Live Love, Part 1

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Before the New Year, God to told me to study on walking in love.  I did a word search on eSword and came up with an extensive list (it’s an important subject!).  I divided up the verse by categories and came up with “Live Love” but with a smaller list of verses so my readers wouldn’t get overwhelmed!  I hope your 2018 is filled with the love of God as you choose to walk in it!

When we think of the word “love,” we usually get a warm feeling inside.  We think of love in a positive way, as love is portrayed – in most cases – as something good.  Marriage is based on love.  Parenting is based on love.  Missions and outreach is based on love – or at least it should be.

Unfortunately love in our culture has become a broad description of many things.  We “love” Italian food.  We “love” our new sports car.  We “love” our jobs.  According to the Word of God, however, this form of love is not true love.  This is a pleasant feeling or “like” toward something.  This “like” ends when the newness or emotion of it fades over time. 

True love is not based on emotions.  It is based on a choice to put others before ourselves, regardless of how we feel.  It’s deeper, more valuable, and more lasting than what any definition of love could be.

What Is Love?

While the world may define love as warm, fuzzy feelings toward another human being, or perhaps even their pet, the Word’s definition is not “what” but “Who.”  God is love.

(1John 4:8 KJV)  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

(1John 4:16 KJV)  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

Where Is Love?

God not only is love but He has placed that love in our hearts the moment we were saved.  We don’t need to strive to walk in love; it is right there in us if we’ll just let it guide us!

(Romans 5:5 KJV)  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

(Galatians 5:22 KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith . . .

God Loves Us

The glorious thing about Love is that Love loves us!  It’s not just that Love exists; but Love has extended His nature toward us – even when we didn’t deserve it!

(John 15:9 KJV)  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

(John 17:26 KJV)  And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

(Romans 5:8 KJV)  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

To be continued…

Jesus on the Titanic

I recently attended a revival service at my church.  The speaker read the following story and the above video concerning John Harper, pastor from Scotland who was aboard the Titanic.  This story is little known, but is one of true love as he sacrificed his life to save souls until he, too, succumbed to the icy waters.

Harper’s reputation as an evangelist was so well known that he was invited to speak at The Moody Church in 1910. I have in my possession a photocopy of a letter, in his own handwriting, which reads, “I have been in Chicago for three months, God gave us a very precious and wonderful revival of continuous services each day and sometimes even more often.” He went on to say that he now had been invited back to The Moody Church for another three months of meetings.

And so it was that John Harper, his sister, and his six-year-old daughter (his wife had died) found themselves on the great ship, the Titanic. Survivors later reported that as Titanic began to sink, Harper admonished people to be prepared to die. He made sure his sister and daughter were in a lifeboat even as he continued to share the Gospel with whoever would listen. And when he found himself in the icy water with a life jacket, floating near another man, Harper asked, “Are you saved?”

No, I’m not saved!” the desperate man replied.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!” Harper shouted.

One report says Harper, knowing he could not survive long in the icy water, took off his life jacket and threw it to another person with the words, “You need this more than I do!” Moments later, Harper disappeared beneath the water. Four years later, when there was a reunion of the survivors of the Titanic, the man to whom Harper had witnessed told the story of his rescue and gave a testimony of his conversion recorded in a tract, I was John Harper’s Last Convert.

Before disappearing beneath the two and a half miles of water, John Harper shared, for the last time, the message of Christmas, which, in a nutshell, is that Jesus came to earth to die in our stead that we might be saved. This Gospel does not spare us from drowning in an ocean, but it does spare us from a far worse eternal destruction.

(Courtesy of “John Harper’s Last Convert” by Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, moodymedia.org) 

Worth It All!

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Something I posted on my Facebook page recently!  God values YOU!

When we’re concerned about our value, the devil will speak lies to our minds and point us to the lies of our culture.  Jesus, however, will speak the truth of His Word to our hearts and point us to the Cross – the greatest way He could say, “You are worth it all!”

“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

 

 

 

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