147162 world ... subject to ordinances (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish withrepparttar 147163 using;) afterrepparttar 147164 commandments and doctrines of men? Col. 2:18-22

Doth not behave itself unseemly

... men, leaving ...repparttar 147165 woman, ... men with men working ... is unseemly ... Romans 1:27-28

seeketh not her own

Letrepparttar 147166 husband render untorepparttar 147167 wife due benevolence: and likewise alsorepparttar 147168 wife untorepparttar 147169 husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, butrepparttar 147170 husband: and likewise alsorepparttar 147171 husband hath not power of his own body, butrepparttar 147172 wife. 1 Co. 7:3-4

is not easily provoked

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Hebrews 10:24

thinketh no evil

Evil pursueth sinners ... Proverbs 13:21

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. Isaiah 59:7

The fear ofrepparttar 147173 Lord is to hate evil (pride, and arrogancy) ... Proverbs 8:13

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seekrepparttar 147174 Lord understand all things. Proverbs 28:5

For I knowrepparttar 147175 thoughts that I think toward you, saithrepparttar 147176 Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

To the Unknown God

Written by Joyce C. Lock

~ Torepparttar Unknown God ~

No Longer Winking

According torepparttar 147157 Bible, one can have a doctorates degree in religious education and still be clueless as to scripture's life applications, as knowing about God is quite different from knowing Him.

Butrepparttar 147158 natural man receiveth notrepparttar 147159 things ofrepparttar 147160 Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. 2:14

And, unfortunately, it is human tendency to be lazy toward our own spiritual growth; allowing others to tell us what to believe. However, that isn't necessary. You already knowrepparttar 147161 verses. You just need to hear from God as to their application. 2 Tim. 3:14-15

Now, here's an example: "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3

Do we believe that? Do we really believe it? Because if we do, we might also consider this verse paraphrased.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be clergy, or doctrines, or denominations, or religions: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he isrepparttar 147162 head ofrepparttar 147163 body,repparttar 147164 church: who isrepparttar 147165 beginning,repparttar 147166 firstborn fromrepparttar 147167 dead; that in all things he might haverepparttar 147168 preeminence.

Col. 1:16-18 (par.)

Notice, Who getsrepparttar 147169 preeminence ~ certainly not a preacher, or doctrine, or denomination, or religion ... or whomever else we give to be our guide.

How's that for a shocker? Ok, so maybe you had figured that out, already. But, do you really realize what this means?

There was a purpose for Communism as there is a purpose for Muslims; just like there is a purpose for Jews, Christians, Catholics, Mormons, etc. ~ which likely began withrepparttar 147170 destruction ofrepparttar 147171 tower of Babel and should be a hint that we could actually learn from each other.

Sure, people claiming other faiths have done some pretty horrible things; but, so have some who claimed to be our faith, too. Additionally true, there are also a lot of untruths in other religions. But, news flash, there are a lot of untruths in all religions. Why? Because an abundance of knowledge tends to make one prideful, wherein one's faith is no longer based upon Spiritual discernment.

It took a cross to make peace amidst such diversified faith systems. Col. 1:20-21 And yet, within all faiths continuerepparttar 147172 practice of name calling. We use to call them things like sinner, backslider and hypocrite. But, finally realizing we're guilty ofrepparttar 147173 same things,repparttar 147174 choice of words became more refined terms; like heathen, pagan, and cult.

It is said that Jesus is God while condemning every faith that does not call God 'Jesus'. However, withinrepparttar 147175 same faith system, it is rare to never that God's other names are used ... and He wasrepparttar 147176 God of Salvation even beforerepparttar 147177 New Testament. Ps. 68:20

The bottom line is, when we stand before our Maker, it won't matter what we believed but Who. And praiserepparttar 147178 Lord, Jesus made provision whereinrepparttar 147179 tower to heaven could be rebuilt; only, this time, not so we could be God ~ but so we can 'know' Him.

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Forrepparttar 147180 perfecting ofrepparttar 147181 saints, forrepparttar 147182 work ofrepparttar 147183 ministry, forrepparttar 147184 edifying ofrepparttar 147185 body of Christ: Till we all come inrepparttar 147186 unity ofrepparttar 147187 faith, and ofrepparttar 147188 knowledge ofrepparttar 147189 Son of God, unto a perfect man, untorepparttar 147190 measure ofrepparttar 147191 stature ofrepparttar 147192 fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, byrepparttar 147193 sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speakingrepparttar 147194 truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which isrepparttar 147195 head, even Christ: From whomrepparttar 147196 whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according torepparttar 147197 effectual working inrepparttar 147198 measure of every part, maketh increase ofrepparttar 147199 body untorepparttar 147200 edifying of itself in love. Ephes. 4:11-16

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