So to you want to be rich?
Be satisfied with what you have and be thankful
A person like that can never be poor.
But if you have trillions in the bank and cannot be happy you are the poorest of poor.
Ti 6:6 esv
But godliness with contentment is great gain,
for we brought nothing into the world, and[fn] we cannot take anything out of the world.
But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
That is the secret to success in this life. Not how many toys you die with. I never saw a uhaul follow a hearse to the grace. Have you?
We live in very materialistic consumer days. We are taught that believing equals prosperity in money and things. We are taught the American Gospel of Prosperity, Beware it is a lie and those that try working there way to get on top never get there. (We are already seated in the heavenly places and what is on top of that?)
and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
This the secret. A Godly relation is the way to Joy not money. Seaking material goods and imagining that being close to God means you have to be rich to be happy is a BIG LIE!
Do you want to be rich? Well how about being full of the greatest of all riches?
When we know love for others. We know Gods love for us.
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
If we are filled not with a part of God or some of God but ALL of GOD. Wow! How can you have more than Infinity? How can a man, a broken body and 70 years, be filled with God? He would explode his earth suit. And that is the idea. We will be less self and more like Love.
This was the Apostle Pauls prayer for us
“that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
We really are poor until we get filled with the spiritual things not the material stuff!
On thing we have that people seeking stuff do not have is REST
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Because we are looking at life through spiritual glasses
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
And what ever you do not get you really do not need to be happy with God. Yet He will supply all you needs to love and give to others. You will never be poor
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Yet we can give lots of stuff and still be miserable. We can give everything but without love why are we doing it? The only other reason is fear. We are afraid of not pleasing God. We are afraid of not pleasing our family or the community. But with fear there is torment and never any rest. Rest in love is the secret!
We must Give and live because we know we are OK. We can rest in His grace and then we can love freely. Otherwise we are very very poor, without love.
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[fn] but have not love, I gain nothing.
So what is Love?
Love is what God showed us when He freely gave His own Son to save the world!
Love is what God is. He, who created the world as Paradise, gives freely and is happy when He does. God is full of good gifts, forgiveness and mercy to all! Because the Corinthians were losing sight of God and His Love the Apostle Paul was correcting them to get back to the right Way with the is letter. Jesus was the Way God showed His true self to world. It is beyond understanding that He would give His life up. But because He took it back and gave us His eternal life we too can understand the impossible and we too can have joy.
1Co 13:4 esv
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
1Co 13:5 esv
or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[
1Co 13:6 esv
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Without the help and power of the holy spirit these are foreign worlds. First we must ask Christ to be our Lord and enter our life. The pray and ask for the changing power to be more like Him and less like our old selves.
He lived a life like this and no one could touch Him. But when He was ready He gave His life. No one could touch Him. So this life is secure and it is Eternal
Love is Gods nature. He is patient, unbelievably patient with mankind. Much more than I could ever be without His nature and help in me. He showed patience
IN the King James it says “ Love suffereth long” and that was true in the English four hundred years ago. The word meant to be able to bear up under pressure. That takes strength and muscle not for the weak of heart!
The world in the Greek for Patience is Makrothumia It comes from “Makro” meaning ‘big’ and the word “thumos” meaning “life, soul or passion” Put together it is a wonderful ability to be bigger than you problem.
To love someone is to be bigger than their testing and fighting you. You wait and continue to do good for them.
Patience “Makrothumia” is something that grows in you as your character grows more and more like Christ. It takes time, Sonlight or revelations, watering of the spirit and good food from the words of God. It is a fruit of the spirit of Christ. And there are nine.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience Makrothumia) , gentleness, goodness, faith,……
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Jesus is the Vine and we are His reprentatives in the world. The world can only be attracted by the beautiful fruit.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing
I can do all things in Christ Phil 4:13 tell us. It is about become more like Christ in the world and it is not about doing things for our self as a self made man would.
We need to be patient with others to allow them time to Grow…That is love for others!
We need to be patient with ourselves ….that is love of God for ourselves.
Jas 5:7 NIV
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
Jas 5:8 NIV
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
Jas 5:9 NIV
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Jas 5:10 NIV
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
Jas 5:11 NIV
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
It is so easy to react and lose patience but that is where we can fall and be patient with ourselves in learning to love like Christ did. It takes time and the Farmer God does wait for each of His precious plants to grow strong. Rooted and grounded in Love.
