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Love Is ……..

October 26, 2012

Greetings,

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, 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….”  1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

I have been pondering love a lot lately.  I think it comes with the territory when you have a new grandchild and are at the beginning of a new relationship.  Love is an immense concept.  Well worthy of deep pondering.  So why does it flood your mind with sweet nothings?  When I hold my sweet grandson my heart and mind turn to sweet mush.  I just know it makes me feel good inside.

I John 4:16  states that “God is love.”  If this is true then the passage quoted above helps us define who God is.  It seems to me that in the New Covenant God reveals Himself to us in ways totally different from the Old Covenant.  Today God is all about love and forgiveness, but in times past it seems that God was about blood soaked vengeance and such.  Has God changed?  Or has Jesus opened a whole new window to see God through?  I think Jesus was a total game changer and His blood purchased for us a new forgiveness and love, the likes of which was never seen before on this earth.  But of course Jesus always was and the Father always knew and The Spirit has always revealed.  It is just up to us to walk in His love today as we understand Him.

Think about it?  If God is love then we can say the following considering 1 Corinthians 13 ?…..  God is patient, God is kind.  God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud.  God is not rude, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs.  God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  God never fails..

That makes me think hard about just who God is and I feel that it fits God extremely well.  In Christ God fully opened His life to us and now Grace prevails like it never has before.  It makes me draw closer to God when I know He is not angry at me and He keeps no record of my wrongs.  Today I am experiencing love from a wide variety of sources and this love makes me draw near to Him and walk a better walk towards others.  I hope this makes some sense today, but then again I am surrounded in love so who knows?  Sometimes love doesn’t make much sense, but I know when I am in it.  It helps me to remember that the very first thing love is, is patient.  So Lord, please help us all to be patient today.  We want to run beside You, and not in front or behind You.  Please help us to keep in step with You and Your love all of our days.

Love and….

Kirk Out ! 

 

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2 Comments
  1. in times past it seems that God was about blood soaked vengeance and such.

    I think this is a misreading of the Old Testament God. Don’t forget, all the nations against whom God executed any sort of vengeance in the OT had been the subject of His patience for many centuries before we meet them for the first time. When He took action against Israel, it was after prediction and much warning, plus at least 500 years of patient dealing… and even then, it was to correct and not to destroy. God’s wrath was slow on the trigger.

    Moreover, it seems as though God adapts Himself to the culture with which He communicates. The language He uses in the OT fits a mold the Bronze Age Hebrews would have understood. The language He uses in the New Testament was better suited to a more recent world.

    Jesus does present a clearer and friendlier view of God than one always sees in the OT; but let’s not forget, Jesus learned about God by reading the OT as well as by interacting with Him. Jesus knew God as Father (possibly because, being a bastard, he did not know Joseph as father) but he also knew him from descriptions like that in Psalm 103.

    If you ever need to see the harsher side of God, the place to look is in John’s Apocalypse at the end of the New Testament. The Old Testament God is actually a real softy.

    • Elvera permalink

      I disagree with your second to last paragraph. Jesus was with God before the foundation of the universe and IS God. He knows the Father intimately and told his disciples : No one knows the Father but the Son…. That would include all the writers of the OT. On the road to Emmaeus Jesus told those walking with him that the scriptures pointed to Himself. The OT scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit but written by people whose knowledge of God was clouded by their fallenness and their place in a pagan society. Jesus came to reveal the Father and said that when we have seen Him, we have seen the Father. We are reconcilled to God through the completed work of Jesus Christ. The Father, Son and Spirit have the same nature and character and are one in loving purpose. To say otherwise is to split the Trinity.

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