But immorality (sexual vice) and all impurity [of lustful, rich, wasteful living] or greediness must not even be named among you, as is fitting and proper among saints (God’s consecrated people). Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency) nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt) talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness [to God].
Ephesians 5:3-4 (AMPC)
Reflection: It’s amazing how something as simple as “voicing your thankfulness [to God]” can change an attitude or a mood from being totally flesh or led by the senses to one of gratitude without unnecessary distractions whether one is single or married.
I thank God for His love, mercy and His grace. Praise God!!!
Blessings & Peace,
Barbara J Couch, MDiv.
But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked. So be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these].
Luke 6:35-36 (AMPC)
I THEREFORE, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (AMPC)
You Did It First
written by Barbara J. Couch, MDiv.
My eyes are open,
awake I am, fully
prepared for this days
I trust You, rely on You to be
You in the life I have been given
by You, rich in faith, strength connected to joy and a heart led to serve.
I emerge from the mental bondage of selfishness, released to answer the call that is no small endeavor.
I rise, I look to You, embracing every gift of the Spirit given and driven to tend to Your sheep.
To green pastures we go, not letting any rocks, pebbles bring us to the slow. Our hearts connected, we walk the earth setting the captives free just as You first did in me.
Thank you LORD.
If LOVE Is...
by Barbara J. Couch, MDiv.
If LOVE is an object should it not be cherished held in one’s hand gently, valued more than money, pride, envy or lust entrusted by the heart to the heart it has embraced.
If LOVE is precious it is meant to be adored and respected never put down and never compromised by lies.
If LOVE is given by GOD one honors His gift and responds to it without questioning the validity of its value.
If LOVE is never lost, it never has to be found. LOVE happens in the time and place of its bloom never to be forced before its’ season.
If LOVE could be bought there would never be enough green, gold or silver to purchase it. LOVE is NOT for sale.
LOVE is and will always be the universal bridge to peace and harmony.