Love In What We Know In Truth

1 John 3:18 (New King James Version)

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My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

We are not to love in words or in that we speak but in deed and truth of what we know that which is in evidence of what we can see,touch,hold, feel for if we love in what is spoken we are not living and loving in truths and what has been taught to us by God but by what is of Satin for it is not love from each other but love of money or some other nature in what is spoken

1 John 3:18

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in

tongue

Which though it holds good of love to God, and to Jesus Christ, yet here is to be understood of love to the brethren, as the context shows; and so the Syriac version reads, “let us not love one another in word” that is, without the heart, or with a double heart; speaking one thing with the lip, and designing another thing in the heart; speaking peaceably with the mouth, and with the heart laying wait; or we should not love in this manner “only”; and so the Arabic version of De Dieu adds. It is very lawful, and right to express our love to one another, and to all men in words, to give good words, and use courteous language, and speak in a kind, tender, and affectionate manner, and especially to persons in distress; but this should not be all, it will be of no avail to say to such, be warmed and filled, and give them nothing but these good words, nothing to warm and fill them with; see ( James 2:15 James 2:16 ) ;

but in deed and in truth;

for true love is a laborious and operative grace, hence we read of the work and labour of love; it shows itself by the saints serving one another, in spirituals; as by bearing one another’s burdens, forbearing with, and forgiving one another, praying for each other, and building up one another on their most holy faith; exhorting each other to the duties of religion, and not suffering sins upon one another, but admonish in love, and restore with meekness; and in temporals, distributing to the necessities of the saints, ministering: to them of their worldly substance, and supplying their daily wants: and this is loving “in deed”, or “in work”; this is actual love, love in fact, and what is apparent and evident: and it is “in truth”, when it is in reality, and not in show only; and when it is cordially and heartily done, with cheerfulness, and without grudging.

Verse Thoughts

A godly character that reflects the likeness of Christ is one that loves others as Christ loved us. The love about which the Bible speaks is different from every other type of human love, and is uniquely imparted to the child of God, from the indwelling Spirit of truth and love.

The Lord Jesus laid down His life for His friends.. and for His enemies. He sacrificed His life for US, and we are instructed to do the same for others. We are directed to lay down our lives, in sacrificial love for our fellow men.

It is comparatively easy to love in word and tongue. It is reasonably simple to say I love you to other people, but the test of genuine love is expressed in deed and in truth.

It is not simply expressing affection through what we say, but through the giving up of ourselves for the service of others, no matter what the cost, in time, money, reputation – and even life itself.

It is a ‘dying to self’ and a ‘living for Christ’, which is manifest in works of righteousness for the benefit of others – and to the greater glory of God. It is dying to our own self-interest and letting the beauty and love of the Lord Jesus be seen in us – so that it flows out to others, in our actions and attitude.

To love in word is contrasted with loving in deed. It is translating one’s affectionate words into meaningful, practical deeds, through the sufficient grace of God. The former is to talk about caring, while the latter is to express unconditional love, in action.

To love in tongue is contrasted with loving in spirit and in truth. The former is an insincere and artificial affection, while the latter is a genuine godly love, that is manifest in a life that cares for the concerns of others before one’s own needs or wishes.

Make no mistake – to love in deed and in truth is not something that we can do for ourselves, however hard we try! We cannot love in deed and in truth through a training programme, mental exertion or fleshly effort. To love in deed and in truth is a supernatural love, that comes directly from God Himself, and can only be manifested in the life of a born-again believer – who is walking in spirit and truth.

Loving in spirit, in word, in deed and in truth is evidenced in the life of one who has died to the self-life, abides in Christ and is able to say with the apostle Paul – it is not I that live my life, but Christ, Whose life is in me and living through me.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-john-3-18

Life In The Son

1 John 4:9
New King James Version
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

The love of God was brought in by the death of his only son on the cross that we may live in Jesus Christ that we may walk in his steps and see where we were blind seeing through his eyes as we journey this life with others

This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his only Son into the world to give us life through him.


