Tag Archive | For God so loved the world

I Corinthians 13:7 ” Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

The word that stands out in this Scripture to me is the word always…repeated four times in this short sentence.  So, what does always really mean?  Well, according to Webster, it means,  at all times.  Thus, this verse shows us what true unselfish love should look like.  It’s the type of love that is constantly looking for the good in people…believing in and expecting for the very best.  It’s a love that will bear up under a load of misery, adversity, persecution, and provocation with faith, hope, and a smile…thinking of others first.   And just like the love of Christ, unselfish love never fails, and never gives up on others.

I Corinthians 13:4 ” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

For the next few days I’m going to writing on the familiar verses in the 13th Chapter of I Corinthians, also known as the Love Chapter.  These verses tell us what Christian love should look like.  But even more importantly, they tell us what selfish self-centered love looks like.  The love Jesus taught of was an unconditional agape love…love that is compassionate, and understanding…refusing to retaliate or repay evil with evil.   But the love the world teaches of is egotistical, self-absorbed, and arrogant….refusing to put others first.  These verses will look at both types of love…selfish and unselfish, and their impact on the world.

Psalm 33:8-9 ” Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.”

God spoke – and the world came into existence.  He spoke – and there was light.  He spoke – and the earth with everything we know was created.  It says in Psalm 148:5, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created.”  It’s impossible for the human mind to understand the sheer power, authority, and energy when God speaks.  But we do know that when He speaks, lives are changed.  So how then can we hear Him?  God speaks through His Word, the Bible.  But when was the last time you opened His Word and allowed Him to speak to you?  For the same words He used to create the universe lie within the pages of His book, the Bible.   Allow God speak to you today…open His Word.

Psalm 89:2 ” I will declare that Your love stands firm forever, that You established Your faithfulness in heaven itself.”

It goes on to tell us in Psalm 36:5-6, “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, Your justice like the great deep.”  I have the opportunity today to be “out in the middle of no where” in North Dakota.  Sitting here looking at the massive expanse of horizon, it seems like you can see forever.  But this vastness around me can in no way compare to the width and breadth of our Heavenly Father’s love for us.  For His mercy for us is indefinite, brought into existence before the very beginning of time by the God of eternity…a ever-lasting and forever God.

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

We can’t force others into peaceful co-existence with us…we can only control how we react and behave around angry people.  You know the ones…people with huge chips on their shoulders…always thinking the world is out to get them.  It takes a conscious  decision of the will on our part not to take the bait  when attacked.  It takes lots of deep breaths and determination not to lower ourselves down to that level…and sometimes, it takes just walking away for a few minutes to regain our composure and pray.   “Lord, help me look past the angry hostility and see rather the hurt, the fear, the frustration.  Allow me Lord to see this person through Your eyes and how I may show Your love to them.” Amen

I John 2:10-11 ” Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

I love nightlights!  I’ll admit I have at least 8 spread throughout the house, casting their subtle radiance so I won’t trip and fall in the dark.  God’s truth is like a nightlight into our darkness…showing us His way so we won’t stumble.  But when we choose to not live by the light of His truth, we are easily deceived and blinded by lies that only foster hatred and distrust against our fellow-man.  When we love one another, the light of God’s truth illuminates situations, obstacles, and personalities for what they really are…exposing hurting hearts and revealing with honesty how we’re more alike than different.

II Chronicles 6:14 “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven or on earth – You who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.”

It’s all about the relationship.  In any kind of relationship hopefully there’s give and take… communication and mutual respect…connection and co-operation.   But our relationship with the Lord is totally unique from any we have here on earth.  God’s covenant relationship with us is binding and unbreakable…bought by the blood of Jesus Christ…while we were yet sinners.  And His loving kindness and mercy towards us has nothing to do with how good we are…for it is a free gift.  So think about it…the relationship we have with our Lord is really rather lopsided, with Him giving so much more to us than we could ever give back.  This covenant of love that flows between God and us  gives us a purpose in life… and as we commit our heart, soul, and strength to Him, we are ever being  changed from the inside out.