A Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” – Psalm 100:1

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I am a Seattle Seahawks fan. The Seattle Seahawks fans are known for their loudness. It is said they are louder than when an airplane is about to takeoff. In 2013, the Seahawks fans screamed and made such a loud noise such that they caused a small earthquake which registered 137.6 decibels! The Seattle Seahawks fans are serious about their support of their beloved team.

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Psalm 100 encourages God’s people to worship God without any restraints. The Psalmist exhorts the people to freely express their love for God. For us today, we are to freely worship God. We are to remove all restraints which inhibit us from articulating our undying love for God.

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Why joyful noise?

SAVED. We are to be joyful because we are no longer slaves to sin. God set us free. “We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.” – Romans 6:6

GOD’S PRESENCE. Our present circumstance, though not perfect, is much better than where we were. The past was doom and gloom. God redeemed us from a dark past. Here, in the present, the presence of God sustains us. We are joyful because God is with us, no matter the circumstances. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11

VICTORY. We are joyful because we are over-comers. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.  “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

ANSWERED PRAYERS. Many of us can name a few or many answered prayers. We owe it to God to thank Him for hearing our prayers. We owe it to Him to thank Him for all His blessings and miracles.

THE FUTURE. We are full of hope for the future. God is preparing a bright future for us. Why should we be sad? We will not let the pain of yesterday rob us of the future that awaits us. “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.” – I Corinthians 2:9.

We might not cause the earth to shake like the Seattle Seahawks fans do, but we must not shy away from a deep expression of our love for God. Our joyful noise for God must shake the gates of Hades. Are you ready to make a joyful noise to the Lord?

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Confession is Good for the Soul

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I John 1:8-10, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

It’s been said, “Confession is good for the soul.” Is this statement true? Is confession easy to do? To whom should we confess, anyway? I must confess, I find it hard and awkward to confess my sins to other people. I find it difficult to confess to God, as well.

Confession to God is serious business. Confession to God means we accept our sins, and we acknowledge that God can do something about our sins. Here are some reasons why people struggle to confess their sins to God.

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  1. IGNORANCE. You do not know what you do not know.  You don’t know what you did wrong. Sometimes you have to wait for a sermon or for someone to remind you of your transgressions. Some people do not believe their actions are sinful. They think their actions are just misguided mistakes, and errors. No need to confess, so they think.
  2. GUILT. This is the big one here. People struggle to face God when they are aware of the huge wall of sin blocking their view of God. They may feel bad, remorseful, and ashamed. They might wonder if the Holy God would want to hear from them. They envision God saying, “Not again. How many times are you going to keep sinning and coming back to ask for forgiveness?” Acknowledging your own sin is a humbling exercise. Facing God while you are in sin is embarrassing and shameful. Hiding or ignoring your sins does not make the sins disappear. Sooner or later, you are going to deal with those sins. It is better to confess them now, when grace is available, than at a time when it would be too late.
  3. BUSYNESS. A rushed life has no time for deep, thoughtful communication with God. When people are rushed, they tend to make general, drive-by prayers. They gloss over serious problems, and dismiss them as insignificant errors. Quality, unhurried time with God is conducive for serious reflection on the ugliness of sin, and the beauty of God’s abundant grace.

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Every time we confess how we have missed the mark of God’s love and truth, we open ourselves up to the mending work of the cross. Jesus’ wounds hold true life-changing power. This is the shocking reality that confession can open up to us.” (Adele Calhoun)

Yes, confession is good for the soul. It makes the soul right with God. God knows your sins. God is not happy with your sins. Continuing in sin places your relationship with God in jeopardy. You must confess your sins, not only to clear your conscience, but to clear the path to God.

Stop running, stop hiding, confess your sins to God, and God will cleanse you.

Called to be Faithful

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“I recently read about an old man, walking the beach at dawn, who noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth, he asked what he was doing. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. ‘But the beach goes on for miles and miles, and there are millions of starfish,’ countered the man. ‘How can your effort make any difference?’ The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. ‘It makes a difference to this one,’ he said.” – Hugh Duncan, Leadership Journal.

Faithfulness makes a difference. When I hear the word faithfulness, I think of words and phrases like loyalty, stick-to-it, hang on, consistency, reliable, dependable, always there, never give up, and so forth. Faithfulness means loyal, unmovable allegiance to God, spouse, family, people, school, work, or a cause. For us as Christians, we are called to remain faithful to God, and in all our relationships and commitments. We face obstacles and temptations which seek to derail our faithfulness and allegiance to God. Yet, we are called to remain faithful through it all.

