September’s Theme: Love

LOVE… What does that word really mean? What comes to your mind when you think of love? What do you envision?  There could be a billion and one responses to this simple, yet complex, question. But for me love is a selfless, unconditional action in response to another human or thing. In the book of 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13:6-8,  the Apostle Paul, tells us that love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. 
1 Corinthians 13:7 (ESV)

So often we think love is a feeling that must be fulfilled by another human, thing, or object. But the truth is, these are only temporary earthly subjects. Don’t get me wrong, the love of our spouse, the love of a child, the love of your family, and the love of a friend, is a gift that God grants us. However, God doesn’t want us to love anyone or anything more than we love Him. He wants to be numero uno in our lives. I know for me, that means other things that aren’t as important as my relationship with Christ have to be reassessed daily. Many things that I don’t want to give up must go by the wayside because they prevent me from growing closer to God. These things that prevent us from spending time in the Word are what I like to call spiritual thieves. 

They whisper in our ears… “Go on and skip reading your Bible today, God loves you anyway, He wants YOU to be happy too. Do what YOU want to do.” 

These whispers are spiritual thieves because they try to silence the Holy Spirit within our souls and blind us by the lies of the world. As Christians, and even those of you reading who are non-Christians, we all believe the lies at some point in our lives. We must guard our hearts and minds with the Word of God. The Word of God is the Sword of the spirit that destroys all the lies, the hurt, the pain, the distrust, the discontent, the sad, the hopeless, and the angry. The love that our Father gives us through the gift of the Holy Spirit is what saves our souls. I just read a commentary the other day about what blasphemy against the Holy Spirit means, and the writer said this: 

      “Yes, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is any sin that a person clings to by continually resisting the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Keep in mind that there is not one specific sin that is unforgivable, such as lying, stealing or murder, but rather a perpetual hardening of the heart and willfully sinning against God and man (1 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:15). In Acts 7:51, Stephen says the following to the Pharisees, ‘You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.’ In a nutshell, the unpardonable sin is any sin that a person doesn’t want to give up, confess, or even ask for forgiveness for and additionally doesn’t want to hear anymore about it from the Holy Spirit.” (“Bibleinfo”) 

When I read this, I instantly thought about how easy it can be to walk away from God… to not make time for His Word, to not listen to podcasts, to not spend time in prayer. How easily the lies that the spiritual thieves whisper in our ears work! But then I think about the fact that we have a God who’s ways are so much greater and omniscient than what we can even comprehend in the ten percent brain capacity that we can actually access. Let’s not forget that His LOVE for us surpasses any kind of control that the spiritual thieves try to enslave us with. God is LOVE. He is every child that’s adopted from foster care. He is every doctor that forgoes a normal life to serve people in small villages without medical care. He is the person that stops on the side of the road to give the homeless person a meal or money. He is the neighbor that feeds the family because their mother is ill. He is the nurse in the hospital that holds her dying patient’s hand because family isn’t allowed in. God is in us. His great LOVE was put into us the day we said yes to him. Yahweh’s Love has all the power against the spiritual thieves that try to wreak havoc on our spiritual growth. When we give our lives to Christ, we must feed our hearts with the Word of God, so that when the spiritual thieves start hanging around, we pull out the Sword of truth, and guard our hearts with the Love that our Father gives us. 

Friends, I’m not preaching to you. I’m not telling you what to do or how to live your life. What I am saying is that you were made to be loved completely, not haphazardly, with the full on completeness of Love in every sense. God wants you to experience this love that I’m speaking of. So, accept His invitation with arms open wide and a heart willing to be changed.  He is the way, the truth, and the life. In short, GOD IS LOVE. 

“What is Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit.” Bibleinfo,   http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/why-blasphemy-against-holy-spirit- unpardonable-sin. Accessed 28 August 2020.

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