The expense and in some respects, the memory of Valentines – our human attempt at celebrating ‘love’ – is fading away with the month. As a result of this day, some relationships are back on an even keel, some have taken off onto a new level and some have sadly ended. The glue or the cement of any relationship is the power of love. If the love fades, well, so does the relationship. If the love grows well, so does the relationship. If the love remains static, well so does the relationship. What is your relationship like with God? Have you ever had a Valentine moment with Him? Has it faded, is it on an even keel or has it got stronger? In the gospel of John the 21st chapter from verse 15, Jesus asks Peter the question “Do you love me…?” What is your response?
" I love you everyday, not just on Valentines Day"
Unconditionally yours, Always…+
Your Father, Almighty God "THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL"
The Greatest Love of All
The day for chocolates, roses, cards and meals for two is beckoning as couples prepare to celebrate Valentines Day together. Is this really a day of expressing love? Should we store our most romantic gestures and emotions for this day? What about the 15th or the 16th, or your entire life spent together? Do you deserve to be loved and for this to be expressed everyday or only on special occassions? Well, the bible reminds me of God’s Love for you and me which has no boundaries and no limits. This love towards us is everlasting.For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39). This is the greatest love of all!
February’s emphasis and focus is LOVE. Well, lets ask a few questions? What does true love look like? Is it evident in your relationship? How do you express this love? Is it missing completely? The Bible reminds us in the 13th Chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians, the importance and power of love. It’s more than sensual feelings or romantic gestures. It’s deeper than words or emotions. Love expresses itself by action. God gave us the greatest expression of His love for us by giving His all…His only Son Jesus Christ. This is the greatest love of all. This is the standard to which we should aim for. Anything less, then we’re missing out. Let’s use this month to discover God’s love.
The novelty of the Christmas season is wearing off now and we are well and truly into 2014, with the frequency of saying ‘Happy New Year’ reducing rapidly. So also is the seriousness in which we are sticking to our resolutions list for the year. Can the same be said yet for the ‘seriousness’ and the attention you want to give to God? Let’s think about it like this, many resolutions come and go and are forgotten about or new ones are dreamt of. But there is one thing that remains constant. That is, the Love God has for you and the longing He has for you draw near to Him. I want to encourage you as we move rapidly into month two of this year, to resolve in your heart that you will run to Him in prayer and through His Word, whatever the cost. This is a resolution worth keeping!
A resolution worth keeping PART 3
A man or woman that prays regularly is giving him/herself the best daily workout he/she will ever need. The heart get’s worked on (Phil 4:7); the body becomes fit for purpose (1 Cor 6:19-20); our thoughts become holy (Phil 4:8); and we become stronger (Eph 6:10). Try a 10 minute workout of prayer three times a day to begin with and you’ll start noticing the difference. This is definitely a resolution worth keeping!
So, how’s the prayer thing going? Have you decided to make it a habit? If not, what are you afraid of? What’s holding you back? Seriously, what’s holding you back? Are you too busy? Are you too distracted? Are there more pressing things for you to do? Do you intend to get round to it later? Is this how you treat the one you love? The Father has lavished us with all that He has, that’s the extent to which He loves us and He asks us to draw near to Him in prayer so that He can release His blessing to us. Jesus died on the cross so that you and I can have direct access to the Father in His name. So, do you want a relationship with Him or not? If you do, then you’ve got a do better than you are. You can’t love someone when you spend hardly any time with that person. God is waiting on you to draw near. Check out what He has promised for you and let that encourage you and remind you that all you need to do is to walk with Him in prayer as He fulfills His promise towards you. This is a resolution worth keeping!