How to remain faithful

1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” From this verse we learn the following:

  1. Be alert at all times. Keep your eyes open. Be attentive to your surroundings and situations. The devil seeks to attack, frustrate, and destroy your faith. Watch out for people, things, and places which might derail you. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind.Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

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2. Stand firm, immovable, grounded, anchored in your faith. Establish your position and refuse to let anything move you. Say, “Not today, nor ever. Not in my house, devil!” Ephesians 6:13-14, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…” 

3. Do not be afraid. The enemy will huff and puff; situations will intimidate you, but do not be afraid. Stand your ground. Be bold. Be fearless. Isaiah 41:10, ““So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

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4. Be strong. Draw your strength from God through prayer. When you are weak, trust God to give you strength to persevere through it all. Joshua 1:6-7a, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous.” Yes, you can be faithful. Someone is counting on your? Your faithfulness makes a difference.

Bringing Our Pain to Jesus

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Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate our dear mothers. Mother’s Day can be a great day but can be a painful day for those whose mothers are no longer here with us.

The sun was about to bid the day farewell. It had turned into a big, tan ball lingering on the threshold of the sky and the earth; day and night. The warmth of the sun was diminishing as a cool breeze began to sweep over the earth. Darkness encroached ever so slightly, as light progressively disappeared. The good day was coming to an end. ‘Say “Hi” to everyone. I am going to wait in the room,’ Rutendo said, as she descended down the stairs. Our room was on the ground floor facing west just a few feet from the lake. The jetty (dock) went from the edge of the building extending into the lake. The dock sat above the lake as if it were floating, rather hovering above the clear, glassy lake.

I rushed up the stairs to the school office. The School For Youth Leadership building in Lake Munmorah located in NSW Australia sat at the top of a steep flight of stairs. I walked past a couple of fellow students. The receiver of an old phone with a curled chord lay on the desk. I picked up the phone and said, ‘Hello’. On the other end of the line was a familiar voice. It was my sister, Sunbeam. Her voice was muted, broken, and somber. I could barely hear her, as she started crying. She paused for what seemed like an eternity.

My mind raced, rather spun in circles, as I tried to figure out what news she was about to share.  My heart thumped hard as if it would break my rib cage.

‘Rutendo’s mother just passed away…’ she said. What? Suddenly, I went blind – I saw nothing. My head seemed to go into a tailspin like I was being tossed back and forth, spinning in an emotional tornado. I did not hear anything else she said. My knees buckled under my frame, tumbling me into the chair. This sad, painful news came to me almost like a spear had been driven into my core. I sat there motionless. I felt warm tears trickle down my cheeks. I wept. I wept for my wife. I wept for my father-in-law. I wept for my wife’s siblings. How would I share this difficult news with Rutendo? How would I let Rutendo know her best friend, her mentor, her confidant had passed away? How? My feet were heavy as I began the descent to our room to share the news with my wife. This was the most painful news I have ever had to deliver. That became one of our darkest nights together.

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Mother’s Day is a heavy day in our household. Mother’s Day is a reflection day in our household. Mother’s Day is a day of cherishing warm memories of my mother-in-law. Mother’s Day can be a painful day for those whose mothers are no longer here with us. If you lost your mother, you are not alone. Let this year’s Mother’s Day be a day to fondly remember and cherish the times you shared with your mother. Let this year’s Mother’s Day be the day you bring your raw pain to Jesus. Come cry at his feet. He will hear you and wipe your tears away. He cares for you. He loves you. You are not alone. Jesus is with you, through your darkest pain.

Embrace this Mother’s Day as a way of honouring your dear mother’s memory.

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ (Revelation 21:4)

‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.’ (Psalm 34:18)

Fellowship Matters

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Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Fellowship is the intentional gathering of God’s people to walk alongside each other, socialize, learn, and encourage each other. Fellowship constitutes spending quality time with the family of God.

