God’s Love Is Overwhelming

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAOnce again, I find myself inspired to write about love- that feel good feeling we’ve all experienced. Love, the prime motivator that has spurred many a writer to write, be it stories, poems or songs throughout history. Love’s a powerful feeling isn’t it? Sometimes love can be so powerful that we feel overcome by it, as if it’s engulfing our very being, filling us so full, that we cannot contain it! Ever felt like that? Usually when we feel like that it’s because we’ve just fallen head over heals for someone. Most of us seasoned love birds, that have been married a while, we don’t feel so overwhelmed by our love. As our marriage grows so does commitment and familiarity. Even still, love is extremely powerful, just ask a grieving widow or widower.

People are changeable and along with that comes the unfortunate problem of broken relationships, some of which result in divorce. God however never changes. Gods love is the purest form of love and it’s consistent, it’s not based on anything we’ve done or will do. God’s love is unconditional and that’s overwhelming! The fact that God loves us despite ourselves is incredible. I’ve never been loved that purely in my life, and I don’t think I ever will be, but for the love God has so mercifully shown me. You see He’s fallen head over heels in love with me and you! Not only does God love us with extreme love, it’s also an everlasting love. We get the best of the best from God, His commitment and His passion. We then are able to love others only because God himself loved us first. God is the very embodiment of love! It’s hard to fathom, but true.We only experience love, but God IS love! Don’t believe me? Check out these scriptures-1390217_65415655

1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

Eph 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:9-11 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us,we also ought to love one another.

Eph 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Keep Him Away From Us

1414570_98744553Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell really scored when they recorded “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” They sang it so well! I love the positive, determined message of the song. These are people in love and they’d do anything for each other! They’d climb any mountain, no matter how high or cross any river no matter how wide, just to get to get to one another.  Nothing was gonna keep them away from what they desired. You can call on them anytime and they will come running. Sounds like a committed relationship to me.1368860_99219722

God’s commitment to us is even greater. He didn’t just claim he’d do something. He did it: giving us His only begotten son Jesus, to make atonement for our sins at Calvary. You can’t get anymore romantic than that. That is romance with a capital R!  All other romantic notions pale in comparison to the pure love God has given us.

Happy Easter! You ARE loved!

How Do You Spell Sin? U-G-L-Y

1395377_33688986Last night our family attended a showing of “The Passion of The Christ.” You’ve probably seen it. The movie originally came out in 2004; that’s when I first saw it. Last night was my second viewing and my son’s (who’s 15) first. My husband and I were somewhat undecided about letting him see this graphic portrayal. We came to the conclusion that he was old enough. We warned him ahead of time that it’s a gory and disturbing movie. So we went to church and prepared to watch it. Once the flogging scene began, I started questioning our decision. Maybe this is too much for him? Knowing that my son doesn’t care for scary or bloody movies, I questioned myself as to if he’d be alright after watching this movie  Am I a bad mom? I should protect him from these types of things. What parent wants their child to see ugly, hideous things? Don’t we want them to only see that which is good and beautiful? After all, what we let our child take into their mind stays there, doesn’t it? After questioning myself a bit, I eventually let myself get back into the movie, keeping my tissues nearby. Finally Jesus spoke His final words, saying “It is accomplished.” I was relieved! I didn’t want him to suffer anymore. I felt uncomfortable with the beating and cruelty continuing on and on for what seemed like forever. The movie concluded and we got up to go. I had a headache from swollen sinuses, but still couldn’t wait to get in the car to talk about what we’d just witnessed. My husband and I started off the conversation bringing up all the different scenes and the symbolism portrayed. Our son joined in and said “I noticed the man that carried Jesus’s cross, how he said he was an innocent man carrying the cross for a guilty man. The guilty man represents us.” I was beaming inside  My son was indeed ready to see the movie  He understood the main point of the crucifixion and understood it in depth. It was good that he went. Very, very good.

The truth is, although I want to shield my son from the ugly stuff in the world, he needs to see it sometimes, so that he can fully appreciate the gift that Jesus gave us. Jesus not only subjected himself willingly to die on the cross, He was tortured beyond belief. He being made sin for us was cursed on the cross, so we wouldn’t have to experience it. Sin is ugly and so is human behavior a lot of times. Jesus showed us what true beauty is.

Need Some Lovin Today?

Thinking about the old song What The World Needs Now Is Love“. Maybe you’ve heard it. I was in diapers when it came out, but it’s been recorded so many times.

Here’s the lyrics to the song as written by Hal Davis

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, lord, if you want to know.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

No, not just for some, oh, but just for everyone.

As I was thinking about the lyrics of this song. I wondered what message was the writer trying to pen for the world to hear? Seems to me that it’s about acceptance and we all need to love each other without condition. Maybe Hal had in mind the prejudices that people have towards others that are different from themselves. I can’t really determine what the definite meaning or point is behind what was written. Usually when a writer writes you can read between the lines of what they’re writing and find some hints at what they may be thinking. At least that’s what I’ve always been told. Probably some truth to that.

I was reminded of God’s unconditional love today because I’d seen a photo on Facebook. I pondered the unconditional part. Yes, God does love us without condition. We don’t earn it, we just aren’t good enough to ever be able to earn God’s love. And yes, He does love us all.. How can He not. He is love! Scripture tells us in (1 John 4:8) Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. His love is the Agape form of love. The highest form of love. Having said that, God is also Holy and even though He loves us, we have to make a choice as to what we will do with God’s love. Will we accept His perfect gift of love or reject it. Being a Holy God, unholy people such as ourselves will not be able to enter into His presence. So he had a plan and made a way for us to enter into His presence. And we can enter into His presence not only after death, but in prayer here on earth. And that was made possible through His son Jesus.

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 3:16, KJV
So as I think of the song above I think that what the world really needs is to accept what God has given. To accept Him and His son that died for us. That is love. You see even when we love each-other it is not an Agape love. Our love is flawed, because we are flawed. I hope you’ll accept God’s gift of Jesus and experience real love. There’s nothing sweeter in the world!

1 Corinthians 13

New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b]but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Weekly Photo Challenge “movement”

  1. Movement can mean so many things This week’s photo challenge is on movement.  I decided to post this photo from my recent vacation. As a candid shot, you can see our physical movements in the photo, but as I look at it I think of the feelings of the moment.  The feelings of the heart. A special time that I shared with family and  the close bonds that aren’t easily broken. These are the times when your heart does a little dance of joy  when you see someone you love and it’s been a long time.  And to me that’s the best movement of all.  The movement of the heart towards another

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Love between a Mother & Daughter always remains. Hair grows grey & eyes may fail, but love remains.
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