Jesus Christ is the Most Famous of Them All 🤩

Jesus is the Most Famous!

By: Austin Creecy

"How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, in a believer's ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear."

John Newton

A few months ago, one of my closest friends, who we will call “John,” found out he was possibly friends with someone “famous!” I am going to call the famous person “Mike” for the sake of conversation.

John = one of my good friends

Mike = celebrity

John had been talking to this “famous” man, Mike, on social media for nearly a year. Over that time, they formed an online friendship. The two men mainly discussed everyday life topics and supported one another to the best of their ability. Obviously, living in two different countries complicates things! You know, your typical online friendship.

At one point, John thought the man in question looked familiar, but he could not put her finger on how or where he had seen this famous man, Mike. Suddenly, a few months ago, it hit him.

John called me up and said, “My online friend is a famous person, an incredibly famous singer overseas with notoriety here in the states also. I knew he was famous!

Mike was using a fake name on his social media account. Once John realized who Mike truthfully was, he began researching to confirm if his hypothesis was correct. John noticed both Mike’s professional and fake accounts shared some of the same pictures. In fact, Mike had sent John childhood photos, as well as photos of his dogs. John now confirmed this “Mike” guy was the famous singer.

John called me freaking out that he was friends with a world-famous singer.

After we both geeked out a little, we carried on with our days. I started thinking about how cool it would be if I were friends with someone famous, and then it struck me. I am!

Jesus Christ is the most famous person ever to exist, and He lives in us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Whether you believe Jesus is the Son of God or not, you have almost definitely heard of Him. 

He is more famous than The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt, and every world-renowned person combined. Name someone who is still talked about as if they are here with us today after 2000 plus years other than Jesus. It’s impossible! Everyone knows who Jesus is, even unbelievers! We can not say that about celebrities.

Why do we get so excited about people who sing songs or portray others on the big screen and television? Why is it they get more airtime and more admiration from most people than the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit?

I would argue the devil and his spirits of darkness have distorted the truth and spread so many lies to distract us by using other people. We must stay focused on God and not allow the things of this world to distract us. Again, this is why Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 not to conform to the patterns of the world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.

The world is enamored with power, money, and beauty, but God is infatuated with you being obedient and trusting Him! That way He can cultivate a perfect heart within you.

Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes 1:13-14, I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 is speaking about his search for happiness under the sun (in the world) and wisdom. First, Solomon believes intellect will make him happy. Therefore, he sets out to learn as much as he can, only to discover that an alphabet after his name and diplomas everywhere did not give him what he was seeking! Solomon concludes what he was doing was working on grasping something elusive as the wind.  However, I believe it fits here as well.

Some of us are so focused on things of this world such as money, notoriety, knowledge, popularity, being impressive, power, etc. But what do they REALLY mean? Nothing! All the things of this world will die and not fulfill you, just as Solomon discovered. Christ is the only thing that will fulfill you! With Christ, only do we get to live on for eternity. Jesus knew this too!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal

(Matthew 6:19-20).

Jesus is telling you the things of this world will be destroyed! He is also saying there is NO security in material things! The only investments that cannot be stolen, rust, or destroyed are treasures in heaven.

I am not saying that famous people will be destroyed or that they are not good people or role models. Some of them are, and some are also very admirable. That does not mean, however, that we should worship them. Remember, God is a jealous God, and we are not to idolize anything (Exodus 34:14)!

It is easy to accidentally and unintentionally begin idolizing a celebrity or anything! Suddenly, you can find yourself wondering what he/she is doing or what he/she is like in person. Next thing you know, you want to emulate the celebrity in various avenues of your life. Perhaps you start dressing like the individual. Meanwhile, Jesus is just sitting there in the background, fading from your thoughts.