Verse Thoughts
The heart of God is manifest in His Spirit of love. He demonstrated His love towards man in a multitude of ways, but the incarnation of His dearly beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is the brightest and best signification of the love of God towards mankind. The love of God is not only demonstrated through Christ’s supreme sacrifice of Himself on the cross, but is also revealed in the Father, Who sent the Son of His love to be the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.

The greatest manifestation of God’s love towards a cursed world and a condemned race was shown at the appointed time, when God the Father sent His only begotten Son into the world to be the substitute for our sin. His death paid the price for our sin, so that all who believe on Him would never perish but live eternally, through Him.

Never will we understand the depth of His love for us, for it pleased the Lord to bruise Him. How could it be that the Father was willing to wound His beloved Son, to crush Him, and cause Him to suffer death on the cross so that we might live? How could it be that God the Son was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities? It is the mystery of all mysteries, that the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes, we are healed.

The greatest possible example of the love of God towards fallen man is that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him would not perish but be saved. What amazing love that through faith in Him, sinners such as you and I, might be saved by grace and raised into newness of life. God’s heart is the Spirit of love and all other expressions of love towards us are eclipsed by the superlative gift of the dearly-loved Son of God.

The dimensions of God’s love are expressed in the gift of His Saviour-Son. The length and breadth and depth and height of God’s amazing love is immeasurable. His wonderful grace and inexorable love is correspondingly commensurate with the eternal death and shocking damnation, which the fallen race of sinful humanity so justly deserves. It was for love of us that He died. It was to declare a fallen sinner righteous in the sight of a holy God, that the Word became flesh and was born into His fallen creation – so that He could become sin for us.

How we glorify God for the supernatural love of the Father of our Lord Jesus, Who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. It is only through His Spirit of life within, that we can be made a new creation in Christ. It is only by faith in Him that we have become a member of His mystical Body, are indwelled by the Spirit of God and are given the sufficient grace to live in newness of life.

It is only through the imputed life of Christ, which we receive at salvation, that we can live more abundantly and live eternally. It is only the new-born-again life of Christ that can enable us to say, “it is not I that live but Christ that lives in me.” It is only through the death of this perfect Man that the power of death can be forever broken, in the lives of all who believe on the only begotten and dearly beloved Son of God.

It is because of the great love of God that we were redeemed from the slave-market of sin, declared righteous in His eyes, rescued from the terrible judgement of God, we so justly deserve, and were made His children and joint-heirs with Christ. Not because of any good thing that we have done, but because of His great goodness.

This is how God’s love was revealed among us – God sent His unique Son into the world so that we might live through Him – not only in this world but in the eternal ages to come. May we never, ever hold lightly the LOVE that God has for us.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-john-4-9

Knowing The Form Of Love

Matthew 22:37-39 (New King James Version)

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Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

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THE OBLIGATION OF LOVE (MATT. 22:37–39)

May 4, 2020

To understand Matthew 22:37–39, we need to understand the setting in which Jesus responds. Throughout His ministry, Jesus faced questions from religious leaders meant to entrap Him or damage His reputation. They would often try to tie Him up in a difficult subject or statement to prove He was unworthy.

This portion of Matthew’s gospel is no different. Jesus has just silenced the Sadducees, and the Pharisees put a lawyer from their group up to test Him with a question meant to spin off a multitude of concerns (Matt. 22:34–35). While the use of teacher is one of endearment, Matthew signifies this lawyer’s intentions when he records that the lawyer asked the question to test Jesus.

The question, “Which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matt. 22:36), is meant to get Jesus to stumble into a trap. If Jesus picks only one, that would imply that the other laws were not as great. At the very least, this would surely stir up controversy around Jesus and get His followers to look at Him in a negative light.

As a reader, when you come to these places in Scripture, it is so important to examine the context. The context paints a picture of what it must have been like as the religious leaders posed this question and waited for the response they believed would finally take this thorn in their flesh down.

