To Love Fervently

Bear with me, y’all. Haha. Not only am I a bit rusty, but I am also typing this from my phone application for the first time. My laptop had been on it’s last leg for over a year now and finally surrendered to the equivalent of technology heaven. So here I am. 1 AM. Me and this smartphone. A snoring toddler not too far away. Let’s chat. It’s been awhile.

“Let all your things be done with charity.”
1 Corinthians 16:14

Charity = love.

Believe it or not, everything in the Bible is centered around love. And truly there is no better time to talk about love like today, Resurrection Day (or what most call Easter).

Today will be filled with lots of baskets, candy, golden and hard-boiled eggs, easter bunnies, and surely some people will be dressed to impress as they slide into church this Sunday. BUT I want to step away from all the world’s traditions and talk about Jesus. The real reason behind the day.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16

If you’re not a Christian or are a new Christian I will quickly fill you in on all the hype. If you are already a born again Christian who knows this wonderful story you can go ahead and skip the next paragraph. 😉

Okay. When God was creating the world as we know it on the 6th day of creation God created man in His image and then woman so the man would not be alone. There was no evil upon earth because evilness is not in God. Then satan (fallen angel and temporary ruler of this world) who is evil tempted Eve (the first woman) and let’s just say she fell for it and committed the first sin. And that sin seperated all humanity from God. For many years and generations people made animal (blood) sacrifices to cover their sins (our unrighteous acts) and the people of those generations really had to have their life together. But God then decided to make the ultimate sacrifice so we would no longer have to live under the old stricter law, but instead were given grace through the sacrifice of God’s son Jesus (God in the flesh). Jesus walked the Earth for 33 years sinless and taught the word of God to people all over just like you and me. And He loved people like never seen before on earth. Jesus was then betrayed by his own disciple, tried to death by his own people, and then brutally beaten and nailed to the cross where He died for all our sins and bridged the gap between us and God. Now we have a straight connection to God. His blood covered us all. Thank you Jesus! Want to hear the best part, friend? He arose from death three days later after defeating death. He went back to Heaven to prepare a place for both you and I – all God’s children who obey, confess, and believe in Him. Beautiful, right? If you ever want to read through Christ’s life the first four chapters of the New Testament will get you through. If you need a visual then I suggest watching The Passions of Christ movie. Be prepared to ball your eyes out. Hoped my little explanation helped. Let’s continue back to the blog.

Jesus is love and as followers of Christ we are suppose to love like Him. The worst thing to be is a Pharisee. To know God’s word without knowing Him or applying the scriptures to our lives.

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

1 John 4:8

This Easter I want us to really reflect on how we treat the people in our lives. Try paying attention to your thoughts when you interact with others. Ask God to reveal your heart to you. It’s easy to say you love everyone… but do you really? Be honest with yourself. I had to do it too. The first and greatest commandment is to love God and the second greatest is to love our neighbors as ourselves. If that person you really don’t like deep down came to you right now in need of a listening ear, a strong shoulder, and an outstretched hand – how would you respond?

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 love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Do you know that by Christ dying for your sins mean He died for your enemies’ sins as well. And that no sin is greater than another? I have met many believers who felt like their sin was better than another’s. Well, I hate to burst anyone’s bubble (actually I don’t mind at all), but God views all sin the same except the great sin (blasphemy of the Holy Spirit). Let’s try not to judge unless we are ready to be judged ourselves. The body of Christ should edify and lift each other up with love. Not condemnation. Not gossip. Not belittling.

That’s why Jesus was so great. He sat with the sinners just like you and I once were. He forgives us and all we have to do is pick up our cross and follow Him.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for God is of love; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God”
1 John 4:19

I love you all and I’m challenging us all to love more like Christ! Have a super blessed Sunday. I can’t wait to see my son in his little outfit lol. If anyone needs prayer at anytime you are free to message me! I am available when not working. See ya soon. ♡
I leave you with this…

We love him, because he first loved us. {1 John 4:19}

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. {John 15:13}

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