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Summary: This is the 12 installment on Understanding love. This is part of a series or this lesson can stand alone. We need to learn to identify the traps and pitfalls of love. Guard your heart ---

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#12 UNDERSTANDING LOVE: RECOGNIZE THE THERE ARE PITFALLS AND TRAPS

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

With this lesson I have cheese and a hidden trap...

I eat some cheese and tell how good it is.

Then I pick up a box with some cheese in it and offer it to a person.

They start to reach in the box and see a big rat trap ( I have diffused the spring)

They jerk their hand away...

We consider what makes a good trap?

Hidden motive? Desirable bait, element of surprise, willing partner?

Job 18:8 (KJV) For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.

LOVE UNDERSTANDS LIFE HAS MANY HIDDEN TRAPS.

OFTEN WE REFUSE TO UNDERSTAND LOVE AND WE HANG ON TO ISSUES THAT WILL

DESTROY LOVE AS WE KNOW IT.

I once read how they used to catch monkeys in the wild.

They had heavy, thick glass jars that would weigh 50 to 100 pounds.

The jar was short and had a narrow mouth. The trappers would place 5 or 6 peanuts in the bottom

of the jar and then place the jars through out the jungle. A monkey would walk around and around

the jar looking at the tasty peanuts. The monkey would then smell the peanuts.

They smelled so good. The monkey would walk around the jar again and look at those peanuts.

Finally the MONKEY WOULD PUT HIS HAND DOWN THROUGH THE NARROW NECK AND

GRAB A HOLD OF THE PEANUTS. HIS HAND AROUND THE PEANUT WOULD MAKE A FIST.

Then the monkey would not let go. His arm and hand could not fit out the narrow opening.

Rather than letting go of the peanuts and RUN FOR HIS FREEDOM, THE MONKEY WOULD

KEEP HIS FIST CLOSED AROUND THE PEANUTS dragging the heavy jar, until the humans

would catch them. The rest of their life would be spend in a cage, all his freedom would be exchanged

for holding a few peanuts. How sad?

TRAP: a hidden device for capturing, one that holds by springing shut suddenly,

Something to catch or stop unawares, to restrict

SNARE: a device that has a loop or noose which gets smaller when tension is applied.

A position or situation from which it is difficult to escape. Something to entangle, to capture.

FOWLER

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LOVE MUST UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT GROWTH AND IMPROVEMENT ARE

TO THRIVING --- GOOD GROW COMES BY GOOD PLANNING...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

SELDOM HEALTHY GROWTH COMES BY ACCIDENT.

SOME FELL ON GOOD GROUND AND INCREASED 30 X' S', 60 X' S', 100'S

Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

INCREASE IN:

1. PHYSICAL

2. MENTAL

3. SPIRITUAL

4. RELATIONAL

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy

soul prospereth.

ARE YOU DOING THINGS THAT PROMOTE HEALTHY GROWTH?

LOVE MUST COME TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS...

THERE IS A DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN YOUR MOUTH AND YOUR BRAIN...

FEW PEOPLE EVER REALIZE THE POWER OF THEIR WORDS.

God said: LET THERE BE LIGHT... and there was light...

Love must come to GREAT UNDERSTANDING of the POWER OF WORDS.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the

abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

WORDS CAN BECOME A TRAP AND SNUFF THE LIFE OUT OF YOUR FAMILY.

Proverbs 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of

thy mouth.

LOVE KNOWS: THE POWER OF WORDS CAN GET YOU IN DEEP TROUBLE...

THEY CAN GET YOU OUT OF TROUBLE...

Proverbs 12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

LOVE REALIZES THERE ARE TWO DORMAINT POWERS IN YOUR TONGUE...

YOUR CHOICES DECIDE WHICH TO RELEASE.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

SARCASM: sharp, cutting, using words that mean the opposite of what you are saying...

TO INSULT, to irritate,

LOVE UNDERSTANDS THAT FEAR AND WORRY WILL DESTROY ALL HOPE...

OBSTACLES ARE WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR GOAL...

LOVE UNDERSTANDS FEAR BECOMES A TERRIBLE TRAP...

Job 22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;

FEAR FOCUSES ON OBSTACLES

OBSTACLES ARE WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR GOAL...

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

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