But Jesus never responds the way they expect or hope. He’s already left the Sadducees in silence, and now, His response has been cited as one of the high points of Scripture for generations. Jesus alludes back to Deuteronomy and Leviticus when He responds to the lawyer. Here we have a clear, simple, and direct response to the difficult question. Jesus’ response, while simple, is far weightier than merely following a law to the letter.

His response was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. On the surface, this doesn’t appear too difficult. But in practice, this is the encompassing of so much more.

Our whole self is to be wholly devoted to Jesus. Our love for God has the highest place rather than attempting to check off boxes of following laws. In William Barclay’s commentary on Galatians, he writes regarding the law and love, “And so religion becomes a matter, not of satisfying the claims of the law, but trying to meet the obligations of love.”1 Jesus’ response demonstrates the religious leaders have missed the purpose of the laws and are missing the purpose of Jesus’ testimony here.

Jesus follows up the first commandment with a second that is like it. It is to love our neighbors as ourselves. Again, this command seems simplistic but has been a driver of Christian service for generations. Loving God with all we have spills over into how we see other people. It is not a personal decision void of implications for how we treat others but drives us to care and love all people.

Both of these commandments are simple and clear. The difficulty comes as we are people who appreciate being able to quantify or check off boxes of completion. There is not a clear checklist of completion with either of these commands. As William Barclay described, we are focused on fulfilling the obligations of love rather than the requirements of the law. Our neighbors next door and the neighbors across our landscape are to be loved and showed the gospel.

This is the heart of the gospel message for believers. Because of what God has done for us in Jesus, we extend the same grace, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and love to those around us. Jesus’ love over us should change every facet of our lives and lifestyles.

As Christians, if we are to live according to Scripture, Jesus holds this commandment as the foundation by which we build. If we do not first give ourselves entirely to Jesus (heart, soul, and mind), our structure will be off. Everything hangs on getting this right. We allow Jesus’ grace to affect us to the deepest parts of our hearts, souls, and minds.

1. William Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, The Daily Study Bible Series (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1958), 10.

Mark Bethea is an associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He enjoys hanging out with his wife of 10 years and son Micah (3) and daughter Helen Ann (1). You can follow Mark at marklbethea.com or on Instagram @marklbethea.

To understand this scripture you must understand love, love is not violent or boasting it is gentle in touch and voice and accepting to all done and all around us it is not pushy or rude God is love he is accepting to all demands, he is gentle and does not envy to Love you must follow in like the scripture says in Matthew 22:37-39 (New King James Version)

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Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

First Loving God being gentle and accepting to then loving yourself of who God has created you in acceptance of you to then sharing that love to others following with loving your neighbors second for you can mot truly love without loving God and loving you

It all starts with God and ends with yourself and God everything that happens in life is to be found by love but it doesn’t happen that way all times yet it’s supposed to be like that one of Satins biggest things is spreading hate to disrupt love like a disease you need to know God and know Love to know the tools to fight back at hate to defeat Satins disease of hate it all begins with loving God and doing good

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me? I am yours

This is love that God shows and that you also can know and learn

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk by your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes would see
When your face is before me
I can only imagine Surrounded by your glory
What will my heart feel

Have you been praying and you still have no answers?
Have you been pouring out your heart for so many years?
Have you been hoping that things would have changed by now?
Have you cried all the faith you have through so many tears?Don’t forget the things that He has done before
And remember He can do it all once more Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don’t ever lose hope, hold on and believe
Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet
You’re closer than you think you are
Only moments from the break of dawn

Maybe you just haven’t seen it, just haven’t seen it yet
Maybe you just haven’t seen it

He had the solution before you had the problem
He sees the best in you when you feel at your worst
So in the questioning don’t ever doubt His love for you
‘Cause it’s only in His love that you’ll find a breakthrough

It’s his love

You open up your eyes and up ahead
There’s a big sun shining
Right then and there you realize
You’ll be alright

