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Purposeful Inspiration

My way of sharing interesting points of scripture that I see as I read the bible. Also, this blog is a true expression of my opinions, thoughts, and emotions. I might provide tips on various topics every now and then and also articles written by others that I am inspired to share. My wish is to bless, motivate, encourage, or inspire at least one person to be who God wants them to be.

Jesus’ Love Language

For God so loved the world that he GAVE his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish but live eternally (John 3:16).

Love languages are ways in which someone is best able to interpret/feel loved when these ways are demonstrated. The five ways to express and experience love are: receiving/giving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch (Dr. Gary Chapman).

The general principle of a love language, according to Dr Gary Chapman, is that persons normally give love in the way they would feel loved. For example, I give you a gift for being my friend, because I feel loved when I get gifts for simple reasons. This does not mean that you feel loved when I give you the gift. You may like it but not see the point in getting a gift. In like manner, John 3:16 says that because God loves us, he GAVE Jesus to die for us. Jesus, because he loved us, GAVE his life for us to be reconciled with Jehovah.

The theme is focused on identifying Jesus’ love language. In other words, we will be looking at what Jesus uses to tell if we love him. Jesus’ love towards us is unconditional and pure. It has no hidden agendas. He does not need us to love him in order to show us his love. But just as how we love others and seek to feel loved in return, Jesus also asks us to show that we love him.

If you love me, keep my commands. St John 14:15 NIV

“If” is a conditional word. It usually indicates that a conditional clause will follow. For example, “if you are late, I will leave you”. If the condition (being late) is not met, then the conditional clause will not be necessary. Meaning, if the person arrives on time, I will have no reason to leave them. Therefore, Jesus was saying that if we meet the condition, which is to love him, then it must be evident in our keeping the commandments.

“Love” is derived from a Greek word which signifies making a deliberate decision to treat affectionately as a matter of duty, principle, and propriety (the condition of being right, appropriate, or fitting – Dictionary.com) (Strong’s Concordance G25). Simply put, Jesus was saying, if you intentionally decide to treat me affectionately because it’s the right thing to do, then you should keep my commandments. Loving Jesus should not be based on mere feelings/emotions, but on a conscious decision because you have realised that it is the appropriate response to someone who died for your sins.

Jesus asks us to demonstrate our love for him through the Acts of Service love language. Acts of Service demands that actions speak louder than words. Basically, if you are not willing to show your appreciation by physically/manually doing something, you are saying you do not value the person who receives love this way (SheKnows). In John 14, we see Jesus repeatedly telling us to do something.

  • John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
  • John 14:21 says, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me.”
  • John 14:23 states, “If anyone loves me, he will keep My word.”

Yes, I agree that obeying the Ten Commandments do not prove that you love Jesus. However, bible scholars believe that Jesus was not referring to the Ten Commandments, which were given under the law. It is believed that he was addressing all the commandments he issued in the Gospels, under grace. (Read 50 Commands of Christ – Summary List). Some of them are listed below:

  • Repent—Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3
  • Let your light shine—Matthew 5:16
  • Keep your word—Matthew 5:33-37
  • Go the second mile—Matthew 5:38-42
  • Love your enemies—Matthew 5:44
  • Practice secret disciplines (giving, praying, fasting)—Matthew 6:1-18
  • Seek first the kingdom of God—Matthew 6:33
  • Do unto others—Matthew 7:12
  • Listen to God’s voice—Matthew 11:15, 13:9,13:43, Mark 4:23, Luke 14:35, 1 Kings 19:11-13
  • Deny yourself—Luke 9:23 (Also Matthew 10:38
    and Mark 8:34)
  • Forgive offenders—Matthew 18:21-22 (Also Proverbs 19:11)
  • Lead by being a servant—Matthew 20:26-28
  • Love the Lord—Matthew 22:37-38
  • Love your neighbor—Matthew 22:39

If we take a second look at the above list, we will see that anyone who does not love Jesus will not keep all his commands. Deny self? Forgive offenders? Go the second mile? These are not easy tasks to do, even for us Christians, because the flesh wants to do the opposite. However, we do (keep) them because we love Jesus. When we follow through with acts of service to Jesus, we will end up spending quality time with Jehovah when we practice the spiritual disciplines (fast, pray, and study the bible), we will use words of affirmation when we witness to others telling them of the goodness of Jehovah, we will touch him when we touch his people, and we will also give him gifts by us sacrificing ourselves and our resources for his glory. Keeping the commandments, showing our love through various ‘acts’, is like saying “I love you” to Jehovah.