WHY FELLOWSHIP IS HARD

  1. Selfish ulterior motives. What’s in it for me? I come to get. I come to be entertained.
  2. High, lofty expectations. It has to solve all my problems.
  3. Introvert. Do not want to be around people. Want to be alone. Want to get away from crowds.
  4. Do not want to be around religious people. Don’t want to hear religious talk. I’ve my friends far from here. Phony, hypocrites.
  5. Too spiritual, too quickly. Too heavenly minded, no earthly good.
  6. Too shallow, too goofy. Feel it’s a waste of time. Too earthly minded, no heavenly good!
  7. Too busy. Life demands. Work and family, school and social life. No time for another extra church thing. Busy schedules.
  8. Dysfunctional relationships. Distrust that this would work. Fear there will be fights and disagreements.
  9. Insecurities. I’m not as good as they. I might be exposed. Not ready to be amongst them. I can’t afford to bring those items. I don’t know what to wear. Fear of being judged.
  10. Hurt/gossip. Sometimes Christian groups are not safe environments.

Here is how I define FELLOWSHIP

F – family. Friends. You belong.

E – encourage, inspire. You can do this. This is how it’s done.

L – Listen. Learn from each other. Observe each other. Older and younger. Grow together. Learn with each other. KNOW CHRIST; KNOW OTHERS; KNOW YOURSELF

L – Love one another. To know all is to forgive all. Misconceptions gone.

O – Obliged to check in. Accountability. Liable. I haven’t seen you at church in a while. 

W – Witness, talk about the Lord. About life. Teach others.

S – Service. Carry each other’s burdens. Be there for each other.

H – Human touch. Hugs and care. We crave human interaction.

I – Intimacy. Deep knowledge. Deep friendships. Closeness to others.

P – Pray. Know what to pray for. Prayer partners. Prayer list.

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HOW TO FELLOWSHIP

  1. DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS. Join a group. Band, songsters, Bible Study, etc
  2. GREET PEOPLE (BY NAME). Know people. Celebrate their special occasions.
  3. MEALS.  Join us in the fellowship hall for a meal. Come in say HI
  4. SOCIAL MEDIA/Facebook. Use social media to keep in touch, and to build relationships.
  5. OUTSIDE CORPS. Organize and attend outside corps events. Organic meetings outside the corps can build relationships.
  6. PICNIC. Picnics are essential in the life of a corps life. The park, sports, BBQ, children’s games, sitting at a table, all encourage fellowship.
  7. FAMILY EVENTS. Invite and celebrate family events together.
  8. DO CORPS MINISTRY TOGETHER. Fellowship can be done on your way to CCM, a concert, serving at the Food Bank, etc.

Do Good!

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Galatians 6:9-10, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

While we do not do good deeds to be saved, good deeds reveal that we are saved. The love of God oozes through our pores, spurring us to do good for others. Doing good makes us the extension of God’s hands and fee to a suffering world. God is the provider of all good gifts; the suffering world is the beneficiary of God’s good gifts. Our good deeds are the conduit through which God’s good gifts flow to His people. As Christians, we are called to never tire or become disconcerted with doing good.

  1. Emulate Jesus in doing good. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

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  1. Love what is good. Titus 1:8 says, “Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
  2. Desire to do good. Titus 2:11-14 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
  3. Be ready to do good. Titus 3:1 says, “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good.”
  4. Be committed to doing good. Titus 3:8 says, “This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.”

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  • “Count that day lost in which you’ve not done something good for another.”(Unknown)
  • “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, to everyone you can, as long as you ever can—do all the good you can.” – John Wesley

Have you done any good deeds for anyone lately?

What is God calling you to do for someone this week?

What is stopping you from doing good?

How to Build a Strong Marriage

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This month, my wife and I celebrate 19 years of marriage. Here are a few things I have learned about marriage:

  1. Pray together to stay together. Pray for and with each other daily. Some couples find it weird or awkward to pray together. You must overcome the weirdness. Prayer helps create a bond between you both. You grow together spiritually. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  2. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Talk, call, text, email. Lear to express your feelings. Lack of communication stifles marriages. This also requires the need to listen.  Not to simply hear, but to listen to what the other is saying.  It is better to over-communicate, than to under-communicate. Secrets are the foundation of trouble.
  3. Leave and cleave. Be careful how much friends and family involvement you allow. Have each other’s backs. Do not attack, slander your spouse to your family, friends, or online.

 

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4. Handle finances together. Budget together. Handle finances well. Financial infidelity leads to problems.  Debt can destroy your marriage.