Gotta keep it real simple, keep it real simple
Bring everything right back to ground zero
‘Cause it all comes down to this
Love God and love people (People)
We’re living in a world that keeps breakin’
But if we want to find a way to change it
It all comes down to this
Love God and love people

Love is patient, love is kind
Rescues hearts and changes lives
Love is all we need to make things right
Gotta keep it real simple, oh
It’s really so simple

‘Cause all of me
Loves all of you
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginnin’
Even when I lose, I’m winnin’Cause I give you all of me

This is the kind of love God gives this is who he is

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I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say, “Amen” and it’s still rainin’Well, as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I’ll raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes awayAnd I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this stormI remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
And raised me up again
But my strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You?

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as You mercy falls
I’ll raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes awayAnd I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

Never will his love fail

Never will he leave our side

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
(I lift my eyes unto the hills)
(Where does my help come from?)And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am

Let me tell you ’bout you, yeah, you, do you know that you’re amazing?
A one in a million masterpiece that’s in the making
You might think, ‘not me’
But every single breath, that you breathe
Is saying you are
A living, breathing, walking miracle, they’re all around us everywhere we go (Everywhere we go)
The proof that we should never give up hope
‘Cause we serve a God who turns impossible (The impossible)
Into living, breathing, walking miracles
We are living, we are breathing, we are walking miracles

God is our love

Jeremiah 29:11New King James Version

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

In Perfect Love There Is NO Fear

John 4:18 (New King James Version)

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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Verse Thoughts
Fear, guilt, and shame cannot coexist alongside faith, hope, and love. Fear and love are a contradiction in terms, “for there is no fear in love; because perfect love casts out fear,” A confident loving-trust in God cannot cohabit alongside destructive fear. Fear is the antithesis of love and the person who is fearful has not reached the mature love God desires in His children.

The immeasurable strength from the power-house of God’s perfect love overwhelms every negative influence of fear. In the life of a believer, fear is rendered powerless by love, “for there is no fear in love.” Love describes the character of God, for God is love, and when the love of God permeates a soul, no anxious thoughts can overwhelm the love of God within, “for the one who fears is not perfected in love” – their ability to love others has not reached the fulness of love.

The Bible tells us that if we love one another, then God remains in us, and the love of God is made complete in us. Those whose love is perfected in and through God’s love have no fear of His punishment. Christ took the punishment we deserve when He died on the cross in our stead, so that we no longer need to fear God’s wrath, because He declared us righteous at the point of our salvation. 

Love is the fruit of God’s Spirit, and the fruit of love is not fear. It is a complete and confident assurance in our Father and His Word of truth. There is no fear in love, for the perfect love of God drives out all fear. Every aspect of Christ’s redeeming work was designed to deliver us from all semblance of fear and all that might cause us to dread.

The emotional fear that brings with it anxious thought, the threat of pain, and the dread of punishment is very different from the biblical fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom. In Proverbs, we read that the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised, while in Acts we read that the Church was multiplying because they were walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost.

The fear of the Lord in this context refers to reverencing the Lord and standing in awe of His holy presence. Throughout the word of God, we are exhorted to glorify the Lord and offer Him great respect, for He is worthy of our reverential praise and high admiration. We are to give unto the Lord the glory and worship His holy name demands. We are to come to Him and bow down before Him. We are to worship Him in the beauty of holiness.

When the Lord is given His rightful place in our lives, we have Christ’s unshakable promise to be with us through all circumstances of life, so we should not fear. We are not to fear the things in life, nor any threat of death, nor are to fear what happens after death, for our confidence is in the Lord. He is our Defence and our Defender.

He is the Lover of our soul, and He loves us with an everlasting love. The Word of God exhorts us not to fear, and reminds us that, “there is no fear in love, for the perfect love of God casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” 

There are many places in God’s Word where we are exhorted not to fear:  Fear not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. Fear Not, I am the Lord Who provides. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? Fear Not, I will never leave you nor forsake you!

