Table of Contents
- Two stones, one woman.
- Rooms fit for kings and queens
- Four Seasons and Five Stars
- The perfect rainbow cake
- A wedding without flowers
- Victory has great rewards
- The good wife
- Single or married
- Songs of Solomon
- You are special
- Lasting relationships
- Love is better than wine
- True love
Through the window of my house, I watched and discerned among the young men a simple one, void of understanding, passing through the street near her corner. In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night I saw him walking in the direction of her house. And see, there met him a cunning woman in heart, dressed to kill. She is loud and stubborn and her feet doesn’t stay in her house. Outside she prowls, in the streets lying in wait on every corner and bar. So she caught and kissed him, and with an impudent face she says to him, I have peace offerings with me, this day have I payed my vows. That’s why I came here to meet you, diligently to seek your face and I have found you. I have prepared my bed with charms to spend our night in white satin. My bed perfumed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning, and let us cheer ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, but has gone on a long journey. He has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed. And so with her much fair speech she caused him to yield, and with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goes after her straightway, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the place of correction, till a dart strike through his liver, as a bird haste to the trap, and knows not that it is for his life. Listen to me now, you children, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not your heart stray to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she has cast down many wounded. Yes many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Hot babe on the right, turning loose heads and the adulterous eyes. Hot as hell she captures men like moths to a flame. When they touch her, it is for their life, caught up in her seductive sway. She is hot, and he so cool, not knowing, she played him like a game, till she catches him in her adulterous net. Her words sticky drops of honey melting in the sun. When she comes knocking, it’s better to play hide and seek, for if he open that door, beware the back-draft will sweep him off his sloppy feet.
Blowing kisses and a smile, her inviting eyes winks him into a snare. Come with me, she whispers in his ear, her lips disarms him to the ground with her charm. Fire alarms and bells go ringing, but he snoozes the time. She is sugar, spice and wine and he is ready for cooking. But it is he who will fry, when she caresses him. Loud and proud she attracts men, showing her jewels as easy and a harlot of decay. Her feet dragging her prey, bound to death to lay him to rest. Hell is hot and she is not, if he avoids her seduction and lose her number, he will keep his soul in that tempting hour.
She is hot and he will be too when she seduces him with her pot of love. She is hot, and he is on fire, her eyes the window to her soul. And if he be so open minded, he’ll have no guard for his precious soul. Hell is hot and she is not, look a littler longer and sin become so much stronger, that second glance cannot be trusted, when you see her coming, don’t hang ten, pick up your shoes and starts running. Shut your eyeballs, play the blind on the corner, for it is better to enter heavens gates a maul, than to fall into hell’s fire with a perfect vision.
She eats, wipes her mouth and says, I have done no wickedness. This is the way of an adulterous woman. For a harlot is a deep pit, and a seductress a narrow well. She lies in wait as for a victim and increases the unfaithful among men. Listen to my wisdom and bow your ear to my understanding, that you may regard discretion and that your lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil.
Her house left many wounded, how the mighty are fallen, chained by her cunning charm. But you whoever you are, flee God’s wrath to come, run for cover, and run for your life, for her perfume is the scent of death, and her sting like scorpions poison. She is hot and you’ll be a fool, when you fall to her seducing breast. Hell is hot and he will be too, whoever touches her, to drag his soul deep into the pit of bondage, no man can escape. Chained to death, she swallows men alive.
Save yourself, cancel her invitation and exit her playground, let not her lights dazzle you, nor her agents rob you. For the price you will pay ain’t dollars, pounds or the Japanese yen. Your soul on the table in exchange for a piece of bread. In that moment what name will save your soul, from her sudden glamorous trap? Repent now at my command, turn to God in Jesus name, to him who is merciful, a high priest to both sinners and saints. Turn now and claim back your soul, for why my son, will you burn for a strangers love?
Keep yourself from the strange woman and from the flattering words of a stranger. For her end is bitter as wormwood and sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet goes down to death and her steps take hold on hell. Her ways are movable that you cannot know them. Listen up and depart not from the words of my mouth. They will deliver you from that strange woman who flatterers you with her words. For she forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. Her house is linked to death and her paths to the dead. No one that goes to her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
But you, turn and walk in the way of good men, keep the paths of the righteous, for it will keep you from the evil woman and from the strange woman who flatters with her tongue. Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house. Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel. Lest strangers be filled with your wealth and your labors be in the house of a stranger, and you mourn in the end, when your flesh and your body are consumed, and say, how have I hated instruction and my heart despised reproof, and have not obeyed the voice of my teachers nor inclined my ear to them that instructed me!
For the honor of men is reduced to a piece of bread by a loose woman flirting like a prostitute. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one walk upon hot coals and his feet not be burned? So is he that goes in to his neighbor’s wife. Lust not after her beauty in your heart, neither let her not take you with her eyelids, for the adulteress will hunt for your precious life. Whoever teases her will not be innocent. And he who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding and destroy’s his own soul. A wound and dishonor will he get and his reproach will not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man, therefore will he not spare in the day of vengeance and regard no ransom, and even if you give him many gifts will he not rest content.
A foolish woman is clamorous, simple and knows nothing. For she sits at the door of her house, at bars and roams around markets and busy places. She is easily found in redlight districts, calling passers-by who goes right on their ways. The simple turn to her, and to him that lacks understanding she says, stolen waters are sweet, bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he is ignorant to the fact, that the dead are there and that her guests are in the depths of hell. As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
Turn off that porn and look to Jesus Christ, who saves and purifies, and clothe naked souls with grace and forgiveness. For Jehovah is upright and is a rock, for there is no unrighteousness in him. By his Spirit in them gives he men all things that pertains to life and godliness that by them men can escape the fires of hell and death to come. In him will you live, move and have victory to be holy as God is holy.
Two stones, one woman.
