Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Get on the love train

Love was in the air this morning as I shared from the following passages in our weekly staff prayer meeting. I really do feel that this calling to grow in love is very timely for the church and for God's people. This will be a year, if we are willing to follow Christ, of going to a deeper place in our love for God and our love for others. Now, read the following passages and get on the love train with me.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. – Philippians 1:9-11 (The Message)

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your
neighbor as yourself.' – Matthew 22:36-39 (NIV)

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:9-18 (NIV)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 4:7-11 (NIV)

3 comments:

Louie Mercer, Frank Mercer and Mike Ellis: The Church for Men Dudes said...

You made me think about my favorite song....Love Train by the O Jays! Great blog entry!

Becca said...

Oh Eric...

How wonderful. This morning in my quiet time, I was talking with God and an overwhelming feeling came over me to write a poem to God. It ended up being about His perfect love. (I sent it to Velv)
When I was done, I realized that when we are able to feel and see God's real love for us, it thrusts us to love others with pure motives. It causes us to be less judgemental, self-conscious, and basically fleshy. When we can grasp His love for us...wow...it only flows out of us.

Becca

Eric Jones said...

Becca,

Nicely said. I look forward to reading your poem. Also, thanks for including Jake on your worship team.