Archive for the ‘ Love ’ Category

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1, ESV

If we do things for the sake of those things or to be better, but not because we love God or to love others, those things are useless and distracting.

Seek God first, and seek to bring others into God’s love, and everything we do will have godly purpose.

VerseD: Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38‭-‬39, ESV

If you are found in Christ, you are His, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and unable to be plucked from His hand.

It is a done deal.

VerseD: Matthew 5:44

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

Matthew 5:44, ESV

Retaliation belongs to the Lord. We should do as Jesus did when He walked this earth: pray for others and be willing to be hurt and even killed for them that they may see His faithfulness and love.

VerseD: Matthew 22:37-39

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 22:37‭-‬39, ESV

How do we live God and obey His commandments? We love others.

How do we love others? We obey God’s commandments and seek God above all else.

VerseD: Galatians 5:14

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:14, ESV

We have been freed from sin and pride so that we are free to love God by loving other people through sacrifice and service.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 12:25-27

that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

1 Corinthians 12:25‭-‬27, ESV

Our love of Christ should compel us to love His Body, the Church. We should live sacrificially loving each other and pushing each other closer to Christ.

Dodecade

Do you know how to know if someone loves you?

My lovely bride just about hates doing the laundry. Having to hang clothes and fold linen is the bane of her existence.

Yet, she will do the laundry sometimes while I am out of the house.

Because she loves me.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
Proverbs 31:25 ESV

Why do I discuss this?

Apparently, the twelfth wedding anniversary is the linen anniversary. (Silk apparently works for 12, too.)

And we have made it.

I love this wonderful woman of God.

Happy Anniversary, Wonderful Woman!

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant

1 Corinthians 13:4, ESV

Love is an action, and that action wants what is best for others and patiently waits on them.

Like Christ dying for us and coming again soon.

VerseD: Romans 8:35

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

Romans 8:35, ESV

Parents often say each of their children is their favorite and that each is always loved no matter what.

How much more is this true of the One who died to take away our sins?

VerseD: Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Hebrews 13:16, ESV

When we consider others as extensions of ourselves (we share the same Spirit and were all made in God’simage), God smiles to see us share everything with each other, so that no one is truly in need for anything (except the Gospel.)