Dead men walking, out for a thrill, trap set and ready, they raided her home. Bedroom busted there she laid, in the arms of another lover, her feet dragging him to Hades down below. “Grab her” they shouted as they drag her bedsheet wrapped body up Main Boulevard, to be judged and stoned.
Tears of terror streams down her painted face, her anguished soul wishing, pleading, just once more, hugs and kisses, a final farewell, not for the lover left in bed, but for her little ones, she will see no more. Condemned to death without mercy that she knows, the stones of judgment will rain on her pure and perfumed body, the Law of Moses pounding on her head, before departing her precious last breath.
Ready for the kill, they picked their stones. “Don’t be hasty boys, restrain your anger, two birds of a feather, we will condemn them together”, as they haste to cast this harlot wife as bait, for today they said, “we have a much bigger fish to fry”, and by the fall of dawn to deliver both harlot and the son of men in the hands of death.
This ain’t a Disney tale, a Hollywood blockbuster or Parisian Show, but a devious plot of evil men conceived in the belly of darkness against the King of the Jews, the long awaited Messiah. To embarrass and to harm, to discredit and to shame, that Nazarene teacher, what’s his name?
Their zeal for God, to please by sacrifice, spilling innocent blood of this prophet, the perfect substitute. With confidence in Moses and their evil scheme, they burst onto yet another scene, where a packed audience sat listening to this man send of God as he teaches and preach about His Fathers Kingdom, forgiven sins and doing good, healing many who were oppressed of the devil.
“Master Teacher” they shouted. Excuse our riotous intrusion, but our urgent matter demands your final approval. Here she is the adulterous kind, unfaithful to her promise and marriage vows, playing the harlot of our town. Lucky we were, just happen to be in her neighborhood, there she was, inviting to her wedding bed, a fornicator and a fool, while her husband on his business trip is out of town.
Now Moses gave us Ten Commandments and the law – (hypocrites by the letter knows them all too well, their credentials the splattered blood on their stonewashed walls). But you Jesus, friend of sinners, drunkards, tax collectors and of her kind, tell us, what do you say of our find?
Drawing circles in the sand, he turned the deaf ear, seeing into their wicked hearts and plans. But they persistent and twisted sought to record his every word. Then Jesus as with fire in his eyes and words ablaze like a piercing sword from his mouth, cutting deep into their conscience seared, stunning even the cheering crowed, he said “Let him who is without sin, now cast the first stone”.
Silence dropped like shooting stars from heaven, their arms now lame with guilt, for who could dare to cast his stone, but him alone who spoke those words? Now exposed and naked to the core, they one by one, began to slip through the crowd, convicted and condemned, they now became hypocrites on the run. If only they had turned to God at his reproof, he would have given them life and his precious Spirit.
Laying prostate at his feet, shaken and humiliated by the public uproar and exposure, she hears his voice speaking, “women, where is your accusers, did no one cast his stone”? With tears still streaming down her scarlet face she raises her blackened eyebrows searching. And seeing none of her terrifying accusers, she replied to him in a whisper “No, my Lord, they all gone and I am still alive”.
Then she gazed into his soul piercing eyes of love and saw that He who stands before her now, is far greater than Moses and the law, a fountain of living waters to the thirsty and a Rock of defense to everyone who believes on his name. Then he spoke to her heart yet again, his words like a burning fire cleansing her sin-sick soul, “Neither do I condemn you, Go and sin you no more”.
Oh, repent ye sinners for the kingdom of God is at hand, and you hypocrites too, drop down your bloody stones and lifeless idols. Come now, come to the Cornerstone and build your house upon the Rock. Come ye thirsty and drink, and you beggar’s for bread, come eat from heavens bread, for the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, not to condemn the world corrupted within, but to save man woman and child from the wrath of God to come. All have sinned and fallen short, the price of redemption far too great, the gap so wide, no bridge could hold a sinners weight to glory.
Only one way it had to be. From heavens gate down to Calvary. The perfect substitute for sinners hanged on a cross and his blood the perfect redemption price, to clear man’s guilt and to loose heavy burdens making all things new. Giving thanks to God, who first loved us, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus is the only way to God’s heart, who came to seek and save the lost, turning sinners into saints, forgiving sins and healing the sick. Today is your day of salvation. Now is the time as you believe in God believe also in him and confess Jesus as Lord of your life and you will never die.
This is my story, how Christ died in my place and rose from the dead, forgiven all my sin and making me holy, and accepted of him, born again a child of God shining forth his glorious light in this dark and perverse generation, and in the end my hope and my faith to be found in him, to be faithful and wise, that I may be welcomed into my Father’s house.
Rooms fit for kings and queens
Don’t let your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in me. For I go to prepare a place for you, and when I return I will take you to be with me. If it was not so I would have told you. These words are my hope and joy.
Hospitality is a special gift that requires grace and cheerfulness, and is also good business by serving and welcoming guests into rooms prepared for kings and queens. This is why so many people flock to hotels, restaurants, and guesthouses. They just love the VIP treatment more than being the hardworking host on the other end. A wise man once said, he who wants to be great among men should be the servant to men.
This is that story that shape minds, values and character. He was the unusual suspect doing good. An outsider, born from a despised breed of men. According to news reports the victim was an suspected businessman from out of town. Some reports claim he was a religious pilgrim in search for spiritual enlightenment who traveled by night. No one could tell for sure but sources says the man was found half naked covered in blood in the middle of the infamous highway from Jerusalem to Damascus. The police confirmed that the victim was indeed in the wrong place at the wrong time and that the random crime was not racially motivated and also warned people of the dangers of traveling alone on this road especially at night.
According to witness the first to bypass the crime scene was a local Priest who for ceremonial reasons did not want to become unclean or get infected by a strangers blood. Besides, the Priest was on duty in the temple and men counted on his holiness. The Mayor of the city did praise the Priest for his extreme devotion to God and the community.
