Here again, my dear Kingdom Queens, is the beauty of cross-reference. 1 Corinthians 13:4 says, “Charity vaunteth not itself, it not puffed up” (KJV). In other words, 

Love does not boast, and is not swollen or inflated by pride.

I wanted to title this entry “Love is not a Huff and a Puff”. It puts me in the mind of the three little pigs and the houses they built. The wolf came; he huffed and puffed and blew the first two houses down.

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Judges 7:2 – God tells Gideon that he’s got too many people with him. God doesn’t want Israel to be able to boast against Him.

Psalm 10:5 – The ways of the wicked are always grievous; he puffs at all his enemies.

Psalm 12:5 – The Lord promises to deliver the poor and needy into safety from the oppression of the one who puffs at them.

Puff means what it sounds like — a lot of hot air! It is to inflate, to make proud or haughty, to swell up. This is not the picture of love.

Love is not bondage and its ways do not cause devastation nor despair. Love is the agent of liberty, security, and deliverance.

Here are some things that these verses tell us about love.

  1. Love does not “pretty up” for the sake of appearances.
  2. Love that boasts sets itself against God.
  3. Love does not grow by pride.
  4. Love can rescue from oppression and desperate cries.
  5. Love does not trap nor ensnare.

bound heartPassive aggressive people set traps because of fear. They know what they want (they aren’t double minded), but they refuse to communicate clearly. So they dance around issues and hold puppet strings to manipulate outcomes. Part of them believes that the truth will run others away instead of attract the loyalty and safety they desire. If this is you, get off that hamster’s wheel. Take a risk with the authentic love of God. His love will reset your expectations and free your heart. 

We are free indeed, Kingdom Queens, and that freedom is all-inclusive. Choose today not to settle with bad love…binding, proud, hold-it-over-your-head kind of stuff. That is folly. Real love builds up and undergirds. Genuine love keeps putting you back on the path for success; it dusts you off and encourages righteousness.

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Take the liberty in love and move forward…all the rest is unnecessary weight.

Love to all, and praise the Lord for the 200th post! The Queen Life is a Love Life! #KindKing

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