Gods Love For Me My Love For Him

God’s Love for Me…My Love for Him {Linky}

Gods Love For Me My Love For Him

It’s the end of February. The end of the month dedicated to love and we have reached our final destination in our travel through one of the most famous sections of the bible on love. Today we are settling into 1 Corinthians 13:7 and, oh boy, does it have a lot to say.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love always protects…

Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

God loves me so much that He will always be there to protect me. Through everything He has planned out, the good and the bad, He will be watching over me during it all. He will never leave my side…Even when it feels like He is absent, He is standing strong with His magnificent feathers wrapped around like a shield to dispel all that would make me weary.

Love always trusts…

God trusts me enough to let me be here on earth, a place that has tons of temptations and options to lead me astray. Yes, I will make mistakes, I will have stumbles, and there will be bruises, but He is faithful in the fact that, no matter what comes my way, I will stay true to my love for Him. He trust that fact enough that He gave His only son for me. He has trust in my love for Him.

I am also blessed in the fact that I can trust God with my life. I can trust that He has my best interest at heart and will never lead me down the wrong path…I can trust that, even through all the mistakes and mishaps, God will always love me.

Love always hopes…

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.

In my life, there will be nothing more important than seeking God’s friendship. I want to have a wonderful relationship with the one that will always be there for me. He is the one constant that will never change and, in that, I have rest assured that God will always be a force for good in my life. My hope is in the everlasting one…The one who hung on the cross, my salvation.

Love always perseveres…

God, the ultimate love, is the Alpha & Omega. The beginning and the end. He was, is, and is to come. There will never be a time without God and that is a comforting balm to my soul.

So, on this last day of February, please remember that one day about love, is not enough. There is so much love in this world, in God alone, that it could not be covered in just 24 hours.

Love each other everyday and above all else…Love God with you heart, mind, body, and soul each and every day of your life.

It’s Friday, and you know what that means…..Linky day! So, link up your favorite blog post from this week, and then visit my co-hosts for their thoughts on our last love scripture.

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love walks in truth

Love Walks in Truth {Linky}

love walks in truth

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Cor 13:6

The last two week, on the Friday linkup, I have been talking about love—true love. This week I will continue on with 1 Corinthians 13:6, digging deeper to see what it says about true love.

To make this verse mean a little more than just the shallow, once-over meaning I dug into God’s word a little more to find some cross-references. There are 3 verse in 2 & 3rd John that stood out to me.

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 4

It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. 3 John 3

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4

The past two weeks I have talked about love from a mother’s perspective and from a wife’s. This week, my thoughts go to God’s love for me.

God love me no matter what. I know this and that fact will never change. But, there are times where I will make Him happy and filled with joy, and times where I might disappoint Him. I am only human and the flesh makes me weak.

When first reading 1 Cor 13:6, I noticed that “love does not delight in evil…”, but what exactly does evil consist of???

Evil consists of anything that is not one of God’s commands. I know what I need to do…God has laid out the laws that I need to follow so that I might have salvation through His son. But, when I disobey, and allow my earthly flesh to take over, I sadden God. He gave His only son for my salvation, the least I can do is follow His commands.

Now, when I am walking in faith the way that I am commanded, the angels above are singing, the heavens open up, doves fly down…ok, I might be a little over dramatic, but to God, I can assume this is how it feels when He sees His child walking in truth. Life on earth is hard, with tons of temptations filling the day, that walking in truth is extremely difficult. God knows this, so when I chose to take the path less traveled, God rejoices.

I want to do everything I can to please the one who will never stop loving me. There is no guessing as to what needs to be done. It’s simple…I follow God’s commands, He celebrates…I turn away, He is disheartened.

Now…It’s Linky time!  Please feel free to linkup a post, or two, then check out my co-host thoughts on 1 Cor 13:6.

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Ash Wednesday…A time for Repentance, Reconciliation, and Preparation

ash wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday…the beginning of Lent.

I have to say that I never really thought about Ash Wednesday as important since I’m not Catholic. This year, however, with the growth of my faith, I have made it a priority and will be making Lent a season of importance for myself.

Lent is a season that is different from any other in the Christian year. The other main season is Advent, and for that season I celebrate and wait in anticipation for the coming of our Savior. But, for Lent, I pause, and reflect on the one that gave his life for me, and everything I am doing that will keep me from having that glorious gift, the gift that was meant for me.

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Joel 2:12

Lent is not meant to be a happy time of the year, unlike Advent, but both seasons are meant for preparation. One in preparation for the birth of our Savior, and the other, for his death.

Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:6

During this time, it’s proper to reflect upon the sins I have committed and to return to foot of the cross with my heart in repentance. Jesus died for my sins and if I fail to reconcile myself with God, then what was the point of his sacrifice.

So during these next 40 days I will be spending time working towards the reconciliation that my Lord died to give me. I will repent and offer my heart at to Him at the foot of the cross upon which he died. There will be no “Alleluias” until the day he has risen.

Jesus died so that I might be free…

Jesus died so that I will be reconciled with our Father.

Jesus died so that I might be saved from my sins and live eternally in Heaven with God.

I owe him this time of repentance, reconciliation, and preparation.

I owe him my life!

warning about love

Warning about Love…Especially for Valentines Day {Linky}

warning about loveWhen we think of Valentine’s Day our minds are flooded with the colors pink & red, roses, candy, teddy bears, etc. A day created exclusively for love, but revolving around gifts.

But, what happens when we don’t give our loved one a gift?

Some people, like myself, might not mind. I don’t really care for Valentine’s day, but that’s a whole other story. Then there are others, that obsess over this day and think their love is built on what they receive and if they don’t, the wrath of heaven will fall down upon their partners…it becomes a make or break part of their relationship.

Here’s where my warning comes into play…Love was never based on things like gifts and materialism. How much someone loves you is not shown by how much they can shower you with gifts. Don’t get caught up in all of the materialism of the day.

Please remember this if/when your Valentine’s day doesn’t go according to your plans. If you truly love them, then the words of 1 Cor 13:5 need to be a great reminder of how to act.

“It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,

it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs.”

First, if you are a Christian woman and married, regardless of how things go on Valentine’s day, you are called to honor your husband. When you get mad about not getting a present, and then treat your husband poorly, you are disrespecting him.

True love always respects, and works to protect the honor of your loved one.

When you are more concerned with what you are going to receive, than what you can give, you are being selfish. True love is self-sacrificing.

True love is willing to give everything you have just to make sure your companion is happy.

Do you get angry when you don’t receive anything for Valentine’s day? Feelings matter, trust me, how you are feeling matters to your husband AND God, but my question for you is—do your feelings match the situation? If they do, great, but if you are getting angry just because you didn’t receive a gift, then I pray that you step back and reevaluate your situation.

The worst part about anger is that we tend to keep track of every time we have an “issue.” Love doesn’t do that…it forgives. Take a look at God’s love for us. No matter how much we sin, God always forgive us. We keep making mistakes and God could hold it against us, but He doesn’t…Don’t hold things against your beloved.

True love ALWAYS forgives. God’s love for us is the perfect example.

So, on this upcoming Valentine’s day, heed my warning and focus on what true love really is, not what you THINK it is.  Enjoy the day with your loved ones and remember…

God’s love for you is all the gift you ever need.

Now for linky time, but once you are done, please take a few minutes to visit my co-hosts.

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