The report also indicates that a certain well known Pharisee who passed by the crime scene did pray for the victim’s recovery and for God’s will to be done. Members of the public spoke well of his spiritual support to the community, and praising his sermons every Sabbath day. However, rumors also has it that the Healer of Nazareth called him a hypocrite and a white washed stone for talking a good talk but not showing the love of God by His action.
The crime was reported by the owner of the local Motel Inn, who said that a business man brought the badly beaten and bruised stranger to his door. And as soon as he left the local doctor came to visit the patient but was pleased to find that the patient’s wounds was well treated and taken care off. The man is currently in a stable condition and recovering.
The Police were notified of the incident sometime after. When the police finally responded to investigate the crime scene they did find evidence of a huge struggle and some coins scattered abroad which seems proof that the man did travel at night. The suspects are still at large and a warning has been published for people to be more careful and not to travel alone on any road.
Neighborhood rumor has it that a good Samaritan with a heart of gold, were willing to get his hands dirty and branded clothes stained, to help a stranger from certain death. The Samaritan poured out his soul for a fellow man despite the fact the victim were born on different side of the border. When he saw the man lying in the road, he quickly responded with compassion, band-aid and precious oil, stabilizing the man and transporting him to the closest Motel Inn.
Before departing to take care of his own business, he generously paid the owner in advance for the emergency care and treatment needed, and promised to take care of any extra expenses on his return. No excuses, no interrogation, just a man with his bowels of compassion open to see and feel.
But this Travelers Inn could have refused and rejected the out patient, based on religious and ceremonial grounds, sexual orientation, political pressure or racial discrimination. Freedom of speech and freedom of preference is important and should be protected lest men become tyranny against the God given conscious. But some use their freedom to introduce evils that rebels against all common sense and good overthrowing pillars and foundations that kept communities sound and safe from the wrath of God to come.
Do you now with hypocrisy only make room for saints and friends. Or will you open your heart to strangers and serve them with the gift of hospitality, allowing the fragrance of Christ to fill the rooms with love, peace and peace that leads people to repentance? You are salt, you are light, a fragrance letter of Christ written to a world in darkness. Who knows whether your heart of compassion was to an angel or Christ himself.
Be perfect like your Father in heaven is perfect, who causes His sun to shine on both the wicked and the good. Love in action is baking bread to the hungry, serving drinks to the thirsty, preparing rooms for strangers, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and prisoners. The long suffering of God is His patience desiring sinners to repent less He should destroy them in His wrath to come. His kindness leads men to repentance. Men are to repent everywhere. Do good unto all men and to pray for all men for this is the will of God. Whatever you do, do it in such a way that you want them to do to you. This is the law and the prophets. Watch out for the leaven of the Pharisees who uses God’s word to stone men rather to bind up wounds and setting them free.
When you judge who is more deserving of your cakes, flowers and rooms, are you not sinning? God did not send Christ to condemn the world, for all have sinned and all have fallen short of the glory of God. The gospel is salvation, freedom for the captives, forgiveness for sinners who believe but for those who reject such grace and sacrifice who can escape God’s wrath and hell’s fire.
Baking bread for sinners doesn’t make you unclean, nor does sharing a meal with sinners defile a man. Jesus said, food goes in and comes out the other way, but what comes out of the heart is what defiles a man. You are in the world but not of this world. Have no fellowship with darkness, abstain from evil, expose the work of darkness. The terror to men who cry safety and security yet perish in their sin, rejecting the very gift of life that could have saved them, preferring darkness rather than light.
Sin grieves any righteous soul, likewise evil men hate the light, but the love of God compels us, to bear beyond the point of tolerance. Bake them cake, send them flowers and prepare them your best rooms, and in the end, though they say bad things about you, they will still praise God for your love and sunshine on them.
Remember you yourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after the kindness and love of God your Savior appeared, not by works of righteousness which you have done, but according to his mercy he saved you, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on you abundantly through Jesus Christ your Savior.
Four Seasons and Five Stars
Will you buy flowers from Sodom? Or will you eat the bread of Gomorrah? You live in Babylon and you are surrounded with wickedness and perversions. But what if you were fortunate to own the narrow road that leads to heaven. It’s filled with the beauty of colorful gardens with a world of flowers to choose from. Your fields are well taking care of and there are fruits of kindness joy and peace, an orchard of choice. You the proud owner of the bakery, the florist and the four season pilgrims stop and rest holiday inn. The citizens in your city comes from the nearby cities.
They on their journey and are on their way to nowhere burning with fire and brimstone. Their trip is planned and they boast of the good times they have on their road trip. You just happen to be on their way. A quick stop for some, others need a little more time. But now you have set up guard. No entry. Rights reserved. Stamps of approval on the one side and stones of judgment on the other. The light of the town hidden under a bucket, the salt of the earth. Are you now wearing Nike, Apple and Gucci? Love not the things in this world. You in it but not of it.
Do you now choose who can eat your bread? Do you now refuse God’s flowers to the wicked and adulterous generation. When the fires of California burn does it not burn without discrimination. Does not flood’s also rampage by force. You happen to be the only Inn for weary travelers, beaten down by the heat of sin and lies. Deceived they come to mock your name and street, and by your flesh you respond. Remember Christ who sat with sinners and drunkards who needed a healer. Hungry and thirsty they enter your store for wine and meat. You refuse to serve their need, forgetting Jesus turned the water into wine. Make us some flowers they demand we on our honeymoon. You add to their shame, and step into their trap.
Face to face you come with those who once hid in closets and dark places. Their shame no longer a crime but a public pride. Loud and proud they raise their rainbow flag but forget the cause and effect of rainbow promise. Never again by a flood will God destroy the earth, so horrible was the death and destruction in Noah’s day. Yet once more will the wrath of God fall and in the end fire and brimstone. The second death, worse than the first.