Here is the thing, while you are excited and geeking out like John, and I did when we learned Mike was a world-renowned singer, don’t forget about Christ! I know John didn’t. His most significant takeaway from that experience was (1) feeling blessed Jesus had connected him to this man, who he believes is hurting and is a bit lost, and (2) sometimes it’s easy to forget celebrities are normal people. John saw how real and touchable the “untouchable” are. John once wished he was famous and world-renowned like Mike, but when John noticed Mike didn’t have a strong connection with the Lord, he was not impressed by his lifestyle. John told me he’d rather have nothing and have a strong relationship with Christ than all the money or fame in the world!

Jesus is standing right beside you. The Holy Spirit is always with you. You are famous in the Godhead’s eyes, just like Francesca Battistelli says in her song, “He knows my name.” Mike did not know I existed, but God does. Jesus has a Book of Life and in it are all the names of those victorious in Christ (Revelations 3:5). Jesus has written our names as believers in that book. He knows us each individually.

It can be easy in the moment to find yourself focusing on someone in the world and not on the Father. Good people are doing great things in this world, whether using a talent like acting or singing. They may be helping our country or the world in politics. Possibly it is a co-worker or family member, maybe someone at church who you respect. All of that is amazing, and God uses people to reach us and help us grow in Him.

However, the devil uses people as well. The thief (devil) comes to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). He will use whatever means he can to tear you down and pull you away from God.

I (Jesus) came to give us life and to have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Next time you find yourself excited by someone in the public eye or someone you know, ask yourself if the reasons you are attracted to them are because of good and pure things or because of something worldly or negative. At that moment, you may find yourself where John and I did, praising God for being our best friend and comforter, no longer caring about some famous person in this world

💕 God is Love ❤️ + You Were Made in His Image!

💕God is Love❤️ + You Were Made in His Image!

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

"The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'”

Billy Graham

You are to love.

If God is love (1 John 4:8), and YOU are made in His image (Genesis 1:26), then you are love!💕 That would be the apparent equation, right? If we are made in God’s image and His image is love, then we are love. But, we are not love as God is. Therefore we are TO love. We are to allow God’s light to reflect through us. However, human beings’ souls are not precisely what God wanted for humankind (Genesis 2:17). Many things changed when Adam ate the fruit. For instance, we developed a conscience – understanding good and evil or right and wrong. Jeremiah 17:9 (AMP) says:

"The heart is deceitful above all things. And it is extremely sick; Who can understand it fully and know its secret motives?"

Jeremiah makes it clear why humans sin with the verse above. Due to pride (Proverbs 13:10), our hearts want to do what is best for us (individually), independently of anyone else. Humans can be quite awful (Mark 7:21-23). Isn’t this precisely the reason why parents must teach their young babes how to share?… Be kind…. Be thoughtful….and so on? 

We have to learn how to put our selfish desires down. As Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us, the human heart is quite wicked. Now, please do not get me wrong. I am not saying our spiritual default is hate or negativity. I believe it is quite the opposite. However, if this were true, negativity would produce life and not death. Neuroscience and the medical community are discovering extraordinary evidence that negativity (fear) destroys the body and soul and causes diseases!  

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:8 NKJV).

If love is God, and the Devil is the direct opposite of God, then the Devil is fear. What does fear do? It torments! What did Jesus tell us in John 10:10? The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10; parenthesis added).  

This makes sense, especially when you take note of what is being said “between the lines” in Romans 10:17:

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).

The opposite of this verse would be: 

So, then FEAR comes by hearing and hearing by the world. I say world because the Devil has dominion over the world, and its ways are not God’s way. 

And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins, in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God]. Among these [unbelievers] we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind] (Ephesians 2:1-3 AMP).

We would enjoy the sensations of fear, loathing, toxic thinking, worry, anxiety, and so on if we were wired for such things. Instead, love feels the best. Love is what makes us glow and feel fabulous inside. Every person is made from God’s image, so most individuals will have parts that exhibit His kindness and love. However, some people will choose to follow and worship the Devil (1 John 3:8). 

