Day 75: A Dog’s Life

My dogs have it good. They live in my home, for FREE. Free room and board. They do not have to do anything but be dogs. They don’t work, cook, or clean.  As a matter of fact, they make more work for me. And it’s okay because I love them. They aren’t show dogs and they don’t do any special tricks. They are just furry creatures living on this planet. They are provided for.

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Gibbs and McGee

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26

 As children of the Living God, we too are provided for. And even more than we could hope for. We have a Heavenly Father to lean on and He provides for all of our needs. We need only ask.

Nothing we can say or do can make Him love us and treasure us and deem us worthy of greater value. He sent His Son to die for us while we were STILL SINNERS. His love, care and provision has nothing to do with our performance or service. It has everything to do with being simply HIS. His children.

May my heart and yours be filled with the knowledge of His deep love for us.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 May my heart and yours know a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. May we choose to BELIEVE LOVE HIMSELF.

He Paid It All by Brandon Heath

He Paid It All by Brandon Heath

 

My Lord
What shall I give Him today
He wants my heart
More than He asks for my wage
One day I’ll die
But it won’t be my last day
When I look in His eyes
I’ll know that I did OK

My Lord
What shall I sing Him for now
A song full of praise
From a mouth full of doubt
I lift up my face
And I sing out loud
With all my mistakes
I still make Him proud

He paid it all for me
Carried that cross for you

On that rugged walk, He knew
What He had to do
Opened His arms up wide
Invited the world inside
One final breath
He conquered death
For me and for you

My Lord
Where would He want me to go
Just across town
Or a place where I don’t know a soul
Just tell me where
And I’ll hit the road
With no time to spare
And no heavy load

Day 73: love is in the air

Recently, I’ve been thinking about love.  It seems love is in the air and I breathe it in.

LOVE!

-Romantic

-Brotherly

-Paternal

-Maternal

-Sacrificial

-Unconditional

LOVE!

So many different types of love and so many ways to express love. So many ways to experience love. How do you and I experience love? How do you and I show love? How does it make you feel? How does it make others feel?

I am now referring specifically to romantic love  and I have recently realized that love has not been about love for me at all. Love may start that way initially, but in my attempt to protect “love” and keep “love”, I have sought to control “love”. Control it! How about you?

My definition of love has not been what God’s definition of love is. This Word of God says,

 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails….”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Many of us are familiar with the passage above, but here is a challenge. Let’s change it up:

Love is impatient, it is unkind. It is envious, boastful and proud. It dishonors others, it is self-seeking, in is easily angered and it keeps a record of wrongs. Love delights in evil but does NOT rejoice in the truth. It never protects, never trusts, never hopes, never perseveres. 

Love fails.

You bet it does! How many of us can relate to “loving” in such a way. I doubt any of us would aspire to such goals, but sometimes, we behave this way and sometimes we think we are actually being loving. Or, we don’t feel loved and therefore, we will not love.

It has occurred to me that LOVE can do nothing but LOVE. TRUE LOVE as described above in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, cannot deny itself. To try to control love is not loving.  Love is a verb and when we truly love someone, we must LOVE. Period. With our whole hearts.

God has loved us with perfect love. JESUS. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever shall believe will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  Someone once told me to replace the Word “love” with the name of Jesus:

Jesus is patient. Jesus is kind. Jesus does not envy, doesn’t boast and isn’t proud.  Jesus does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight  in evil, but rejoices in the truth.  Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Jesus never fails.

Is this how you and I love? If it isn’t, what are we doing?

May we seek the Word of God to learn how to truly love others. May we surrender our feeble attempts at love to LOVE Himself. May we open our hearts to love like Jesus. In His name! Amen!!