What’s love got to do with it?

Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13:8

Love is a battlefield (oh, wait….that’s not quite where I wanted to go with this 🙂

When we think of love, many things come to mind….romance, your spouse, a child, chocolate 🙂  Love is defined as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person;  a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection.

 But do you think of God when you think of love.  I don’t….well, not right away, anyway.  But, I think that is the first thing I should be thinking about as a Christian when I hear the word love, or even if asked what love is.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…” John 3:16 — that’s love.  If you had a child, would you, could you do that?

God is love.  I learned that when I became a believer, but has it really sunk in?  Do I remember daily that God loves me and only wants the best for me?  Read 1 Cor 13:4-7 sometime today and really absorb what God is telling us love is.  I know for me, I’m not even close to this at times.  But there is such hope in these verses….hope to become more in God’s eyes, to become more like Jesus, who is perfect love.

There are lots of songs that sing about love, and about God’s love.  One in particular that we sing on Sunday mornings at our church goes like this…”your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me, …your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me.”  How thankful am I to hear those words?  The Bible tells us that God’s love never fails. Human love does fail. Sometimes.  But when we trust in the Almighty, He is there loving us forever and ever and ever.  That’s the kind of love I want!

Hear the song “One Things Remains” here– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l_jrjd2agU 

~ Lisa McNeely

Get Out of the Gerbil Wheel!!!

I’ve been thinking about gerbils a lot lately.  I can’t tell you have many people in the past month have said to me “I feel like a gerbil that keeps going around in the same wheel all day long” or something to this effect.  I can relate.  Can you?

God has something to say about this.  In Mark 4 as Jesus explains the parable of the sower and his seeds, He describes the seeds thrown among the thorns as people who “hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing” (Mark 4:19).

I want to tell myself that I am like the seed thrown on good soil, a person who “hears the word and accepts it and bears fruit” (Mark 4:20).  When I feel like a gerbil in a wheel going round and round, I have to ask myself if the soil around me is really that good.  Sometimes I know that the gerbil activity is sparked by feeling I’m not bearing fruit (accomplishing things at work, feeling recognized for what I do, producing things that are perfect….).  The desire for good fruit is a great desire, but often we go about trying to fulfill it in the ways the world values, not the ways God values.  I am guilty.

It’s interesting that brain research is beginning to document the fact that taking some time each day to be quiet improves productivity and quality of thinking – and this is without even calling on the Lord in prayer.  How much more the Lord can accomplish when we take quiet time to be with Him.   If you know you’re in the wheel, join me and get out a few minutes today.  Ask the Lord to show you the condition of the soil around you.

PS – I have nothing against gerbils – they’re cute. 🙂

 

                                                                                     ~Deb Griest