What is Love?

When people read 1 Corinthians 13, they try to emulate all the attributes of love. You can’t do that.  Just like you can’t try to muster all the fruits of the spirit. These scriptures don’t tell you how to love, they tell you how to discern love. You can’t engineer it.  If you have one attribute, but not the rest it is considered counterfeit. It’s something perfect.

In essence, love is holiness, and you can’t attain holiness without being in God.  People tend to think love is a deep emotional regard or attachment to someone.  Others say love is an action.  Love is more of a state, or a mindset. Many people will say they worry about their kids because they love them.  The Bible tells us that there is no fear in love; that, in actuality, love EXPELS fear. 1John 4:18  Not only that, but the Love Chapter also states that it always hopes, always trusts and it never fails. Hope is to have an assurance, an expectation of something good from God. You do not fear death or sickness with a loved one.  You expect something good from God to overcome this because love never fails.  You know that God first loves us, so he will always protect us.  He is holy, he is whole, he is self-sufficient, he is all.  So if love begins with him and you allow it to overtake you, you take part in him, you are guided by him and do the works he does… just as Jesus did. You persevere with difficult people, you intercede on their behalf, and you hope that God will get a hold of them like he got a hold of Paul.

When you operate out of love you also operate out of the Holy Spirit.  See if you don’t have the fruits if you are operating in love.  Will you not also have joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control?

You have to start with the cross.  Jesus died while we were yet sinners. The perfect died for the imperfect. Even while being beaten, mocked, spit upon, whipped, flogged, and crucified, he loved us and asked God to forgive us. Do you have that kind of love?  Or do you blow up if someone cuts you off?  God desires us to be whole, and he wants us to catch his vision. He wants to get rid of fear and corruption, hatred and perversion. God is everything good, and we cast him aside. We go on sinning, not even believing he is good. We are afraid to seek him. His holy nature isn’t something to fear, but to embrace. He brings freedom. Run to him and let the sin and corruption be burned up by his love.

Is Baptism just a Symbol?

I was worried that I didn’t provide enough information on the topic in The Lost Gospel.  So I’m trying to provide a little more clarity here.

In a day and age where words don’t mean anything, symbolism is totally lost on people.

Symbolism is an action performed with something physical, to signify something that couldn’t otherwise be seen. If I wave a white flag that doesn’t make me magically lose all of my strength and turn me into a acquiescent cyborg.  But it does signify my surrender… if I’m honest.

Just like Samson’s hair didn’t make him strong.  It was a symbol of a covenant he made with God.  A Nazarite vow.  When his hair was cut his covenant was broken and he lost the supernatural strength given him by God’s Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit was also represented by oil in the Old Testament when anointing a king, or applied for a healing.

When we are baptized in water it is a symbol, but that doesn’t make it a powerless act.  It is an outside physical act that signifies something we can’t see in the spiritual.  A renewal of our spirit and the dying of sins.  There is power in it because we are commanded to do it in the Great Commission.

It’s aggravating that so many arguments can arise from semantics.  But then I guess if we’re listening it can be a good thing if we gain understanding from these debates.

The Incorruptible

The amazing thing about Jesus was he was incorruptible.  He was unable to be deceived nor swayed by Satan.  So demons feared him.

The devil can destroy so much, but God has the power to build.  He’s faithful, he’s resilient.  It’s his character.  It’s like the big, bad wolf blowing against the brick wall.  He will not be moved or shaken. Jesus didn’t have to argue with demons, they cowered.  He gave them permission to enter the pigs.  Gave them permission.  He had ultimate authority.  This is the power of God’s holy love.

People are afraid of storms and death and demons.  What does Jesus say?  Do not fear the one who can destroy the body but cannot destroy your soul. (Matt 10:28)  We have something incorruptible, something eternal when we receive salvation.(1 Peter 1:23)  Paul says this is why we never give up, though our bodies are dying our souls keep being renewed.(2 Cor 4:16) Look at the value of what you have been given.  Your soul and it’s salvation, it’s unification with God, it’s fusion with his Holy Spirit.

Paul and Silas could sing praises, the apostles could rejoice when they were beaten.  Why?  Because the world only had the authority to destroy the one corruptible thing we have.  Who cares about the body?  It’s a reminder of the enemy’s limitations.  He cannot destroy me.  We can laugh at him because greater is he that is in us.(1 John 4:4)  Think about that.  Don’t just recite it, but dwell on it. We have the ability to build and restore and make holy. Focus on this truth. We have the ability to share the gospel.  We can infect somebody with holiness.