5. Respect each other. Calling each other names, sarcasm and derogatory statements can destroy your spouse. Be patient and caring. Be the C.E.O. (Chief Encouraging Officer) for each other.

6. Forgive each other. You will offend and disappoint each other. Apologize when wrong.  Don’t be stubborn. Saying I’m sorry is a sign of strength not weakness.  “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

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7. Spend time together. Your time together must be a priority. Love is spelled T-I-M-E. Spend quality time with the person you love.  Date your mate.  Keep the fire burning through dates. Enjoy each other’s company. Put the smartphones down. Disconnect to reconnect.

8. Be faithful.  There will always someone more handsome/beautiful than your spouse. Be faithful to your spouse. Go on dates. Keep your love fresh and growing.

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9. Love is decision. Love is not just a feeling. You will wake up one day saying, “What did I do?” You married that person, that’s what you did. Decide to stay in love, even when the going gets tough.

10. Think in twos. Involve each other in all decision-making efforts. Check with your spouse first, before agreeing to something.

11. Right company. Surround yourselves with other couples and mentors who encourage, challenge, and support your marriage. There are many forces working against your marriage. Build a hedge of protection around your marriage through your support network.

12. Testimony. Let you marriage be a testimony to your children, family, friends, church, and community. Set an example so that many want to have a marriage like yours. Your children are watching you. Do this marriage thing right!

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HOLY WEEK & EASTER SCRIPTURES

PALM SUNDAY

Philippians 2:5-11 (CSB): Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross.

For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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MONDAY

Isaiah 42:1-4 (CEV): Here is my servant! I have made him strong. He is my chosen one; I am pleased with him. I have given him my Spirit, and he will bring justice to the nations. He won’t shout or yell or call out in the streets. He won’t break off a bent reed or put out a dying flame, but he will make sure that justice is done. He won’t quit or give up until he brings justice everywhere on earth, and people in foreign nations long for his teaching.

TUESDAY

Isaiah 49:1-4 (NIV): Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”

But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”

SPY WEDNESDAY

Matthew 26:14-16 (CEB): Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I turn Jesus over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on he was looking for an opportunity to turn him in.

MAUNDY THURSDAY

John 13:12-16 (ESV): When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.

GOOD FRIDAY

Isaiah 53:1-5 (NIV): Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of  the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

HOLY SATURDAY

Romans 6:3-11 (NLT): Have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

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EASTER SUNDAY

John 20:1-9 (VOICE): Before the sun had risen on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene made a trip to the tomb where His body was laid to rest. In the darkness, she discovered the covering had been rolled away. She darted out of the garden to find Simon Peter and the dearly loved disciple to deliver this startling news.

Mary Magdalene: They have taken the body of our Lord, and we cannot find Him!

Together, they all departed for the tomb to see for themselves. They began to run, and Peter could not keep up. The beloved disciple arrived first but did not go in. There was no corpse in the tomb, only the linens and cloths He was wrapped in. When Simon Peter finally arrived, he went into the tomb and observed the same: the cloth that covered His face appeared to have been folded carefully and placed, not with the linen cloths, but to the side. After Peter pointed this out, the other disciple (who had arrived long before Peter) also entered the tomb; and based on what he saw, faith began to well up inside him! Before this moment, none of them understood the Scriptures and why He must be raised from the dead.

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REBLOG: 26 Things That Happen When You Grow Up In An African House By Kovie Biakolo

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1. Your parents are basically demi-gods. It doesn’t matter if you learned that the sky is blue. If your parents say the sky is orange, the sky is in fact, orange. At least, in their presence.

2. Your parents will seldom ever admit they are wrong. And if and when they do, you will be too stunned to even believe it.

3. Your grandparents are the only people who can put your parents in their place. (And you will enjoy those moments.)

4. Your house is a free for all. At some point a relative, twice-removed, will be invited to stay for an extended-period of time.

5. You will likely be raised the old-fashioned way -“you spare the rod, you spoil the child” kind of old-fashioned way. In your adulthood, you’ll largely be grateful for it and you’ll always be able to tell the difference between people who were raised the same way and people who were not.

6. God help you if you’re living under your parent’s roof and you yell at them, slam a door in anger, and/or curse in their presence. Yeah, God help you.

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7. The youngest child will be blamed for everything….until he or she is able to talk.

