Wednesday, December 28, 2016

LOVE | PREPARATION

Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

Preparation

In the bible 1 Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4 - 7, it tells us about love by defining its characteristics and ethos. Yet many of us, though we read God's definition of love, do not truly comprehend its ordinance as elucidated. Hence we are not prepared. We are unprepared and unsure of how to recognize love, receive or to give love in a way that is affirming, nourishing, enriching and empowering. Outside of our own selfish desires - manipulation, entrapment, coercion and limiting conditions. In order to give love unconditionally and receive true love without suspicion, we owe it to ourselves to be prepared. We must learn and understand what love is and how to recognize it. To distinguish it from its counterfeits.

We are required by God's edict to love one another as He loves us, as such, we need to be prepared. We must learn to discern. We must learn to love by teaching ourselves to understand what love is. To recognize love in its truest form. To receive love and to give love unconditionally. We cannot be afraid to question, to analyze, to study in order to grasp the full scope of what love is. What it means, its significance and its powers.

 

Love

Everyone has a right to love, to receive it, to feel it, to be encompassed by it. Regardless of gender, creed, class, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, religion or identity. No one is exempt from love. Our job is to be prepared. Like a chef is prepared in the kitchen to cook a masterful meal. To a chef the kitchen holds the ingredients required to express the love of cooking.

 “The kitchen of love holds many ingredients for a great meal of love that can last for a lifetime, but you have to be willing to spend considerable time in the kitchen to master the preparation of the meal. Those who prefer to spend all of their time watching sports, playing video games, and hanging out with friends, attending every church program, will never master the art of preparation for this particular meal because it’s imperative that you become thoroughly acquainted with every cooking aide, every spice, every pot and pan, everything in there in order achieve the goal..........Have a bless day” –Oswald (Ossie) Gould | November 27, 2012

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Monday, September 5, 2016

YOUR FEELINGS WILL BE HURT

DISCIPLINE

Sometimes the deepest hurts can come from the ones we love the most and is closest to us and yet is sometimes where the most valuable lessons are learnt.

One of the most challenging things in life is navigating through our hurts feelings. Hurts inflicted by others and by the self as a direct consequence of our poor choices and judgments. Yet learning the skill of manoeuvring through our emotional and psychological hurts is essential to our growth and development into whom we are ordained to be as human beings.

“Someone once said that God is not about hurting someone’s feelings. But, we need to be mindful that when we transgress, disobey, and get out of order that God will handle his business concerning us, and, I guarantee you your feelings will be hurt. When our parents “put it on” us because we were disobedient our feelings were hurt but that went along with the punishment for our actions. Our parents did not care about our little feelings when it was time to discipline us for our actions because we were disobedient. Their job was to ensure that we understood right from wrong, action and consequence. God is a God of order. He is a covenant maker and a covenant keeper. When we get out of order we should expect for our little old feelings to be hurt.” Oswald Gould Dec 6, 2012

I guess some of the big questions should be:

  1. How do we shift ourselves in the midst of the pain so that we can get the lessons embedded within?
  2. How do we begin to deconstruct it so that we understand its meaning? Because essentially there is where the true self-protection lies.
  3. How do we apply it in our lives so that when the cycle of life repeats itself that we recognize the signs and are able to choose differently thereby creating a different outcome and sidestepping the negative consequence and hurt?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

RULES THAT GOVERN AND GUIDE

In His Words

Tree of Knowledge by Dion J PollardGrowing up in the US, I always thought it interesting that in some countries motorists drive on the left side of the road instead of the right. Then, when I was in England, I heard a London tour guide explain one possible reason for this law:

"In the 1800s, pedestrians as well as horse-and-carriage used the same side of roads. When a carriage was on the right side of the road, a driver's horse whip would sometimes hit a passerby. To remove this hazard, a law was passed requiring all carriages to travel on the left side of the road so the pedestrians could be kept safe."

Just as the rules of the road are for our benefit and protection, so are God's commands because He loves us, He has given them to us for our benefit.

"For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one world, even in this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" Galations 5:13-14

The law i.e. the rule is to love one another as you love yourself, meaning the same standards of governance for the self must be the same you extend to others, to do otherwise is to create enmity and enmity breathes discontent, jealously, envy and malice none of which is fertile ground for love to grow and freedom to reign.

As we apply God's Word to our hearts, let us keep in mind that the God of grace has given us His guidelines to help us grow in our love for Him and our concern for each other. Thy Word is everlasting truth; How pure is every page! That Holy Book shall guide our youth and well support our age. The Bible had treasures of wisdom to mine........

 

Have a bless and productive day

Oswald Gould

April 22, 2014 ·

 

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stay Strong in Faith and Know Your Enemy

Stay Strong,

Many times in life we feel defeated seemingly beaten by adversaries – soldiers of the one with many names: Beelzebub, Leviathan, Lucifer, Satan, Belial, Devil, Apollon, Antichrist, Abaddon, intent on stealing our souls, our spirit and stearing us away from God. It is for this reason we must know our enemy. We must:

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Arm yourself, do not allow your body, mind, soul and spirit to be devoured. Be armed!

Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand.Ephesians 6:13

I had a friend that told me she discovered a huge snake in her back yard. The snake had just eaten a pretty nice size animal and could not get away, she called a neighbor he quickly came over and killed it.

We all have snakes around us, our enemies, they want to harm us because it is “THEIR NATURE”, it provides nourishment for them, they want to hurt us and get away fast. But there will come a time when they will be so full of their mess, they will not be able to get away and will be exposed...

Have Faith

Keeping watch…have a blessed day, Ossie

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

SURRENDER



"When I was a child I often had a toothache and l knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something that would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep. But I did not go to my mother at least not till the pain became very bad I knew she would take me to the dentist the next morning.... I wanted immediate relief from pain, but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right." C.S. Lewis from book Mere Christianity.

Like C.S. Lewis, we might not always want to go to God right away when we have a problem or struggling in a certain area. We know that God could provide immediate relief from Our pain however we also know that He is more concerned with dealing with the root of the problem. This causes us to hesitate in fear because we know that God will reveal the issues we are unprepared and unwilling to deal with. It is in times like these when it is helpful to remind ourselves that the Lord "deals with us as with sons" (Hebrews 12:7).

God’s discipline, though perhaps painful, is wise, and His touch is loving. He loves us too much to let us remain as we are; He wants to conform us to the likeness of His Son, Jesus (Romans 8:29).

God's purpose of love can be trusted more than any of our emotions of fear.

Thank you Lord, for showing us our hidden faults, for You treat us as Your dear children. Help us surrender to Your cleansing work till the beauty of Jesus be seen in us.

God's hand of discipline is a hand of love....surrender it all to Him.

Have a blessed and productive week.
Ossie/9.18.14

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