The nine characteristics of love we find are: patience, kindness, generosity, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, good temper, guilelessness, and sincerity. These nine characteristics or expressions of love communicate love of one human being to another regardless of background. No one will naturally express his love in all these ways, of course. Some people are patient and kind by nature, but they lack humility. We all need God’s help to love His way. The good thing is that He already did His part to help us by shedding His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, which is given unto us (Romans 5:5). This kind of love is not limited in any way. So we can give it away freely and abundantly without fearing to run out of it.
We cannot expect to just do all theses things without the power of God working in us. It takes the supernatural working of the holy spirit, Christ living in us.
In chapeter 13 of Corinthians Paul describes how to love. The definition and standard of Love is God for God is Love. And Love is God, Read 1 John 4:7-13
When we read the letter Paul wrote to the Corinthians here in chapter 13 we see
A description of love that almost mirrors the fruit of the spirit that he listed in Galations. Fruit Grows and that is the good news. It grows by His strength not your own…that is good news also.
Here is a comparison. First of all the Love of God is spiritual and not naturally a part of mankind
Love as a fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:22
Love is patient 1 Cor 13:4 μακροθυμέω makrothymeō
The fruit of the Spirit is patience Gal 5:22 μακροθυμία makrothymia
Love is Kindness 1 Cor 13:4 χρηστεύομαι chrēsteuomai
The fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness (Kindness) χρηστότης chrēstotēs and Goodness ἀγαθωσύνη agathōsynē. These words work hand in hand. When we are not all so concerned about our little needs, and think of others needs as bigger. We can be useful to them and that is what Chrestotes means here. When we are we are also being Good to people by doing good for them and supplying their needs.
And the opposite is described to give us some contrast in 1 Cor 13:4
“It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
Love is not eager to be better then the other, not putting your self in the lime light, and not to be arrogant or too full of yourself. Love confidently knows it has all it needs, and thinks of others.
To further illustrate what it means to be Kind or Gentle with all and not arrogant, Paul contrast the works of the flesh in Galatians with the fruit of Gentelness and Goodness
Gal 5:20 kjv
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
When we are not walking in Love or growing with the spirit we are working things out ourselves by the flesh. We feel like we need to grab and grab somemore. IN this list are some things we do not want to do, one is to have variance.In Greek it is “Eris”, meaning arguments and disagreements and discord. That is not being kind and gentle. Or emulations ζῆλος meaning jealous rivalry. Having a “me first” attitude is not Kind. And with these things come wrath and anger, then stife provoking separation and division. This is the devil working but with the spirit we can bring peace and win. By the fruit of the spirit working in us we become kind. We think of others before ourselves. Jesus was the perfect example.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
King James translates “keeps no record of wrongs” as “thinketh no evil;”. That can be a little misleading since we are to be aware of evil and become wise as serpents. We need to be aware of evil to avoid it. We are to illuminate and expose evil, but at the same time forgive the person and give more grace.
Love forgives all things. It keeps not record of the million times someone has hurt you. God does not keep records either. Love does not hold grudges.
Only we do. Only God knows what is the difference between evil and good.
Jesus came as a very meek man and He taught us to be meek. In other words we need Him to be able to have the patience when people oppose us. And still be nice and good.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek G4235 and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Meekness is another part of the growing of the fruit of Christ in us as Galatians 5:23 says “Meekness, temperance against such there is not law. And the last in the list of the attributes of the fruit of Christ’s spirit in us is Self control. It is back to love, since love gives us the power over the flesh to control all of its nasty works in us and replace with the fruit of growing in Love.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
The joy we experience doesn’t depend on how many things we are given things. We have Joy already since we have been given the greatest gift of all…..Eternal life. And Jesus Christ is this eternal life. Our Eternal Hope in Eternal pleasures brings us joy.
Because God has made known the path of Life in Christ and by the fruit of His spirit we have constant JOY
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God fills us with joy and that is part of the fruit of the spirit He has given us. We now can rejoice with the Truth who is Jesus!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love always trusts and believes, and this comes from the spirit as the fruit of Faith.
And with this faith is peace. We are no longer at war with God because we know He loves us. We can trust in Him and we can have peace with all men.
Love brings us joy because we know we have the greatest of all gifts
Love believes it and there fore we can trust and have faith in our Father who is ALL LOVE.
As we walk in love or in the spirit we have fulfilled all the Law
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Upon Love hang all the laws. Upon the cross all the laws hung
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Fervent Love covers all so that you may grow in love and be free. So that you may be filled with all the riches of God the infinite one where there is no lack. If you want real riches, then there is a better way
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
And that way is to be filled with all the fulness of God. Be filled with all the Love that God is and you will never be poor or have lack.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.LOVE