REFLECTION ON GOD’S ENDURING LOVE

 

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
(1 Corinthians 13:12)   

Remembering the innocent child whom we must become again to enter heaven;

Embracing the warmth of family love and protection in our youth;

Facing the reality that evil exists– shaking our belief in innocence and protection;

Leaning on the Lord when doubting the direction for our future;

Emerging as the children of God through faith, obedience, and baptism;

Changing our lives as new Christians to follow in the path of Christ;

Transitioning to an outward focus on others;

Investing in quiet time with the Lord in prayer;

Owning the legacy of suffering as a Christian in this world;

Needing to hold onto faith until the last age when the child in us returns home.

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Remembering the past, reflecting on the present,

embracing the future–which God holds.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;

but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Faith: Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will uphold you. . .”

Hope: 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

Love: Matthew 28:20 “. . . and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

God is with us always:

at birth—through life—in death—

in heaven . . . waiting–for us to come home.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 07/12/2020 ) teacherforjesus.com    Meditations on God’s Word

Love Notes to God, Our Father

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

(I Corinthians 13:13) 

LOVE NOTES

Father’s Day. My son and grandkids were visiting. I purchased cards for my grandchildren, ages four and six, to give to their Daddy. “Sign them while Daddy’s getting ready for church.” Then, I left to get ready. When I returned, I saw that, besides spelling out their names, they had drawn hearts and pictures of them with their Daddy all over the cards. Then, they had taken my post-it notes and were writing and drawing more notes and images for him. They stapled the notes together into a little story to tell him.

The look on their faces as they handed Daddy the cards and “read” their notes and stories was simply pure joy. I had asked each for the minimum—to sign the card. Both gave the maximum– from the heart.

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Do we give heartfelt messages to our Heavenly Father with such pure love?

 Just to give. Just to show how much He means to us.

LOVE “Notes” through the words in our prayers.

LOVE “Notes” written with the thoughts in our mind.

LOVE “Notes” in our communication with Him in His Word.

There is, I believe, a child within each of us who exists on some level within our hearts, minds, and memories. Some of us are “orphaned” in the sense that our physical parents are no longer with us—through death, abandonment, or lack of involvement. Yet, the “child” within still seeks the relationship of the parent.

We each have the Father God to turn to for this relationship. He watches over us, gives advice and guidance, nourishes our souls, provides for our needs, comforts us in times of distress, rejoices with us in the happy moments and events of our lives, sacrifices for us to the utmost level in the death of His only begotten Son.

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You can imagine the look on Daddy’s face as his two children gave him those cards and their notes, telling him the stories in the pictures.

Can we imagine the Father’s countenance when we present Him with our “notes” of love?

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (I John 4:16)

 (Sharon G. Tate  blog 06/23/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word