My Vision is becoming a slow reality. God opened up a door that can not be closed. I see where He is working, and I can only promote it and say...Yes He is Good! Here is one of the writing assignments I have been working on in the past 2 months. I hope you enjoy!
Did you know that the word Love appears in the bible 496 times? Do you think God is trying to say something here?
I think what God is saying is that loving one another is not optional! HM?... If it’s not optional, how do we apply this to our daily lives, this thing called love?
I have struggled with this for a long time? Yes it’s easy to love someone when they are loving, but when they are not so lovable, I ask myself….OK now what? Of course the verse John 3:16 immediately comes to mind.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
If God can love us that much, who’s to say that I can’t? And this is why:
( If you have your bibles, go ahead and turn to John 15:1-17 )
1."I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2.He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
3.You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
4.Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5."I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
6.If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
7.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
8.This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9."As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10.If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
11.I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
12.My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13.Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
14.You are my friends if you do what I command.
15.I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
16.You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
17.This is my command: Love each other.
When I read this passage I know how important this thing called love is. Why it’s not a thing after all, it’s God! You see when we keep all of Gods commandments; we will abide in His love “in Him”. And if we abide in His love, this is true discipleship. When we remain in Christ Jesus, love abounds, if love abounds, it is a way for the world to know that we are Christ’s disciples.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share this devotional to these wonderful people of faith. I ask that You bless each and everyone of them according to Your riches in heaven. I ask that you continually show us how to love one another as you commanded us so that we will be a sweet perfume that draws people to You. Thank you Lord for loving us unconditionally and showing us Your ways. In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen
Love led Jesus to come to us. Love of Christ leads us to love others. And love leads us to minister.