Redeming Love

I have been thinking about love.  How the world loves, how we love, how God loves, how we love our family our friends.  It’s easy to look at someone else and see how they do not love the way we think they should.  To point out either in our hearts or out loud to someone how they fail.  But have we ever stopped and truly examined ourselves?  I am quick to anger when someone judges me or my family, to hold a grudge.  But is this love?  The bible tells me that this is not love.  Jesus showed us that this is not love.  This does not mean that the person that judges isn’t wrong, but we need to be more focused on ourselves.  After all we can’t change the other person, only God can do that.  So I choose to pray instead of holding a grudge.  God will do the healing of the heart, God will do the prompting.  That is if we allow it.

I like the story in the bible about the adulterer that was going to be stoned.  Jesus stepped in and said to everyone, if you have no sin in your lives then throw the first stone.  Of course no one threw a stone.  In our flesh we all fail.  How am I to judge someone else?  I think it fitting to let God do the judging, after all he is perfect.  He loves correctly.  He reads the heart.

Since birth others have taught me to love.  They told me how much they loved me but would call me names, abandon me, hit me, judge me, show no compassion or mercy and so forth.  Since this is my experience with love, this is how I loved.  But God tells us this is not love.  He tells us that love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always preserves.  Love never fails. 

This is not the love I gave or experienced.  I have a choice to fix it, I choose to fix it.  I have to tell myself, just because I am going to fix something about myself, I can’t expect everyone else to fix themselves.  I am simply doing it because God asks it of me.

In order to understand what God teaches on love, I had to look at a few scriptures.  I had to look at my experience of God’s love for me.  The bible tells us that Jesus is the Shepard and we are the flock.  That the Shepard will never leave us, he will never abandon us, and no matter how wrong we are, he is still there loving us and reaching out to us.  God shows his love by guiding us, caring for us.  He transforms, renews, and strengthens.  He fills with hope, joy and peace.  He comforts, he forgives and he gives salvation.  He is gentle and definitely patient.  God honors, he protects and he will answer when I call on him.  God corrects.  This is what love is. 

This is how I should be striving to love.  Not the way I was taught, not the way someone else loves me and definitely not the way the world loves.  This includes loving myself correctly too.  I’ve asked myself, self how can I love like God?  I cannot transform or renew someone.  This can be done in many ways.  Not the same way as God can but you or I can do it by simply using a kind word, uplifting someone, encouraging someone, or a kind gesture. 

The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul.  The second Greatest is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.  I asked myself why Gods greatest commandments are about love.  I believe it’s because love breaks down walls, it softens hearts, and love is contagious.  We are called to love.  We MUST love ALL.  God’s grace found me and you as we are.  God’s grace meets us where we are.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not parish but have everlasting life.

 

REDEMPTION

I was once a very lost, lonely, tired, scared and shattered person.  Many horrible things happened to me at a young age.  I was a torn person filled with hate and resentment amongst other things.  I made some bad decisions that led to a worse life which in turn caused me to dig myself deeper into a life I believed I was destined for.  I was an ugly person….

The reason why I am writing this to anyone who will read, is because I was terribly wrong.  I was loved, I was watched over, and yes I was an ugly person But God still loved me just as I was.  And he loves you just as you are.

If you are tired, lost, lonely, scared or shattered God can save you right where you are.  He can heal your heart and your past.  God can restore your mind.  He can turn your life around completely.  I know this for a fact because he has done this for me and countless others.  It wasn’t over night (although he has done that for some) but he was with me the whole time holding me in his hand.

If you would like to ask God in your heart, it is very easy.

Romans 10:9-10. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and  believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Example Prayer:

Lord God I thank you that you gave me a way by sending your son Jesus Christ to die and raise again for my sins.  I ask you to come into my heart and cleanse me of all my sins. Lord God I praise you and give you rule over my life past, present, and future.  I thank you Lord God that you have cleansed me and made me a new creation.  Lord God I ask that you restore and renew my heart and mind.  I declare that I am a child of God and I am all that God says I am.  I am healed, whole, victorious and an over comer through Jesus Christ.  In Jesus name Amen.

After you have done the above in Romans, you are now saved.  This means that you are a new creation.  You are new inside!  Ask God to restore and renew your mind and heart.  Turn away from sin and declare that you are a child of God.   You may not change over night but God reads the heart.  He knows every thought and every motive.  He knows when you are sincere and if you are trying your best.  He will guide you with his bible and holy spirit.  You are not left alone.

What helped me when I gave my life to God?

  1. Pray, pray and pray some more
  2. reading the bible/study the bible/meditate on the bible/believe the bible
  3. listening to praise and worship
  4. surround myself with different people. In my case I found a good church.

If you just dedicated your life to God I want to welcome you to the family!  Just remember Christians are not perfect but we are a work in progress.  If you would like prayer I would be honored to pray for you or with you.  Just leave me your name.

Blow the Trumpet

Your redemption draws near.  Sound the alarm, sound the trumpet.  Oh my people come forth, step forth.  Repent my people for redemption draws near.  Sound the alarm, sound the alarm declares the Lord.

I received this word about a week ago.  Yesterday, I got an urgency to share this word.  Please read Joel 2.  This whole chapter is for this word.

JOEL 2

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill.  Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.  It is close at hand a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come.

Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. They rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows.

10 Before them the earth shakes, the heavens tremble, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. 11 The Lord thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty is the army that obeys his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful.  Who can endure it?

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and relent     and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.

Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

The Lord’s Answer

18 Then the Lord was jealous for his land and took pity on his people.  19 The Lord replied to them:  “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations.

20 “I will drive the northern horde far from you, pushing it into a parched and barren land; its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea. And its stench will go up; its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things! 21 Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! 22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. 23 Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.  24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm my great army that I sent among you. 26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,     and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. 27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,     that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.