• A CLOSER LOOK AT AN ENCOURAGING VERSE

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    Psalms 42 and 43.   The psalmist describes his sorrows and longings, and then tells himself three different times: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance [face]” (Psalms 42:5...

  • The greatest example of agape love.

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    In the New Testament, the Greek words that we translate ‘love’ have nuances that help us understand them a bit better.  However, God has not left us to wonder what He views as love.  He has given us the clearest example in His Son.  The greatest example of love is Jesus ...

  • Sometimes love may seem harsh.

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    True love must sometimes act in forceful ways.  Agape love is a thinking, rational, kind of deliberate love that is motivated by what is holy and good.  There are times when this kind of love results in less than pleasant actions.  When speaking to the Corinthian church concerning a m...

  • We are to love ........

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    We are to love (agape) our enemies The love of God transcends our anger or hatred; it allows us to forgive those whom we otherwise would be unable to forgive (cf. Romans 12:19-20).  Jesus told His disciples, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you&r...

  • The Greatest Commandment

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    The Greatest Commandment consists of love for God and love for our neighbors.   In three of the four Gospels, Jesus tells us what He expects from us, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.&...

  • Love for Jesus inspires obedience to Him

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    Jesus said to His disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15 ESV).  This means that those who love Jesus will want to please Him.  We should want to please God, not as a means of trying to earn our salvation, but out of gratitude ...

  • Love is a sign that we are Christians.

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments” (1 John 5:1-2 ESV). “By this all p...

  • Christ followers are commanded to love one another.

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    Jesus said that loving one another is not an option for the believer; it is a commandment.  However, His commandment came with an example of how it is to be fulfilled, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one anot...

  • GOD PROMISES TO GUIDE US

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

  • GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS

    Posted October 9 by anne jayasuriya

    1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.