There is only ONE kind of love.
Thinking otherwise is the cause of broken marriages, for example. There is only ONE kind of love. You can do no wrong in this kind of love. There is no danger, no fear in this kind of love. (Romans 13:10)The only risk is becoming more and more like our God.
This only kind of love is the live we were made for – the love that makes us more like Him. We cannot sin in it; we cannot do wrong to our neighbor. Anything else – anything outside it – is fear and self preservation. Anything outside it is prison. When we realize that there is nothing to lose but everything to gain (even when we lose!), we are no longer afraid. “Perfect love casts out all fear.” (1John4:18)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”(1Corinthians 13 NIV)
Beautiful girl of dreams
You moon-like thing
I hear sweetness in your laughter
Loud and soothing
Colored with wonder
What a warm day you are
With you the dreams begin
The nightmares fade
To the sunlit day breaking
My friend my muse
I give back the heart you fixed with glittery glue
It’s yours girl of dreams
And it’s beautiful
By Mema Daisy
I’m listening to a Superchick song, “Beauty From Pain”. It’s been a long time since I heard it.
This post is about giving light in the darkness. It’s about sharing our light-little it may be-with others who are walking through the same dark places we have walked. It’s about the kind of relevance that God wants us to have on this earth.
Sometimes giving light means reaching out in the dark to someone else’s hand to assure that person theat they are not alone. We often think of love as something that requires an epic demonstration. Well, not usually. It doesn’t always bring fluffy fuzzy feelings. It’s hard. It requires more from us than we’re usually ready to give. It goes unnoticed some times. It’s something we still have to give even when we don’t receive it from others.
That’s why I absolutely love the message of the cross: We can’t save ourselves by our own good works or strength. We need God’s love and salvation which He so freely gave. All we have to do is ACCEPT. He’ll take it from there. ACCEPT. SURRENDER. RECEIVE.
Only when we do this can we give. Not out of our little, but out of God’s abundance working with our little-our mustard seed sized faith. Imperfect. Little. Almost nonexistent. He can do great things with our little. God can bring beauty from pain. This is the message of the cross: beauty, freedom, peace, joy, from the pain that Jesus suffered. This is the message we can receive right where we are, and this is the message we can share right where we are.
God loves you. God loves us.
P.S. You can check out the song through the link below. Enjoy. 😊
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” (Romans 5:3-5)
I realize that I need the hurt to teach me what love is. The hurt does something to my character because I choose in Christ to be helpless- to be unable to do anything about the hurt. Like Jesus Christ said “I choose to lay down my life. No one takes it from me.” (John 10:18 paraphrase)
The hurt makes me able to feel- to bear a burden on behalf of another person when I take their wrongdoing towards me upon myself.
Without this hurt in this age- this imperfect age- there can be no true love. Love hurts because people hurt.
Thank You LORD.
(As in steps like those of a baby-if that makes any sense 😀) Anyway….
Jesus said that unless we receive the kingdom like a little child, we cannot enter it. He said this while carrying a little child on his knees in front of all his disciples which included a cross section of adults on the outskirts.
I love children. On Easter Sunday as on some Sundays, I spent my time with children. Crying, happy, carefree, rough, playful, attention seeking children. And I loved every moment of it. I enjoyed every bit of the generous love they welcomed me with. They were so easy to please, so simple, so willing to receive what ever it was we offered.
They didn’t like everything: some liked stickers but others did not; some crafts were popular and others weren’t. They were messy, didn’t want to obey the instructions all the time, but they were so open to receive. Open to hear what we had to say, open to play the games, open to sit around with a group of other children they didn’t know and just simply be.
They didn’t do anything grand or super special. They were just kids that wanted love and attention and we’re ready to pour it on whomever was ready to receive it from their little hands.
God our Heavenly Father wants us to be like them. He knows we are messy, we don’t always want to obey instructions and we are each unique. He wants us to be open to love and to receiving love freely from Him. He doesn’t need us to do something super special. He wants us to take baby steps- to emulate the babies in our individual walks: Simple, flawed and receiving our Father’s perfect love.
SIMPLE, FLAWED, and RECEPTIVE to our Father’s love. 😊
If I can see You clearly in all things LORD, I know I can see all things clearly.
Please help me LORD to keep my focus on You. I could never go wrong in this.
I choose to SEE You. You make my life so beautiful. You make all things beautiful. I am forever changed by the unchangeable God who sees me too.
I know that You love me. You could not- would not leave me. You hold me in Your arms and whisper Your love and peace to me. You are my companion for life- for ever!
I love You LORD. Thank You. 🙂
11 December 2014
God, who is so merciful to me, has given me a fresh and hopeful view of life: A life where I can expect good things in every form, where I can savor good relationships, where I can grow through patience having its complete work, a life that is rich and full and beautiful, but simple, where I can simply live and love and give… and receive, where God is my Shepherd, where God is my everything.
I feel like in this life everything tastes good potentially: the good and the bad. I feel this way because I have seen God in my life use the bad things and the things that seem bad to mold me into the person that He wants me to be.
I love You LORD.
4 December 2014 Deep and Meaningful
God just gave me a clearer picture of what ministry should mean to me. I’m learning that doing things in a big way isn’t equivalent to doing ministry the right way. I realize that the “go big or go home” mentality is actually a myopic view of how God wants to use us.
He’s showing me in what ways I can be light in the lives of other people.
The small but deep and real connections I make with people would go a long way in causing a ripple effect in the world in the direction of God’s heart more than large and shallow connections can sometimes.
This being said, I look forward to life –a life filled with a lot of these kinds of meaningful connections.
Thank You LORD!
23 November 2014 My Journey So Far
LORD, I just want to thank You for how far You’ve brought me-how far You’ve brought me in my mindset and thinking process.
I see life in a completely new perspective. I don’t see people or groups of people as my safe place, pillar or refuge. I see You as more than capable of being all that to me.
You are the ROCK that cannot be shaken. Only You can never fail. Only You can never fail me. Now instead of needing people, I consider that people may need me. I see my life reflecting the old hymn that says to comfort rather than to be comforted; to understand rather than be understood; to love with all my heart rather than to be loved. It makes me much more GRATEFUL and APPRECIATIVE when people show me love and kindness. I’m more appreciative of the little gifts or expressions of love I receive from people. I see things this way because my expectations are of God, no longer of people to fill any holes in my life. If, then, God brings people into my life who see me as I am, and just love me, I’ll consider it, instead of something I’m desperately in need of, as a gift and an added blessing to my life. I’ll see it as a GIFT –a gift that reflects God’s love for me. I do hope for this as what it is –completely satisfied that God’s place in my life is secure.
I love You my God! Thank YOU!
10 November 2014
I hung out with quite a number of people today. I kept thinking and wondering how You wanted to enrich me through this experience. I thought about myself a lot.
Now, at the end of the day I realize that I was putting my happiness in other people’s hands. I see how selfish I was being when I was looking for the most I could get out of relating with other people.
I remember now that my happiness and joy are dependent on You alone. I see that since my happiness and joy depend on You, I don’t need to seek others to fill the space that only You can fill.
I am reminded then, that I am the light of the world. I realize that I didn’t do the people around me much service.
I should reach out. Reach out. Reach out. I should look out for people and bless them. This is God’s calling: that I should be light wherever I am-that I should be the light of the world!!
I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!
Thank You LORD!