Monthly Archives: February 2013

38 posts

I Corinthians 13 and Parenting

Here are links to each of the posts on I Corinthians 13:4-7 and parenting. Each post covers part of these 4 verses and makes specific application to parenting. How do you love your children? Love is Kind Loving Your Children – It’s not about you The Disgrace of Dishonored Children If I love my children, why do I get angry? Conflicted Love Avoiding conflicted love with your teenager Love keeps no record of wrongs – how does that work? Love does not keep a record of wrongs – an example What love does and does not… Counterfeit Lives Love always…

Love always…

This is the last post in the series on I Corinthians 13 and parenting. It is not possible or even wise to attempt to say all that could be said about love in these posts. Rather, I have just focused on making specific application to parenting. Even with this restriction, my comments are summary at best.    We have focused on verses four through seven. This section begins with two positive statements about what love is and then follows with eight statements about what love is not. The Holy Spirit then ends with five positive statements of what love is. We looked at verse six, “love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth”, in a recent post. […]

Counterfeit Lives

Something is counterfeit if it appears to be genuine but is not. The problem with counterfeit money is that you can use and spend it and often the recipient will not recognize it for what it is. Then one day you attempt to use what is counterfeit with someone who knows what is genuine. Not only do you not get what you wanted but the fake money you have is forfeit as well.   Life is like that. You can spend your life on things that don’t have real value. You can invest in what you think will make you happy. Then you meet the One who is genuine. You realize at that moment your life has been invested in […]

What love does and does not

We have come to the last of eight negative statements made about love in I Corinthians 13. In verse six a direct contrast is made with delighting in evil and rejoicing in the truth. This has a pointed application to parenting. Here is verse six:   “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”   Parenting has two distinct facets.  The first is the conscious directions, conversations, plans, and activities that you choose to make in an ongoing basis as you raise your children. The second is not nearly as thought out, but much more powerful in what it communicates to your children.  This facet is the way interact with your world and what happens to you […]

Good Mood Bad Mood – Separating theory from fact

Charles Hodges cuts through the medical fog with clear, understandable writing. Good Mood Bad Mood is a compassionate, caring resource that you can trust to shed the light of Scripture on the topic of mood disorders. Here is an exa   “There are many significant problems with the chemical imbalance theory, and they are key to understanding the way diagnoses of mood disorders have increased and evolved in recent years. The first problem is that the chemical imbalance theory of depression is just that—a theory. While the lay literature and the public statements of drug manufacturers seem to indicate that this theory is scientific fact, there has never been a peer-reviewed, published journal article that proves that a serotonin deficiency […]

Pistorious and Steenkamp – a promise shattered

Oscar Pistorious and Reeva Steenkamp appeared to have it all. Mr. Pistorious was lauded as a remarkable story of courage and the will to overcome adversity.  He was the “Bladerunner.” Despite being a double amputee he was able to compete in the 2012 Olympic games in the men’s 400 meters. He finished last in his semi-final heat, but he received universal acclaim as an athlete and role model.   Also last summer, fellow South African, Reeva Steenkamp, was competing in a reality TV show. Ms. Steenkamp, was a model, lawyer, and social advocate. She too was well-respected. At the close of the reality series she had this to say:   “I think the way that you go out, not just […]

Love does not keep a record of wrongs – an example

Erin asked for an example of the what it would look to show how a parent would lovingly discipline by not keeping a record of wrongs.  The example in the post was about a child who repeatedly failed to come when called. It is counterproductive to remind the child of how many times they have failed. This can easily lead to frustration for both parent and child. It also can give the idea that the eighth time the child disobeyed is far worse than the first time. Each refusal to come is equally serious. The problem is the same each time – God is being disobeyed.    The following scenario assumes that mom has been working with her daughter in […]

Love keeps no record of wrongs – how does that work?

Recording wrongs for regular mental playback Is forbidden by the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 13. Keeping track of wrong behavior is appropriate for justice and judgement. However, God is the one who keeps those records of wrong. It is out of place for people to attempt to do God’s job.    The good news of the gospel is that all the sin that I have done has been recorded and compiled by God. Then, on a Sabbath’s Eve over 2,000 years ago, that record, containing more wrongs than I could bear to consider, was hurled in the form a guilty verdict at Jesus Christ as he hung on a tree. At that moment keeping a record of wrongs became […]

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Worship must be consumed with whom we worship. If worship becomes about my experience then my experience becomes the object of worship. Here are three things about worship that will help keep your focus on the majesty of God.   Worship is a response to greatness. When you consider who God is, you can not help but bow before him. It is always appropriate to be blown away by greatness of God. There is none like him.   Worship is a response to power. When you consider that God holds your life in his hands, when you consider he holds and controls the vast expanse of the universe together by his will, when you consider that Christ has defeated the […]

How do we know the Bible is God’s word and not man’s?

One of our readers asks an important question regarding a recent post. This question deserves a separate post to answer it. Perhaps others of you have asked the same question or have had it asked of you by friends, family members or others. Here is the question David asked:   “I wonder how words from a man turn into the word of god. Still have a very difficult time grasping this concept.”   David thanks for asking this question.   To begin with your first sentence, you ask how the word of man can turn into the word of God. If this was what really happened, man’s words turning into God’s words, then it would make no sense to rely […]