Archive for the ‘Love’ Category

Biblical People Skills

Friday, August 18th, 2017

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36

1. DRIVEN BY LOVE. God is interested in our growth. He wants us to be relatable, loving, genuine, and effective through the course of our lives. When Jesus was on earth, He gave us an example of how to walk out this life — not driven by the dictates of our flesh, but by the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the direction of God’s Word.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

2. REJECT BITTERNESS. Strife and bitterness are stifling and don’t contribute to real progress or change. Strife ruins beautiful moments and sours the atmosphere in every situation. But genuine love is powerful: bridling your tongue even when you have the perfect retort, giving in to kindness in the midst of condemnation, being merciful instead of cynical.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

3. A LIFE OF IMPACT. God wants to harden you to difficulties but keep you tender on the inside. You are designed to inspire and impact others and undertake life-changing exploits. If you, as a Christian, operate in these biblical principles of love, mercy, and forgiveness, the contrast to the world will be so glaring that people will see you’ve been around Jesus and come running to know Him.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, help me to be ready to respond to people around me. I want to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction and not the dictates of my flesh. I press the reset button and forgive everybody. As I give, it will be given to me! I expect blessing to overtake me. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

skill, noun
An ability that has been acquired by training. Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain.

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How to Live Ready

Friday, August 4th, 2017

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:16-18

1. AVOID STRIFE. Strife is a weed and can quickly take over to become a lifestyle of resentment, jealousy, unforgiveness, and quarreling. But God is calling us to pull up any weeds of strife—forgiving quickly, resolving issues, walking in love, and stopping quarrels before they start (Proverbs 17:14).

2. PURSUE LOVE. What amazing fruit we can bear as, above all, we keep fervent in our love for one another. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), so 24/7, in all of our relationships, we must stay committed to choose love over strife.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

3. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. If life has pounded on you, lift up your eyes and remember the people that God has called you to reach, the lives that are attached to your obedience. Even if you don’t feel equipped, the anointing of the Lord is on you to walk in love. Keep your eyes on God and believe He’ll get you where you need to be.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so I abandon the quarrel before it breaks out (Proverbs 17:14). Faith works through love and I operate through love in everything I do (Galatians 5:6). By my God I can run through a troop and leap over a wall (Psalm 18:29).

read·y, adj.
Prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action. Prepared for immediate use.

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Capacity for Compassion

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35-36

1. FOLLOW THE SHEPHERD. When Jesus saw the crowds, He wasn’t moved with disdain but with compassion. He went about “doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38). Because God has poured out His love in our hearts, we actually have a capacity for compassion. Like our Shepherd, we are made to be carriers of this type of love. Take time to listen to what God is saying to you: repent quickly and forgive quickly.

But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:1

2. A MORE EXCELLENT WAY. Love is a force. Thankfully, God’s kind of love is not feeling-based, but we walk it out by faith. It’s not always easy to walk in love, and that’s why we must continually appreciate and pursue the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

3. RECHARGE IN GOD’S PRESENCE. Jesus would leave the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep (Matthew 18:12-14). We can have that same divine flow of compassion toward others. But if you’re feeling compassion fatigue, Jesus invites you to come into His presence and rest and recharge (Mark 6:31). Jesus never changes and He has all the strength, compassion, and energy you need to have an impact greater than you dreamed possible.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION (Based on Colossians 3:12-16):
I put on the heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I bear with others and forgive everyone. I put on love which is the perfect bond of unity. I let the peace of Christ rule in my heart and I am thankful! I let the word of Christ richly dwell with in me with all wisdom.

com·pas·sion, noun
Deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it.

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The God Kind of Love

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

1. IT’S GOD’S LOVE. Walking in love is a process that involves sacrifice, commitment, and follow-through, but it doesn’t originate in our humanity. We are born with a tendency to act selfishly, but the moment we receive Jesus, God’s love is deposited within us and we can move into a new dimension of becoming considerate and valuing others.

The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5b

2. SHOW MERCY. When you show mercy, you will be shown mercy (James 2:13). Study the Word to learn how God’s love responds: Bless those who curse you (Luke 6:28), pray for your enemies, and forgive those who have hurt you. If you get tempted to become judgmental toward someone, all you have to do is look in the mirror and get a reminder of how much mercy God has shown you.

3. FAITH WORKS THROUGH LOVE (Galatians 5:6). The power of the Holy Spirit— His anointing—is activated to flow when we are walking in love. If you aren’t getting good results in prayer, check your love walk. The world will know we are Christians by our love for one another (John 13:35)!

God Bless You!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10). The love of God has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit within me (Romans 5:5). By His grace I can do this thing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

a·gape, noun
Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity.

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The Love Atmosphere

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you walk in love, you will set the thermostat of the world you live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. The Word of God doesn’t return empty without accomplishing what it’s been sent to do (Isaiah 55:11). When you pack yourself full of the Word of God, you can be ready for the amazing moments God has prepared for you. In every situation you can bring life to yourself and to others by speaking God’s Word. It is salvation for those who need to know Jesus, healing for the sick, and encouragement for the oppressed.

