Love Never Fails

I don’t like to talk politics and I’m not going to start now.  However, I do like to talk about God and His Word.  Considering recent events, I decided to take a hard look at what I’m teaching my children regarding how they treat other people.  They know the song, Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.  They know that God loves each of us, no matter where we live or what we look like.  But, have I been teaching them enough about how THEY should love others? 

I decided to dig into God’s Word for guidance.  What I rediscovered is this, God’s Word is full of direction about how we should love others.  The following are just a few scriptures I’d like to share on the topic:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:34-35

This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12

 Love your neighbor, owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.  Romans 13:8

 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.  I Peter 3:8

 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.  I Peter 4:8

 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  I John 3:11

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  I John 4:11

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?  I John 4:20

 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  Galatians 5:14

My God is a God of love, mercy, compassion, and grace.  My God is a God who fights injustices and wrongs – for those are the things He hates.  Not a person or a group of people…maybe their actions but never them, for we are all created in His image.

The main take away is this:  Love others just like God loves you!  So, how does God love us?  For starters, He gave His only Son, who committed no wrong, to die on the cross for our sins.  What greater example of love could there be?  He loved us, even when we didn’t love Him.  He loves us no matter where we were born, no matter the color of our skin, no matter what we look like, no matter what we know or don’t know, no matter what we can or cannot do.  There is nothing and no one that can separate us from His love.  I Corinthians 13:4-8, 14 gives us a very detailed description of what love truly is.

 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.  And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

So, back to the question I originally asked myself.  Am I teaching my children how to truly love others the way God has commanded us to?  At six years of age, I watch how they interact with other people, especially other children, and they don’t care what their abilities or disabilities are, what they look like or the color of their skin.  They see them as friends and playmates.  Their sweet tender hearts have not been contaminated by the ugliness in this world.  They see others as being just like them.  Oh God, help me to always see others as my children do right now.  

hqdefaultI know as parents, we can’t protect them from everything, but I will be vigilant in monitoring what they see and hear as long as I can.  I am not naive in thinking that I can protect them forever, but I am confident they will have a good foundation upon which to form their own opinions and beliefs.  Let us earnestly search our hearts to discover if we are truly loving others as God has commanded us to.  We will most likely find an area that could be improved upon.  I’m sure of that in my life.  Make a commitment today to join me in loving others the way God does and in teaching our children how to do the same because love never fails.

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your unwavering love in our lives and the lives of our children.  Thank You for forgiving us when we fall short and instead of condemning us, wrapping us in your mercy and grace.

 Help us to see ALL others through Your eyes of love and understanding.  Give us each the desire to treat others with respect and to seek out the best in them.  Make us a people who are generous with kindness and overflowing with compassion.  Help us to love others the way You love us.

In Jesus’ Name ~ Amen

 

His Grace is Sufficient

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Well, today is the last day of kindergarten for my boys.  I cried on the first day, and I have cried on the last day.  Such a mixed bag of emotions come with being a mom!  On one hand, I am so stinking proud of them I can hardly stand it.  Then, I feel so overwhelmed with emotion because my tiny three pound babies are not babies anymore.  I am excited to see what wonderful little gentlemen they are becoming, but then I miss rocking those tiny babies snuggled on my chest.

I wish I could slow this down for you are growing way too fast!

So, I will try with all my might to create sweet memories that will last.

Watching you experience “firsts” and learning so many new things,

Is at times for me bittersweet ~ for I know you are growing your wings.

I am thankful God chose me to nurture two shining stars.

I will treasure every moment, as I watch you be the miracles you are.

©2017 Christy Moss

 God has given us such a magnificent job to do, but there are times I feel ill equipped and overwhelmed on this roller coaster ride.  During those times, it is imperative I stop and sit at Jesus’ feet, if only for a moment.  It is then, I must remind myself to be a Mary and not a Martha. 

 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.  She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)

This helps me concentrate on Jesus first, and remember I am never alone or without help on this journey.  In everything we face as mothers, God’s grace is sufficient for us.  It is in Him we find our peace.  It is in Him we find our strength.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

II Corinthians 12:9