While it makes more sense to say – if God is love and we are made in His image, that would make us love too. You and I both know humans don’t respond with the unconditional (true) love God does (1 Corinthians 13:8). But we have to work to show God’s love. We are to want to crucify our flesh (our sinful desires) and be like Christ (Galatians 5:24; Ephesians 5:1,2).

It takes time to learn how-to walk-in God’s love, but don’t fret because the Father knew you would need help. That is why after His Son was crucified, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in you. For when the Holy Spirit dwells in you, the love of God and the power of God does too. What does this power look like? Well, for starters, it is the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22,23 NKJV).

Not sure if the Holy Spirit is inside of you? When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God immediately seals you with His Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22).

In closing, let me ask you! Where do you need to love others as the Godhead loves you? Where can you give people grace, mercy, and the benefit of the doubt? Where can you work in yourself to reflect God’s light?

Do you remember what Jesus said to His disciples as His hour drew closer?

34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34,35 NIV).

It’s just as Jesus said! People will know you are Jesus’ disciple if you love one another! Are you loving one another as Jesus demonstrated?

Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving your only Son to save me. It was your Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, and that same Spirit dwells in me. I know I need your power, strength, and love. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit. I welcome the Holy Spirit inside of me. I receive Him. Thank you, Father. Let Your will be done, and not mine in Jesus’ name, Amen

How My Dog Taught Me Blind Faith and Trust in Jesus!

How My Dog Taught Me Blind Faith and Trust in Jesus!

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Oh that we would hunger to be filled with the Word of God; for there is no greater armor, no greater strength, no greater assurance that He is with us, and in us, when we go forth in battle equipped and nourished by His instruction and determined to stand firm on His promises.

C.S. Lewis

Let me ask you a question, are you allowing God to lead you, or are you leading yourself, hoping God will bless your path?

It can be challenging to follow the Lord. It’s not as clear-cut as some things, but more abstract. At times it can even feel like a guessing game! That’s where faith comes into play!

Faith without works is dead (James 2:26).

I’m not sure about you, but sometimes I have no idea if I am doing what or going where the Father wants me to do or go! All I can do is pray, get counsel, discern, and step out in faith. I hope for the best, trusting God to reroute me if I have stepped out of His will for my life.

Yet, so many things can get in your way. Like fear, doubt, uncertainty, or feeling uncomfortable walking down a path God has directed you to walk. Let’s be real! The brain is not fond of the unknown or new experiences, especially when it leverages your fears.

Today, I want to share with you what a weird, late-night adventure taught me about blind faith and following Christ!

On January 10th, 2021, my husband, two dogs, and I were at our beach house. We love our beach house. All of us! We are big outdoors people, and I am a big water person, so you can find us at the beach quite often! January 10th is special for me for a few reasons. One, it’s the day Moo came into my life, and this particular anniversary marked a decade for Moo and me. The second reason is it’s the day before I married my best friend, Austin. Now, I have a really awesome husband who entertains my antics and adventures with Moo-Moo. Since Moo and I had been together for a decade, we made the day more about Moo and me.

Let me set things up a little for you. Our beach house is in a community, where there is an island in the middle that holds a few homes, the community pool, and the clubhouse. Daisy, my oldest dog, has to be walked quite a bit. I don’t talk much about Daisy because she’s like a cat and would rather be alone unless she can go on a walk. Now, Daisy is 15-years old and struggles with her sight and hearing. (Praise the Father that He is restoring her sight and hearing). For the most part, Daisy, a 7-pound Maltipoo is bed rested unless she’s on a leash.

Every day, we walk the dogs around that island, which forks off into a neighborhood at the beach. All in all, it’s about a 2.5-mile walk. Now sometimes, when we are heading back to the beach house, we will cross the beach road and walk on the beach home, as we are right on the beach road. Moo loves the beach, and Daisy loves the wind. However, the sand is not always dog friendly to the dogs that have hair versus fur. Our dogs have hair! That’s why we don’t always walk on the beach.

