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May 13, 2011

Lip Service (based on I Corinthians 13—The Love Chapter)

Before I share this scripture with you, I wanted to let you know that I was inspired by something that someone said. She spoke about a particular person (unnamed) giving lip service. I thought to myself, “God I don’t want to be a person who gives lip service.”  I especially don’t want to be a person who gives lip service to God. That means I am perpetrating. That means that the love of Christ that I should have, I don’t. It means the prayers that I pray are for vainglory. Lip service is probably the ultimate in offense to God. It’s sounding brass and tinkling symbols thinking itself to be sweet music to God’s ears.

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   “...If you love someone you say it, You say it right then, out loud, Or the moment just passes you by.”

I also thought about how I love others. There’s a line in the movie, “My Best Friends Wedding” where Dermott Mulroney, the romantic lead says to Julia Roberts, “…If you love someone you say it, You say it right then, out loud, Or the moment just passes you by.” Granted, he was talking about loving someone romantically, but I can apply that in other ways as well. If you love someone (mama, papa, sister, brother, friend, Uncle Joey, Aunt Kate, Grandma Alice, Grandpa Tommy) they should not have to guess that you love them. Show it. Say it. Do things that reflect your love. Love is an action word or else it’s just lip service. I’ve been a person who has provided lip service instead of love, but thankfully God’s mercies are new everyday and He gives us ample opportunity to get things right in His sight.

Read the following scripture (In the scripture charity means love.) but at the end, note what it says: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

I Corinthians 13

 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 

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September 22, 2010

Take good care of your temple!

I just saw a story about a new treat (???) called fried butter. The inventor of this snack takes part of a stick of butter, wraps it tightly in dough and deep fries it. When it comes out of the deep fryer, you bite the dough and a surge of melted butter seeps through the bread and in your mouth. Incredible…huh? What will they think of next?

Fried butter is not the best option for those wanting to take good care of their temples.

Although, there is a hint of disgust for this overly indulgent carnival food, I have to admit I was slightly…well, okay, very interested in finding out how this cardiac arrest on a plate actually tasted. However, it made me think about the scripture which says, “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are (I Corinthians 3:17).”

Did you know you are God’s temple? When the Holy Spirit lives in you, you no longer belong to yourself. So it’s imperative that we take care of ourselves spiritually and physically. God’s word also says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2).” God wants the best for us. He wants us to have good things and be in good health, but the prerequisite is our soul must be healthy first.

Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to feed your spirit.

When you ask God what He wants you to do, your decisions will be quite different than if you were making the decision on your own. God knows what’s best for us and He would never tell us to do anything that would damage our physical bodies. We can act like we don’t have an expiration date, but it doesn’t change the fact that none of us are getting any younger and what we do in these bodies today will show up in these same bodies tomorrow.  So lay off the fried butter, drink lots of water, eat your fruits and vegetables, and get your exercise daily.

Be proactive in taking care of your temple physically and spiritually.

Be informed about what you put into and on on your physical body. Invest in yourself and buy the good products. No frills is understandable in this economy. Many of us are doing what we can to make our budgets work, but sometimes you need to treat your temple to the best quality products you can afford.

There’s also no need for us to look shabby either. Represent the kingdom of God well! Look your best. Ask the Holy Spirit how to dress your temple? Yes, He will give you the answers to what looks best on you. The word doesn’t say “…acknowledge Him in all thy ways and He shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:6).” for nothing.

Even more than the physical, think about the things you put in your body spiritually. Only Christ is good enough to feed the spirit and nurture the soul. Take good care of your temple; it’s on loan from the Lord and you will have to answer for what you do to it.

Beautifully yours, Monica Johnson, Avon Representative

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August 23, 2010

The Secret to True Beauty

Well hello!

Glad you’re here for my first post on the Avon Beautiful blog. In my first post, it’s important to me to talk about true beauty. There is so much superficial beauty in the world that looks good for a few years or until people get tired of that particular standard of beauty, but the standard of beauty that I measure myself by is how my Lord Jesus Christ sees me. Am I beautiful to Him? I can have all the make-up on in the world, but it doesn’t cover up who I really am.

Believe it or not, you can be physically beautiful but if you are not a beautiful person inside then it affects how people see you. The same is true for someone who isn’t as beautiful (by the world’s ever-changing standards), if they have a heart that’s beautiful you see them as more attractive.

It’s good to understand that the person we are on the inside dictates how beautiful we will really appear on the outside. Make-up and clothing are helps, but the real you should overshadow anything you can ever put on.

Beautifully yours, Monica

 

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