Monday, March 16, 2009

I got this from a friend on Virginia last week....

"So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, 'Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?' He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto Him, 'Feed My lambs.'" John 21:15

Do you love me? Prove it! Jesus asked Peter 3 times... 'Do you love Me?' Each time Peter said, 'Yes...' And Jesus told Peter to feed His lambs; then He said, 'Feed My sheep.'

In John chapter 14, verse 15, Jesus said, 'If you love Me, keep My commandments.'It's not enough to say you love Him; it's not enough to tell others that you love Christ. It's not enough to just show up in church on Sunday and sing a song during service. If you love Him then do something!

Love is an action word! If you love Him, don't just tell someone today; show someone today. How? By letting others see the change in you; by letting others see you walking Christ-like; by having Godly conversations; forgiving those who hurt you; helping someone who doesn't like you; sharing with someone who can't pay you back; doing something for someone, but not letting them know you did it. Don't just talk about it; be about it!

Love is an action word!Do you really love Jesus? He showed His love for you, by dying in your place. Love is an action word. God showed His love to you, by sending His Son to pay the price for your sins. Love is an action word. Don't fake it! Don't be a counterfeit Christian. Don't say you're saved; show that you're saved! Don't just tell people that you love God; show them by doing everything you can to please God. Everyone will see that your life is sold out for Christ and you're in love with God. Love is an action word!Sure it's nice to say you love; but it's better to show that you love.

Love is an action word!Do you love Him...He gave His life for you...won't you give your life to Him?Love is an action Word. Don’t fake your love; show your love...."Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

I told someone this weekend, my children do things that really make me mad and I am sure I do stuff that makes them mad too, but no matter how mad I get at them, it does not change my love for them. We are not going to necessarily like everyone or they choices they make, but as Christians, we are commanded to love everyone, including our enemies. Christian love is giving to others the things that you would want them to give you if you were in their situation and it's doing this even if they cannot pay you back. Actually, I believe that it is ESPECIALLY if they can't pay you back. Christian love is respect for others, mercy and charity.

I Corinthians 13:1-13 - If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I hope you all have a great week!

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