Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nine Arts- LOVING!!!!!

Do you love people?
Do you love your parents?
Do you love your Spouse?
Do you love your children?
Do you love your Family Members?
Do you love your friends?
Do you love your neighbors?
Do you love the waitress at the restaurant?
Do you love the teen that waited on you at the fast food restaurant?

Oh WOW!!!!!  It may be easy to go down the list and say YES to 95% of those.  Let me ask you another you love them unconditionally?  Do you show your love to them?  If you do, how do you do that? 

Let's really think about that.  He loved us first!  He loved us unconditionally.  Scripture even says that "While we still sinners, Christ died for us."  He loved you even in your sin, so much that He was willing to die for you.  That really just takes me to my knees in gratitude!!!! 

Let's look at some other scripture to consider....
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" (NIV) Zephaniah 3:17 " And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, through it is too great to understand fully." (NIV) Ephesians 3:18-19 "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, 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." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
"We love because he first loved us"(NIV) 1 John 4:19

Here is something for us to consider when we are going through this process of seeking those that are lost. 
"Musician Aaron Niequist explains it this way in his song "Changed" 
We have been blessed,
now we're gonna be a blessing.
We have been loved,
now we're gonna bring love,
We've been invited,
we're gonna share the invitation.
We have been changed, to bring change"

"God invites ordinary men and women in their every day lives to make an extraordinary impact with an extraordinary message.  What's the message?  God extravagantly loves ALL PEOPLE!!!!"

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