The Best Gift

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 [NIV]

Give the Best Gift you can give to yourself and others...Jesus. He is love. For God is love.

His love and grace can break any barrier. Can bring light to the darkest places. Can wipe sorrows with joys. Can change ashes to beauty. Can bring life to what is dead.

This is the only change we all can believe in...Nothing else...





Praying that you all will have the most meaningful celebration of Love this year. May God bless and protect us all.

15 comments:

  1. Jesus is love...Love changes every thing. The video touched me.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

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  2. Wow, I remember that show! Powerful post friend. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you!!!!!
    Wylie

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  3. Merry Christmas Rosel......I am SO thankful that God brought our paths together this year. You always bring a beam of Light when you visit me.....and I always leave with an extra portion of blessings when I visit you. You are a special friend to me.

    I hope you have the joy of Jesus in your heart today, and always!

    xox

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  4. Merry Christmas! I am so glad I found your friendship this year. You have been such an encouragement to me.

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  5. That video clip brought tears to my eyes.

    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas and a most blessed New Year.

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  6. This video made me really sad. Sad because of those people being locked up...not free. Rosel - I want to be a light, a light to shine for others to be free. I send you a ton of hugs. You`re so special to me. Your posts hit me...remind me...motivate me. Merry Christmas special friend. Sarah

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  7. Your posts often motivate me too. Thank you for showing God's love repeatedly in your posts here, what you write on other people's (mine included) blogs, and to the prisoners.

    Blessings to you and yours at Christmas and always.

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  8. Loved the video.

    Have a most blessed Christmas my dear friend!
    Much love to you!

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  9. What is this video from, a movie? It was beautiful.

    Have a merry Christmas. wb

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  10. Not familiar with the show. But it seems like an old show bro. Warren. I don't know how i happen to open it...I knew I typed something with prison and this came out and blessed me right away. Merry Christmas to all of you and God bless.

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  11. Don't know where I would be today without God's love and patients for me. Merry Christmas my friend.

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  12. Amen! 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
    Great Comments
    Merry Christmas

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  13. Rcubes, what a powerful post and reminder. You yourself give so much!! You are so much appreciated. Blessings to you and yours at this special time of the year!

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  14. Merry Christmas dear friend.
    Cheers!

    XOXO
    Regina

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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