Christian Love

How Christian Love Works: An Example

1.   Christian love is thankful for the best in others.

“I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers” – Philemon verse 4 KJV

  • Do you pray for your friends?
  • Are you more concerned about what you can get from your friends than what you can do for them?
  • Are you thankful for your Christian friends?

2.  Christian love seeks the welfare of others.

“I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: ” – Philemon verse 4 KJV

  • Onesimus is a slave.
  • He had run away.
  • Paul leads him to Christ.
  • He is concerned about Onesimus’ safety and welfare.
  • Do you seek the welfare of others?

3. Christian love deals fairly with others.

“Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:” – Philemon verse 12

  • Paul sent Onesimus back to his owner.
  • He interceded on Onesimus’ behalf.
  • He is concerned about following the law and Onesimus’ welfare.
  • Do you deal fairly with others?

 4. Christian love bears the problems of others.

“If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;” – Philemon verse 18

  • Paul pleads for the forgiveness of the offense.
  • Paul is willing to take responsibility for whatever Onesimus may owe his master.
  • Do you bear others’ burdens?

5. Christian love believes the best in others

“Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.” – Philemon verse 21

  • Paul tells Onesimus that he believes in him.
  • He tells him he knows he will do his best.
  • He encourages Onesimus.
  • Do you encourage and really believe in your friends?

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License by Jimmie Aaron Kepler. This is an original devotion written by Jimmie Aaron Kepler on March 19, 2012.

Does God Have a Purpose for Your Problems?

Does God Have a Purpose for Your Problems?

If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that many of the life problems we face we cause. 

Financial issues? 

  • Have you been following God’s principles?
    • Do you tithe?
    • Do you save money?
    • Do you avoid paying interest (buying on credit)?
    • Do you live within your income?

Work issues? 

  • Have you been following God’s principles?
    • Are you a good employee?
    • Are you investing in yourself by having and maintaining a current skill set?
    • Do you get to work on time and give a full day’s work?
    • Are you submitting to and following the authority of your boss?

Relationship issues? 

  • Have you been following God’s principles?
    • Are you a good friend?
    • Do you forgive others as God has forgiven you?

Writing Issues?

  • Maybe you’re a Christian writer like me. Are you having writing issues?
    • Are you praying for God to direct your writing?
    • Are you writing regularly?
    • Are you improving your writing skills through study and practice?

Well, you get the picture. 

Defeat or Develop?

Life is a series of problem-solving opportunities. The problems you face either defeat or develop you. It all depends on how you respond to them.

Ask God what He is trying to tell you from the problems you face. Romans 8:28 ESV says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Five Ways God Wants To Use The Problems In Your Life

1. God Uses Problems to Direct You

  • Proverbs 20:30 ESV, “Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts.”
  • Some problems are needed to get our atttention and get us back on the right track.

2. God Uses Problems To Inspect You

  • James 1:2-3 ESV, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
  • Caution: Too much self-analysis can be dangerous. Don’t dwell on the why. The why may be as simple as you disobeyed God’s principles for life and now have the consequences of your choices and actions. Accept and admit when your problems are self-inflicted.

3. God Uses Problems To Correct You.

  • Psalm 119:71-72 ESV, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.”
  • Some lessons come through pain and failure.

4. God Uses Problems To Protect You

  • Genesis 50:20 ESV, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
  • A problem can be your protection if it keeps you from something worse.

5. God Uses Problems To Perfect You

  • Romans 5:3-5 ESV, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
  • A problem can lead you to God and eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.


  1. Problems when responded to correctly are character builders.
  2. God is more interested in our character than our comfort.
  3. Your relationships with God and your character are the only things you will take with you to eternity. (see Romans 5:3-4)

God wants to make changes in your life where you can make a difference in the life of others and where you have an impact for Christ in the world.

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How To Get Reenergized

How To Get Reenergized

Life in the fast lane can wear you out. Too many people are living and working in the fast lane.  The fast lane life has resulted in tired men and women and has sapped their energy and motivation. Many are faced with chronic fatigue.

There are two types of fatigue:

  1. Physical fatigue – examples of physical fatigue a sore muscles and joints. The cure is rest and getting your doctor to make sure there aren’t any underlying causes.
  2. Spiritual fatigue – examples of spiritual exhaustion is stress, worry, and guilt. 

Fatigue Can Cost You

  1. To miss great opportunities
  2. Bring out your worst attitudes
  3. Limit your performance
  4. It lowers your resistance to illness.

The good news is there are five proven energizers that work.

5  Energizers That Work:

Energizer #1 – You Need A Clear Conscience

1 John 1:9 English Standard Version (ESV), “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

  • If you owe money, pay your bills.
  • Be truthful in your business dealings.

Energizer #2 – You Need A New Perspective

Colossians 3:23 (ESV), “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”

  • You cannot control the circumstances.
  • You can control your reaction.

Energizer #3 – You Need A Challenging Purpose

Philippians 3:14-15 (ESV), “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.”

Energizer #4 – You Need A Supportive Team

Hebrews 10:25 (ESV), “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Energizer #5 – You Need To Plug Into God’s Power

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV), “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”


  1. You need God’s strength in place of your weakness.
  2. With God, you can enjoy life above the average.
  3. In God’s strength, you will be able to accomplish supernatural things.
  4. With God, you will live victories right where you are in your daily energy

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Defeating Giants In Your Christian Writing Life

1 Samuel 17:40 English Standard Version (ESV), “Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.”

If You Are Going to Defeat The Giants In Your Christian Writing Life You Need To Use The Five Stones:

Stone One: Check You Purpose

Is it worthy enough to consume your time, energy, etc.? 

Why are you writing what you’re writing? We all know it is better to write a book or article that touches one life for Christ than to write smut that sells hundreds of thousands of copies. Is there an audience for your work?

Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV), “Call to me, and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

As Believers, we pray more when challenged with a cause.

John 14:13-14 (ESV), “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

Being used by God and working in the Holy Spirit’s power is a privilege. 

Mark 11:24 (ESV), “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Stone Two: Count the Cost

To defeat Goliath, David had to:

1. Pay the price of criticism. 

We get that as writers from family members who say we need a real job or writing is a hobby and from reviewers and our writing group who don’t like or get our work.

2. Pay the price in loneliness. 

Admit it; there is a lot of loneliness and solitude in writing. Are you willing to spend the time with your behind in the chair?

Stone Three: Chart Your Course

Know your target audience. Who are you writing for and why?

1 Samuel 17:34-36 (ESV), “But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”

Stone Four: Consider Your Christ

Remember, David didn’t confront and kill Goliath alone. He gives us an example of positive faith that we can apply to our writing.

1 Samuel 17:45 (ESV), “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

Do you include prayer in your writing preparation? Do you ask God to show you what you should be writing and to let His thoughts be your thoughts as you put words on paper?

Philippians 4:13 (ESV), “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

This verse includes four positives things:
  1. I can – is positive thinking.
  2. I can do – is a positive action.
  3. I can do all things – is positive faith.
  4. I can do all things through Christ – is a positive power.

Stone Five: Charge Your Challenge

Now get after it! Get your behind in the chair and write!

1 Samuel 17:51-52 (ESV), “Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron.”


We kill the giants in our own writing lives because those needing to read what God has placed on our hearts will never see the words in print or kill the giants in their lives until we do it in our lives.

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