LIVING ON PURPOSE Part Two

Let’s start with a few truths taken directly from Scripture.

Truth number one….Our Father God, who created us, is a loving God. His love is pure, unconditional and real. So real and pure that Scripture says that God is Love and Love is God.

Psalm 86:15 “But Lord, your nurturing love is tender and gentle. You are slow to get angry yet so swift to show your faithful love. You are full of abounding grace and truth.” (TPT)

1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
and his loyal love endures.” (NET)

1 John 4:8 “The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love.” (TPT)        

Truth number two…Because He is pure, unconditional love, He desires that we have meaningful, well adjusted, purposeful, healthy in mind and body, abundant lives.

 John 10:10  “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” (TPT)

 James 1:17 “But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.” (TLB)

Truth number three….We are commanded to share His pure love and acceptance with everyone who crosses our path. And if we are in a relationship with Him, Holy Spirit lives in us. So His love shines through us to others.

Matthew 22:39b You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (ESV)

Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian Neuroscientist teaches that we were created for love. We are wired for love.

Even through all the natural seasons of life, we can always show His love to others. I really believe that is our main purpose. In all this talk about purpose, that’s our main purpose.

As children we go to school. Then we either go to college or jump right into work. Both are new seasons with new experiences in life. We might remain single or get married, another new season. If we get married we may have children, that’s a new season of focus on raising children. Then they may leave home, and marry and we may be blessed with grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.

But even in all these seasons of life, we can still know and exercise our life purpose. Again, our main purpose is sharing God’s love with others, that’s the message of the Gospel. That’s the message of John 3:16.

Next time we will look at different ways we can use our gifts and talents to share God’s love. Stay tuned!

Oh, How He Loves!

Song of Solomon 2:10, 13b

10) My lover spoke to me, saying: “Arise, my darling; My beautiful one, come away with me! …

13b) Arise, come away my darling; my beautiful one, come away with me!”

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I’m studying Song of Solomon this week and I’m struck by the love our Lord has for us. It’s similar to a romantic love. He calls us numerous times in a way that one would address a lover. Just look at the verses in Chapter 2.

Romantic love is described in Wikipedia** as “the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person.”

“In the context of romantic love relationships, romance usually implies an expression of one’s strong romantic love, or one’s deep and strong emotional desires to connect with another person intimately or romantically.”

So, I’m seeing in a new light that our Lord wants a relationship with us as deep and intimate as a romantic love.

He excitedly tells us to come away with him. See the exclamation point at the end of both of those verses above? It excites Him to be close to us, to be intimate with us.

He wants us to love Him this much too. Our love for Him will grow as we get to know him and we can get to know him better by intentionally drawing close to Him.

Even though I’ve often been hurt over my lifetime by people who claim to love me, I’m beginning to realize that there is One who will never betray my love and that One actually enjoys my closeness and intimacy with Him!

Draw closer to Him today by focusing on this amazing love. You can start by reading this short book of 8 chapters and meditating on His deep and intimate love for each of us as individuals.

Have an awesome day, knowing you are loved!

*Photo Credit: Unsplash: Milada Vigerova

**Quote taken from Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance_(love)

What True Love Looks Like In 2 Commands.

This morning I’m thinking of one word….love. As Christians, we all know we have Jesus living in us and His Spirit, Holy Spirit, guides us on our journey.

Sometimes our journey includes some hard stuff. Stuff which may cause us to dislike and not want to be around the people who have hurt us. Especially during this season of the year.

We accumulate what I call “heart wounds” and those wounds become areas where we need to fill with LOVE. God’s kind of love will take us a long way toward healing, and even relationship building.

This is a time of the year when family and friends gather to celebrate the birth of our Savior. The One who willingly left heaven to live among His created children as a human and a peer. The One who left many, many examples of what true love looks like.

And He gave us only two commandments foundwreath in Matthew 22 NET.

37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

I found this quote by Eugenia Price that fits here this morning. “Those who are steadily learning how to love are enabled to do this because the very love of God, Himself, has been put into our hearts.”

My prayer is that God’s love will flow from me to those who need it most. And there are many who need to feel God’s love. Just watch the news. Every day people are hurting. Do you know someone who is hurting? This Christmas Season is not the time to add to their hurts or even to your hurts. Let God’s true love flow through you and into others.