Now at night, we also walk the dogs just around the island because we try to walk Daisy as much as she wants. I couldn’t imagine not having 2 of my senses and being bedridden, so I try to do all I can for her to have a great life.

Here is where the lesson started:

It was about 8:45 pm when Austin and I took Moo-Moo and Daisy out on a walk. We planned to walk the island a few times and head home. I was in my PJs and slippers. The walk went as always until we got to the fork, where our morning walk breaks off into the neighborhood. Suddenly, Moo, first looking at me to read my face, starts pulling me down the path that goes to the neighborhood. I submitted out of curiosity, being obsessed with my dog, and it was our 10th anniversary. I figured maybe he needed to go number 2. We got halfway down the street in that neighborhood and had bypassed all his typical spots where he does his business. This is entirely out of the norm for him. In 10-years, he’s never done something like this.

I told Austin, “maybe Moo is taking us on a Lassie moment, and we are going to save someone!” Austin, too, was curious but didn’t think it was going to be a Lassie moment. 🤣 We talked back and forth about where Moo was taking us, figuring that maybe he wanted to go to the beach. You see, it had been a few weeks since he had gone on the beach.

I was fulling submitting to him and going where he wanted to go, in my slippers. We must do the same when submitting to Jesus. I chose to follow Moo. I chose to lay down my life for Moo (John 13:38) – to put aside my plans for that evening and follow Moo to where he wanted me to go. Jesus says in Matthew 16:24:

Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Here Jesus plainly states what is involved in being his disciple: denial of self, crossing bearing, and following Him. When Jesus says we must deny ourselves, He means we must yield to His control so entirely that self has no rights whatsoever. I did this with Moo. I put down my will. Now, please don’t take this out of context. I know Moo is not Jesus. I am merely trying to make the parallel here. To make the abstract of following Jesus a bit more tactile.

Now, to pick up the cross means the willingness to endure shame, suffering, and persecution for Jesus’ sake. And to follow Jesus means to live as He lived.

I chose to do all of this at a very inconvenient time for me. Wearing slippers is not ideal when walking a 2.5-mile walk. I never once guided Moo forward. He had complete control. I only tried to turn Moo around, but he would have none of it. He put his little breaks on and crouched to the ground.

Here is a quick fun fact about Moo! He can get out of anything. He’s jumped 4 feet fences and climbed fences. He knows how to escape his crate and harnesses. We have gone through about 14-harnesses and have only found two that he can’t get out of, but I don’t put it past him. With that being said, I am always mindful when trying to turn him around. I kept trying to get him to go back to our place, but NOPE he wouldn’t! So we continued…

Here we were, Daisy, Austin, and I following and submitting ourselves to a 10-lb dog at 9 pm, in our PJs, with no flashlight or supplies. That’s when it hit me. This is what following Chris is like! It’s a choice. You have to make the choice to do it, but you also have to learn. If I was walking a dog that was not my own, I promise you I wouldn’t have done this. Essentially, you have to create a relationship with Christ to follow Him. It’s a good thing God works outside of Newton’s time.

On the walk, we didn’t have any light but the ambient light around us. Since I was with my husband, I was not too worried about what could happen. However, it’s important to note I can be a cautious person. But, as I took one step forward in the dark, I thought about what Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I couldn’t see far in the darkness, but the Father illuminated every step I took. We could only focus on taking one step at a time. That’s what God wants you to do too. To trust Him. To let Him establish your steps (Proverbs 16:9). God’s Word is a lamp to your feet, but you have to know His Word. Make the choice today to commit to learning about who Jesus is!

We know that Moo would not take us into danger, just like we know we can trust the Father to protect us (2 Thess. 3:3). We know that Moo is a loving and hilarious spirit, so most likely, we were going to laugh our butts off once we got this unknown destination (Proverbs 3:5-6). I think it’s similar to our walk with Jesus. We know Jesus’ character. We know that Christ is the light of the world, and when we follow Him, we do not walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12). We know His character is only goodness and love.

