Love – The most excellent way!

During these times, where at every turn, our world is experiencing senseless acts of sin and evil.  Through mass shootings, devastating fires with significant loss of lives, homes, and businesses. Massive drug and alcohol abuse and addictions that are tearing families apart and killing people.  To the change in the family unit where many elderly are distanced from their families in their final years and put into institutionalized care which is sometimes a blessing but often times not optimal.  They may have security and safety, but they are missing out on the interaction and love from those that they love, those that they cared for and nourished most of their lives.  Our children are losing the experience to live in an extended family unit, learning from them, and seeing through example how they should respect their elders.   This is not what God’s original plan looked like.  But the fact that he gave us free will, and sin entered into the world, this is what we are now experiencing.

What are we to do?  People say, “I’ll pray for you”.  Some people say “Why pray, it does no good”.

Let me show you what I have done and what I am going to continue to do –

First of all, I choose to believe the bible.  I believe the bible was recorded by man and inspired by the Holy Spirit.    I believe, just as Samuel was instructing the Israelites, that our God is in control of all things in heaven and on earth and has been since the beginning.  And then, I choose to set my heart with the intention to live each day following the bibles instruction and examples of loving one another.  Living a life full of love.

1 Samuel 12:6-7, “It is the Lord who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your forefathers up out of Egypt.  Now then stand here because I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your fathers”.

Then In Romans, Paul instructs that not one person has an excuse for not knowing or hearing of the Bible or of Christ because it has all been revealed through this wonderfully created world we live in.

Romans 1:20, “ For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  No excuses, not one.

Romans 3:23, “For we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

1 John 1:8-9, “For if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.   If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life.”

Then as Paul is instructing the Ephesians, God poured out his love for us when he gave his only son to be the sacrifice for our sin.  And Jesus Christ, God’s son, expressed his love for us through the sacrifice of his earthly life.  We are commanded to love one other because they first loved us!

John 13:34,  A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Ephesians 5:1, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

And then we have and entire chapter documented by man, inspired by the Holy Spirit, on LOVE!

What I will continue to do – I Choose to walk in LOVE.

I determine in my heart to believe the best in all circumstances and in all people.  I will think, believe, and speak the best about every one and every situation, including myself.  I will pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to keep my heart soft from the pain and evil I see (and sometimes directly feel) in this world and to love in obedience to God’s command.   I will look for opportunities to come along side of people and love on them.  I will pray that more people will step out in faith and prayer, and focus on love.

1 Corinthians 131“The Way of Love – If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, [a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; [b] 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Let’s do this together.  If you desire to see change, it must start with each one of us…living in love.

Update 11/17/2018 –

I wrote this blog yesterday regarding choosing to live in love.   Then this morning I reviewed 1 Corinthians 13 (because yesterday I had decided I was going to make it a priority to memorize the whole chapter).
Then I get into my car and turn on the radio and hear this song. This song is basically repeating what my blog was intended to portray.
This is an example of one way in which God speaks to me. He affirms that I am on track. Some could say this was just coincidence, but I know it is not that. Yesterday I had no intent to write that article. I was moved to do it after reading my devotional and went to the computer and didn’t stop until I wrote down my thoughts. I feel nudges from God almost everyday because I seek him through his word and through prayer. Check out my article called “A Life Devoted to God” which includes an exercise guide to help in this area.
Here is a link to the song — beautiful. And towards the end he even quotes some of 1 Corinthians 13.

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