Saturday, February 15, 2014

Love Nest

 
'God is love.

When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.  This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day - our standing in the world is identical with Christ's.

There is no room in love for fear.  Well-formed love banishes fear.  Since fear is crippling, a fearful life - fear of death, fear of judgment - is one not yet fully formed in love.

We, though, are going to love - love and be loved.  First we were loved, now we love. 
He loved us first.

If anyone boasts, 'I love God,' and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.  If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see?

The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people.

You've got to love both.'
~ 1 John 4:16-21 {The Message}

 
~ nesting with Sandra  ^  Barbie  ^  Deidra

26 comments:

  1. REALLY interesting how we get on the same subject---MANY miles apart. I wrote today about fear--will post week after next. AND why would I be surprised---God is speaking! The best thing about my new home--He is giving me opportunity to talk about Him to those around me---EXCITING! Have a blessed Sabbath-tomorrow, Linda.

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    1. Great minds?

      ;-}

      I'm glad we've reconnected recently, Lulu ...I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!

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  2. Good sharing, good thinking...and I love the photo, b/c I've wanted to have a bird nesting/feeding bit. Thank you...it was great for joyful heart. Thanks.

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    1. I love our birds, their homes scattered around the property, watching them squabble for the best seat in the house at the feeders!

      And I'm glad you stopped in on this brisk evening, Cary Jo ...

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    1. And all I can say is, AMEN!

      I hope you're having a super weekend, friend ...

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  4. I love how this translation shakes up my heart. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. The Message speaks our language. And for that, I am thankful! And for His love? I'm filled with awe and wonder.

      A blessed Sabbath to you, to yours, dear Lyli ...

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  5. Having just celebrated Valentine's Day - This is such an appropriate post concerning love. Have a blessed week ahead!

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    1. We just had to go there this weekend. LOVE. His, ours. And only by His grace can we even begin to love like He does.

      Thanks for stopping in, Trinity!

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  6. Love...seems like the theme of the week! : )

    Just finished studying this very passage on my own and then came here to find your post in a different translation than what I was studying. So cool.

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    1. Don't you love how God does that?! I'm so grateful that these verses ministered to you, Jill. And that you took the time to let me know that we were both tracking in the same direction.

      How cool is that!

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  7. That pretty much says it all, Linda! Perfect passage for the week and I love your photo! Have a blessed week!

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    1. Blessings to you, to yours, June. I hope that this has been a rest-filled weekend for you. I'm glad you're here, too ...

      ;-}

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  8. Love God, love people. God makes it so simple, yet we complicate it. Thanks for the reminder, Linda!

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    1. Loving well can truly be complex ... and sometimes the only thing we can do is invite God to love others through us, and be available to what He wants to offer through us.

      Thanks, Alison. I love that you've come by this weekend!

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  9. I love this verse in the Message. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

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    1. Thanks for offering a Christ-centered home for readers / writers to link up to, weekend in and weekend out, Barbie. So cool.

      ;-}

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  10. Dear Linda
    I have just read something this week about us being the house of God, but it only becomes a home where love reigns when Jesus comes to live inside the house. Our bodies are not the home, but our hearts that walks in close union with our Lord Jesus are!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. Greetings, my South African friend! I'm always glad to see your face, to read your words of grace and wisdom.

      I hope you are feeling well and strong as this Sabbath comes to a close. May this coming week be a real good one for you.

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  11. It's a very hard line to walk - we can love people in the abstract, but when we see the things of which they are capable...well, no. Decidedly, no.

    In a previous life I dealt with people who did some pretty awful things, and were completely unrepentant. I considered myself a Christian, but there was no way I could love them, and using the "hate the sin, love the sinner" approach became mere sophistry, under the circumstances.

    The circumstances would not make easy reading. Please believe this. It was war, fought under an absolute set of rules.

    I'd like to say that it was possible to forgive these people after they'd been effectively stopped, and to love them at least in retrospect, but I would be lying.

    I have tried to look at it through the "I'm a sinner, too" lens, but this doesn't work either. Certainly, I've sinned. But to say that slaughtering a village is the same thing in God's eyes as picking up the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition is a statement that can be only be made by one who hasn't been on burial detail.

    And that is where it remains. I would cheerfully go out with a bright heart of love to both save and avenge the innocent, and bring ruin upon their tormentors with a black heart of hate.

    To do otherwise...well, it would feel like something of a betrayal to those I protected, and would protect again.

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    1. Yes, yes. Sin is dark and ugly and evil. I appreciate your honesty, Andrew. God's Word says that our own hearts are desperately wicked, beyond knowing. We should shudder at the depths of what others ... and we ourselves, are capable of.

      All I can think of is this - it's only by His grace that I am who I am. Without His redemptive presence in my life, who knows what I would be capable of.

      I'm grateful that I can look around me and hand up every bit of evil and hate to the holy, righteous One ... and believe, with all my heart, that vengeance is His, He will repay. I trust Him to be the holiest of judges and juries. I can release others and all their iniquities, because He has released me from all mine.

      Blessings, Andrew, as God continues to bring you healing for all you've seen and heard. Again, I'm honored that you would wrestle with this difficult issue right here with us today. He loves you so.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful picture, and I love the passage. It's true, we cannot biast of our love for God if we cannot love one another.

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    1. Thanks, Kalley, for wrapping up this Sabbath with us here! I hope your week sparkles with joy and life ...

      ;-}

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  13. "Love has the run of the house"

    That in particular stuck out to me. I woke up last night with some fears and I need Love to chase them away. So glad to read this post this morning. Just what I needed. Thanks, Linda! and Thanks, God.

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    1. I pray that His perfect love will keep on casting out those middle of the night fears that tend to come calling. Thanks for sharing Monday morning with me, Lisa. I love that you are here, my friend.

      ;-}

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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