Jesus answered . . . “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. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I love because God first loved me. His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at·mo·sphere noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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The Love Atmosphere

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you and I walk in love, we will set the thermostat of the world we live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. Carry love in your heart for people, but don’t let their need hijack your process. Often we go to extremes: become apathetic and overly guarded where we don’t care, or overdo it and forfeit our journey by becoming doormats. We are all called to the hurting world around us, but we have to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus answered . . . “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. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

Daily Confession:
I love because God first loved me.
His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at.mo.sphere, noun
A surrounding influence or environment

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Atmosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.

Love Brings Revival

Monday, December 15th, 2014

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. 1 John 3:1a

Loved by God. God loves you. He esteemed you so dear that He made the value of your life the death of His Son. When we know we are loved, we become secure. We can be kind toward others instead of overly guarded; confident instead of nervous; brave instead of timid; sincere instead of fake.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

Love Others. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). If you have anything against anyone, forgive. Resentment can accumulate in our lives, sour our existence, and turn us into bitter individuals. That’s why every day we must push the reset button and root out any unforgiveness.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

A Culture of Love.
Love scriptures are revival scriptures. As you meditate on God’s love, you’ll see a revival in your heart and life. Choosing to daily walk in love will change the city we serve and the nation we love and we will see this generation come to know Jesus.

Daily Confession: based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I am an imitator of God and I walk in love (Ephesians 5:1). I am patient; I am kind and not jealous. I do not brag and I am not arrogant. I do not act unbecomingly. I don’t seek my own and am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered or rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice in the truth. I bear all things, I believe all things, I hope all things and I endure all things. Love never fails.

re•viv•al, noun
A bringing or coming back into use, attention, or being, after a decline. Restoration to vigor or activity. A returning to life or consciousness.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Biblical People Skills

Monday, March 31st, 2014

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36

Driven by Love. God is interested in our growth. He wants us to be relatable, loving, genuine, and effective through the course of our lives. When Jesus was on earth, He gave us an example of how to walk out this life—not driven by the dictates of our flesh, but by the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the direction of God’s Word.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

Reject Bitterness. Strife and bitterness are stifling and don’t contribute to real progress or change. Strife ruins beautiful moments and sours the atmosphere in our homes. But genuine love is powerful: bridling your tongue even when you have the perfect retort, giving in to kindness in the midst of condemnation, being merciful instead of cynical.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

A Life of Impact. God wants to harden you to difficulties but keep you tender on the inside. You are designed to inspire and impact others and undertake life-changing exploits. If you, as a Christian, operate in these biblical principles of love, mercy, and forgiveness, the contrast to the world will be so glaring that people will see you’ve been around Jesus and come running to know Him.

Pray This Prayer:
God, help me to be ready to respond to people around me. I want to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction and not the dictates of my flesh. I press the reset button and forgive everybody. As I give, it will be given to me! I expect blessing to overtake me. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“So let’s not give up the good fight, for our harvest will come in its own good time if we keep on keeping on. Every chance we have, let’s work for the good of all . . .” –Galatians 6:9-10a, Cotton Patch Gospel

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Walk in Love

Monday, February 17th, 2014

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. . . Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:9,11-12

The Atmosphere of Love. The atmosphere around us can be enhanced by the presence of love or hindered by the presence of strife. As you and I walk in love it will set the thermostat wherever we go.

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

Sincere Love. Every Christian is called to be an oasis of love in a troubled world. This love isn’t sappy or fake or overly sentimental, but genuine. It’s the love that’s covered all our sins and it changes hearts and lives.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Worry-Free Love. Worry is not a form of love. We are called to bring people up into our celebration, not let them pull us down into their defeat. Don’t let someone else’s need hijack your progress. If you’re dealing with fear, insecurity, or worry, take time to meditate on God’s love.

Daily Confession
I don’t fear anything because God’s perfect love casts out fear. I love because
He first loved me (1 John 4:18-19). God does not give me a spirit of fear, but of
power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I am rooted and grounded in love
and strengthened with God’s power in the inner man to understand the breadth
and length and height and depth of His love. I know Christ’s love which surpasses
knowledge, and I am filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).

o•a•sis, noun: Something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.; haven, harbor, retreat, shelter. –Dictionary.com

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Faith & Love

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. Galatians 5:6 AMP

Faith works through love. Just as oil prevents friction and causes things to flow in a car, operating in love will help your faith to operate. The love of God will cause you to go from good to great to breakthrough.

When love becomes the driving motive in our lives, the atmosphere around us becomes charged with increased potential for higher effectiveness. Why? Because even Jesus was “moved with compassion” (Mark 1:41). He only did what He saw His Father doing. As we learn to yield to those heart promptings, results will take place.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

We are able to love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). The next few weeks, discipline yourself to meditate on the love of God. It takes courage to crucify that Ebenezer Scrooge grumpiness and get over in a place where you are choosing love. But the results of answered prayer, healthy relationships, and breakthrough are worth it!

Pray this prayer:
“Here am I, Lord. I commit my heart today. Today, God, I bridle my tongue. I’m not going to let bitterness or hurt fester. I don’t want any blessing blockers in my heart. Today I forgive. Help me, God, to be kind to others at home, at my job, out in public. Help me to be consistent and to grow with ever-increasing faith and love. I love You, Jesus!”

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Love (verb)
In short, we love whatever gives us pleasure and delight…and if our hearts are right, we love God above all things, as the sum of all excellence and all the attributes which can communicate happiness to intelligent beings. –Excerpt from the 1828 Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

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