Loving People in spite of it all!

Written by Greg Ryan


Beforerepparttar movie ďFinding NemoĒ, came out Steve Jobsrepparttar 148411 founder ofrepparttar 148412 Apple Computer company spent millions of dollars promoting it. Before a major push on merchandise Nike will sign a multi-million dollar contract with some sports star. Sometime soon you will see a major player inrepparttar 148413 clothing industry hire a celebrity to promote their product beforerepparttar 148414 holiday rush. These companies think they have it figured out. How do they attract you torepparttar 148415 product or service they are selling? The packaging!!

Millions of dollars are spent on researching and packaging many products and services even before they hitrepparttar 148416 shelves. If they can entice you enough, then they have a better chance to hook you into owning it. Many of us getrepparttar 148417 product home and when we open it up and it doesnít matchrepparttar 148418 expectationsrepparttar 148419 outside ofrepparttar 148420 box conveyed to us. Then in a short period of time we lose our interest become disappointed and put it on a shelf only to go try and find another to fore fill our desires.

Letís say you have a child and they disobey you. Do you put them on a shelf and go have another or borrow one fromrepparttar 148421 neighbor. No. You still value them, accept them and love them. You accept them in spite of their behavior and actions atrepparttar 148422 time. But why donít we take that same type of thinking with adults we know? It doesnít matter; friends, dating or married many times we loverepparttar 148423 other person because of what they originally brought torepparttar 148424 relationship (the packaging,repparttar 148425 hype). However, once we get to know that person we realize that they have some things that donít line up with our expectations of them or remind us of a past relationship that went sour. They donít fit in our packaged box anymore. We even try to mold them to fit, and when they donít we put them on an emotional shelf with an expiration date. Inrepparttar 148426 beginning we loved to be aroundrepparttar 148427 other person more and were attracted to them because of who there were not in spite of who they are.

Seedtime and harvest

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Seedtime and harvest Gen.8:22(KJV) "Whilerepparttar earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Luke 8:4-8(KJV) "And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell byrepparttar 148369 way side; and it was trodden down, andrepparttar 148370 fowls ofrepparttar 148371 air devoured it.

And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

And some fell among thorns; andrepparttar 148372 thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

Luke 8:11-15(KJV) "Nowrepparttar 148373 parable is this: The seed isrepparttar 148374 word of God.

Those byrepparttar 148375 way side are they that hear; then comethrepparttar 148376 devil, and taketh awayrepparttar 148377 word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

They onrepparttar 148378 rock are they, which, when they hear, receiverepparttar 148379 word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

But that onrepparttar 148380 good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heardrepparttar 148381 word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."

The Lord Jesus Christ outlinedrepparttar 148382 parable ofrepparttar 148383 sower inrepparttar 148384 second set of scriptures and his interpretation of it inrepparttar 148385 third set of scriptures. The seed isrepparttar 148386 word of God(Luke 8:11). The word of God isrepparttar 148387 word ofrepparttar 148388 kingdom(Matt. 13:19). God himself isrepparttar 148389 King ofrepparttar 148390 kingdom. God isrepparttar 148391 sower ofrepparttar 148392 seed. The seed is good,havingrepparttar 148393 full potential to become a harvest forrepparttar 148394 sower(Gen.8:22;Isa 55:11). There are several challenges that a natural seed has to face and overcome before it becomes a fruitful tree to be harvested. The sower hasrepparttar 148395 obligation to aidrepparttar 148396 seed to overcome those challenges and become his harvest! Examples of such challenges with respect to destiny have been discussed briefly in 'An open door' and more elaborately in 'The viral war'. The word of God contains both his commands and his promises to mankind,and then classical examples of persons and nations that either received his word or rejected it. The greatest example for us in all generations is Jesus Christ:- Luke 24:44(KJV) "And he said unto them, These arerepparttar 148397 words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written inrepparttar 148398 law of Moses, and inrepparttar 148399 prophets, and inrepparttar 148400 psalms, concerning me."

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