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Recycling In Life Series - 4 - Joy

Everyone needs joy. Can you imagine a life without a deep inner joy? When I speak of joy, I am not referring to what we may call happiness. These two, joy and happiness, cannot be equated for they are different in the simplest of ways. Happiness is an emotion based on circumstances, while joy is an attitude of the spirit within unconnected to circumstances. You might think you are exhibiting joy when you just have circumstance related happiness. The first time your new car gets a dent in it, oops, there goes that feeling of happiness in your soul. You are now sad and mad. Happiness cannot abide when sadness comes. On the other hand, joy is the inner attitude that can abide with sorrow for it is not dependent on a temporal experience. Think about this statement of James, "when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy . For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully devel

Recycling in Life Series - 3 - Love Study

The fruit of the Spirit, love, is a large topic as we have seen from our previous Today's Word. In my review of the fruit of the Spirit I have found passages that focus each fruit under five different headings. These divisions are examples from Biblical character's lives, definitions, promises, encouragements and activities. Examples to Study: God demonstrated love to us by saving us (Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:4; 2 Thess. 2:16; 1 Jn. 3:1; 4:8) Christ exampled a life of love, and offered himself as a sacrifice for us (Eph. 5:2) Paul demonstrated his love to Timothy and the many he contacted (2 Tim. 3:10) Definition of Love: Agape is the original word for the deepest kind of devotion. It is the spirit of a heart which seeks only the highest good for its fellow man. Its source is God. (2 Thess. 3:5; 1 Jn. 4:7; 1 Thess. 4:9; Rom. 15:30) Promises of Love: "Nothing can ever separate us from God's love" (Rom. 8:35, 3

Recycling In Life Series - 2 - Love

An experiment was done with babies to understand the necessity of love. A room full of infants was visited each day by nurses who held them, talked to them and feed them. Another room was full of infants who received no such visits and no touch by anyone. The loved on babies thrived but the ignored babies withered. This illustrates that love is necessary to live, you will die without it. We are talking about the word love but when the Bible was written there were three different words used for this word love. The first was eros or erotic love. The second was phileo which is brotherly love. The third was agape that is the deepest kind of love. When we discuss love we are speaking of the third Greek word, agape. There is much said by Jesus and other Biblical authors about agape. Paul wrote to Timothy "The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love [agape] that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." (1 Timothy 1:5) Th