My life is but a weaving between the Lord and me!

GRAHAM COOKE

IN YOUR BEGINNING (pg.1,2)

Love is a topic that has been explored, pondered, consid­ered, and written about for as long as humans have been around. It has been looked at from almost every angle, and is an expe­riential common ground for humanity: everyone understands the feeling of love. Many, however, have a distorted view of the power of love. They have tried to capture it without seek­ing out its origin, God.

“…common ground for humanity: everyone understands the feeling of love. Many, however, have a distorted view of the power of love.”   MY COMMENT: I find this can be so true, especially when feelings (temporal) are allowed to lead in your close relationships.  But if you love with God’s love, it is complete and that is –as Graham points out…a very powerful cycle.

 

The Apostle John understood well where love originated. “We love because He first loved us,” he wrote in 1 John 4:19. Before we were saved, most of us were going through life completely oblivious to who God really is. One day, suddenly and miracu­lously, God invaded our world; taking the initiative and reach­ing out to us in love. We responded by returning that love to Him, and found ourselves walking in salvation.

“The Apostle John understood well where love originated. “We love because He first loved us, [Jn 4:9] 

MY COMMENT: This is one of my favorite verses. I don’t mind sharing that has taken time for me to grasp the totality of this promise, call it a deepening of trusting in Him…first.  For me, the simplicity of these 7 beautiful words: We love because He first loved us – gives us the hope that it doesn’t require anything from us but trusting in Him as our example of how to love.

 

The way that we begin life in God is the same way that life continues with Him. God took the initial step: He loved us first. He came looking for us, spoke to us, sent those weird people to share the gospel with us. We looked at those strange people that were sent into our lives and thought, “Wow, they seem a bit out of step with the real world.” But there was something that drew us: God Himself.

“God took the initial step: He loved us first”  MY COMMENT: I am reminded of what a wonderful Shepherd the Lord is to us.  He will seek us out joyfully and with care. He came looking for us, spoke to us, sent those weird people to share the gospel with us.”  MY COMMENT:  Yeah, it’s good to know that we are all in the same nerd pool as those sent in the early days to spread the gospel.

Our relationship with God is sustained by the same force of love by which it was birthed. God doesn’t stop taking the ini­tiative the moment we are saved. He is continually our Lover,

and we are continually His beloved. Our job is to be loved by God: only God can love God. He comes into our lives and fills them with hope, faith, and love. That pure love does something inside of us which we give back to Him.

and we are continually His beloved. Our job is to be loved by God: only God can love God. He comes into our lives and fills them with hope, faith, and love. That pure love does something inside of us which we give back to Him.

“LIFE IS TO BE FORTIFIED BY MANY FRIENDSHIPS. TO LOVE AND TO BE LOVED IS THE GREATEST HAPPINESS OF EXISTENCE.”           SYDNEY SMITH

“Our job is to be loved by God: only God can love God. He comes into our lives and fills them with hope, faith, and love. That pure love does something inside of us which we give back to Him.”  MY COMMENT: Learning to rest in the Lord and to allow Him to supply us with our spiritual needs [hope, faith and love] has been taught so differently in the mainstream churches [doctrines].  I really like the way Graham explains it here as “pure love” is something we can not give until it is given to us first by God.  Bringing it back to salvation and what love God had for us through the Promise [Christ] on the cross.

 

Folks:  I have shared my keynotes in blue lettering.  Please share your keynotes or thoughts below in the comments, God bless. ~

**Update for next Monday Week 2:  Please read  Section 2:  God’s Language of Love (pgs. 2-6) for Week 2.  Thank you!

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