Love Is....

I have been reading this awesome book called Crazy Love by Francis Chan
It is all about how our Awesome God, maker of the entire universe, loves US!
How we should love Him with the same ‘Crazy Love’ as he loves us

He loves us No Matter What!!  All throughout the Bible his people come to Him for deliverance, then go off and disobey, worship false gods and continue to sin, yet our God hears them when they are calling out in weakness and makes them strong again.

Not to say God does not punish sin, he does.  There is a big difference between going off doing as you please with the attitude ‘oh well, God will forgive me’ so I can do this or that. 
Make no mistake, God Knows Our Hearts.
God doesn’t just love, He IS Love!

I have decided to take an entry from my reading and share here today. 

‘So God asses our lives based on how we love.  But the word Love is so overused and worn out.  What does God mean by Love?  He tells us,’

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
English Standard Version (ESV)

‘But even those words have grown tired and overly familiar, haven’t they?  I was challenged to do a little exercise with these verses, one that was profoundly convincing.  Take the phase Love is Patient and substitute your name for the word love,’ (For me, “Tracy is Patient… )

I challenge you to all do as he and I have done…..  Do this for every phrase in the passage.

Francis continues to say:
‘By the end, don’t you feel like a liar? If I am meant to represent what love is, then I often fail to love people well.
Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful.  It must be central to everything we do and are.’





Thank you Francis!  


May we all pray to ‘improve the way we love’ to love as Christ loved us!

Many Blessings to you!





SOME THINGS I THANK GOD FOR

God's righteousness and holiness 
God's guidance and instruction
The hope God has given me
Salvation 
When I was in trouble, God heard my cries 
For Deliverance, Mercy and Kindness
God's Grace
God's Power & Faithfulness
All of Creation 

This weekend at Church we had a special and they sang this ~
I am also Thankful for the Scar
Thank You Jesus!




Giving Thanks to God: 





        




6 comments:

  1. So many times, I'm grateful that He doesn't act like His human creations who don't always do the loving thing.

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  2. AMEN! Its hard for us all the time, but with his grace we can! Many blessings to you

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  3. I fail a lot in my love life. But I don't stay in failure; I repent, get up and try again. God knows we're going to miss it. I am so glad He shows me how to love perfectly and tells me to pick myself up and keep on trying:) He doesn't want us beating ourselves up, leaving us in a heap, unable to do anything. It sounds like an awesome book.

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  4. You are strong Blue Cotton, I am so happy the Lord continues to guide you on your journey. He does show us the way, sometimes we just are not looking. Many blessings to you!

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  5. I've read this book and I agree. . .another one to recommend along with 1000 gifts.

    Visiting from Ann's place.

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  6. I am thankful for so much :) Its amazing what God does... thanks so much for linking up with 'Thankful Tuesday'

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I love it when we share and encourage one another!! Thank you for joining me on my journey.


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