8. The oldest child will be blamed for everything that the younger children do.

9. If you cry while being accused of something, it is assumed that you are guilty.

10. Your parents will call you from upstairs, downstairs, outside, etc., to hand them something that is literally 10 centimeters away from them.

11. You will not leave your parents’ home without learning how to cook.

12. Religious attendance and practice is not an option.

13. Everyone who is older than you is your “auntie” or “uncle.” Calling them by their first name is basically a crime against humanity.

14. You will probably never meet all of your extended family because there are just so many of them.

15. Doing well in school is not an option and by doing well, parents have expectations that you will be the best at everything. Example: If you get a 98%, they might ask, “What happened to the other 2%?” If you get a B, your parents will likely ask, “The person who got an A, do they have three heads?” Just do well in school.

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16. Your friends better greet your parents first when they see them or that friendship is pretty much over. R-E-S-P-E-C-T is H-U-G-E.

17. Sleepovers at friends’ houses are mythical tales or basically only happen when your parents have known the family’s family since the beginning of time.

18. Another mythical tale – being in a serious relationship with anyone when you’re in your teens. And until your parents believe you are of, “courtship age,” they will refer to anyone you are dating as, “your friend.”

19. You will still be expected to have a traditional engagement/marriage regardless of where the person you’re marrying is from. (Have fun explaining the details of that to all your significant others!)

20. Your parents will talk to you in a lot of proverbs and metaphors. For example, when I was 12, I spent half a day trying to figure out what my dad meant when he said, “When I talk to you and advise you, do I talk with water in my mouth?” I eventually got it.

21. You will have maybe 3 conversations about sex with your parents – one when puberty starts to take its course, the second one when you start secondary school Biology, and the third one when you are about to leave home. The will all surprisingly sound like the Mean Girl’s quote, “Don’t have sex because you will get pregnant and die!” followed by “Do not bring shame to this family!” Got it parents, I can’t start dating until I’m married and I can’t have sex until after I’ve had children.

22. Your siblings will be the first people to bully you. Later on, you’ll realize that they were preparing you for a big bad world out there.

23. If your entire full name is being called, and your native language is also being spoken, the day shall not pass without tears.

24. Soda in the fridge? Either your parents were in a REALLY good mood or there are visitors coming over.

25. Alcohol is a hit or miss with African parents. It depends on the set that you get. My dad drinks, my mum doesn’t (at all).  

26. You won’t realize how incredibly hilarious and somewhat bizarre your upbringing was until you reach adulthood. And you’ll burst out into tears of laughter when you’re sitting next to an African woman who is telling her child who probably just got a B, “So the person who got an A, do they have three heads?” Hang in there kid, they secretly boast that they have the best children ever, just not to your face. 

God is L-O-V-E!

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I John 4:8-10, “God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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LIMITLESS. God’s love is limitless. God’s love is unconditional. God’s love is indiscriminate. God loves all people, everywhere. There is nothing you can do to make God love you. He already does. He loves you in spite of you. He loves you no matter what you have done. He loves you no matter who you have become. You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to do anything. He loves you just because. Absolute. His love is genuine, and complete. People may love you for your possessions or your beauty. God loves you unconditionally.

Romans 8:35-39 New International Version (NIV)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[
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37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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OVERABUNDANT. God’s love is deep, bottomless, wide. It’s deeper and wider than any ocean. The waves of God’s love cover all kinds of sin. The deep ocean of God’s love washes all sins away. His love is boundless. His love is overabundant. His love does not run out.

Psalm 36:5-7, “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

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VERIFIABLE. You are and I are proof God loves us. The incarnation of Jesus is the verifiable truth of God’s love. Jesus left the splendor of heaven to come die for us. Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

You are the evidence of God’s love. Look at your life. Had it not been of God’s love, you and I would not be here today. Had God not loved us, where would we be? Look at His miraculous provisions. Consider the love He has shown you through salvation? God loves you. Your existence, and your salvation are verifiable truths of God’s love for humanity.

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ETERNAL. God’s love is everlasting. God loves has no beginning nor ending. God’s love is forever. God loved us, God loves us, God will always love us. Hallelujah! He wants us to be with Him forever. He will be our God. People may have turned on you. People used to love you, but not anymore. God is not like people. His love is eternal.

Psalm 136:1-3, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.  Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.  Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

God’s love is Limitless, Overabundant, Verifiable, and Eternal!

Do you have His love?

Do you struggle to receive God’s love?