Some came out of the closet others just released from the worlds mental health list. No longer a disease nor a crime. True to the core it is by choice and not God’s design. Some come out of curiosity exploring the world of an open door policy. All for one and one for all they sang until demons enter and they slip into the dark under ground while still walking the tight rope of eternity. Immigrants of disaster flee the wrath of God to come, looking for hope and salvation. Hell on earth but for a while, but eternity keeps knocking at the door. Around every corner at restaurants, bars and clubs. Even homes and lands swallowed up alive as the earth ages. Dead birds can’t fly and dead fish can’t swim. Dead man walking blind in their ways.
Your heart starts to burn, they not your kind, not your choice of clientele. Your between a rock and a hard place. The mental agony equals your spiritual battle. Your love fountain becomes bittered and your lips forget kindness. For you know that because of their unrepented sins the wrath of God will come. If only they would hear and obey the gospel from the heart, then they too will find grace and God’s forgiveness. But now in anger you choose to pick up stones like the Pharisees in Jesus time, the law says she should be stoned but what do you say they demanded hoping to catch a mistake.
Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ as to obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance but as he which hath called you be holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation as it is written, Be you holy for I am holy. And if you call on the Father who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.
Remember the sinner and the priest. Beating his chest, with his head to the ground, he cried, I am guilty like hell have mercy and remove the spell. The priest on the other side, proudly boasted, thank God I’m not like this sinner and the crowd. Yet Jesus said, the man who looked to the ground his sins was forgiven him. What does God demands. Justice for sure. But have you not read I came for sinners and the sick. Have mercy and show kindness for if justice was all that was demanded You too won’t be alive to tell of God’s glory.
Here they come knocking at your door. Daily your soul burdened by their iniquities. Remember how Christ died for you when you too were still in your sins. Cast down those stones. Set up tent. For today your Inn will become a hospital bed. Welcome the sick. Take some flowers put them at their bedside table and bring your bread and wine to strengthen the dying. For who knows that good Samaritan who left you with the dead will return one day soon and reward you for your care.
Let your light shine, light up the room. Season their meals with the salt of God’s word. Forsake the club of exclusivity and open the jar. Roses are red, so is wine, bread for the hungry and water to the thirsty. Come and taste that the Lord is good. For the scent of me is life for every believer much a stench of death for those who deny it. Freely you have received and freely you can give.
For those coming to you are blind, broken and poor and despised. Naked they are like the king without a robe. Even a child can tell the truth from deception. But they are proud, thieves and robbers, the sexual immoral, prostitutes knowing the penalty of their crime. But I saw a miracle every time they come desperate to Jesus he would touch the unclean and heal them all.
You wear designers shirts, perfume and shoes. But are you wearing Christ in the muddy streets and shelters too? Bear the fruits of repentance and show kindness that rhyme. Dress up not down to earth, put on Christ and shine with His love not with plated gold glitter.
Your the buzz of the town. You achieve a 5 star rating, top class’ service and excellence to match the game. Known by reputation only, travelers now Google you from east to west, to taste and see for themselves. But if act like a hypocrite and chase them to the four corners of the earth, then who will show God’s kindness, like Christ did for you. You the head and not the tail. Your from above and set apart. Born again now a child of God. His word now sets the bar. Be a man of your word. Excel in grace as you prosper too. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before God.
Love is more than a clubhouse motto. The proof is found in the blood of the cross. An open grave God has approved. Your his faithful witness. And if a sinner turn from his crime, God will show mercy and welcome all who welcomes His son into their hearts.
The perfect rainbow cake
To bake that perfect rainbow cake for a birthday or wedding you need more than just flour, eggs and milk. A baker full of mercy, kindness and love, mixed with truth is needed to get that perfect cake every time. Today, the sun shines in Paris, warming every romantic corner of the aging city with its colorful gardens. It shines on lovers, tourist, the poor and the rich. What a charming city to go walking, dancing, and singing with happiness as you explore all its secrets and pleasures. It shines on the Churches, Mosques, Cathedrals, Temples, Bakeries, Homes, BnB, Bars, Businesses, Brothels and Playgrounds. Everyone under the sun is enjoying God’s perfection. God is love, God is holy, God is perfect and causes His sun to shine on all both good and evil. Even in the Parisian sex strip, where men are tempted with sexual daisies and immorality, lured into darkness of wickedness, the sun shines on the outside.
The world is a dark place, an oasis of rebellious generation. But there is a voice in Sodom and Gomorrah praying to God to withhold His judgment hoping to find men willing to repent. Even to the ears of the righteous the voice cries, calling saints to be perfect as their heavenly Father is perfect. Paris, London, Berlin, Las-Vegas and sin cities across the world, they all feel the warmth of God’s goodness on them.
But will you now shut your bowls of compassion and kindness to them based on color, religion or sin? What good is light when it is hidden under a bucket? Are you now baking bread and cake only for your own? Do you become unclean by baking cake for the sinners? Remember the story Jesus told, how a priest and a pharisee would not even touch a man close to death, in fear of becoming unclean before God? Where are the good Samaritans who will give foreign aid to weary men and ambushed travelers looking for hope in foreign lands, only to find their lives cut short by the unexpected twists and turns?
Love your neighbor as to care for Christ. Resist the devil, flee from worldly lust and keep yourselves unspotted from the world. Be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights. Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Your battle is not against flesh and blood, nor is the weapons of your warfare carnal, but it is mighty through God to pull down strongholds and to cast down imaginations that exalt itself against the knowledge of God’s word, bringing every thought to the obedience to His sure word. Be of cheer, Jesus overcome this world. And as He is so are you in this world. To bake that perfect cake fill your lamps with virgin oil, for the King is coming to rule and reign in righteousness. Watch and pray that you be counted worthy to escape the Coming wrath of God and stand before Him without blame, without spot and without blemish.
If God who is holy, merciful and perfect, willingly shine His sun on all men without discrimination, should you not you do the same? Even though they have nothing good to say about God, at least they by observing your kindness can see that God is indeed kind to all men. How long will you bake your holy bread and cakes, perishable with the eating, yet not share God’s manna from heaven? Cast not your pearls before swine but feed them. While you were blind, naked and bound in your old sins, Christ died for you. God’s love was lifted up on Golgotha hill in full view of angels and men. And in that moment Christ became a curse as the wisdom of God was mocked. God’s pain so great that the earth shook and darkness fell as justice was executed on innocence in exchange for man’s redemption. The way to God’s heart now through His resurrected son by grace through faith are you saved. This is a gift from God to all who will believe in Him.
