A HEALTHY DOSE OF LOVE
(NKJV): 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – “Love is not touchy, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil”
(CEV): 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – “Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.
Walking in love is good for your health. Did you know that?
It is true! Medical science has proven it. Researchers have discovered that hostility produces stress that causes ulcers, tension headaches, and a host of other ills.
Now when you think of hostility, you may think of the type of anger you feel when something serious happens. But according to the experts, that kind of thing is not what causes the worst problems. It is the little things: when the dry cleaners ruin your favourite outfit, for example. Or when the cafeteria lady puts gravy on your mashed potatoes after you have specifically told her not to. Sound familiar?
Just think how much stress you could avoid by being quick to forgive, by living your life according to 1 Corinthians 13 and not counting the evils done to you. Imagine physical and emotional benefits of living like that!
If you have allowed yourself to be habitually bound by hostility, that may sound like an impossible dream, but it is not! Because as a born-again believer, you have the love of God inside of you.
If you will yield to that love, it will set you free. Remember when Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave? He was alive but still bound in the grave clothes. Jesus commanded the bindings to be loosed so that Lazarus could be free to walk.
Jesus wants that same kind of freedom for you, so get into agreement with Him. Say to those deadly habits that have you bound, “In the Name of Jesus, loose me and let me go! I am putting hostility, unforgiveness and selfishness behind me. I am going on with God. I’m going to live the life of love!”
Remember: It does not take a medical miracle to turn your life around. All it takes is a decision to yield to the force of love. Do it today!