Love hearts a good question

by Craig on August 30, 2011

Any post I write is incomplete until the conversation post … post.

And you guys keep me accountable, and teach me the best things.

So…

I hearted – lots – this comment by “Traveler” from Enjoying the Journey:

What exactly is the connection between the negative voices and LOVE? I think way back you started the blog talking about I Cor. 13 .. “love is…” so… is it that these negative voices “hold us back” from receiving God’s love? or loving others? or … both… And, so then, once these voices are tamed you’ll/we’ll be free to love – receive and give? Is there a post where you explain how you realized these voices were what hold us back? Thanks!

The questions?

Full of awesome!

And so deserving of a good answer…

The first thing I did was check to see if I may have covered this.

And there was this from my first post on the “Love War against the negative voices” series

I read.
I read so many of you.
If I know that you read me – then please know that I. Read. You.
I sense a need, and I don’t think it’s just my own.

Love seeks to fill legitimate needs. No?

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That’s what Love did while He was traipsing around Israel, right?

This is from the first post too…

…the negative voices chain our heart down and hold it as a prisoner.

And although I don’t much like my grammatical verb-noun agreement there, I think Love, as he walked the earth was all for breaking the chains of imprisoned hearts.

Then, from, the second Love War post, I wrote that the negative voices…

steal confidence,
and strength,
and opportunity…

Love has to be able to defeat the negative voices.

And then the third post in the series, the one I heart the most of those early posts. That’s when I was convinced that a crusade against the negative voices was totally justified…

God is love.
Jesus is God.
Love is not quick to anger.
But love does get angry!

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Love also “does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.”
The truth is that these negative voices we hear inside our heads are hostile – and deceitful – and even though sometimes they’re wrapped in a thin veneer of truth,

they are lies,

they are wrong.

They. Are. Not. Love.

And it’s just fine to be angry at them.

They have to go.

And so…
I’m thinking it does tie back to 1st Corinthians 13.
I’m thinking that this is a justifiable Love war.
I’m thinking that here’s the place to fight it … and now’s the time.

The next thing I did was to run through my head the verses that I heart so much, the love verses, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7…

and that…

that’s tomorrow…

please come back.

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Andrea Dawn August 30, 2011 at 10:24 am

“Love . . . rejoices in the truth.” I have to agree with you, Craig, this IS a justifiable love war. You did a great job of answering the questions and sometimes it is good to reground ourselves . . . ask the question, “Why am I doing this again?”

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Craig August 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

thank you Andrea Dawn, it’s nice to have support ツ and the question was wonderful – and it deserved an answer – a good one. And you are right – it is good to reground myself and ask, “why?” God bless you Andrea Dawn.

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A. August 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

I also appreciate this summary or review, and am wondering now, and perhaps it will be part of your review, why it was that you chose to tame the horses rather than abolish them. I know you had a good reason and I just can’t pull it forth out of my fuzz. Maybe it was that a tamed voice is not a dominant voice and can serve to prompt us to consider that we may be in error, going the wrong way, doing something useless, etc., However some of those negative voices are downright useless in any form I think, voices like ‘you are worthless and always will be’, or ‘you are a nobody’ or ‘that will never work; nothing you do will ever work’, etc. While there may be scraps of truth or temporary truth bits in some of those, they still seem like horses that are not helpful. So, if a horse (negative voice) is tamed, what does it ‘say’ after it is tamed? How is it useful? This is the part I have forgotten, Craig, if you addressed this, and somehow I think you did.

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Craig August 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

A., I think I did write once about why I chose to break the horses instead of eliminating them. but I can’t remember when. The idea might’ve come from something psychological I read – or maybe that taming the horses seemed much more humane – much more like love. I think I’ll be keeping the old voice on the posties – but also – and maybe highlighted – the new voice. “You are worthless and always will be” probably turns into “you know you have worth in the eyes of the one who counts”. “Nothing you do will ever work” becomes “things are working out as they should”. I think I’ll keep the old because that’s the voice that I’ll probably hear and it will need replacing. If I hear the new voice – I don’t need to fix it. But if the old voice pops up again I’ll have it on the posty – for easy recognition. That’s the plan – and I’m sticking to it ツ

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A. August 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

This makes sense, Craig. To retrain or rename them in a sense. You are doing both, maybe. Retraining them to say a different thing, and renaming them in the process. This does beat sending them all to the glue and dog food factories. It’s what God does with us, too, as I think about it. He transforms us, he doesn’t kill us off. You are transforming these horses, perhaps?

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Cora August 30, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Simple answer, Craig —– I tried killing off the horses and they don’t die. I don’t know if there is a correct, Biblical answer or “back up” to that theory, but I DO know that no matter how I shot them, stabbed them, yelled at them, poisoned them, or starved them, they just kept getting back up and coming at me with twice the fury. Kind of like trying to train Buster. We flunked out of “bad boy school.” So. . . . I found your idea of training the horses much more successful and it does have it’s benefits. Kind of like the difference between putting a bad dog down or retraining it to be a loving pet and seeing it live the life it was made to have. My horses stand there now as testimonies of God’s grace rather than in a grave with gravestones and regrets. Does this make any sense??????

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Craig August 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

*snort* you had zombie horses Cora! and I think the training way – is the better way – *snort* zombie horses ツ – and I feel it necessary to say I don’t condone such activity ツ and everything you wrote makes sense – I’m finding the same to be true. I think we have learned – and are learning a lot as this war is coming to an end. Thank you for participating the whole way. And as for the sites – they were down a good part of the day – and Internet Explorer has had issues with my blogs lately too. Thank you for letting me know – I made a couple of changes to Deep into Scripture – and it seems to be working now on Internet Explorer. Is that what you use? If so – please keep using it – and let me know when Bill Gates has his evil little minions out – messing with my sites – please and thank you ツ

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Cora August 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm

PS: I can’t bring up your other site. There is about 1 picture and a few sentences. Then it stops. No comment section, nothing down the sides, etc. Maybe it’s just temporary. I’ll check back later.

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Dawn August 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Craig,

Late here…like Cora, I could not get onto your sites earlier. I am so glad I was able to get through this evening. I LOVE the summary. It reminded me a bit of the time you had to make a guide for the daisies because I was getting lost in the colors. You DO read us and you DO listen.

Thank you and God bless you,
Dawn

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Craig August 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

thank you – and I thank the person that asked the questions – a little check to make sure that I’m in line with what I say this site is all about is important. I’m glad I was motivated to check – and of course I read you guys – and of course I listen! I learn too much not to ツ and I heart you guys! and yep Dawn, it was a bad day for the “deep into” sites – they were down for a good chunk of the morning – and a little afternoon –grrrrrrrr. And then of course Internet Explorer – and Bill Gates have always had issues with the site – and they’ve been flaring up lately. Not that Bill Gates is the devil but…ツ

God bless you Dawn

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Debbie August 31, 2011 at 1:59 am

I love you answering Travelers questions! :) It helped all of us and refocused me. Thank you and God bless you in the undeniable Love War!

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Traveller September 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

Hi Craig, Thanks for answering the questions, and connecting to a few earlier posts–I guess I had been looking back way too early–first posts of the site. Sorry it’s taken me so long to come read it–busy days, tired…

So…my conclusion is…that you are probably mostly referring to voices that stop us from receiving God’s love (first post–talked about the negative that sticks, but the good that doesn’t, then how they make us feel worthless, etc). And these probably then DO affect whether or not we can love others…. And… I’ll write the rest of my comment on your next post.

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