What Does Love Got to do With It?
by Pastor's Corner on February 7th, 2015

​The Bible reveals to us that this world is really not our home.  However, the world works hard to convince us that this world could be our home.  In spite of all the turmoil, confusion, and the unknown, we are still lured into thinking we are comfortable here.  Many in the church, as well as in the world, experience a sense of belonging in this life.  This sense of belonging is greater than one may realize.  The word – lure – is defined as “an appealing or attractive quality.” In a more base sense, it refers to “a device used for attracting and catching animals, birds, or especially fish.”  Remember how Jesus taught us to pray. Matthew records His words in his Gospel: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13 NIV).  Meditation on this verse implies that there are forces behind temptation that use it (temptation) to lure those tempted into a false sense of security.  We are to pray to be delivered from the evil one, or from his influence.
The writer of the book of Romans echoes this sentiment when he writes in chapter 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Each of us is exhorted to be transformed, which can only be realized in our experience as a result of having our minds renewed.  In other words, we must learn from the Holy Spirit how to think differently, or to think according to a different influence.  This verse literally infers that the world wants to influence the way you think; the way you perceive your experience in this life. In fact, it is revealed that the world has a pattern that it wants you to fit into. This world wants to influence you to think a certain way, to think the way it thinks. But God’s will is that you be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Why is “the way we think” so important to the Father?  It is important because there is only one way to think that results in your ability to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Here it is implied that if one learns to think correctly, they will also realize that they may have been thinking incorrectly before.  Let me illustrate this point. February is the month most people think about love. Valentine’s Day falls in this month and the world glorifies it as special and promotes the perception that this is the day to do something special for someone you love. In contrast, the Father’s will is that we elevate love above any holiday.  Every day with God is a day designated to show his love to the one’s we love. If one day of the year is special in our eyes, we have missed so many other opportunities to share the love of the Father.    
If we think about others in a special way only because it is a holiday, my question remains the same: “What does love have to do with it?” I encourage you to make every day of the year a special day.  Let each day be an opportunity for us to express and appreciate the love of God demonstrated in our lives. God loves us each and every day.  Every day is special to the Father and He does not take one day for granted.  He is always faithful and loves us unconditionally.  May we think differently and make God’s love our priority each and every day. Then every day can be a holiday that we express “the God-kind of love” to those precious to us and to those who need a divine expression of love demonstrated in their lives.
In His Service,
Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC

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Renette McClellan-Davis - February 10th, 2015 at 8:28 AM
Amen. What an awesome post. The scripture says with all they getting, get an understanding. Wisdom is the principle thing, and that can only come by revelation of the Holy Spirit. A renewed mind is a Godly mind. Thank you, Pastor Boyd for your faithfulness.
Renette McClellan-Davis - February 28th, 2015 at 2:49 PM
Hello Renette,
I pray you and your family are blessed. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. God has called each of us to pursue a renewed mind and I trust that the Father is showing Himself strong on your behalf.

Stay Blessed,
Pastor Boyd
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