In John 14:24 Jesus clearly states that “whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” You cannot say you love Jesus when you do not keep his commandments.

Are you keeping his commands?

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Bad Advice: Whose instructions do you follow?

Have you ever wanted to do something but was unsure of which step to take or what decision to make? At these times, we begin to think of which friend(s) would be able to help us, so we go to them and ask for advice.

Nothing is wrong with getting advice from our family and friends. Proverbs 15: 22 (NKJV) says, “without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established”. Evidently, there are benefits from seeking advice (counsel) from persons. However, we need to know that, even though we take advice from our counsellors, we still need to ask God to guide us.

In the book of Joshua, chapter 7, we will see how taking the counsel of men alone was to the detriment of the Israelites. In order for us to fully understand this story, allow me to give you the background.

The book of Joshua gives us the historical facts pertaining to the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis; that his descendants would be given the land of Canaan as an inheritance. Joshua, the second leader of the people of Israel, was from the tribe of Ephraim. He was told by God to be strong and courageous when he assumed leadership after the death of Moses (Joshua 1). Joshua’s first battle, in his position as leader, was against the city of Jericho and he was victorious as God had given him instructions in what approach to take against the city.

Jehovah told Joshua that they should march around the wall once for six days, but on the seventh day they should march around the wall seven times and on the seventh time they should blow the trumpets and shout. They followed that instruction to the “T”. However…someone was disobedient. Achan. In addition to telling the Israelites how to approach the battle, Jehovah also told them that after they had destroyed the city and killed the people, they should take nothing but the gold, silver, iron, and bronze which were to be placed in the treasury in the tabernacle of the Lord. Everything else was considered “accursed” (cursed). Achan, being led by his desires, took a garment(s), and stole some of the gold and silver that were supposed to be used in the house (tent) of the Lord.

The story took a turn for the worst when Joshua and Israel began to make preparations to fight their next battle. Joshua 7:2-3 says, “Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out (view) the country.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for the people of Ai are few.

The word “view”, used in the KJV version, is from the Hebrew word רגל (transliterated as râgal, and pronounced raw-gal’). It also signifies to walk about for the purposes of exploration, and to spy (Strong’s Concordance). In essence, the men were supposed to bring a report on what was happening in the city. If we take a look at the prior exploration of Jericho, that was what the spies did; they gave Joshua a report of everything that happened to them (Joshua 2).

However, the men who spied out Ai returned with not only a report, but a strategy. They told Joshua what approach he should take in fighting the people of Ai. That approach is different from the one in Joshua 2:23 when some men spied out Jericho. Those men only told Joshua what happened to them but never told him how to fight. It is possible that the spies in Joshua 7 were more confident of victory than the spies in Joshua 2, because Jericho had a massive wall around the city, while Ai’s defence was significantly weaker. So, they told Joshua what to do and because of that, he never stopped to ask God what to do.

We should never be so confident about our plans/intentions that we fail to ask God for directions. As a result of Joshua failing to seek God, he was not aware that they would have lost because sin was in the camp. He did not give God the opportunity to say, “No, Joshua. Do not go up to fight because I will not be with you. Someone has disobeyed me.” Or something to that effect. Yes, God could have said something to him but as His servant, it was Joshua’s duty to ask His master what to do.

If we are God’s children, why do we listen to everyone else’s opinion/instruction except God’s? As with our earthly parents, whom we must get approval from before we can go somewhere, it should be similar with our heavenly father. We should find out what he desires of us.

After asking/hearing from our friends if we should study a particular programme or course; date a particular individual; attend a specific event; pursue a certain career path; or even take a trip, we should get a second opinion from Jehovah. Why? Simply because he knows everything, he sees the end from the beginning, he knows what will happen whether it is good or bad. However, the greatest answer is that he is our father and he only wants whats best for us.

