Posts Tagged ‘ephesians 5’

R ♥ E ♥ S ♥ P ♥ E ♥ C ♥ T

Feb 28

by Victoria Robinson

One of our dear friends always likes to tell us, “I get no respect.” Of course this is a classic comedy line and is so untrue of this fine man. In reality he is an extremely well-respected and successful professor at a university. Yet beyond our friend’s joking lies a basic need we all have. We all desire to be respected. Herein lies a scriptural truth—that we should show proper respect to everyone.

First and foremost we need to show respect to our heavenly Father. Then to our leaders and those in authority, our spouses—really to everyone. The Greek word for respect is timao which means to estimate; fix the value of something belonging to one’s self; to honor; revere; venerate.

The way in which I show God that I neither love nor respect Him is by the obtuseness of my heart and mind towards what He says. – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Maybe unlike my friend who is joking when he says, “I get no respect.”, you really believe you are not respected. If so, you should examine your life and actions. Because not only are we to show respect to others, we are also to live a life that earns their respect.

Dearest girlfriends, let us show proper respect for everyone as well as live a life that earns respect from them.

Show proper respect to everyone … ~ 1 Peter 2:17 NIV 
 
There are many who don’t respect authority, and they fool others by talking nonsense. ~ Titus 1:10 CEV
 
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12 NIV
 
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. ~ Ephesians 5:33 NIV
 
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders … ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV
 
In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. ~ 1 Timothy 3:11 NIV

What Perfume Are You Wearing?

Jan 02

by Victoria Robinson

Isn’t it wonderful to have someone complement your choice of fragrance? Makes you feel pretty and elevates your mood doesn’t it? What is your favorite perfume? Floral, spicy, herbal, musky, powdery, woody, maybe even sweet? A sweet fragrance is absolutely the finest. I say that with confidence based on the Word of God. In the book of Ephesians it says, “And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him.” The sweet perfume He was referring to was the by-product produced by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins that we might inherit eternal life.

We are called to live a life filled with love for others just like Jesus did. As we live such a life, we wear the same perfume Jesus did. Now that’s a beautiful scent girlfriends! Dearest girlfriends, let us live a life filled with love for others and spread the sweet fragrance of our Lord and Savior.

Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him. ~ Ephesians 5:2 NLT
 
And now I want to urge you, dear lady, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. ~ 2 John 5-6 NLT
 
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us. ~ 1 John 4:7-12 NLT

Ironing the Wrinkles Out of Life

Dec 21

by Victoria Robinson

I love the scent, feel, and perfection of freshly starched and ironed linens. At my home that would usually indicate that preparations are in full swing for a dinner party. My favorite tablecloth is a white linen Battenberg lace with matching napkins. I also love folding napkins into beautiful shapes which requires plenty of starch! It is a tedious labor of love to iron out each and every wrinkle. Likewise, it can also be  a tedious process to iron out the wrinkles of our lives.

Oh how I wish my life was always freshly starched without wrinkles. However, that is not the case in any of our lives. As long as we are residing  here in this imperfect world, there will be problems. Ironing those problems out is sometimes as painful as the thought of using a hot steam iron on our lives. Yet, take heart girlfriends, your heavenly Father has a “divine iron” that can smooth out the wrinkles of your life. Jeremiah eloquently says “‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, … Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”

The Lord’s desire is to present us in perfection on the day of salvation. He wants us to be without any wrinkles or blemishes. That day will happen, but until then, would you allow your heavenly Father the joy of taking out the wrinkles of your life. No matter what problems you are dealing with, there is a divine way for the Lord to smooth everything out.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that we would trust in our heavenly Father to smooth out the wrinkles in our lives.

… Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. ~ Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV
 
‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. ~ Jeremiah 32:17 NKJV
 
… He will make the darkness bright before them and smooth and straighten out the road ahead. He will not forsake them. ~ Isaiah 42:16 TLB 
 
The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. ~ Isaiah 26:7 NIV