Love…

Thursday-July 14,2011

bears all things… 

Youths between 20 and 25 years of age are the most accident-prone drivers in the USA. Persons between 15 and 24 years of age comprise only 15% of all drivers in the US, but account for 27% of all fatal accidents. Those in their early 20’s are the worst offenders. Not lacking in skills, they lack judgment and experience. While they may be able to manipulate their own vehicle they fail to remember that they cannot manipulate the other vehicle. They have not learned how to anticipate (The Rotarian, Dec. 1954). These statistics aren’t much different today.[i] Yet we hand over the keys and encourage our children to learn to drive. We make our selves vulnerable to the above statistics because we love them. We believe in them and we hope against all hope that they are part of the other 63 percent.

Psalm 68:19-20 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death.

John 15:12 Love one another as I have loved you

Mark 12: 28b-31 “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

Galatians 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

believes all things…

Vulnerability is usually not what we think of when we think of love. We tend to see it as unattractive and weak. The truth of the matter is that love involves risk. You risk exposing yourself for who you really are. You risk not being received and you risk being taken advantage of. God exposed who he was through Jesus Christ and he experienced all three of these things. Christ made himself vulnerable for our sake and accomplished the victory of life. That victory overcomes everything that causes death of the spirit. Knowing this is what moved Christ forward towards accomplishing the reward of life, which becomes our reward if we too are willing to be vulnerable in love; that being patient, kind, humble, adaptable, not easily offended, and honest with our selves and one another.

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Isaiah 53:5  …he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.

2 Timothy 4:7-8  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

hopes all things…

We make the decisions in our lives and we choose our vulnerabilities. Except for our families and specific loved ones we are rarely vulnerable with people we don’t know. Who among us would give our car keys to a stranger? God on the other hand has handed his love over to us freely through Christ. We believe that God knows each of us by name and has made himself vulnerable for us, and then say we love Christ. Yet we don’t make our selves vulnerable for his sake because the reality is that we don’t know Christ. We have not learned to trust him. We have not learned to anticipate God’s love for us and then most assuredly we crash. The good news is that because God bears with us, believes in us, and hopes for us, he keeps handing us the keys, because he knows that it doesn’t have to be fatal when finally we truly know him and learn to walk in that knowledge of his love.

Psalm 31: 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord!

Isaiah 26: 3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ was faithful over His house as a Son [and Master of it]. And it is we who are of this house, if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant confidence and sense of triumph in our hope.

endures all things…

This is a journey that takes time, knowing yourself and what you can and cannot do and knowing God, who can. If none of this were true why are we still today speaking about God’s love today? People today are still experiencing God’s love. As Martin Luther King says; “Longevity has its place (April 3, 1968 I’ve been to the Mountaintop),” imbedded in the hearts of anyone whose aim is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, the peace, which passes all understanding, and love that is greater than any combination of fear that is as tall as the highest mountain and faith that is wider than any ocean, God’s love prevails. In the darkest night of the soul, God’s love remains. In the deepest of graves God’s love endures.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burdens on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall

Isaiah 43:1-2 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Matthew 11:28-30“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Love Never Ends.

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/MotorVehicleSafety/Teen _Drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html