“but the greatest of these is love…..”

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the letters of Paul lately–especially in First Corinthians, Chapter 13.file0002116284281

“Though I speak with the languages of men and of angels, and have not love, I am becoming as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gifts of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing…”

And then he speaks to the Romans in Chapter 12, verses 6-8

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation; he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness;”

 

I’ve been reading through these verses recently, getting ready for two speaking engagements I have coming up in late October and early November.

Having said that, I am NOT gifted with public speaking abilities.  However, when given the opportunity to share my books and what God has done for me through my spiritual gifts, I find it hard to turn away the chance to tell others.

I firmly believe God gives us all a particular gift — something that only we can do for Him, in that special way — to be used for His Glory.

Maybe yours is a musical ability, or the gift of hospitality.  Perhaps you have the ability to sew, crochet, or knit–or can draw or paint.

Not all of us are capable of being teachers or preachers, but I have a great deal of admiration for those who can.

Regardless of whatever your gift is, I encourage you to find it and use it to the glory of God.  He’s the one who gave it to you in the first place.

And He expects us to use it ‘in love’ to further His Kingdom.

God bless you on your journey!

 

Ruth Kyser

 

 

 

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Cleaning house….

We’ve spent the last few days getting ready for new flooring in our kitchen, and new carpeting in our dining room.  Of course, at the time we decided to do this, we never realized how much work it was going to entail.

First was the need to empty the antique china cabinet and pack away all the various knick-knacks I’ve managed to accumulate over the years.  Then we had to find spots for all the furniture so we could remove the old carpeting.

Once you move furniture, you suddenly notice all the little marks on the walls.  So, that required a trip to the basement to find the leftover paint to do some touch-up work on the walls.file0001984548061

And the dirt!  How can one house get so dirty?  All these years, I’ve felt we were clean people!  Where did all this dust and grime come from?

So, bucket of soapy water and scrub brush in hand, I had to clean all those little nooks and crannies that seem to draw dirt like a magnet.

DSCN8870Who knew how greasy and filthy it would be under a stove and refrigerator?  Disgusting!

 

All this cleaning made me think about my spiritual walk with Christ.  As a Christian, have I allowed Jesus to take charge of ALL aspects of my life and ‘clean’ my heart from those things that draw me away from Him?

God wants to come into our hearts and lives and be in every part of them.  We can’t pick which part to allow Him in and which part to keep Him out.  Only when we give Him our whole heart can we know the cleansing power of His love.

Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Snow covered trees

Isn’t it wonderful to know that no matter how filthy and disgusting we are, God still loves us–loved us enough to send His Son to die on the cross for our sins?