“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also … Continue reading From Liar to Lover
“…God demonstrates his own love for us…” When we approach a major decision in our lives like buying a car, we usually take one of three approaches: ‘The Consumer Review’, ‘The Test Drive’ and ‘The Test Pilot’. The first approach is the consumer review approach…we look at what our family did (we are a Ford … Continue reading “The Right Stuff: Consumer Review, Test Drive, Test Pilot” A Foundation of Love in the Gospel.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have … Continue reading Am I A Clanging Cymbal?
“… prophecies, they will cease;…. tongues, they will be stilled…knowledge, it will pass…these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Yesterday I wrote that because the church has become loveless, it is failing around us. I gave real examples of how this plays out in our churches, across denominational … Continue reading The Greatest of These Is Love
“Love never fails.” The Church is failing. Over the last year, I have repeatedly read articles on the failure of the church in America; it seems like a new article comes out every month. The other day I referred to statistics showing the decline of the throughout America over the last 30 years. Last month … Continue reading Love Never Fails
“Love…it always perseveres” The word persevere means “to not stay behind or flee, to endure, bear bravely and calmly”. When we love someone, we stand by them, the very nature of loyalty. I only know of one situation where this occurs naturally…between a mother and a child and consider the love that drives this type … Continue reading Love…It Always Perseveres
“Love…always hopes…”. In the way that trust cannot be commanded, neither can hope be commanded. The voices of hope are the free voices of joy and peace. The tears of oppression are pain and suffering that steal away our hope. Like trust, where there is love, hope will follow. Yesterday I asked if someone was … Continue reading Love…Always Hopes…
“Love…it…always trusts…” I have wrestled with this. Are we ‘commanded to trust’ as part of love? Or is trust a natural result of love? When someone is impatient, jealous, proud, dishonoring, self-seeking, angry, unforgiving, happy when things happen to me, untruthful and do not protect me can I trust them? I personally just don’t see … Continue reading Love…It…Always Trusts
“Love… It always protects…” The Greek word for protect here is (στέγω) stegō which in the most literal meaning is “roof” as a roof on a house. Stego is also defined as: to protect or keep by covering, to preserve, to cover over with silence to keep secret to excuse, hide, conceal of the errors … Continue reading Love…It Always Protects
“Love…rejoices with the truth.” Love has a party with the truth! The word “rejoice” is not something we do alone, but something we do together. In Luke 15, in the parable of “The Lost Sheep”, “The Lost Coin” and “The Prodigal Son” we see in every case a celebration with friends and family over what … Continue reading Love…Rejoices With The Truth