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There are several words in the New Testament which are translated as love. There’s Agape, that unconditional, self-sacrificing love which God has for us and which He desires for us to have toward one another. There’s also Phileo, “brotherly-love.” And then there’s Eros, or sexual love.

 

Eros love is the physical intimacy between a husband and his wife. It is the expression of romantic love between spouses. Sex, within the bounds of marriage is special, it brings the spouses together in a one-flesh relationship unlike any other in the world.

 

Solomon wrote, “Life is short, and you love your wife, so enjoy being with her. This is what you are supposed to do as you struggle through life on this earth” Ecclesiastes 9:9 (CEV)

 

Eros love is part of God’s design, a gift of His goodness not just for procreation but also for mutual enjoyment. Sex as God intended it is a source of delight and a beautiful blessing to be shared within the sanctity of marriage.

 

Enjoy God’s gift of Eros love with one your spouse.

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The prophet Malachi wrote, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?” Mal. 2:10 (NKJV)

 

Jesus introduced a new word never used before for God, the word ABBA, Father.  God is our Father, everybody’s Father.

 

Ellen White wrote, “No distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste, is recognized by God. He is the Maker of all mankind. All men are of one family by creation, and all are one through redemption. Christ came to demolish every wall of partition, to throw open every compartment of the temple courts, that every soul may have free access to God. His love is so broad, so deep, so full, that it penetrates everywhere.”[1]

 

We can begin each day by reaching out for our Father, who eagerly waits for us with His arms wide open.  And we can also reach out to our earthly siblings, children of the same Father, until all barriers between us are torn down.

[1] White, E. G. (1917). The Story of Prophets and Kings as Illustrated in the Capitvity and Restoration of Israel (Vol. 2, pp. 369–370). Pacific Press Publishing Association.

From the beginning of creation God set the twenty-four-hour pattern which exists to this day. There were no clocks, sun dials, or any other means of diving the days than those which God Himself set in the skies. We know that when the sun goes down, it marks the end of one day and the beginning of the next.

 

When the sun dials were invented, they could mark the hours during the time of sunlight, but they were worthless during the dark period of the night hours. When the mechanical, and later electronic clocks and watches were invented, it became the norm to mark the day from midnight to midnight.

 

Whichever way we chose to divide it, we still have the same amount of time – 24 hours – every single day. The question is, how will we use those 24 hours?

 

Nehemiah gathered all the heads of the families, on the second day, to study God’s word. Nehemiah 8:13 (NKJV).

 

Whether you do it during the light or dark hours of the day, spend time every day in the study of God’s word.

From the time Adam and Eve were created, humans have proved untrustworthy, unfaithful, and unreliable. David committed adultery and murder. Abraham lied about his wife…twice. Paul stood by as Stephen was being murdered. Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster would crow twice.

 

But before we are too quick to point the finger at others, perhaps we need to look in the mirror and there we would recognize a long history of mistakes, sins, defeats, and even unfaithfulness. We have not always been faithful to God, and often not even to each other in the family.

 

It’s encouraging to know that God doesn’t act toward us the way we act toward Him. Moses told the Israelites, “Know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV).

 

God is faithful, and not just to us, but to our children and to the generations to come. I’m grateful that God is always faithful, even when we are not.

Not every word has a good connotation. We rarely think of death as a source of happiness. Perhaps when an enemy dies, ending the suffering they’re causing us, we may find relief. But anytime death refers to someone we care about, a loved one, it brings with it pain and sadness.

 

Unfortunately, we hear about tragedy and death so often in the news that it has become commonplace. For Adam and Eve, who had never experienced it before, it was tragically traumatic. Ellen White writes that, “As they witnessed in drooping flower and falling leaf the first signs of decay, Adam and his companion mourned more deeply than men now mourn over their dead.” (PP 62)

 

Death is sad, painful, and tragic, and it is even more so if it happens to someone we love deeply. The only light at the end of this sad, dark tunnel, is the hope that we will meet them again. Paul, speaking about the second coming of Jesus, writes, “Comfort one another with these words” 1 Thess.4:16-18 (NKJV).

 

Death is part of life, but is not the end, not for those who believe in Jesus.

Jesus said, I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin” John 8:34 (NLT2).

 

Whenever we allow our passions and desires to control our lives, we become slaves to them. That’s how habits are formed, when we repeatedly do something which ends up controlling us.

 

Think about smoking. When a person pulls out the box of cigarettes, lights one up, and smokes it to the end, it is one act. But when that action is repeated 10, 20, 30, or more times every day, it becomes a habit. The addiction to the chemicals, plus the habitual use of cigarettes, becomes so strong that they have a very difficult time breaking away from it.

 

The same thing happens to drugs, sex, or electronic media. The more time we are engaged in an activity, and the more times we repeat the same action, the more it holds us in its tight grip.

 

But Jesus promises to give us freedom from our sins and destructive habits: “Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” John 8:36 (NKJV).

Today’s word is very special to us because we were blessed to have two daughters who are our pride and joy. They have brought us some of the best and happiest memories. With have traveled together, we rejoiced with them at their birth, their graduations, their weddings, and their accomplishments.

 

Daughters are mentioned in the bible many times. Hadassah, or Esther, was the niece, and step-daughter of Mordecai. Dinah was the only daughter of the thirteen children Jacob had. Jairus, a Jewish ruler, had a daughter he loved deeply. Luke writes about her, but also about a woman who had a hemorrhage that had lasted as long as Jairus’ daughter had been alive – twelve years.

 

When Jesus touched Jairus’ daughter, she came back to life. When this woman touched Jesus, she was healed, and when He spoke to the frightened woman, He said, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well.” Luke 8:48 (NKJV) Jesus must have felt very strongly about daughters to use that term of endearment for this woman.

 

Love your daughters – they are loved by God.