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Commandment To Love

John 15:9-12

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.

11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Lesson:

Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.

We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.

Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.

My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”

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Being A Mother

On my walk over to work this morning I was just reflecting on being a mother. My girls are away on summer vacation for two weeks visiting with their dad. Yes I’m in a blended family, my husband and I both have three children so we have six altogether and this is the first time that my girls have gone and are gonna be away for this amount of time. I was just thinking about how much I miss them. At the same time I was thinking about breakfast. I try to keep things in my office for a quick bite. Then I thought about how I didn’t have anything left in my cabinet because my youngest daughter would come over after school and she’s eaten up all of the snacks in my office. And I was just thinking about how much I missed them.
It caused me to reflect back and think that if I had known that I would have three kids and could love them so much I never would have believed it. I know when I was a young girl I played pretend and I dreamed of a husband and children but it was just my imagination. I don’t think I ever had the actual reality that those things would one day be real and here I am today. I have three kids!
I may not be the best mother in the world but I love my children. I spoil them, I chastised them. I get angry with them and I love them. I come running when they call. My son is a young adult know and so he calls more than the girls. And no matter how old he gets I come running when he calls. But I love them more through ever instance. I do each of these things because of my love for them.
This made me reflect and think about God’s love towards us. Because of his love for us, we have on the inside of us his love and the things we do for our children God does that and so much more for us. He loves us, he chastises us, he gets angry with us. He hurts when he has to chastise us at times, but he loves us with an unconditional love. And when we are away, we’ve gone outside of his will he yet still loves us. When we’re off doing other things he’s still right where he’s always been loving us. Kind of like I’m doing right now with my children. They are away, they’re doing what they want to do right now with their dad.
But I still love them. I’m still making plans for them. I’m still preparing them for their future. I’m still raising them up in holiness. I’m still being their mother. And I thank God that he loves us with an unconditional love. With that love, he nurtures us, he protects us, he cares for us, he provides for us, he keeps us safer then we can keep our own children. How because he is greater than anything we could ever be and he is omnipresent. His hand is mighty and strong. The song says He’s got the whole world in his hands. And what we as mothers cannot do for our children, our prayer request sent up to God can. Today I just want to take the time to say I cherish the relationship, intimacy, and the unconditional love that God has for us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given me the gift of being a mother and three gifts that call me mom. I do not take it for granted that you have entrusted me as the caretaker of these three little souls. Help me to know them in the spirit. To nurture them and train them up in holiness and righteousness and in the way that they should go. So that when they are older, what has been planted n the inside of them will be watered by you and in you they will never depart.
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Growth in Christian Virtue

Growth in Christian Virtue Post

If there is ever a time when I could say that I have grown in Christ, I would hope that it was now. But as I read these word better yet instructions today, the words seemed to come alive from the screen and renewed my mind in what I know to be faith, wisdom, revelation and understanding. God’s word truly is a mirror and will cause you to see yourself for who and what you really are. (I am talking to myself right now) It will reveal all of the truth in finding out you are not all that you think you are. But you need more work done on the inward parts. Your heart need more fixing, more mending, molding and still yet a complete transformation into the things of Christ.

As I read this passage of scripture this morning, I felt chastised by the word of God for doing far less than what it calls for me to be. I realized I have not been doing all that I know to do. We can be well but can always do better. I am guilty of knowing I should do better. As I sat down and asked God for a word of encouragement for His people today, I was convicted because I should have done more than I have done over the last week. I should have read more, prayed more and loved others more than I did. I repented because I realized that I cannot say that I love God and not do all and then some more of what He has called me to do. I may not be out intentionally sinning but I fall short daily.

Then I ran across a journal note to myself on this one verse, “For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4 I got excited, so I opened the entire chapter and began reading. And as I read the mirror started to reveal my reflection. And oh boy it is not as beautiful as I’d like it to be. But it is the truth about me. I can admit to God when I don’t like what I see or who I am. Why? Because I want to be more like Him and less like myself. I know what His word says about us as people but also what it says about His saving grace and His everlasting love that transforms us into righteousness. It causes us to be joint heirs, sons and daughters of a King, blessed and highly favored.

Jesus left us some amazing instructions on how to live the best life possible on this earth. He did not say we would not have hard times. But he showed us how to get through even the storms of life and still have joy knowing that trouble doesn’t last always. I for one intent from this point on to follow more closely these instructions so that I may live the a life of dynamic spirituality and godliness, and share in all of the promises that He has promised to us.

Those instructions I spoke about, they’re below:

2 Peter 1:1-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ,

To those who have received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is blind—shortsighted [closing his spiritual eyes to the truth], having become oblivious to the fact that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin]; 11 for in this way entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly provided to you.

12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them and are established in the truth which is held firmly in your grasp. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this earthly tent, to inspire you by reminding you, 14 knowing that the laying aside of this earthly tent of mine is imminent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 Moreover, I will diligently endeavor [to see to it] that even after my departure you will be able, at all times, to call these things to mind.

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An Endless Love

God has extended a never ending love to us. It is a love that he had for us even before he created us. When everyone else can walk away, taking their conditional love with them, we have a love that never changes or leaves us. And this love will remain throughout eternity.

His love saves, heals, delivers, and sets us free. It protects, provides, restores, and encourages us. His love is powerful beyond measure and it causes us to become more than we could ever be in our own strength, but only when we come into the realization that it exists and we accept Him.

His love has transforming power that causes us to want to live in the image and mind of Christ. It teaches us how to love others just as Jesus has loved us. Without his love I surely would fail. Fail not just at the things I put my hands to to prosper, but I would fail in building and maintaining relationships, fail at being a parent, fail at work, fail at being faithful to the many things God has called me to and overall fail at life.

As i look back over my life, only after God opened my eyes and I accepted His love for me, have I seen my life transformed by his love and saving grace. I’m not who I used to be, I don’t do the things I used to do and even when life is serving me sour lemons and the raining storms are beating on me, His love provides hope, joy, and peace. In his love there is no fear of people, situations or the unknown.

Have you seen God’s love working in your life?

Romans 8:37-39 (KJV)

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Psalm 86:15 (KJV)

15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.