A wedding without flowers
Beautiful wild flowers springing up everywhere. Nature is God’s creation billboard to all men. The flowers and the fields, the birds and the bees, they all belong to our heavenly Father. He blesses farmers with good harvest and the corn of the fields for our bread. But unscrupulous men now have manipulated and patented pure seed, covered with greed and their lust to control the worlds valuable food resources. The glory of the sunrise and the wow sunsets is a constant reminder how privilege we are to be alive for such a time as this. His handiwork reflected in the pools and rivers of refreshing water quenching our thirsty souls and filling us with the living bread that comes from heaven. All these things belong to Him. His creation, made in His image and likeness, male and female.
For has He not spoken and has He not commanded you to be perfect in this perverse generation? Has He not shown you o man, His light and His salvation when you were still dead in your sins? Now you are His light in a dark universe, but His lights refuse to shine with love and mercy. He has made you to be salt to the earth, yet will you now only season your own festivals. Has He not commanded you to be holy that you may see Him? He has given you all things in His word that pertains to life and godliness, that by them you may escape the corruption in this world through lust?
Holiness unto Him is abstaining from fleshly desires that defiles the body, and shackles the soul to hell. You are sent not to condemn the world, but to save the lost. What glory is this to God when you refuse cakes, flowers and beds to those who defile themselves among themselves and doing things that they were not created for, yet you send flowers to mistresses, and make wine for drunkards, preparing beds for fornicators?
Does the light of Christ only shine on the righteous, and will He the rain from heaven fall only on selected parts and pieces of land? God’s hospitality was for sinners in need of a Savior. But hypocrites were jealous of love so divine, how could God love men so wicked naked in their pride?
How do you sell God’s beautiful flowers bursting with His aroma of love only to your check list of worthy nominees and call yourself a light for the community? Do you include those who are despised and rejected like Christ was for you. You know that God don’t hear the prayers of sinners, but God does show mercy to clothe naked sinners, blind and poor towards God riches. God is indeed merciful, slow to anger unto all, especially to his own. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Hypocrites, how long will you cast out from you the lepers, the sick and the poor because of public opinion. Are you not a seed planted to bring forth good fruit in God’s kingdom? Flowers is God’s gift to the world, just like water and air you breathe. When Christ was born, salvation appeared to everyone. Give flowers to the living, for the dead knows nothing. Clothe the naked and hide their shame. Feed the hungry, and turn the water of the thirsty into wine.
From creation until now, the invisible things of God are clearly seen and understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that men are without excuse. Even though they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened, professing themselves to be wise, they became fools changing the glory of the incorruptible God into a man made image of corruptible man, birds, animals, and creeping things. Therefore, God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves, who changed the truth of God into a lie, to worship and serve creation more than its Creator, who is blessed for ever.
For this reason God gave them up to vile affections for even the women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due. And as they refused to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Being filled with fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, unrighteousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful, who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Seal not the words of the prophecy of Revelations for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust. He that is filthy, let him be filthy. He that is righteous, let him be righteous, and he that is holy, let him be holy. Jesus is coming and His reward is with Him, to give every man according to what his work. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hear say come. Let him that is thirsty come. And who ever will, let him come and take the water of life freely.
Having now these promises, dearly beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. But God is faithful and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
You have heard that it was said, you shall not commit adultery, but Jesus said, that whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if your right eye offends you pluck it out, and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your body parts perish and not your whole body be cast into hell. Job was so determined that he decided to make a covenant with his eyes, not to think on a girl. Lead us not into temptation is a good start for the day. I was almost in all evil in the midst of the assembly and congregation.
Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well. Lest your fountains be dispersed abroad, and your rivers of waters run in the streets. Let them be only your own, and not strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice with the wife of your youth, and let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe, and her breasts satisfy you at all times, and be you ravished always with her love. For why will you be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his goings. By his own iniquities will the wicked himself be taken, and he will be held with the cords of his sins. He will die without instruction and in the greatness of his folly will he go astray.
God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If you say that you have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, you lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, you have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses you from all sin. If you say that you have no sin, you deceive yourself, and the truth is not in you. But if you confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you your sins, and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. If you say that you have not sinned, you make Him a liar, and His word is not in you.
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate. A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? As one who is present with you, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch, as you really are. For Christ our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Now let us keep the Festival, not with old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people, excluding the immoral, greedy, swindlers or idolaters of this world, otherwise you have to leave this world. But do not even eat with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister who is sexually immoral, greedy, an idolater, slanderer, drunkard or a swindler. Expel the wicked person from among you. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.
His divine power has given to you all things that pertains to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that has called you to glory and virtue. Hereby is given to you exceeding great and precious promises that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you and abound, they will make that you will neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Now brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall. For so an entrance will be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thus, will I not be negligent to always remind you, to put on these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth.
Know you not that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves or the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But now you are washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. All things are lawful unto you, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for you, but do not be brought under the power of any.
Food is for your belly, and the belly for food, but God will destroy both. Now your body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God has raised up the Lord, and will also raise you up by his own power. Know you not that your body is a member of Christ? Will you then make the member of Christ, to be a member of a harlot? God forbid. What? Know you not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For the two, says He, will be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
Flee fornication. Every sin a man does is outside the body, but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. What, know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and that you are not your own? For you are bought with a price. Now glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Know you not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelling in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him God will destroy. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man will see the Lord. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Lest there be any fornicator or profane person as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For you know how, that afterward when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
Inasmuch then as Christ has suffered for you in the flesh, arm yourself likewise with the same mind. For he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For in times past you did the will of the Gentiles, when you walked in lascivious lusts, drunk, partying, banqueting and abominable idol practices. Wherein they now think it strange that you no longer run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. Who will give account to Him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand: so be therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. Be followers of God, as dear children, and walk in love, as Christ also has loved you, and has given himself for you as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.