Since we were following Moo to a destination only, he knew it reminded me of what Jeremiah 29:11 says.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

You don’t know precisely what God has in store for you. Still, you do know that His plans for your life are not to hurt you but to give you hope, which I think sometimes involves laughter or intense moments of joy, and a future. Since we know this, it’s easier to trust Him! The Father always wants to teach you more about Him and His kingdom. The question is, are you going to abide in Him and do what He asks you to do when He asks you to do it? Or are you going to put your will and desires ahead of the Lord’s?

Anyways, we kept walking, fully submitting to Moo. Never did I once dictate his next step except when I was trying to get him to turn around to go back home. Moo ended up walking us the exact path we walk to go to the beach. Immediately we started laughing because we couldn’t believe Moo knew the exact path to go to the beach, and we could see him doing this on his own too. I wasn’t excited to walk on the beach in my slippers, but because I love him so much, I did.

I never thought I would find myself walking with my husband and dogs on the beach in my slippers at 9 pm. If I’m honest, never did I want to walk on the beach in my slippers either.

My point is this. Submitting to Jesus is a choice. As Austin and I had consciously spoken about how we would follow Moo and see where he took us, you have to have the same curiosity and love. But it isn’t easy to trust or follow someone when you don’t know their character. That is why it is essential to read your Bible and do more than a 15-minute devotional every day. You must get to know Jesus’ righteousness.

John 10:27 says,

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

When you spend time with Jesus, and I mean more than 15 min a day, you learn who Jesus is, what He sounds like, and how he operates. Understanding this helps you to identify and discern when the Godhead is speaking to you or the devil. When you know his voice, and he knows you, it’s easier to follow him.

How can you better follow Christ? Is God trying to take you somewhere that you are refusing to go?

Prayer: Father God, thank you for all you have done in my life. Thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for your grace and redemption when I mess up. I see that I don’t always submit to you. I see that my will gets in the way. Father, I ask you to help me to submit myself to you fully. Please help me to discern when I am going my way versus your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What is Love?

What is Love?

(Understanding God’s Love Series)

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

The role for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.

— C.S. Lewis

What is Love?

Have you ever asked yourself what love is? It might sound like an obvious answer, but true love may be different than you might expect. 

Is your definition of love one that is worldly or godly? The world defines “love” differently than God does. One is conditional, and the other is unconditional. God’s love is unconditional and perfect (1 John 4:18). Therefore, God wants you to love unconditionally, and as He loves.

When you ask yourself, ‘What is love?’ You have to look to the Father.

We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him (1 John 4:16 AMP)

John tells you that God is love. If God equals love, then love equals God. Does that make sense? 1 John 4:8 says, whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Love is a byproduct of having a deep relationship with God. I believe it is impossible to have a deep and committed relationship with the Father and not know how to love because the Holy Spirit changes you to be more like Christ. When you become more like Christ, you become more capable of love.

We all are capable of love because we were made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), but to showcase and shine unconditional love intentionally results from knowing (participating in a relationship with) God.

For you to love unconditionally and righteously, you must know God. To know God means you have a relationship with Him. It means you believe and know you belong with Him. It means you have faith in His character.

Since God is love, everything God thinks, speaks, and does are examples of how He shows His love for you. Perhaps that is why James reminds us that everything good comes from above (James 1:17).

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 breaks down what love is:

 

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever ( NLT).

1 Corinthians 13:7 states a mighty truth. God never gives up, loses faith, but He is always hopeful and positive, and He holds on to you in every circumstance. Since God does that for you, you are to do that for others. Please understand God has boundaries, and I am not encouraging you to be walked over, disrespected, or abused. You can love people from afar too in those extreme situations. But, overall, we are to behave as 1 Corinthians so clearly states.

Love is strong. Love can absorb and withstand all loveless behavior. How many times have you operated with fear or a loveless behavior? Yet God still poured out His love for you!

