Archives For Love

Measure of Joy

by Steve Popoola on January 30, 2017 in Belief, Faith, Love

In the dictionary, Joy is defined as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires”.  Another definition described joy as, “a state of happiness or felicity”.
There is currently a lot of controversy going on about whether joy and happiness mean the same thing. I am personally not interested in the difference between the two today but rather examining what joy means to the Christian and whether it is something we produce or acquire. As a background to this discussion, I want us to examine the life of a man called Nehemiah and how he and others embarked on a journey from extreme sadness to exuberant joy.

Think You Are a Hopeless Case?

by Rubel Shelly on October 12, 2015 in Discipleshipship, Faith, Love

Have you noticed how candid the Bible is about its heroes? It doesn’t whitewash the flaws and foibles of its characters.
Abraham is not only the Father of All Who Believe but the scared rabbit who puts his wife in jeopardy to save his neck. King David is not only the Man After God’s Heart but the adulterer who lies and kills a man to try to keep the affair from being exposed.
Peter is not only First Among Equals in the band of apostles but the frightened fisherman who denies knowing Jesus of Nazareth in his hour of need – not once, but three times.

His Love Never Fails

by Steve Popoola on July 20, 2015 in Devotion, Love

There are times when a song would keep playing over and over in my mind and I would find myself singing it sometimes even while I am working. 

One of such songs that has filled my thoughts lately is “One Thing Remains” by Jesus Culture.

Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing….Remains

Your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me. 

Forgiveness Always Astonishes

by Rubel Shelly on June 29, 2015 in Biblepraise, Character, Faith, Love

 “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing’” (Luke 23:34). What must people around his cross have thought?

Hatred seems to come so easily to human beings. In a tit-for-tat world, forgiveness seems to make no sense. Why should I turn the other cheek after an insult, if I can match his – and go him one better? Why should you overlook her slight, if you can tell someone about it – and damage her reputation? 

Why should we not burn down your store and house, if you harm someone of my race or faith group – even destroy our entire community? I’m sure you get the point.

The top half of the front page of USA Today carried the headline “Hate in America.” A syndicated columnist wrote of how he was “filled with hatred” over the event. And a radio commentator said, “I’m not a religious person, so I don’t get what these people are saying. I just don’t understand.”

The Power of Forgiveness

by Steve Popoola on June 22, 2015 in Discipleshipship, Faith, Love

Why is forgiveness such a powerful thing? In my experience, I have seen people struggle when it comes to forgiving others who have hurt them. How many times have I heard people say, “If you know what he did to me, you won’t ask me to forgive him” or “I can’t ever forgive her for what she did to me, not now, not ever!”

 

Forgiveness is a core tenet of the Christian faith. You can’t ignore it and you can’t avoid it. Sooner or later, someone is going to hurt you, someone will step on your toes and it will really hurt. For other people, forgiveness might be a matter of choice but for the Christian, it is not a choice really, it is what is expected of us.

 

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But of you do not forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins”  (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)

Lights of Hope

by Steve Popoola on April 20, 2015 in Faith, Love, Relationships, World Events

A few days ago, we were greeted with the news of violent attacks against foreigners in South Africa.

Clips of videos and pictures containing disturbing violent scenes have been circulating all over social networks and it is quite difficult not to feel a sense of sadness over the affair.

I do not for once believe that South Africans are cruel people. I have wonderful South African friends and many are readers on Biblepraise newsletter and I am sure that they are saddened by the terrible and shocking recent events happening in their country. It is heartwarming to see South African University students, Journalists and Musicians protesting against the xenophobic killings.

No Greater Love

by Steve Popoola on March 23, 2015 in Faith, Love

No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.  (Joh 15:13, Amplified Bible).

Many Christians all over the world recognize the last week before Easter, as the Hoy Week. It symbolizes the week when Jesus faced the sentence of death, not for what He did wrong but as a sacrifice for the whole world.

Was it easy for Him? Definitely not! Imagine Him in the garden, knowing the task which lay before Him. Imagine the description of His sweat falling from His body as great drops of blood.  I believe Jesus went through any trauma you can speak of; psychological, physical and mental. 

What Is Your Priority?

by Steve Popoola on March 9, 2015 in Devotion, Faith, Love

All through life, we make certain things our priority.  At various times as children, we tend to place our priorities on various things like play and food.

 

As we grow older however, our priorities begin to shift. Other priorities emerge, education, career, family, friendships, self-actualization, and community involvement among others.

 

As Christians, it is important that we know what where our priorities lie. It is so easy for us to shift emphasis from what God wants us to do to other things that look and sound exciting, yet should be the least in the terms of our priority.

 

In Matthew 23:23, Jesus expressed his displeasure at the Pharisees.  They were very meticulous in calculating tithe due to be paid by the people, even to the minutest measurements of vegetables and plants.

Feast of Tabernacles – Harvest Festival

by Mary-Ellen Grisham on October 27, 2014 in Love, Seasons

In Leviticus 23: 33-44, we find a description of the Feast of Tabernacles as God commands Moses to explain this celebration to the Israelites, along with other feasts and sacred assemblies.

 

The Feast of Tabernacles is a harvest festival, and Scripture records: “beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days.” (Leviticus 23:39)

The Israelites were to begin and end the 7-8 days with a sacred assembly, and in between, they were to bring offerings and sacrifices to the Lord made by fire.

 

Even though the first day of the festival was a sacred assembly and rest day, they were directed “to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the Lord for seven days.” (Leviticus 23: 40)  They were also directed to “live in booths for seven days” reminiscent of the time when the Lord brought them out of Egypt.  (verses 42-43).

Loving Our Enemies?


by Steve Popoola on October 20, 2014 in Love

In her album, ‘Throne Room’, Cece Winans reminds us of the all-important principle of love in the track, ‘Without Love’.

 

Every time I listen to the track, I am reminded that every thing God did for me is motivated by His love. The consequence of this is that I have an obligation to show love to others through my thoughts, deeds and actions.

 

It is however not that simple. If it was simple and easy, I do not think the Lord would have commanded it.

 

The first words of the Bible most of us probably heard preached to us, are the words of 1 John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life”.