Saturday, September 22, 2018

Loves got alot to do with it

Each day brings about change.   As the Fall Season begins, we are reminded yet again of this constant change.  This morning I was visiting with my step Mom who is 82 years young.  She has handled change very gracefully in her life.   We were reflecting about years gone by and how this world has changed so much.  As we discussed the many seasons of life, I asked her what she thought the secret to life was.   Her answer was "love"; not the world's definition of love but what the Bible tells us love is.   The Bible tells us that love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a   The world tells us that love is a feeling, it's "magical" and is makes all your dreams come true.   The world's love doesn't tell you the truth, it tells you what you want to hear.   I have to confess I like to watch Hallmark movies, but I must say that Hallmark is FAR from real life or  real love!   Real love is what Jesus did for us on the Cross.  Real love is what Jesus did for us when He rose from the grave and conquered death.  Real love is not emotion.  Real love is not just saying what someone wants to hear but telling them the truth.  Real love is a gift.   If you can take it away I don't think it was love.  Falling out of love is a false statement.  Love is a commitment.  Love is a choice.  The love my step-Mom was talking about is an anchor that keeps us steady during life's storms.  During the next month, I am going to be blogging about examples of this kind of love in real life.

I want to encourage you today to receive God's unconditional love for you personally.  We can't love others if  we don't receive God's first.   Jesus really does love you!  God's love can change your life!  Stay tuned.....