• 54°
Trae Durden

Faith focus: Love does

FRANKLIN LIVING—

Love thinks excellent thoughts! Even though we sometimes have negative thoughts run through our minds, we all know instinctively that love thinks excellent thoughts. In Philippians 4:8, the Holy Spirit encourages us through Paul to align our thoughts with God’s thoughts – loving thoughts, thoughts that seek what’s best for others and thoughts that dwell on lifting other people up to their greatest potential.

What if our approaches to marriage, family and relationships were all grounded in love? How could love transform our workplace or our classrooms? God knows that our thoughts drive our actions, so He calls us to think lovely thoughts! He tells us love is patient, kind and hopeful. Love endures through difficulty and rejoices when the truth wins out!    

Isn’t the greatest and ultimate freedom we possess the ability to decide what will occupy our minds? Nobody can take your thoughts from you, so we each must decide what we will focus our thinking on.

If we’ve allowed negative, sinful thoughts to reign in our hearts, we should repent and be reminded of God’s love for each of us. If our thoughts aren’t compelling us to serve others in love, then our thoughts aren’t really aligned with God’s thoughts! Let’s engage our greatest freedom to think loving thoughts and to spread His love top anyone we can influence.

God is a God of love, and He keeps records of rights, Revelation 14:13 – but too often, we do the opposite. If we strive to think like Jesus, we will treasure His word in our hearts and His word will produce faith, hope and love in our lives. Instead of remembering all the “wrongs” of others, why not try to keep up with your own “rights” – the things you do out of love for others? What if we, like the Lord, look for what’s best in others, seeking to build them up in love? We each have that opportunity every time God blesses us with another day!      

Love thinks excellent thoughts – it dwells on the opportunities God gives us to serve and to love others. Love keeps a record of rights, seeking opportunities to repeat the good in the lives of others. Love does!


Trae Durden has been the preaching minister at North Highlands church of Christ in Russellville since January 2013. He is married to Leann Durden, and they have a daughter, Darcy Grace, and a son, Dalton.

Lifestyles

Faces of Franklin County

Franklin County

PHOTOS: Franklin finds fun in great outdoors

Franklin County

Funeral homes share coronavirus guidelines

Franklin County

Schools to finish year through alternative methods

Franklin County

Dream come true: Grace-lyn Paris Habada wins Phil Campbell pageant

Franklin County

Coronavirus cases, deaths continue climb

Franklin County

Northwest-Shoals CC students grapple with coronavirus closure

Features

Coronavirus prompts stuffed animal safari

Franklin County

COVID-19 hurts employment in FC, statewide

Features

Heart for healing: Nurse’s career takes flight with Air Evac

Features

Rambling through Franklin countryside

News

RCS serves daily breakfast, lunch for students

Franklin County

Phil Campbell man accepts regional VP role for Alabama Cattleman’s Association

Franklin County

LifeSouth plans for upcoming blood drives

Franklin County

United Way mobilizes to help those in need

News

Russellville Utilities closes lobby during virus

Franklin County

100-year anniversary evokes memories for family changed by flu pandemic

Franklin County

Pandemic leads to 4-H state shoot cancellation

Franklin County

ADPH confirms coronavirus case in FC

Franklin County

Governor order places coronavirus restrictions

Franklin County

Virus closes courthouse, leads to local state of emergency

Franklin County

Franklin County folks stay active while social distancing

Franklin County

Phil Campbell’s Little Free Library marks one year

Franklin County

Officials warn of scams, fraud, price gouging

x