I'm the Executive Director of a Pregnancy Help Center in NE PA, a PK (preachers kid) & PW (pastor's wife) and a survivor of an abusive relationship. (www.withtenderhand.com) I am the JOYFULL wife of Rev. Alfred Capozzi.
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Such a familiar passage! So easy to read! So difficult to actually LIVE! May Jesus help us today to love others better!
October is claimed by lots of organizations, one of them being Domestic Violence Awareness. Just a little reminder that Abuse is not love / Love is not abuse!
1Peter 1:8 Whom having not
seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of
That sounds like a full to overflowing cup to me! Do you realize
how much it means to HIM when we BELIEVE in HIM even though we have not seen
HIM with our natural eyes? I think we could reverently say it
"tickles" HIS heart. The result being our own hearts overflow with
rejoicing, joy unspeakable and full of glory when we see how he answers and
meets our BELIEVING in HIM - I don't think there any better words to describe
it. So KEEP ON BELIEVING - we serve an awesome and GREAT God!
Colossians 2:3In whom are hid all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
WOW! Ever feel at a loss for wisdom and knowledge - look at this!
You do not even need to head off for the library! IN HIM - ...all the treasure
of wisdom and knowledge! That's way beyond my understanding! James tells us
"if any of you lack wisdom, let him ASK of God, who gives to all [wisdom]
to all men LIBERALLY!!!" So ask away - HE doesn't expect us to have it or
know it all! :-) HE has it and HE provides it - FREE - no library card needed -
no penalties or late fees! AND He doesn't get annoyed at our asking for it! He
delights in it!
Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and
access with confidence by the faith of him.
BOLDNESS and ACCESS with
CONFIDENCE!??? WHOA!!!! IS that your approach to God when you pray? Notice the
verse says "WE HAVE" - Transfer this thought for a moment to an
earthly ruler - do you have access with boldness to them??? Usually it takes
lots of red tape and an awfully good cause to make access even a remote
possibility - or being a family member. GOOD NEWS! - We are in God's family and
as HIS children HE expects us to come to HIM with BOLDNESS and CONFIDENCE! If
your children came crawling to you begging for what they wanted and needed, you
would not be pleased by that kind of behavior - neither is GOD! Let this
thought change your approach to HIM forever!
As they say in the armed
forces: RHIP [rank has its privilege] and you rank HIGH with God!
Ephesians 2:21In whom all the building
fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
WE are part of God's holy
temple! WE each have an important place to fill in HIS temple! Remember playing
with building blocks when you were a child? If the bottom ones got knocked out
the whole pile toppled! Did you ever think of yourself in that kind of
relationship to the rest of the "body of Christ"? If you're out of
place the rest of the temple just can't stand! Sure adds some importance to our
daily faithfulness to HIM and our relationship to one another! That's why it's
ridiculous to go through life wishing we were like someone else, etc. we have a
place to fill in HIS temple that NO ONE ELSE CAN FILL! You have a divine
appointment to fill YOUR place - don't miss it!
Ephesians 1:13In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard
the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
In our world something is only sealed officially when it is a
legal document which increases its genuineness - carry that thought into the
verse above - WE are OFFICIALLY sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise! Have
YOU received the Holy Spirit since you believed! Ask and you will receive, seek
and you will find, knock and the door [into a Spirit filled life] WILL be
opened to you! It stamps you as the "GENUINE ARTICLE"!
1 John 5:14 And this is the
confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
Hallelujah! Another one of our basic human needs is to
be HEARD! Here we are assured that when we ask any thing according to
His will we are HEARD! God is not deaf - He hears our faintest cry - it
should make us want to speak to HIM MORE! :-)
1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth
his word, in
verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
Here is a way for us to
check up on ourselves to see if we are walking "IN HIM" - are we
keeping HIS WORD? That means obeying and following it? Acting on it - believing
it? We could save our self quite a bit of anguish and loss by applying this
WORD to hearts daily! May the Word of Christ DWELL [live] in you richly TODAY!
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
WOW that should make your
day! We were thought of BEFORE the foundation of the world! ? ! ? Can you wrap
your mind around that? And thought of with LOVE! Just live this day out of a
heart of gratefulness and gratitude for such an awesome and LOVING God!
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in
the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
There's something about
STABILITY that is attractive to us, even when we are not STABLE! Ever
try to root a plant from an off shoot? It takes some nurturing. This
verse tells us to tend to our roots - Bible Study - discipline
- learning - and while we're doing it ABOUND WITH THANKSGIVING!
For all the promises of God in him[are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
IN HIM all the promise are guaranteed to us! It does not say HE
will behave like a "Santa Claus" dumping stuff on us at our demand -
but rather that HIS WORD IS TRUE - Let God be true and every man a liar - now I
know the enemy tries to twist this one up on us - but next time you are tempted
to think God did not keep HIS promise - remember this: Sometimes the test is
just to stand and think GOD IS TRUE! "Who against hope believed in
hope" That's how our faith grows! Let us join those "who through faith
AND patience, inherit the promises!" Don't be cheated just because you're
in a hurry!
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move,
and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are
also his offspring.
Hebrews tells us "all things are upheld by the Word of His
power"!!! That means you and me as well! That means we're not off on our
own today figuring it out by ourselves - He literally has us in the palm of His
hand! The song, “He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is true! Enjoy the
comfort in KNOWING you are not alone today!
Continuing the thought of
who we are "IN HIM" and "IN WHOM" is what we'll be looking
at together next.
John 1:4In him was life; and the
life was the light of men.
Another verse tells us "I am come that you might have LIFE
and have it more ABUNDANTLY!" Are you living an abundant LIFE!? IN HIM IS
LIFE! Your abundant LIFE has been paid for in full - If you find your life is
all but abundant - bring yourself to HIM and ask HIM to move into your heart in
such a way that you will be able to LIVE that ABUNDANT LIFE He came to GIVE!!
Don't stop asking until you're there!