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Love Is ……..

September 29, 2015

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 new grand-twins, two grandsons under age 3 and are at the beginning of new relationships.  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 grandchildren 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 can we 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 even 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 angles, 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 of 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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3 Comments
  1. Janet fowler permalink

    I always appreciate a blog focused on Love. My first thought was to look up the verse about no fear in love. Found it. 1 John 4:18 there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears it’s not made perfect in love.
    As I was looking for that reference I was struck by the exclusivity of that thought. Almost every other reference had to do with the fear of God. So how do we reconcile those thoughts? My understanding of the fear of God has been as a child. If I believe I am His child, I believe He will not let me get away with this or that without consequence.
    Moving on, I also found and noted 1 John 3:23. And this is His command: to believe in the name of his son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.
    Pretty simple.

  2. Sky permalink

    I like it! How like Him!

  3. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    Good to allow Gods words to define Gods love, not our smaller human feelings happen to use the term! Why feel we should use Agape for Gods super love, and our goal to copy

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