My life is not boring
But it could use a fresh drop or two or excitement
Pursuing love could be fun.
He said make it your great quest.
To pursue love is not to chase romance, necessarily.
His undeserved gifts in my heart
It’s more to give, pour myself out
For someone who’s discouraged
or ill or hurting in some way.
It could be adding joy to a stranger in the store.
So that pursuing love is an adventure.
Kind of a Sherlock Holmes
Finding out when and where a few drops of love
can be poured out.
EAGERLY PURSUE and seek to acquire [this] lo
[make it your aim, your great quest]…
(1 Corinthians 14:1 AMP)
We can eloquently and intelligently prophesy to the church.
Ifi we’re missing love for the church
It’s ashes, worth nothing.
If we have faith to believe miracles into life
But we don’t love like God’s love for those we help
We’re a nobodies.
Love matters most.
Love is sweeter than I ever realized.
God’s love is tender and compassionate..
So our love should be like God”s.
And if I have prophetic powers (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose),
and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge,
and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains,
but have not love
(God’s love in me)
I am nothing (a useless nobody). (1 Corinthians 13:2 AMP)
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13 (NLT)
For by a single offering
He has forever completely cleansed
and perfected those who are
consecrated and made holy.
(Hebrews 10:14 AMP) ,
If I give myself to Him
With Jesus as my first Love
Not just obeying by rote
His sacrifice covers me once
And i never have to sacrifice for sin again.
I’m cleansed, washed clean from every sin
And even perfected
By His one sacrifice.
…His sacrificing, perfect Love for me.
…My warm but imperfect love for Him.
…Led to the perfection of the imperfect forever.
Nor [was this gift of theirs merely the contribution] that we expected,
but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us [as His agents]
by the will of God [entirely disregarding their personal interests,
they gave as much as they possibly could,
having put themselves at our disposal
to be directed by the will of God]–
(2 Corinthians 8:5 AMP)
They lived out the cross.
They poured out their hearts like Jesus did to His Father.
I know people like this.
Completely the Lord’s.
Hearts completely Jesus-like.
Giving is not about money.
It’s about God’s grace.
It’s about His mercy.
Then what will our response be?
Will it be grace and mercy from us?
And last, last of all we give.
And our gift
Because of God’s love poured in us
Is more generous than any gift
We’d give if it was without the gift
Of ourselves to God.
The subject is my Life.
Actually not my Life
But my life.
I want my life to count.
Not just for love, even though that is beautiful.
Not just for truth, although it’s powerful.
Not just for yoga
even though you can make it a form of physical stretching and prayer to the Lord.
I want my life to count for my Savior, my Jesus.
He wrapped me in security when I was fighting against Him for a few months.
He taught truth to a group of 300 women in this day and age,
and amazingly truth appears a lot like love.
If only we as humans could speak truth as love the way Jesus does.
He gently spoke truth in love to the adulteress caught in the act.
To feed 5,000 announcing “you guys of little faith.”
He said “Believe. Don’t worry. Take life a day at a time. Jesus has your life in His Hand.”
I want to be like Him….loving, healing everyone….or at least many.
I want a heart of tears to take my people under My wing.
I want to give all of Me asking Why like Jesus did?
I want to love.
Change me Lord, make me like You.
Love. We love food, our cars, our pets, our homes. But there’s a different meaning, same word. To love our neighbor is to be gentle with their soul. It’s to cause no harm or hurt to them. Right now is a critical time in our world. People feel friction with Christians. We’ve got a reputation for being unkind. Sin is sin but the sinner needs grace from a Savior not condemnation. Loving our neighbors, our children, an orphan in another country, a widow down the street, the couple of guys that live next door, is our calling. We have to love them and give our hearts to them not our knowledge.
Love does no wrong to one’s neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law. Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is,… For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah). (Romans 13:10, 11 AMP)
To Him Who by wisdom and understanding made the heavens, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; (Psalm 136:5 AMP)
God made the sky, the stars, the beauty of the universe for us. He didn’t just form it so spectacular from His skill, though He had skill. He formed it by wisdom and understanding. He knew that we would appreciate vastness, and twinkles, and puffy cumulus clouds. In fact in His wisdom He created us with a capacity to enjoy the heavens.
He was a God sitting on His throne longing to show His mercy to someone. Mercy burns in the heart of God. It’s nothing with no one to give it to. So He made us. He probably taught Adam and Eve mercy and kindness and wisdom as they walked and chatted those days in the Garden. Then we fell. What did He do? He sacrificed animals for their forgiveness, clothed them both. All out of mercy He cleaned up the spiritual mess they had made.
When we’ve been in heaven 10,000 years we’ll still be learning the kind of mercy that burns in our hearts for the good of others. This verse sits in the middle of a Psalm that has “His mercy endures forever” in every single verse. It’s a reassurance over and over when we doubt God’s goodness to us. And it shows that every perfect gift He gives us is from His mercy.