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Summary: To understand love we must go beyond human logic and realize the lesson that sometimes all we can do is DIG THE WELL AGAIN. We also consider all the tears and sweat that Nehemiah invested to rebuild God's church and walls.

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#16 LOVE UNDERSTANDS: SWEAT AND DIRTY HANDS

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

What a strange text about understanding love?

Proverbs 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

Proverbs 14:4 (NLT) Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

Proverbs 14:4 (MSG) No cattle, no crops; a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow.

If we really understand love, where there are people there will be serious problems.

We can handle this my friend.

LOVE UNDERSTANDS MANY DEEP ISSUES THAT CAN BE HIDDEN FROM LOGIC.

I may be FEEBLE, but FAITH TRUST A STRONG GOD.

Good comes out of bad...

LOVE UNDERSTANDS WE MUST INVEST EFFORT TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING.

LOVE UNDERSTANDS SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO STOP UP YOUR WELL...

LOVE UNDERSTANDS YOU HAVE TO PICK UP YOUR SHOVEL,

CLOSE YOUR MOUTH AND SHUT UP --- AND DIG...

HISTORY RECORDS EVERY WHERE THAT FATHER ABRAHAM WHEN HE DID TWO THINGS:

1. Abraham built ALTARS to God and paid tithes to MELCHEZEDEK.

Genesis 26:25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched

his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.

2. ABRAHAM WOULD DIG A WELL... In Israel people still drink out of Abraham's wells.

Abraham knew there would be seasons of drought, THE FAMILY NEEDS MY WELL...

LOVE UNDERSTANDS LIFE HAS A WAY OF STOPPING UP THE WELL OF LIFE.

LOVE UNDERSTANDS YOU CAN FUSS AND COMPLAIN AND FIGHT ---

BUT REAL LOVE KNOWS ---"DIG AGAIN!"

YOU JUST HAVE TO GRAB THE SHOVEL AND WORK UNTIL YOUR HANDS ARE BLISTERED.

People can be so mean and cruel... A stopped up well could mean death...

Genesis 26:14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants:

and the Philistines envied him. 15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days

of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

Isaac had an understand of God's love ---

We will not DIE ON THEIS HILL --- We will dig again...

Genesis 26:18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham

his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names

after the names by which his father had called them.

LOVE UNDERSTAND A DEEP TRUTH, COME LET US DIG MORE ---

GOD WILLL HONOR YOUR WORK WHEN YOU KEEP TRYING...

Can we see the hidden danger in anger and bitterness when people stop up our wells?

Why do people enjoy STOPPING THE WELLS OF OTHERS?

Genesis 26:19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

I have rights you know --- I HAVE LIVE NEEDS ---Want to fight,

NO DIG AGAIN...

Genesis 26:21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

WELL IS A DEEP SUBJECT ---

BITTERNESS AND ANGER COULD DRIVE ME TO NOT REALIZE THERE ARE REAL LESSONS

IN DIGGING WELLS.

Genesis 26:22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and

he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we

shall be fruitful in the land.

IF WE KEEP DIGGING GOD WILL MAKE ROOM...

Genesis 26:32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning

the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

LOVE UNDERSTANDS IF WE DIG ---

WE WILL FIND SWEET WATER...

LOVE UNDERSTANDS PEOPLE WILL PLUG UP YOUR WELL...

BUT WE NEED ARE OWN SUPPLY, NOT DEPENDENT ON OTHERS.

Proverbs 5:15 (KJV) Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Proverbs 5:15 (MSG) Do you know the saying, "Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from

your own spring-fed well"?

TODAY MANY ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON OTHER PEOPLE'S WELLS?

When we lived in Oliver Springs, Tennessee there were springs all over the area.

My older brother and I would go hiking in the mountains. We would get so thirsty

in the hot weather. We would come to a spring. I would run ahead and drink my fill.

When I finished drinking I would take my hand and stir up the mud. When he got

there he could not drink it.

Today many people are stirring up muddy water.

LOVE UNDERSTANDS THERE IS A TIME TO PICK UP YOUR SHOVEL AND START DIGGING

THE FOUNDATION ...LOVE UNDERSTANDS GOD WORK IS NEVER PERFECT AND IT REQUIRES

DEDICATION, COMMITMENT, AND ACTION.

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