Dec 31, 2009

Love Is the Greatest

"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing." 1 Cor. 13:1-3

God has taught me a lot in 2009 about that four letter word, L-O-V-E. What is Love?

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand it's own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. IT does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Cor. 13:4-7

Wow, such great verses to live our lives by - wouldn't you agree? A few times this past year I have seeked God in how to respond to certain situations and I always came back to 1 Corinthians 13. We are to be patient and kind. We are to never give up on people, be hopeful and not keep any record of wrongs. We are to love always!

I've been reading a book by Bill Johnson and I love what he writes. "God's love for people is beyond comprehension and imagination. He is for us, not against us. God is good 100 percent of the time. These realities burn deeply into the hearts of all who simply take the time to behold Him."

I just love that. God loves us more than we can think or imagine. He only wants the best for us - He is good ALL the time. Not some of the time or most of the time but ALL of the time. If He's good all the time then we know that it is not Him that brings sickness, pain, abuse, etc. He brings GOOD out of the bad but He doesn't want bad things to happen to us. If he wanted bad things to happen to us then He wouldn't be good all the time and we know that He is because that's what His Word says! What a joy it is to know Jesus and trust Him in every situation in our lives! We have the choice everyday to love Him and trust Him no matter what life brings. As we trust Him it will be evident in our lives that He is taking care of us, providing for us, and He will never leave us! It's up to us to believe it and live in victory. It's up to us to let those realities burn deeply into our hearts.

I wanted to update on the kids but they are up from their naps and I have laundry to fold and dinner to get started. I will post soon with updates on the kids and will have some videos to share once I can sit down and upload them.

Blessed to know Jesus,

1 comment:

Rachael. said...

AH LOVE... God has been speaking this to me for a while and the part i love in 1 Corinthians is NOT to be a resounding gong or clanging symbol... there are plenty of those already walking around :)

Your an awesome women miss Keri!