So, we look back at Joshua and we see that he listened to the spies. Although it was not their intention, as we can assume they meant well, their advice was a bad one. However, Joshua followed their counsel and went to fight the people of Ai. As a result of not seeking God, and because sin was in the camp, approximately forty (40) men died. Wives lost their husbands, children lost their fathers, parents lost their sons, and siblings lost their brothers. All because counsel/advice was followed without anyone seeking God’s input.

Every decision has a consequence. Every action has a reaction.

Whose instructions do you follow?

Watch “The Ripple Effect” on YouTube

Our actions always affect others, whether negatively or positively. That’s the ripple effect. Watch the video to hear more about the ripple effect.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

One day, I had a brief but lovely conversation with a young lady who is beautiful from the inside out. One this particular day, she asked me a question… “Do you think that some poses are appropriate for believers to do? Relating to the message some of them show.”

My answer was and still is no.

No, I don’t think so, as certain poses naturally send signals of attraction, seduction, and such. Some say it’s just a pose, but, what message are you sending with it? Is it an “I’m happy/beautiful” message or an “I’m sexy/look at my body” message?

This leads me to question how some females, and even males, dress. If you follow me on Instagram, purposeful_inspiration, you would see that I am all for dressing up and looking fabulous. What I am concerned about is our intention when selecting certain clothes to wear. Why did we choose that pants, skirt, blouse, or dress? Does our outfit say, “Look at me, I’m sexy”?

I 100% support dressing sexily. But as the saying goes, “there is a time and place for everything”. When I see females wear revealing and skin-tight outfits to church, it is my principle to not speak to them about what they have on. I leave that aspect and focus on their spiritual lives. It is my opinion, that when a woman has a strong relationship with God, you will not see her wearing just about anything that “looks sexy”. However, the farther we are away from God will be the less concerned we are about how he thinks we should dress and more focused on what I want to wear.

I like to ask this question, “If Jesus were to come, would you run to Him in what you have on or run to change before going to Him?”

No, I am not saying that we should dress in a frumpy manner, look raggedy, or wear clothes that are bigger than our size. I am just of the view that dressing attractively is the opposite of dressing sexily. An attractively dressed woman will not see others (men and women alike) thinking about sex/sensuality on first sight and having a majority of the males looking at her lustfully . An attractively dressed woman will draw comments like, “you look beautiful”, “you look attractive”. While someone whose dresses sexily will receive comments like, “baby, I like your body”, “yuh body sexy” (patois).

This turns us back to the initial question about posing for pictures. In my opinion, how we dress will determine how we pose.

People will either agree or disagree with my opinion and that is fine, but I just want to leave quote with you: “If you can’t comfortably worship God in it in His sanctuary, don’t wear it.” ~ Purposeful Inspiration

Watch “The Lord Will Fight For You” on YouTube

Joshua 10:14 “…and the Lord caught for the Children of Israel.” God will play an active role in the battles you face. He does not stand on the sidelines cheering you on, Jehovah will change situations and cause things to happen as his way of fight for you.

Don’t Entertain the Devil

Watch “Do Not Believe Everything You See” on YouTube

It is said that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck. But this is not completely true. There are times we look at the “facts” in a situation but not the context or even the larger picture. The context can show us the real truth.

That is why we must not believe everything we see. Joshua and the children of Israel believed what they saw and although it looked like the truth, it was a lie. Are you sure you know the truth? Watch this video to hear more.

Watch “Our Purpose is Not Unique” on YouTube

Joshua was Moses minister. He was the leader of the children of Israel after the death of Moses. Although he was a new leader, he did not get a whole new purpose to fulfill. He fulfilled the purpose that God had given to Moses.

We are all unique individuals but our purpose is the same. Just as Joshua did what Moses was commanded to do, we are all called to do what Jesus did when he was on earth; preach the Gospel and teach.

We don’t have unique purposes. How we fulfill the purpose may be unique or different but that depends on our gifting. However, our gift is not our purpose. Watch this video to learn more.

Also watch “Purpose vs Gift” on my YouTube channel, Purposeful Inspiration” if you have not watched it. Please subscribe to my channel.

Watch “Purpose vs Gift” on YouTube

So many times we confuse our gift for our purpose. In actuality, they are two separate things. Our gift is not our purpose. Watch this video to find out more.

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