Jeff McCartney (preacherman)
706-881-1597 Cell and Church number
1 John 4:7-21 (NASB)
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 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.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
18 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.
19 We love, because He first loved us.
20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
GOD IS LOVE AND IF WE RECEIVE SALVATION THEN WE RECEIVE HIS SPIRIT AND WE ARE FILLED WITH HIS LOVE. IF WE ARE FILLED WITH LOVE THEN WE CANNOT HATE. IF WE CAN STILL HATE THEN WE ARE NOT FILLED WITH LOVE. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE FILLED WITH LOVE AND HATE.
WE SHOULD LOVE OTHERS EVEN IF THEY DO NOT LOVE US.
(I HAVE SOME PEOPLE IN MY LIFE THAT I LOVE BUT NO MATTER WHAT I DO IT IS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH. I AM AT A LOSS FOR HOW TO MINISTER TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE NEVER SATISFIED. I STILL LOVE THEM. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR SOMETHING BAD ABOUT ME CALL THESE PEOPLE THEY WILL BE GLAD TO TELL Y0U. I AM SURE YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE LIKE THIS. ALL WE CAN DO IS LOVE AND PRAY FOR THEM. BUT IF YOU ARE THE PERSON LIKE THIS THEN YOU NEED TO RECEIVE GOD'S LOVE SO YOU CAN LOVE.)
WE SHOULD BE HAPPY FOR OTHERS WHEN THEY HAVE SUCEEDED OR THINGS ARE GOOD FOR THEM.
(OFTEN TIMES WE WANT TO GET JEALOUS AND ENVIOUS OF OTHERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE SOMETHING WE DO NOT HAVE. IF WE LOVE GOD AND HAVE HIS LOVE THEN WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE THOSE BAD FEELINGS AND MOVE THEM ASIDE TO BE EXCITED FOR SOMEONE ELSE AND WHAT THEY HAVE RECIEVED.)
WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE OTHERS.
WE SHOULD NOT FIGHT TO HAVE THINGS OUR OWN WAY.
(MANY PEOPLE ARE HAPPY TO BE INVOLVED AND HELP OTHERS OR DO THINGS AS LONG AS IT IS THEIR OWN WAY. IF I CAN'T HAVE MY WAY I WILL JUST GO HOME AND GO HOME MAD. THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE NOR GODLY ATTITUDE. SEEK GOD'S WAY FIRST AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW HOW TO DO THINGS AND THEN IF IT IS NOT GOD'S WAY YOU CAN GO HOME. YOU WILL BE AMAZED HOW YOU WILL BE HAPPY AND SATISFIED WITH HOW THINGS GO WHEN YOU LET GOD BE THE GUIDE.)
WE SHOULD OT JUDGE OTHERS
( A FRIEND OF MINE SAID TO ME, "LOVE TRUMPS JUDGEMENT" HE IS CORRECT. IF WE LOVE OTHERS THEN INSTEAD OF JUDGING THEIR SHORTCOMINGS WE WILL LOVE THEM AND HELP THEM TO OVERCOME THEIR SHORTCOMINGS.)
IF WE SAY WE ARE A CHRISTIAN BUT DO NOT LOVE OTHERS THEN WE ARE A LIAR. HERE IS THE THING THE FIRST PERSON WE ARE LYING TO IS OURSELF. WE ARE NOT TRULY LOOKING WITHIN OURSELF TO SEE WHO WE REALLY ARE. THIS KEEPS US FROM RECEIVING GOD'S LOVE.
YOU MAY BE LYING TO OTHERS BUT MOST EVERYONE ELSE WILL SEE THROUGH YOUR LIE SOONER OR LATER.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NASB)
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
CAN YOU REPLACE THE WORD LOVE IN THESE SCRIPTURES WITH YOUR NAME. IF YOU CANNOT THEN YOU NEED TO TURN TO GOD. IF GOD IS LOVE AND HE FILLS CHRISTIANS WITH LOVE THEN WE ARE LOVE SO WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO INSERT OUR NAME INSTEAD OF LOVE. I HEARD A PREACHER AT A WEDDING MAKE THAT STATEMENT ABOUT MARRIED COUPLES IF WE RPLACE OUR NAME THEN WE WILL DO BETTER ABOUT LOVING EACH OTHER AND OUR MARRIAGE WILL PROSPER. SAME IS TRUE IN LIFE IN GENERAL. WE WILL DEFINATELY BE HAPPIER.
HOW DO YOU LIVE? IN LOVE OR IN JUDGEMENT?
beauty is skin deep but ugly goes straight to the bone
1 Corinthians 15:35-50 (KJV)
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
WE SPEND MILLIIONS OF DOLLARS AND MILLIIONS OF HOURS OF OUR LIFE ON COSMETICS, HAIR DYE, WRINKLE CREAM, DIETS, PLASTIC SURGERIES, CLOTHING THAT HIDES OR EMBRACES OUR FIGURES, TANNING BEDS, AND OTHER BEAUTY RELATED PRODUCT AND SERVICES THAT MAKE US LOOK DIFFERENT.
WE SPEND VERY LITTLE TIME AND MONEY ON OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.
OUR WORLDLY BODY WILL LAST A LIFETIME HERE BUT OUR SPIRIT WILL LAST AN ETERNITY.
WE SHOULD SPEND TWICE AS MUCH TIME, MONEY AND ENERGY ON OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE AS WE DO OUR PHYSICAL BODY.
I AM NOT SAYING TO STOP WORKING ON YOUR BEAUTY. THERE ARE A FEW OF YOU THAT REALLY NEED TO COVER UP YOUR UGLY. WHAT I AM SAYING IS TWO THINGS 1. YOU ARE UGLY AND 2. WORK HARDER ON YOUR SPIRIT THAN ON YOUR UGLY.
LOOK AROUND AT PEOPLE NO ONE IS MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN SOMEONE SPORTING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK YOUR BEST DEVELOP YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR APPEARANCE WILL HAVE A HEAVENLY APPEAL.
WOULD YOU INVEST YOUR MONEY INTO A HIGH YIELD ACCOUNT THAT WILL ONLY YIELD FOR TWO DAYS AND THEN YOU LOSE ALL YOUR INVESTMENT INTEREST AND ALL; OR WOULD YOU WANT TO INVEST IN A LOW YIELDING FUND THAT LASTED 80 YEARS AND THEN WOULD PAY OUT 10,000 TIMES YOUR INVESTMENT?
WHEN YOU BUY ALL THESE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR YOUR PHYSICAL IT IS A SHORT TERM INVESTMENT, BUT WHEN YOU INVEST IN YOUR SPIRIT IT WILL LAST AN ETERNITY.
YOU WILL NOT TAKE YOUR WELATH, OR YOUR LOOKS TO HEAVEN BUT YOU WILL TAKE YOUR SPIRIT. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU NEED TO DEVELOP THE MOST?