How to Love God

Valentine’s Day is a holiday dedicated to love. But what is love? If you listen to the songs that have been recorded over the years about it, you will find some interesting definitions. In fact, it’s kind of frightening to think that some people might come up with their view of love from movies and songs.

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Lessons from James on Prayer

First, James tells us we should pray when we’re afflicted: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. . .” (5:13 NKJV). When we find ourselves in trying circumstances, the temptation is to strike out at the person who helped bring those circumstances upon us, blame someone for our circumstances, wallow in self-pity, or even become mad at God for allowing this in our lives.

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Running the Race of Life

In Acts 20, we find the apostle Paul’s words to the leaders of the church in Ephesus, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus…” (verse 24 NKJV). These were things that really mattered to the great apostle.

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Having Courage as a Christian

There is also moral courage, the ability to do what is right in the face of popular opposition or discouragement. It takes courage to do the right thing today, to stand up for what the Bible says about right and wrong, good and evil. It takes courage to live honestly, with integrity, avoiding the “shortcuts” that may get you ahead but take you down spiritually and morally.

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