Episode 24

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Published on:

11th Aug 2021

Love Is . . .

Love IS . . .

KIND . . .

Considerate and thoughtful, 

always thinking about 

significant little things. 

Preparing the way 

as if knowing every detail 

making it smooth.

Affectionate and gracious 

like an attentive waiter.

Soft, tender-hearted, 

gentle and consistent 

without favoritism. 

Wearing a smiling invitation 

which relaxes 

yet beacons your heart  . . .

To Trust. 

Reflection 

Kindness is another attribute which Love exhibits all the time and humanity usually recognizes this represented in any image of a doting Grandmother. Probably that's why she is called a Grand - mother :))

When she knows you are going to visit, she prepares your favorite cookies and cakes or anything she knows you Love! There is always something in the tins to enjoy.

Kindness is always attentive and courteously wants to serve your needs. When meeting kindness one almost feels obligated to receive from its vast treasuries of tactile care.

No matter what state a person is in when meeting kindness, there is the sense of no matter what your state is, when you are greeted, it's overlooked.

Life is a conundrum of experiences which unfortunately equip us to fight for our place in society rather than serve with our gifts and talents. The security we seek is found within our heart in who we KNOW we are.

Kindness serves with awareness and has the ability to discern needs and where possible provide them or direct them to the source. 

In Joshua 2, there is an amazing story of Rahab who showed kindness to the scouts and cared for them. She knew who these 2 men were and asked for her kindness to be returned which saved her household. There are some awesome nuggets of truth written between the lines in that chapter. 

Questions 

# - Have you experienced the amazing attributes of kindness and received from its hand? Discuss the event. 

# - In the story of Rahab, what did you learn from the outcome of kindness being presented? Did you notice the details she went to?

# - Kindness is also a fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5:22. This will be worked into you as Jesus is formed in you. Are you pursuing Him and experiencing and manifesting kindness as His change is working in you? How is this manifesting?

Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.

1 Corinthians 13:4 AMP

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About the Podcast

Devotional Christian Poetry
Spiritual Food
I was once a Pastor in a Church that owned a Christian bookstore. One Christmas while I was selecting appropriate gifts for our 5 voluntary staff members, I experienced an encounter with God.
After I selected the gifts God said to me, "put the gifts back and take some blank cards home and give them something from the Pastor's desk!" I was excited about this, as I knew God wanted to speak to each one of them.

What He did then astounded me. After I had finished writing, I realized I had written a prophetic message for each of these loyal volunteers written as a poem! That was the day I realized my gift to write poetry, and since then I haven't stopped writing. The wonderful thing about poetry is, it engages with the reader's emotions and touches the heart.

On this podcast show, you will hear me read one of my poems, inspired and written from a revelation I have received from scripture. A reflection about the poem with 3 questions will follow this to engage and inspire you to take action on all the content. I also reference the scripture I have used, and sometimes I will offer some additional comments.

In Psalms are many examples of poetry that color the truth and enhance our experiences as we read them. In Eph 2:20 the Greek word for workmanship is translated from the root word Poema meaning poem. Quoting from the Passion Translation, we have this root word translated poetry. God calls us his poetry (workmanship) in this version, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One".

This beautiful Translation captures so much more of the emotional truth about us. God is not intimidated about using emotional words to capture who we are.

Embracing the language and subtle nuances God uses in His word have always been my delight and inspiration. Poetry brings a fullness to life which often eludes men especially. Men more so because they connect cognitively more than emotionally. Women connect differently as they feel the inferences of the words, whereas men think about the inferences and question them. Both connections are acceptable to God.

For you, as the listening audience to receive the comfort and revelation wrapped in the words of this poetry, I encourage you to adopt a different mindset and feel the words. Let them speak to your heart. Imagine reading the scripture as you would read a love letter from your adoring spouse! Knowing it was a love letter, how would you approach opening that letter?

I have a revelation to share with you about being washed by scripture. Some years ago while meditating on different scripture I realized when I read the passages I don’t read them, the scripture reads Me! It reads my heart, my soul, my principles, and values and becomes my litmus test to my responses and reactions. It tests me to the core!

As an example here in 2 corr 5:17 states the truth; Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. I have italicized the question this scripture asks me. Am I IN Christ? This is about my daily life not just attending a Sunday service. This is not a question to condemn me, it's questioning my focus. Because I am IN CHRIST, my life changes as I am washed by the water of His Word and He is continually being formed within me.

Every one of us is unique and has our own testimonies of our experiences with God. These stories define and speak about our revelations and encounters with Him. My encounter with God was very significant and taught me how to write poetry.

My desire is that my inspired words of poetry wash over you and connect emotionally with you so you receive the benefits of their truths.

This content can be used in study groups and for devotional material.
For more information, please go to my website www.devotionalchristianpoetry.com where there is a free ebook for you to access and my contact links.

About your host

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Lloyd Portman

From as far back as I can remember, I am always fascinated by what makes people tick. Searching behind what drives certain behaviors and finding practical reasons and solutions comes naturally from this fascination.

Having a personal experiential relationship with God was very important to me, rather than a theoretical religious one was my attraction to Him. These experiences started before my conversion and have continued to this day.

After my encounter with God, my poetry was born, and I use poetry to articulate the principles of scripture and the revelations I have experienced.

My podcasts will share these experiences I have had with God during my years of Pastoral ministry and life's school of hard knocks. I encourage you to glean any applicable nuggets and apply your faith to use them, as I used those I heard from other testimonies.

If you want to get in touch with me, please email me at
lloyd5707@gmail.com