But fornication, and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you as becomes saints. Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know that no whore-monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words, because of these things will the wrath of God come upon the children of disobedience.
Be you not partakers with them. For you were once in darkness, but now are you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, for whatsoever are made manifest is light. Wherefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Now be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on the things on earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life will appear, then will you also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your earthly body with its fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affections, evil desires and covetousness which is idolatry. For this reason the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. In the which you also once walked, when you lived in them. But now put off all this anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy and filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him.
Turn you at my reproof and watch, I will pour out My Spirit on you, and make My words known to you. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him. Let him know, that he which converts the sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will hide a multitude of sins. He that covers his sins will not prosper but confess and forsakes them and you will find mercy.
Reckon yourself to be dead to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ the Lord. Let not sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in the lusts. And don’t yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin will not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law, but under grace. Know you not, that to whom you yield yourself and obey as a servant, his servants you are, whether to sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling and pursue holiness that you may see God.
But thanks be to God, that you were the servants of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh, for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity, even so now yield it now to righteousness unto holiness. For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness. What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and a servant to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
I know that in me that is, in my flesh, dwell no good thing. For to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Having eyes full of adultery that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls with hearts exercised with covetous practices, cursed children, which have forsaken the right way and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but was rebuked for his iniquity by the dumb donkey speaking with man’s voice forbade the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds carried with the tempest, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh through much wantonness, those that were clean, escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption.
For by what a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage. For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, the dog turned back to his own vomit and the washed pig to her wallowing in mud.
Victory has great rewards
Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation for the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Whom you resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. For what is our hope, joy and crown of rejoicing? Is it not you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? In hope of eternal life, which God who cannot lie, promised before the world began.
For every man that strives for the mastery is restrained in all things. They do it to obtain a corruptible crown but we an incorruptible. And when the chief Shepherd will appear, you will receive a crown of glory that doesn’t fade away.
Christ did not come in the form and nature of an angel, but the seed of Abraham. For in all things it was necessary for him to be made the same as his brothers, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to help them that are tempted.
Blessed is the man that endures temptation. For when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him. I am crucified with Christ, yet I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Now is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to you in that day, and not only to you, but also to all them that loves his appearing. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken, cast down, but not destroyed. Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
Fight the good fight, and finished your course, keep the faith. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war with the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. And to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Jesus said: To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except him that receives it. He that overcomes and keep my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations. To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. He that overcomes will not be hurt by the second death. He that overcomes will be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will go out no more, and I will write on him my new name, the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God which is the new Jerusalem, that comes down out of heaven from my God.
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The good wife
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trust in her, so that he will have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands. She is like a cargo ship, bringing her food from afar. Early she rises and gives food to her household, and a portion to her servants. She considers a field, and buys it, and with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She girds her loins with strength, and strengthened her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good and her candle does not go out by night. She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretches out her hand to the poor, yes she reaches forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She makes herself coverings of tapestry, her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes fine linen and sells it and deliverers girdles to the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing and she will rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looked well to the ways of her household, and eat not the bread of idleness. Her children wakes up and call her blessed even her husband also praise her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman that fear the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates. In like manner women adorn yourselves in modest apparel, restrained by shame and sobriety, and not with braided hair, gold, pearls or costly outfits. But with which become women professing godliness with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed then Eve. For Adam was not deceived but the woman being deceived was in the sin. But she will be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the Lord. Wives be in subjection to your own husbands, that if any obey not the word, they without the word be won as he watches your chaste conversation combined with fear. Let your adorning not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel, but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
For after this manner holy women of old also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, you husband dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life that your prayers be not hindered. House and riches are the inheritance of fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Let your women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience as also the law says. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? Came the word of God out from you, or came it to you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man knows it not, let him be ignorant. Gracious women retains honor and strong men riches. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but she that makes shame is as rottenness in his bones.
Speak the things which become sound doctrine. That aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, and in patience. And the older women in their behavior reflect holiness, not false accusers, not given too much wine, teachers of good things. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands and to love their children. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God not be blasphemed. Likewise, young men should be sober minded and in all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity with sound speech that cannot be condemned and that is otherwise may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
Gracious women retain honor and strong men retain riches. Do men compete with woman? No, of course not. It’s not in their make up to do so. Men compete with men, and men compete with the curse of their environment to subdue it.
Single or married
And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a help mate for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And what ever Adam called them, that was the name of it. So Adam gave names to all cattle and to the birds, and to every animal, but for Adam there was not found a help mate. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on him, and while he was sleeping, took one of his ribs, and then covered up his flesh. So God made the woman and after brought her to the man. And when Adam saw her he said, wow, bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she will be called woman. So will a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they will be one flesh. And both of them were naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed.
It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife has not power of her own body, but the husband, and likewise also the husband has not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud you not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinence. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
But I speak by permission, and not by command. I wish that all men were even as I myself, but every man has his own gift of God. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they remain like me. But if they cannot contain, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn. And to the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, let not the wife depart from her husband. But and if she departs, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife.
But to the rest I speak, not the Lord, If any brother has a wife that believes not, and she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which has a husband that believes not, and if he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband, else were your children unclean, but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart, a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace. For how do you know if you will save your wife or husband? But as God has distributed to every man, as the Lord has called every one, so let him walk, and so ordain I in all churches.
