Agape love, the love of God, is unconditional.
In Ephesians 6, Paul is holding the father accountable. Children are God’s precious cargo, and the father, not the mother, will have to give account for how the kids were raised.
There should be mutual submission because the unit is one; because the unit is one there should be mutual submission.
For me, the most helpful of all my routines is prayer. When we move closer to God, He moves closer to us.
Gear up for battle. Stop fighting with a plastic fork and grab your sword! Love your enemies!
I must always put on humility, and it is very difficult to do, as it is counter-intuitive. I must put others above myself. I must stop grumbling, complaining and disputing. There is no love and no mercy in these things.
Our job, then, is to take every thought captive. Sift through and discern the lies and the negative thoughts. This takes practice, so give yourself room for error. The book of Hebrews teaches us that in order to discern good from evil, we must be disciplined. What this means is we must connect with God through prayer and through the Holy Bible.
We need a renewed mind. We need a mind set apart from the world and the deceitfulness of riches. This isn’t easy! We need God’s help. He knew that and He didn’t abandon us in this!
We can move mountains and try to muster the faith to do it. But let us also remember the illustration of the refiner’s fire. God will not let that mountain move until the timing of it is perfect.
There is so much hatred in the world. I am no longer satisfied with just kind thoughts, positive thinking, loving when it suits me. I want to have such an impact in my own personal Judea. I want not just to love, but to be a FORCE of love.