Daily Devotional – 9/10/14 “Love doesn’t hurt!”

I am not about to jump on the bandwagon of bashing men over domestic violence or blaming women who stay in abusive relationships because I’ve never been in a position to ever get out of one so I don’t know how one feels. However I do know this … LOVE DOES NOT HURT! Yes, words hurts, fists hurts, beatings hurts, wounds hurts but love does not. I don’t know what it feels like to be hit by my husband but I also don’t know what it feels like to hit my husband because I’ve never done it either; respect goes both ways. Listen, it’s time out for keeping things to ourselves. I know grandma used to say you keep family business at home but baby, there are some things that needs to be talked about outside the home. You have teenagers getting their butts kicked at school by these knucklehead boys and they are too scared to come home and tell somebody out of fear of getting their butt beat at home. Teach the kids that home is their safe place and if not home, then at least give them a safe place at somebody’s church. And please stop putting your personal feelings in place when it comes to their worship experience. Just because you ran away from the church instead of dealing with your demons, don’t stop them from getting the worship experience they need; break that generational curse … TODAY! It has to be destroyed. Haven’t you seen the news? Our children are dying by the minute and most of them without a church home which means without the saving grace of God; this has to stop.

This domestic violence demon is running rampant in our community and it is taking the lives of mothers and fathers which mean it is ultimately taking the lives of the children that are being left behind. Y’all we’ve got to destroy it and send it back to the pits of hell from where it came. How? Pray it off of the backs of the men and women who it so easily attaches itself too. How? Women; pray over, under, beside and in front of your man! Men; pray over, under, beside and in front of your woman! Stop letting any and everything into your relationship! Stop letting any and every one into your home! Stop being a hellmate and start being a helpmate! Stop listening to everybody who says they have something to say. Stop hearing every rumor that is spoken about your spouse. And please stop lying down with just anybody! If he or she is a little possessive in the beginning, it’ll only get worse; take heed to the warning signs and if he or she has threatened before, listen. It doesn’t matter if you have a position or not because abuse is abuse and if you’re dead, your casket will look the same as everybody else just a different color. Don’t be embarrassed, be alive. Love doesn’t hurt. Get out, get help!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

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Daily Devotional – 2/14/13 “Don’t let today ruin tomorrow!”

Yea, it’s Valentine’s Day but it has always been God’s day so start by thanking Him. Now, before your attitude gets rude because you didn’t get what you wanted for Valentine’s Day, sit back and think about the things that your spouse or significant other do every other day of the year. See, love should be shown EVERY DAY and not just today. Yea, it is set aside to show your love but don’t allow what you didn’t get today to ruin what you might get tomorrow. And before you get bent out of shape, know that the bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27, “And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”

While you are being jealous over the things other folk got, you don’t know the hell they’ve been through to get it. You’re mad about the roses your coworker got but they could be for the beating she had to endure last night. You’re upset because you didn’t get a new ring like she did but you didn’t see the struggle her marriage overcame from this time last year. You’re mad at your husband because he didn’t go all out for you but did you go all out for him? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy holidays just like everyone else but I’m not materialistic. I don’t have to have the roses delivered to my job because they’ll soon die. I don’t need a box of chocolates that will add a few more pounds to the ones I’m trying to lose. I don’t need a teddy bear that will sit and collect dust and I definitely don’t need a balloon from my husband as a way to show his love. Did he buy me things, yes but he also knows that I would have been just fine without anything because I am not wanting for nothing! All I’m saying is, if your spouse or significant other has been a constant in your life this past year and they give and show love every other day, don’t lose focus in the worldly mess of today.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.