Who Do You Love?

Who do you love?

If you knew your life on earth was coming to an end and if you only had one thing you were allowed to share to one person on earth, who would that person be and what would you share?

I don’t often think of this question because it is somewhat morbid, but recent events in my life have made me aware that there might come a time in my life when I may only have a moment to share my final words with the one I very deeply care about.

I thought about it a lot today and decided that to the love of my life I would say, “I love you. I love you like I have never loved before.”

Friends, this person who I love so deeply has shown me what true love is.

I love how this person looks at me with admiration, as if I am the most important person in the world, without judgment, without condemnation. I want to spend the rest of my life with this person. Forever could never come too soon. I do not even know if it makes sense, forever never coming too soon. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am in love with someone who I want to spend eternity with. Today, tomorrow, forever!

Our love is undeniable, unquenchable, and it cannot be undone.

Friends, what I have described here is a love that I have with someone on earth, and the truth of the matter is that this is the same kind of love that I have for my Heavenly Father and it is the same kind of love that our Heavenly Father has for us.

The Love of Our Father

Scripture is the word, and the word is truth. My friends, I hope that the following scriptures bring forth the knowledge of the love our Father has for you. I hope as you read these scriptures that you come to understand how much you are loved by God in heaven and by the brothers and sisters in Christ that He has placed in your life to love you on earth.

We are saved from our sins. Jesus loves us so much He suffered and died on the cross for us.

Ephesians 2:4-7
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Romans 5:2-5
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

We do not have to earn God’s love. God demonstrated His love by His sacrifice of Jesus who died on the cross for us. We do not have to work toward being loved by God. He gives it to us freely.

God’s love is steadfast and unchanging. It comforts us. It is revealed to us through Jesus Christ, It is poured into us through the Holy Spirit. It compels us to love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

There is no end to this kind of love. When you have it, you know it, and there is no way you will ever let it end.

Who Do You Love?

As I have asked myself this question, I ask you the same: Who do you love, and what would you say to that person if you had only a moment in time to say it to them?

Well then… go say it to them now while you have the chance.

The Gift of Love

Our Father gives us a gift of love that we can share with someone until we meet Him in Heaven. This kind of love is indescribable. It is a kind of love that is only a smidgen of the measure of the love waiting for us in heaven. You will know it when you receive it and when you receive it you will never want to let it go.

My hope to you, friends, is that you find this kind of love with someone. And when you do find this kind of love, my hope is that you would share this love with others so that they too may feel, through you, an amazingly beautiful kind of unending love.

Today’s Video: Only You Can Love Me This Way

While not a worship song, per se, today’s video speaks to the kind of love we receive from our Heavenly Father. Friends, no one loves us like our Father. His love is deep and lasts for an eternity. May you be loved by the Father in Heaven and may you also have someone on earth who loves you in a way that is worthy of your love in return.

Song Title: Only You Can Love Me This Way
Copyrights: 2009 Capitol Records Nashville
Written by: Steve McEwan and John Reid
Performed by: Keith Urban

Love can be never-ending.

What Are Friends For?

Friends are for love.

My journey in love continues and each day I learn more about love than ever before. First, the realization that God loves me through anything and everything I do. Whether I am good or bad, He still loves me. That kind of unconditional love astounds me, yet it comforts me to know that no matter what I do in life, I will be loved forever. As stated in Romans 8:38-39, no one or nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1Corinthians 13:13

Out of everything we can hope for in life, God says that the greatest gift is love.

I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.

John 15:12-15

As I get closer to God, I discover the love my Father has for me and the importance of love to be found in friendship. I discover that God considers me His friend. How cool is that? God is my friend and I am a friend of God!

What are friends for?

As I search in the bible for verses that explain what it means to have friends, I have come to the realization that we are designed to have friends and we are ordered to be good friends to others.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.

Proverbs 18:24
A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

Proverbs 27:5-6
Better an open reprimand than concealed love. The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.

Blessed by Friendship
My dear guests, I must share that I have been blessed with God’s greatest gift of all… the gift of love and not just any kind of love, but the love of a true friend who is someone I cherish, someone I can say that I would go to the ends of the earth with, someone I can share my life with, someone who doesn’t judge me, someone who sees me and all my flaws and loves me just the same.

This friend of mine is a confidant, for sure. At the same time, I trust my friend to offer counsel when it is needed.   

I can run to my friend in all things –  to share joyous times, as well as to cry in times of sorrow and know that my friend will lift me up and carry me though whatever I am suffering.

The greatest gift you will ever receive in life is the love of our most High and Gracious God. His love is undeniable and His love lasts a lifetime and beyond. And, in His love for us, He grants us with the love that can be found in friendship, a valuable gift to be shared with others during our lifetime on earth.

It is my hope and prayer that you would be blessed this day in God’s love and that you would find a friend on earth to love and to be loved into eternity.

Today’s Video
That’s What Friends Are For, performed by Dionne Warwick and friends Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder.

This song captured my heart, particularly the chorus which speaks to a basic component of friendship.

Chorus:
Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
In good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

How Much Are You Loved?

Imagine how much God loves you!

As we come to the end of the year, many of us are taking a look at the things we have accomplished, relationships past and present, the good times, the bad times, the highs, and the lows. And, while reflecting, we bring out what I like to call our life calculators, determining in one moment how successful we have been all year. We are needlessly hard on ourselves, judging ourselves for no reason.

Honestly, sometimes, no matter what we do, life just happens! Some of it will be good and some of it will be challenging. Sometimes we will come out ahead and sometimes we will fall behind. In the end, with the Lord’s help we endure.

Whatever is happening in our life, no matter how we are feeling at any moment, when we need a pick-me-up, we need to call upon the Lord. He will be there for us. There is no greater feeling than the love that comes from our Father. And, when we feel lonely, when we feel unloved, and when we call upon the Lord, He will meet us wherever we are, wrapping His majestic arms around us, showing us His mighty and never ending love.

This year, as you contemplate how much you matter in this world; remember you are loved to no end.

With the Lord, there is always hope for a future filled with love.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

Song: How Much
Released: 2009
Video Performance by: Mandisa

The Gift of Friends

Friends for Life!

Life is filled with trials, tribulations, and a whole lot of stuff that can bring us down and as scripture shows, we cannot live a fulfilling life without friends.

God asks us to have good friends who can help guide us through this life on earth.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

This year, I have had the great fortune of re-discovering a friend who I have known since high school. We have rekindled a friendship flame that the Lord started some 49 years ago. Guided by the Lord, we lift each other up in prayer and we love each other in the spiritual manner in which the Lord blesses among friends.

Sweet friendships refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy, for good friends are like the anointing oil that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence.

Proverbs 27:9-11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

I encourage you to keep close contact with your friends and also to make a re-connection with an old friend. When you engage in developing a lifelong friendship, you will be amazingly rewarded by the kind of love that sustains your life and builds your hope for the future.

Faithful friends are the gifts of love that last a lifetime.