Right in Christ

“Everything depends on our being right in Christ. If I want good apples, I must have a good apple tree. If I care for the health of the apple tree, the apple tree will give me good apples. And it is just so with our Christian life and work. If our life with Christ is right, all will come out right.” Andrew Murray

If we are right with Him, then our world should see the results of our being attached to the eternal, divine Vine-Jesus.  And we have all the instructions for becoming the fruit the world needs.  Do not let the weariness, the cares, the endless distractions keep you from getting your nutrients from Jesus.  Spend time with Him today.  Whatever is before you, remember to let him carry the load.  And we are his branches.  It is our job to go and produce fruit.  Then all will come out right in the end.

Words of Love

The Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians to “let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” So much is written about the lack of respect, and civility among even the young. Even in movies, and in music, our spirits and souls are not sent soaring into atmosphere, instead we are brought spiraling down into the abyss.

But that is not what we are called to do. Words are mean to propel, to enlighten, to teach, to push our imaginations into worlds beyond worlds. As Christians we are told to speak the speak the truth in love “We can be born anew through Love. Love is the healing power and God is love.” Encouraging words create, heals, transforms and transport us into God’s amazing light.
Make a pact today to show God’s love by encouraging someone with words of love.

Thou Shalt Love

We shall love you O God. Dr. Howard Thurman in his book, Meditations of the Heart wrote,… “There must be for me a deep sense of relatedness to God.”  This connection in our soul and spirit should open us up to, as he puts it “more and more springs of energy and power, which will enable me to thread life’s mysteries with life’s clue,” and by doing so you and I give ourselves totally to love in God.  Then loving myself, my neighbor as myself, and loving God creates energy and power.  You become tender without being soft; gracious without being ingratiating; kind without being sentimental, and understanding without being judgmental.  Loving becomes an integral part of you and what you are. You hold onto life with the strings or bands of love that do not contributes to hate or being unloving. You study how to be a reflection of God’s love.  

 Psalm 48:9 reads “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.”

With meditating on Love-Divine, you shall love God, yourself and your neighbor. Amazing,isn’t it?

No Greater Love

A little 11 year old boy with a bright, shining smile and engaging spirit in one act of love and devotion tried to get help for his mother. He jumped out of the car unto moving traffic on a busy interstate highway. He tried to flagged down a motorist and was struck and killed. His mother was being beaten and dragged by her boyfriend who was attempting to kill her. Her son’s last thoughts were only of her-the object of his love. He wanted only to save her.
Jesus’ last thoughts on Calvary were of us-the objects of His love. He came to knowing full well he would be struck down at the intersection of hate and rejection. However, it didn’t matter. He was willing to go head long into oncoming traffic and take the full impact of an unknowing, blinded, and distracted world for love.
The scripture said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-14 KJV
Divine love came to us to show us how to live and operate in the kingdom of God. He modeled love, healing, compassion, truth, justice, grace and mercy. He demonstrated how to use power and authority, and how to forgive. The Divine Expression-the Word became flesh and showed us no greater love.

Seven Ways to Express Love for God

Because of Who You Are
How do we show our love for God? We are told in Deuteronomy 6:4-6, “The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart…KJV.
What does loving the Creator of the universe look like? Here are some ways to consider. They are not ranked in any order.

1) Desire Him. Want to be in His presence and experience what is called in Christian circles as fellowship. It is having a strong yearning to be with him. Moses asked to see God face to face, but the Lord said it would be too much. So Moses caught a glimpse of God as He moves on the backside of the mountain. The key point here is Moses wanted more time with God. His desire was to be in Holy Communion with the one who created him and sent on to experience life. We should want to have an intimate fellowship with God; to earnestly seeks and bask in the radiance of His holy and loving light. Jesus said if we but knock at the door He would come in and be with us.
2) Saturate your mind with His Word. How do you get to know someone-really get to know them? It’s by spending time in their presence. The same principle applies here. In order to show how much we love God, we need to spend time in his word. Read, meditate, study, discuss what you discover with others. Ask for our loving God to reveal himself to us.
3) Praise Him. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:12-14 KJV. Praise means to express admiration or approval for what God has done, and to express thanks and appreciation.
4) Worship God. You do this by showing devotion and having intense love and admiration for Him. Prayer, singing, lifting up our hands in joyous celebration of His works in services and fellowship demonstrate appreciation for all the things He has done. The Bible says “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.John 4:23-25. I like what the writer on http://www.praise-and-worship.com/ said about worship, that it involves having a heart of submission, obedience, humility, repentance, and commitment. To love God is to worship fully with everything you have.

5) Share God and His message. Tell others about the goodness of God. Carry the message of love into all the world. This does not mean you have to leave the country, but you can be a living example of the abundant seed of Divine love. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you”.John 15:11-13
6) Demonstrate the love of God. Author and preacher Jonathan Edwards in his Treatise on Grace wrote, “Because we are abundantly taught in the Scripture that Divine Love is the sum of all dauty; and all that God requires of us is fulfilled in it, i.e., That love is the sum of all duty of the heart, and its exercises and fruits the sum of all [the] duty of life.” Everything we do and say should be summed up in the love we have for one another and for ourselves. We are His branches on the Tree of Life, and as such each branch should blossomed with the sweet aroma of His Love.
7) Believe in God and His Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:15-17 If God could send His only Son out of love of us to earth, and to pay for our sins, we in turns need to show our profound love for Him by believing in Him and His Son Jesus Christ. Trust Him and believe in the truth of His love.

I said at the beginning that these activities or disciplines were not in any order. Some may read this and think, well I would have put Number 7 as the first thing we need to do to show our love. And you would be right. Belief in God and His Son is the first act of love. God wants to have a fantastic relationship with us; to love on us; to restore us; and to enjoy our company. So maybe your faith and trust in Him as Lord and Savior would be to say Yes, I want to be in the relationship, and then to begin the journey. Now that’s loving God.