Everyone stumbles. Everyone is struggling with something because problems are a part of this fallen world. Jesus tells you to first get the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s (or sister’s) eye (Matthew 7:5). The reason being is you will have more compassion, kindness, understanding, and grace for your sibling in Christ, who is stumbling. It’s easy to act prideful when one sees another stumble. Still, the only fruit that comes out with pride is self-righteousness – something God detests. At the end of the day, sin is sin. Jesus reminds us that we are not better or more deserving of love than another.

Love is not tit for tat, but self-sacrificing (John 15:13). Love always thinks the best case scenario of someone. Love holds on to the faith or belief that a person’s word is truth and that one will do what he or she says. Love is honest and truthful. Love trusts. Love holds on to optimism and positivity.

Christ commands us to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:12), then showing love is a choice. If we do not respond in love, we are sinning. Perhaps this shows you the tremendous importance of renewing your mind (Romans 12:2) to always love (Mark 12:30-31).

Always loving might be easier than you think. Neuroscience informs us that we are wired for love, and love is a human’s default mode. Ironically, fear is a learned behavior. Such findings making sense when you think about it. If God is love and you are made in God’s image (His love), then love is your foundation. You are hardwired to love, which is why operating from love feels so good! 🥰 If humans were created to hate and participate with fear, it would feel better than it does. Being mean, cruel, inconsiderate, rude, judgmental, and other forms of fear do not feel good at all. In fact, it increases cortisol in the body, and too much cortisol equates to toxic stress and is damaging.

If fear or hate felt good, it would benefit your body, but it does the opposite. It destroys you. When you operate out of love, you allow yourself to start to unlearn negative and toxic mindsets, and doesn’t God’s light expose the darkness (Ephesians 5:13)?

Oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, melts away negative and toxic thoughts. This hormone can help rewire your brain, creating new nontoxic connections—thoughts impact brain chemistry, which influences the body’s 75-100 trillion cells at quantum speed. 

In short, allowing the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to work inside of you can help you erase fear. When we respond in love, endorphins and serotonin are also released, making you feel unstoppable and filled with light. 

When we feel great like this, you know what happens? You start to be more authentic -more in alignment with how God designed you to be- your brain begins to detox, while motivation and wisdom increase.

You are to have the same mindset as Christ (Philippians 2:5). But attitudes reflect the core of how you are choosing to spend your time thinking and feeling. Your attitude gives insight into your spiritual maturity.

In answering the question, what is love?
Love is God. God is love. Love is your default mode. Love is your spirit shining through. Love is renewing your mind and character to be more like Christ. Love is shown by actively listening, helping, encouraging, giving, comforting, creating, sacrificing, and meeting others’ needs. Love allows the light inside of you to shine outwardly to help people feel like they belong and are enough. How God shows you love is how you are to show others love.

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)

In closing, I cannot talk about God’s love without talking about belonging. Love helps someone feel they belong, and every human craves belonging and connection.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

The verses above remind the reader of the power relationships has in one’s life. God created us to be in relationship with Him and others because love is meant to be shared. It is easy to be short with people you don’t like or be exclusive when you are around new people. However, God wants you to show grace, mercy, compassion, and kindness to all. It doesn’t matter if they deserve it because, quite frankly, you don’t always deserve it either. The next time you are at a social gathering and see someone alone, reach out and talk with them. Connect with them. Help everyone you come in contact with, understand they belong in the body of Christ.

I promise you if you could do a better job at loving as God loves, many of your life’s problems would go away. Love is the answer to everything because God is the answer to everything. So when you don’t know what to do – Love💕.

What can you start doing to show more of God’s love to yourself and others?  

Prayer: Father God, wow, thank You for loving me unconditionally. I want to love as You love. Help me to love the way You love. Show me what is blocking me from loving people the way You ask Your children to love. Daddy, I want to give You all of me and live only for You, but I know I fall short. I know without You I am nothing. I surrender everything to You. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for helping me see everyone as You see them. In Jesus’ name, Amen!