Friday, February 24, 2017

Love Songs of the Church

February- The Love of God, the Love of Christ, Christian Love

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                As I researched the topic of God’s love, I found myself thinking of hymns that speak of love. Some of these are unfamiliar to me, while others have been favorites of mine.

                Come, We that Love the Lord
              
                Jesus, Lover of My Soul

              Jesus Loves Even Me 

                Jesus Loves Me

                Jesus Loves the Little Children

               Love Divine, All loves Excelling 

               Why Should He love Me So 

                O, How I love Jesus


                If you choose to, click on some of the links and experience the beauty of love for God, love of God, or Christian love for one another.

              I thoroughly enjoyed setting this post up. I must have needed to hear some Christian music, I especially enjoyed the Reba Mc Entire hymn.


Source Hymns for the Family of God © Paragon Associate, Inc. Nashville Tennessee, USACome, We that Love the Lord

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

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February-God’s Love, Love of God
           
            “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39(NIV)

            I love the beginning verse, so much I chose to spend a bit more time reflecting on it.
I remember when I had a large issue in my life. I told people I wanted to ‘survive’ it. That was the buzzword going around our worldly society then. I made some major changes in my life; one day I was reminded of this verse and how it applied to my circumstance. I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I realized I wanted to conquer those issues with Jesus’ guidance.

            Paul gives answers to the question he posed a few verses before. He states that nothing will have the power over us to separate us from the love of that Jesus has for us.
            He lists six different circumstances life can bring to us. But none of these can keep us away from God’s love.
1.      life or death,
2.       angels or demons,
3.      the present or the future,
4.       any powers
5.       height or depth,
6.      anything else in all creation.
            Again, let’s look at what The Message says about this list of scenarios:
            “I am absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—can get between us and God’s love because of the way Jesus our Master has embraced us.”
            In the process of my writing, I sometimes field questions from Hubby about what I have or have not done. I have learned not to get frustrated as I try to live in both worlds, the one of my literary endeavors and the one we call life.



Monday, February 20, 2017

The Love of Jesus Strengths Us

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February- The Love of God, the Love of Christ


“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecutions or famines or nakedness or danger or swords? As it is written:
           
            ‘For your sake we face death all day long;    We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Romans 8:35-37 (NIV)

            In doing research for this month’s blog topics, I came across this passage. These words have become seared into my heart.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”
   These words would make anyone stop and ponder them. Have we had times that we were somewhat afraid of going through a circumstance or an event? I admit I have. But we can always call out to God and He will answer that concern. 

“Shall trouble or hardship or persecutions or famines or nakedness or danger or swords?”

Jesus is called Man of Sorrows because he personally faced times of trouble, persecution,
nakedness, and swords. He experienced all the harshness life had to give during the years He preached to, taught and healed those who came to Him.

‘For your sake we face death all day long;     We are considered as sheep to be                                    slaughtered.’
    
     This is how this reads in The Message:

            “They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick you off one by one.”
            In the next sentence, the text says, “None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us.”
(Again, this from The Message)   
 

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
           
            Paul reminds the Roman believers that they are conquerors because Jesus loves us.
How can we demonstrate His love to others? I will delve into this more in my next post.


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