The head of every man is Christ, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. A man who pray or prophesy with his head covered dishonors his head, and every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman, for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. Judge for yourselves. Is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. No man hates his own flesh, but nourish and cherish it, even as the Lord the church. We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this reason will a man leave his parents, and will be joined to his wife, and they two will be one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Then came to him the Sadducee’s, which say that there is no resurrection and asked him, Master, Moses said, If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry his wife and raise up seed for his brother. Now there were with us seven brothers and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and having no issue left his wife unto his brother. Likewise, the second also, and the third, unto the seventh, and last of all the woman died. Now in the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven for they all had her? So Jesus answered them, You do err, because you know not the scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
Songs of Solomon
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death, jealousy is as cruel as the grave, the coals thereof are coals of fire, which have a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. Who is this that comes up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I charge you women, stir not up nor awake my love until he please.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth, for his love is better than wine. Like the smell of your perfume, so is your name poured forth as ointment and do the virgins love you. A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me. He will lie all night against my breasts. Tell me, you whom my soul love, where do you feed, where do you make your flock to rest at night.
He is the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. My beloved spoke and said to me, Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.
Look at you my love , you are so beautiful. You have eyes like doves eyes. If you know not, you fairest among women. O my dove, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice. For your voice is sweet and your looks beautiful. At night on my bed I longed for him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now and go search for him whom my soul love. I searched for him, but I found him not.
Behold, you are fair my love, you have doves eyes and your hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of sheered sheep, which came up from the washing, whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them. Your lips are like a thread of scarlet, and your speech is comely, thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks. Your neck is like the tower of David built for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men. Your two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies. Until day break and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.
You are perfect my love. There is no spot in you. You have ravished my heart, my love, you have ravished my heart with your eyes. How beautiful is your love, my love! Your love is much better than wine! And the smell of your perfume than all the spices! Your lips my spouse, drop as the honeycomb. Honey and milk are under your tongue and the smell of your garments is like the smell of Lebanon.
A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse is a spring shut up and a fountain sealed. Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits, and trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes with all the best spices. A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon. Awake, o north wind and come to the south. Blow upon my garden that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice and I have eaten my honeycomb and I have drunk my wine with my milk. Eat my friends and drink up, yes, drink abundantly, my beloved.
I sleep, but my heart is awake. It is the voice of my beloved who knock at my door, whispering, open for me my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled. His head is filled with dew, and his hair with the drops of the night. But I have already put off my coat. Will I put it on for him? My feet are washed, will I dirty them again? My beloved puts his hand by the hole in the door and my stomach is filled with butterflies. I get up to open for my beloved and my hands dropped with myrrh, my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh upon the lock of my door. I opened for him, but my beloved have withdrawn himself, and was gone.
My soul failed when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him. I called him, but he gave me no answer. The watchmen on patrol who found me struck and wounded me and the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me. I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved that you tell him, that I am love-sick. What makes your beloved more than another beloved, O you fairest among women, that you so charge us?
My beloved is handsome, the greatest among ten thousand. His looks is just outrageously gorgeous. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers, and his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl. His belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold. His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is so sweet, yes he is totally handsome.
This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. He feeds among the lilies. My dove, my undefiled is but one; She is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her and blessed her. Yea, the queens and the concubines all praised her. Who is she whose looks goes forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?
How beautiful are your feet with shoes, my princess daughter! The joints of your thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. Your navel is like a round glass which wants no liquor and your belly is like a heap of wheat set about with lilies. Your two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. Your neck is as a tower of ivory and your eyes like the sparkling stars brightening the skies of heaven. Your nose is as the tower of Lebanon which look toward Damascus. Your head is like Carmel, and the hair of your head like the purple that hangs in the king’s galleries.
How fair and how pleasant you are my love, for delights! Your stature is like to a palm tree and your breasts to clusters of grapes. I said, I will go up to the palm tree and I will take hold of the boughs thereof. Now will your breasts also be to me as the clusters of the vine, and the smell of your nose like sweet apples. And the roof of your mouth like the best wine for my beloved that goes down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field for a picnic and let us lodge in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards and see if the vine flourishes, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth, there will I give you my loves. The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for you, o my beloved.
You are special
- You’re worth the time and prayer invested in yourself.
- When beauty comes from the inside, it shines on the outside.
- Think no more of yourself or any less than necessary.
- Love yourself and people will do the same. Treat yourself with respect and dignity like you would treat others.
- Love your body, mind and soul: love enough to care.
- There’s something special about you. You are an Original.
- The mirror is not a reflection of your heart. God is the make-over specialist who starts with the heart.
- Values define a person. Do you know what your values are?
- You are who you are! You might need to change some things.
- Freedom comes from being responsible for your own choices.
- Talk to Jesus, not the mirror or the hand.
- Your an original and is what makes you lovable and precious.
- Your image before God is of higher priority than before men.
- When you think you have nothing to give, you haven’t yet discovered the treasure hidden in you.
- Everyone wants to belong but not all wants commitment.
- Disability can become God ability through you.
- Contentment is when your happiness no longer depends on what you have or don’t have.
- Cultivate the qualities in you, you admire in others.
- Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is helpful.
- You are who you label yourself to be. God’s label is love.
- Joy and peace comes from a strong faith in God.
- Inner struggles is essential for becoming a mature individual.
- Sex blinds the eyes, but friends builds trust that sweetens love.
- When Jesus is your first love, all else becomes your ‘Ex’.
- People naturally seems defensive, but when they feel safe they become open and inviting.
- Flowers brings smiles to the living, but the dead will not know your love.
- Forgiveness is possible when you know how many sins God has forgiven you.
- Love will not abort. For love is kind and bear all things.
- Love is not selfish but lust leaves your partner empty and unfulfilled.
- Express yourself among like-minded people, but freedom has boundaries that demands respect.
- Love beautifies and enhance sexual intimacy, not defile it.
- If X means it’s a wrong answer, then XXX must mean it’s truly bad.
- A life worth living begins at home, with words of kindness of thoughtful deeds.
- Emotional outburst shuts the door to open communication and rude words are irreversible.
- Lust flirts and fools around, and cannot commit to true love.
- Show mercy and be kind is the law of the humankind.