The one who has had his sins pardoned should have no fear of life or death. Nor should they fear what lies beyond the grave, for our hope is in Him. Guilt and shame is a fuel that feeds the force of fear, but the heart that overflows with the love of God need not fear His wrath. The one who has confidence in God’s Word, will not shrink from His chastening rod. They will not fret about punishments nor dread Him as their Judge.

May we never forget that perfect love is not a selfish, immature, childish love that tries to take advantage of a situation. Perfect love is a mature, adult, responsible love. It is patient and kind. It does not take into account a wrong suffered, nor does it rejoice in unrighteousness. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Perfect love is a responsible love, a giving love, a gracious love that disperses fear, perfects the saint, and is the greatest gift of all.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-john-4-18

Let me start by saying God is love

In love there is no fear

God is love in that we find contentment and peace

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in God but only protection and love all goods

where god’s love is there is no fear because god’s prefect love takes away fear its god’s punishment that makes a person fear or Satins evil words and trickery that brings fear the one who does not have god’s perfect love will always be afraid he lives by ungodly nature and does not rely on the love of Christ he does not trust God and live in God’s given love he is full of doubt and dissatisfaction he falls into fear of the unknown and discipline of trust and fills with fear working against God’s perfect love god tells us not to be afraid that he covers all and provides all that he is love

Love One Another In Respect and Kindness As Christ Did

1 John 3:11 (New International Version)

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For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

With so much devide and hate in the world it is impossible to remember kindness and love this message is for you the reader it speaks loud and clear

1 John 3:11 (New International Version)

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For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

In a world so filled with hate, and evil we need to be filled in Christ’s teachings of showing love and kindness and respect to each other where a world lays confined in devide and disrespect, evil and slum stirring up tension and hate government and politics brewing the pots as well we need to remember his words and show love, push positivity, share positive messages and powerful words

1 John 3:11 (New International Version)

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For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

Love one another in respect and kindness as Christ did us

Live In Honor Of God’s Word

1 Peter 1:13 (New Living Translation)

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So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.

Live in honor of God’s word

Have confidence in yourself and faith open to all hope and grace act accordingly to The fact of life that Jesus is to be seen as if you’re already with him. Don’t get down and discouraged in disappointed and distress.Use this opportunity to build yourself up in positive powers that things won’t always fail and that we can better our journeys. For we are vessels of God and we should live for him in actions of faithfulness towards him in honor of him. Pleasing in his name maturing to his words with our eyes focused on Jesus 100% and nothing else

Verse Thoughts

The epistles of Peter are filled with confidence building facts, placing an emphasis on our security in God’s power; detailing the many precious promises we have in Christ and outlining our permanent possessions in Him. He encourages us to rejoice in our trials because we have believed the glorious gospel of grace and have a heavenly hope, founded on Christ. Peter builds up these foundational facts in order to prepare us to live a victorious Christian life that is honouring to God during the time that we are sojourning on this earth.

Because we are the objects of God’s grace and have entered into a good knowledge and sound doctrine of our great salvation, which is by grace through faith and are gaining maturity in our spiritual lives Peter wants to ensure that we remain stable within our Christian walk, knowing that times will become increasingly difficult, and so He makes use of a number of metaphors and similes to explain how to secure our confident hope to the truth that is founded on Christ.

The soldier in past times would secure their flowing robes into their belt to allow for freedom of movement and avoid any hazardous falls. And in like manner we too are to gird up the loins of our mind and to be sober in our thinking for in so doing we secure an ultimate confidence on the truth of God’s word and in directing our minds continuously towards the grace that has been revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord, our confidence base in Him will stand firm.

We need to fix our eyes on Jesus and the truth of God’s word and nothing else – in order to be able to avoid our hearts being turned toward the difficulties and trials of everyday life. When we have reached the point where we have girded up the loins of our mind; fixed our minds on the truth of Scripture; secured secure our hope of our mental faculties on Christ’s finished work our confidence In His word will remain secure.

