Glory for love

“God is love.” He is love’s very essence. He not only shows love and not only acts always with love, but defines love. No one can out-love God. No one can love more than God loves. But we can love like God. We must love as he loves. He shows us how, and empowers us to love. Glory to God for his every demonstration of love in Jesus Christ!

See Mt 5.43-48.

Glory for encompassing

God’s love is all-encompassing. He loves every single individual, no matter what the person has done. God wants to show his love in a special way. He desires our love in return. He will never stop loving, but to draw near to him we must believe and obey. This, too, is a sign of his love. God be praised for such wonderful love!

Action: Rebuke

READ: “Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.” Lk 17.3.

THINK: We can’t refuse to forgive a brother and expect God’s forgiveness, Mt 6.12-15. Forgiveness is more than not taking a brother’s error into account; it seeks his restoration through loving confrontation. He who loves rebukes; letting a brother continue in sin shows a lack of concern for his eternal destiny. Continue reading “Action: Rebuke”

Confusion

By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

Let me not confuse success with love;
Our worthiness to others must we prove?
Can we not love the unlucky ones who lose?
The humble, common, and poor will God refuse?
The great and powerful persecute the Way,
So why prefer the rich man’s resumé?
The haughty man of means is pleasing God?
Then why do we the trappings of power applaud?

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Our Greatest Need

By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

Our greatest need: to love and be loved, for this
Were we created — not the passionate kiss,
Nor childish thrills — God made true communion,
The choice of good for others, benevolent action;
He calls to bless and be blessed, to freely give,
To learn to receive, and in receiving, live.

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Action: Love

READ: “My commandment is this—to love one another just as I have loved you” Jn 15.12.

THINK: The perfect love includes one’s enemies, Mt 5.48, but focuses especially on the family of faith. Love is not a feeling, but the decision to do good to a brother. As always, Christ is our example in this. Continue reading “Action: Love”

UPLift: Speak Long

By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

Speak long of selfless love,
Of kind attention, caring deeds;
Not only speak, but act without
Delay, at the heart’s first light of mercy.