Transgender Phobia

This is annoying.

Stop with the hate.  I’m not liberal, I’m not conservative.  I just want to be a peacemaker.

Don’t hate the LGBT.  Jesus ate with tax-collectors and sinners.  Do you remember the story of Zaccheus?  Did Jesus say, “Get your life in order”?  No, he told him he wanted to eat at his house.  IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY!!! I’m surprised people didn’t start shouting “Boycott Jesus”.  Because tax collectors were evil people who took advantage of others. But that act of kindness, and bold kindness at that, changed the man’s heart in an instant.  He repented right then and there. Jesus did this a lot.  He didn’t shout condemnation to the woman caught in adultery.  He protected her!!!  Did he hate sin?  Yes.  Did he condone her actions?  No.  But he came to show her love and freedom from sin.

That’s what we are to do in a fallen world.  Stop complaining that it’s fallen and start changing it.  Even Jesus said he didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it.  You don’t change the world by calling people out and being pretentious.  You show them that love is the alternative to sin and it’s possible to attain.  Holiness in practice is perfect love.  LAY ASIDE YOUR AGENDA!!!  Look to others.

I’ve heard Christians post statistics that many in the LGBT community had been sexually abused before.  If that is actually true, and you believe it, are you seriously going to condemn and shun them and make them feel worse?  Then you are a part of the problem. Why don’t you start ignoring the sin and start focusing on the person?

Jesus didn’t have to tell the lost people what they did wrong, they were aware of their sin.  How could they forget?  The Pharisees and Sadducees wouldn’t leave them alone. Jesus actually accused and condemned the religious saying “You weigh them down with heavy burdens and aren’t willing to lift a finger to help them.  You travel land and sea to win a single convert and when he becomes one you make him twice a son of hell as you are.”  OUCH.  Not only that he said that the prostitutes were entering the kingdom of heaven before them.

I have a take on sexual orientation, but I don’t want to get into it here. I don’t care about sexuality.  I really don’t.  I’ve been hit on by both guys and girls.  It’s cool.  My focus is the heart.  Everyone is hurting and we are supposed to show the love of God.  My focus is not any specific “sin”.  My focus is getting rid of bitterness, hatred and fear, and you will never accomplish these things by boycotts or yelling at a lost world to act “saved”.


This was just a quick thought.


Guys have to talk in church and not do.  There is no power.  Guys innate desire is to fix, and in today’s church he’s powerless to do so.

Guys could get away with sex and drinking and abuse back in the day

Then women wanted freedom, now no one is responsible.

In the church marriages aren’t valued.  men just want sex and work for it.  they show no love for their wife.  they just submit and beg for sex. they make her to be a prostitute.  where is the love unity or respect. this is the norm in christian counseling. why?

It’s just sex.  There is no love anywhere.



To provide some clarification, the early church consisted of more than just speaking. They operated in spiritual gifts.  They did as Jesus did: healed the sick, raised the dead, cleansed those with leprosy, raised the dead and cast out demons.  They could be men of action. Somehow the gifts phased out and it became about politics and doing nothing but talking. The guys innate desire to “fix” things was not met and they became hopeless just seeking out pleasures of the flesh.  They ate, drank, caroused etc.  That left just the women in the church to be the anchor for their families.  Now feminism has come in because women had enough of men’s actions.  They’ve left the family and gone after their own pleasures of the flesh. (This is all generally speaking). Many parents just drop their kids off and church and both of them skip out.

Most of the marriage counseling I’ve seen in the church consists of men serving women to get sex. “You may not enjoy the opera together, but sit through it so you can get lucky later.”  They don’t teach on actual love.  Once again this is generally speaking.  Mark Gungor is a popular marriage counselor and he says, “If a guy wants companionship he’ll get a dog.” Apparently you just get a woman for sex, and “love” her to get sex.

One awesome biblical teaching I’ve found on marriage came from Francis Chan.  He quoted Paul saying that those who are married should live as though they aren’t married.  Sounds like strange advice, but then he goes on to clarify.  If we make things about Christ and make his desires our own, we’re on a mission together. We have one purpose.  We have a good marriage because we aren’t trying to please each other, we are trying to live with the love of Christ and it just sort of happens naturally.