Let us secure the cognitive facilities of our understanding to the truth of Scripture and not to be diverted by the strange and difficult circumstances that encompass our lives so that having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, we may hope perfectly upon the grace that is being ours in the revelation of Jesus Christ

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-peter-1-13-b

Nativity

(Christmas star 12-21-2020)
By Josiah Lopez, Florida USA

Luke 2:6-7 (Good News Translation)

and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.

I’m sure if any of you have ever had children that you remember the panics of going through the contractions and wondering if you would make it to delivery at the hospital or midwives in time for the child to be born

You can travel in cars now in our days which can go fast but sometimes still not fast enough

In the time of Jesus birth they didn’t have cars they traveled by mule or donkey these animals are used for work so they can bare the weight big with long travels and unfamiliar areas where you can’t find a place where it is challenging while you are in labor can be very scary for a you g mother and first time mom

So Mary who was unable to find shelter anywhere and was a first time mom in active labor was very scared at this point after traveling the long journey

In a case like this we’d probably be panicking at that time though Mary and Joseph were very faithful to God and all that he spoke to them so she may have had some fear and anxiety and maybe panics but I think she was so faithful that she relied on her trust and what God had spoke to her and her husband

Though she was faithful and trusting she had had a long travel and was very exhausted and had not even performed birth yet so when she arrived in Bethlehem on a donkey after a long travel and in active labor she may have also been so exhausted that she was weak and not holding up on the donkey from exhaustion also so all she wanted to do was find a place to give birth to her baby

After trying several places time had come that she was going to give birth and she still had nowhere to do it so you gotta imagine the fear and worry of am I gonna make it to somewhere for the birth of this baby and not only for Mary bug also for Joseph for he was doing all he could to keep her comfortable and attend to her attention and needs and he also didn’t have an answer where they would birth this child for there was nothing for them to use and they were running out of time

They did find a manger where they had the only option to deliver in the time of Jesus birth so already stressed out they now had to stress over birth in a manger which was the only place they could find and at that time they didn’t have a doctor to help and they were new parents so I’m sure you can imagine the panics They must have been going through especially Mary all they could do was to rely on their faith and trust God so they settled as well as they could into this lonely old manger trying to get as comfortable as they could get in straw and hay

If you have ever lay in straw or hay you can know how it pokes you and sometimes pokes so hard it hurts

Mary never giving birth before and having to lay in this hay I’m sure affected her fear of delivering the baby and maybe held it longer than it should have taken because of her emotional stability and fears

Labor in itself with us having doctors can sometimes already take long for some women even in these days

Then to have the overwhelming feeling of privacy being exposed as spectators began to come around when they were pretty private people and new time parents could not have helped either for she was in an unfamiliar town did not know anyone or anything around and all these people began to come see the birth for themselves for this was the king

It was like our local news now news spread fast and people came to the birth from all nations to see this special boy

Tonight there will be a Christmas star in the sky just before Christmas in those days they were lead by the Christmas star and the sun and other natural ways of knowing how to get to where they were going they did not have GPS or compass then so they had to rely on what they had been told and heard that the king was born in a manger below the Christmas star and follow the star to Jesus birth definitely nog easy unless you’re a bounty hunter like days now

This gift we’ve been given is most precious gift of all and one that will always remain

Reminding us of the love God has for all of us and in sending his only son to change our lives forever with this story to remind us to hold onto our faith and trust in him that he will guide us and be our journey

God’s Many Blessings

1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (Good News Translation)

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I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus. For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, including all speech and all knowled

I always thank my God for you because of the grace that he has given you through Christ Jesus. In him you have been blessed in every way. You have been blessed in all your speaking and all your knowledge. (Paul is talking to the church in corinth) With us as his children and loves God gives his all he lays all out to us on the table that we may have the knowledge before we see it he provides and cares for us in everything we do and every way he can we are his blessings and he is and gives us all his blessings as our very own