Saturday, February 25, 2017

Faith, Hope and Love - Part 3 - Love

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Love describes God's divine nature. Jesus is love personified to us through His sacrificial gift of His life on Calvary's cross. As we are conformed to the image of Christ, we exhibit more and more of His love.

Our whole life is about loving God and our neighbor (1 Timothy 1:5). This love motivates our thoughts, words and actions. Sure, we all get in the flesh now and then - tired and grouchy, stressed and overworked, etc. This makes us reluctant to lay down our life in love for anyone else.

This is when we can emulate Jesus' behavior and withdraw to the mountains to pray - we may not have a mountain, but we can have a prayer closet - our "war room", or a bench under a shade tree, or a secluded spot on the beach or countryside, or a rocker on the porch; I've even dashed into a bathroom stall more than once to recover my equilibrium (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

Once when I chatted with my adult daughter by phone, she said, "I put myself in time-out until I can get a better attitude." Whatever works for you is the best way to walk in the Spirit and fulfill our goal not to give in to the desires of our flesh (Galatians 5:15-25).

In times when grief and stress cloud our natural eyes, we rely more heavily on our spiritual eyes and ears of faith in our Heavenly Father's wisdom and faithfulness.

We trust and never doubt; but if we do doubt, we ask God to help our unbelief, and He will (Mark 9:23-25). We count on His eternal love to see us through the most gruesome issues of life.

Father God, we shall not lack in any good thing that we need, because we know that You supply all of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs according to Your abundance (Philippians  4:19). You will never abandon us, although at times You stretch our patience and build our faith by waiting beyond our human time limit to provide for our needs (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).

Sometimes, You do not even heal our sickness, but allow us to suffer in this life for some reason. Whether you are teaching us an object lesson, building our faith by making us wait, or taking us home to be with You in glory (Psalm 116:15), we still trust in Your love and gracious generosity to meet all of our needs.

Thought for the Day:
God's love shrouds us like a cloak and refreshes us like a waterfall; we never need to fear, because Christ in us is greater than the god of this world, and God gave us a sound mind through salvation, spiritual power by His Spirit and His abundant everlasting love as a free gift for eternity.
- 2 Timothy 1:7


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