Power of Love

Jesus dying on the cross was the ultimate demonstration of love.  Giving his own life for wrong doing when he was perfect.

Jesus rising from the dead was the ultimate demonstration of the POWER of love.

Love is desiring someone whole despite personal cost.  There is no fear in love because you are willing to lose everything. Your passion consumes your fear. Jesus so desired for us to be whole that he gave his life, but the amazing thing is death did not trump his act. His love trumped death.  His love was more powerful than death itself.

This is why Paul said if there were no resurrection we should be of all men most pitied.  Love would prove to be futile or powerless. But because of his resurrection there is hope.  Love was able to conquer all corruption, all sin, all death.  He was able to undo all the mess we did. From one man, Adam, corruption entered the world.  Creation no longer reflected God and fell from perfect harmony.  However, by one act of the second Adam, Jesus, all this was undone and we attain righteousness.

We sing about death not holding Jesus down and have no revelation of it’s meaning.  Planetshakers has a song called “The Anthem” it says, “Hallelujah, you have won the victory, hallelujah, you have won it all for me, death could not hold you down, you are the risen King, seated in majesty, you are the risen King.”

This act wasn’t for glory.  God is already glorious and perfect, he couldn’t attain anything higher.  However he did this for love of us and desiring everything to be reconciled to himself. Death could not hold him down, not because of his deity, but because of the power of his perfect love.  And the amazing thing is that the same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead now lives within us. We can walk in victory over sin and walk in perfect love if we choose. He is King.  He reigns supreme, over everything.  It’s not a cliche that he is King of kings.  He conquered all corruption including sickness and death. This should free us from all fear.  We can love knowing it’s not fruitless. It’s powerful. This is why whoever loses his life for Jesus sake will find it just as he lost his for our sake.

Faith Hope and Love

People don’t know what these words mean.

Faith is not belief. James says faith without works is dead.  It’s has to have an action or reaction.  Hebrews tells us it’s by his spirit.  Unfortunately the meaning of Hebrews 11:1 changes depending on it’s translation.  The best I see says that Faith is “evidence” of things not seen, and “substance “of things hoped for.  A thought or feeling is not evidence or substantial.  You don’t go to a court of law and prove something by thoughts and feelings.  You have physical evidence.  Jericho’s walls falling down was “evidence” of the unseen God. Samson’s strength was “evidence” of the unseen God’s power.  When you look at Jesus he says to certain people, “your faith has made you well.” The centurion had revelation of Jesus’ authority.  He listened to a truth spoken to him by the Holy Spirit and Jesus was amazed that he listened and spoke “just say the word and my servant will be healed.” That’s when he praised his faith.  It wasn’t a “belief” it was his acceptance of the Holy Spirit’s truth and him speaking in faith.  The woman with the issue of blood, where do you think she got the idea to touch the edge of Jesus’ cloak? The Canaanite woman too had a revelation of the character of God. She refused to believe he didn’t care for her daughter.  Something was revealed to her by the Holy Spirit.  Same thing with Peter.  Jesus asked who he thought he was.  The Son of the Living God.  There were people listening to the Holy Spirit around Jesus. Others just focused on Jesus, and that got them in trouble.  The centurion believed Jesus words, but Lazarus’ friends and family did not.  They had to have Jesus come in person and rejected his word that he would be well. They did not operate in faith. Thus Jesus wept numerous times in their presence. Faith means the Holy Spirit initiates something inside of you and you act on his leading.  The Bible says we should live by faith.  Not by believing, but by submitting constantly to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Hope is not wishful thinking, it is expectancy, it’s probably what you thought faith was: knowing what God will do.  That sort of belief. Hope is  the confidence that God wants to grant your desire. We can have confidence before him if our heart condemns us not. You don’t fear.  Fear has doubt, and according to James it means your love has not been perfected.  Love always hopes.

Love is not a feeling, and it is not an action, it is desire.  It is willful. It is a mindset. When you love somebody you want them to be whole despite the cost.  Not happy, but whole. Would you want your kid to be happy in a cage watching tv or playing a video game and never being free? He might be content, but he isn’t whole, he’s missing freedom.  Same with God.  He didn’t want us to sin and be broken, but at the same time he didn’t want us caged.  He loved us and wanted us whole, offering freedom and healing.

1 Corinthians says these 3 things will remain: Faith (ability) Hope (vision/expectancy) and love (desire for wholeness).  We will always have God’s goodness, his ability, and his holy nature if we take part in him.