- You shall not commit adultery. Yet, by looking with lust in your heart at your neighbor’s you have done it.
- No means No. Often its non-negotiable. Be cautious of the men who violates your will to choose.
- A virtuous woman inspires her man to greatness, and a faithful man loves her deeply. Wise woman builds homes.
- Continue to love even when people close to you leave’s you for dead and wounded, because they don’t understand.
- Confrontation is not a contest of power. Disagree respectfully without insults.
- Marry a friend whom you would gladly sacrifice everything you have, or at worst, an arm or a leg.
- Quick tempered men who despise authority and break rules invites only trouble.
- Addiction is destructive to your relationships, your health and your finance. Seek help.
- Find someone who will appreciate a special hug and give it to them. Treasure these special people in your life.
- Romance your spouse as if you are in love all over again.
- Wrong relationships is a prison, until you escape.
- Porn perverts the sacredness of sexual intimacy, and is an utter betrayal of love.
- Ultimatums are not the best solution to achieve desired response in a relationship but sometimes is necessary.
- God made sex good and is sacred between a man and his wife. Sexual promiscuity is never God’s will, for God is holy.
- Conflicts often are a personal reflection for not living the significant life, you dreamed off.
- More often than not, it is not your fault when your spouse betrays their vows of fidelity.
- Open minded people have no border control.
- Signs of unhealthy and abusive relationship is the alienation of support that would strengthen and value you.
- Everyone is vulnerable to temptations. Talk to a friend.
- Recognize the small things people do, and show your appreciation for their thoughtfulness.
- The joy of life is when you go home and find love and peace.
- Froward men sows strife and whisperers separates best friends.
- Being kind in truth is more important than being right.
- Walls of isolation makes you a hermit. Find refuge in God’s love and live free.
- When you date a lot you become uncommitted, unreliable and unfaithful to one partner. Love is patient.
- Are you looking for love or do you just want sex? Love will fill your soul, while casual sex will leave it empty.
- How long will you keep running from God? He only wants a close relationship with you that will last forever.
- Jesus is a friend of sinners and you could be too. His power turns sinners into saints.
- Pornography destroys values and morals, and yet it is tolerated as adult entertainment?
- Everybody wants to belong to something or someone but not everyone wants to commit.
- Not everyone is doing it. Who is lying to you?
- Pictures of past relationships should not be kept for future reference. Let it go.
- X-mas marks the spot of Christ birth to save sinners.
Love is better than wine
- What is Love? Love suffers long and is kind, envies not, parades not itself, nor is puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, nor seeks her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, rejoices in truth but not in sin, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Love fails not.
- Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that spitefully uses you.
- Love will cross beyond cultural, racial and religious bounds to set the captives free.
- God is love. And God loves them that loves him and his son.
- Love works no ill to his neighbor, and love is the fulfillment of the law. Love covers many sins.
- Love is the most precious gift anyone can give or receive.
- Answer hate, jealousy, pride and selfishness with love, for what does it profit if you love only those who love you.
- No greater love has man but to lay down his life for another.
- Love is perfect despite how broken twisted some present it.
- Love is priceless and cannot be bought or sold.
- Can you love God and simultaneously hate your brother?
- All relationships are rooted in love, respect and commitment.
- Love is given without restraint but is not unconditional.
- Love God and love your neighbor - this is God’s law.
- The faithful wound of a friend is better than the deceitful kisses of an enemy, for better is open rebuke, than secret love.
- Love is priceless when you do more than just say you care.
- The Bible is the greatest love story ever told or written.
- Love will pray for all people despite the logical objections.
- Someone wants and needs your love and forgiveness.
- When you love, you are doing what God wants you to do.
- Love not just in thought or empty words but in passion.
- When you see Jesus crucified on the cross, you will know God’s love for you.
- Tough love is often intolerance towards another’s failure.
- Love has the power to drive away fear.
- To love good is to hate all evil. Love sets you free.
- Love persuades one to action and not to quiet diplomacy.
- No one who loves, has escaped the burden of a jealous heart.
- Whoever forgive seeks and finds forgiveness for themselves.
- Love keeps the light burning. Whatever you tempt for supper may not be gone by sunrise.
- Love makes every second chance look like a new beginning.
- The love of God is free and at the same time priceless.
- Love exposes darkness with penetrating light and eternal life.
- Love is the spice of choice for healthy relationships.
A new commandment I give you Jesus said, that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you love you each other. By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
The first of all the commandments is this, Hear, o Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord. And you will love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And second to it is that you must love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers a multitude of sin. Though I speak with tongues of men and angels, but have not charity, I have become as a sounding brass and a dripping tap. And though I have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries and knowledge and have mountain moving faith, but have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.
Charity suffers long and is kind, it envies not, and boast not itself, nor is it puffed up. It doesn’t act itself rudely, seeks not her own, and is not easily provoked. Charity thinks no evil and rejoices not in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. Charity never fails, but there is an end to prophecies, so is there an end to speaking in tongues, even knowledge will seize. And now we have faith, and hope, and charity, and the greatest of these is charity.
We are of God. He that knows God hears us. He that is not of God, hears us not. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not, knows not God, for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has torment, so he that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. For he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he then love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loves God must also love his brother.
But whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to do the same, laying down our lives for the brethren. And whoever has these worlds goods, and sees his brother have need, yet shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwell the love of God in him? My little children, let not our love be in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and will assure our hearts before him. Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves for charity will cover a multitude of sins.
Owe no man anything, but to love each other. For he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments that says you shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not covet, and if there be any other, is briefly wrapped up in this saying, namely, love your neighbor as yourself, for love works no ill to his neighbor. Therefore, is love the fulfilling of the law. Love you your enemies, do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return, and your reward will be great, that you may be the children of the Highest, for he is kind to the evil and the un-thankful.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Continue you in My love. If you keep My commandments, then will you abide in My love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things have I spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment that you love each other, as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do whatsoever I command you. Love Jesus.