This week we will take a look at one of the greatest commandments we are given, to LOVE!  I pray this will bless your heart as it has mine. 

Handout: LOVE Like JESUS

John 15:9-17 “9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”

I’ve been pondering this in my mind, how we as born again believers in Christ are called by LOVE and we are called to LOVE.  I have thought about the way JESUS loves, and how I should LOVE as HE does.  There is nothing like HIS LOVE, it’s a pure, selfless, unconditional Love and there is nothing like it.  There are really no words to describe HIS LOVE, it must be experienced.  Once we experience it, we don’t want to live without it!   In my heart, I feel and know that if HE didn’t Love me, there would be no reason to live!  Thankfully, HE does love me, and HE loves you too, no matter who you are, or what you have done, JESUS LOVES YOU!  How much does JESUS LOVE us?

John 3:16 “For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only begotten SON, that whosoever believes on HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Galatians 1:3-5 “3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew HIM not.”

I was out walking in the field yesterday and just a lot on my mind, I was really down, usually that doesn't happen but it seems lately it has. I was so overwhelmed and hurt by some things and I was feeling so worthless and insecure and heartbroken...and suddenly as I was turning around to walk back down the path, The Holy Spirit turned my head and I looked upward and in the blue sky was a HUGE white cloud in the shape of a heart...and HE whispered, "I Love You." 

The tears I had been fighting, they came gushing like a waterfall...It's amazing to me how....(if I can even find the words)... tender and loving The LORD is. The passion He has and the romantic soul HE has...the pure Love and sincerity in HIM. I said I love YOU too LORD...why are You so good to me when I don't deserve anything? He whispered, because I'm good, and I will always love you no matter what. 

That overwhelms me in the most humbling and wonderful way...that The KING OF KINGS loves me, and cares enough to set a cloud in the sky for me to see at just the right time. A few seconds later, the cloud had changed form. I saw it just in time. He didn't have to do that. There's much more important things going on in the world than my heart and my feelings, but HE cares and today I want you to know, that HE cares for you too. Whatever you are going through, no matter how big or small...The LORD OF GLORY cares about you, and HE loves you with a love that no one else can give. I pray that strengthens you and blesses you and encourages you to keep on keeping on for HIM. 

Don't give up on HIM, HE never gives up on you...LOVE LIKE JESUS. 

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your cares upon HIM, for HE cares for you. :O)

See I’m in love with a man. An amazing Passionate Lover. Sometimes His loves overwhelms me so much that my heart cries out... He's Beautiful and strong and very masculine. He's always sweet to me and He loves me unconditionally. Every time I want to talk, He listens and when I'm having a hard time, He always helps me get through it. He sweeps me off my feet, He makes me sing, He makes me weep tears of joy, He makes me dance, He makes me laugh and puts a smile on my face. I love Him, I need Him, I HAVE to always have HIM and I can never get enough of HIM, yet at the same time He always satisfies me! 

When life is getting too hard, He just picks the burden off my shoulders and carries it Himself. We go everywhere together, Every Morning when I wake up, He's there whispering sweet things to my heart, and every night when I go to sleep, He keeps me safe. 

He takes care of me, everything I need He provides it, and many of the things I want. He is ALWAYS faithful, He will never deceive me. Even when I'm grumpy and having a bad day, He is calm, and sweet and caring. He has NEVER said anything bad to me. Never done me wrong. When I'm going down a path that is bad for me, He turns me around and shows me the right way to go.

He even left everything for me, all His riches, His Father, and He came here and suffered so much just so that we could be together. He even died for me...Yeah...I'm in love with a Man...He is GOD'S SON...One with GOD...His name is JESUS...I am HIS and HE is mine and you can be HIS too...all you have to do is believe and ask. 

Romans 10:9-13 “That if you confess with your mouth The LORD JESUS and believe in your heart that GOD has raised HIM from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same LORD over all is rich to all who call upon HIM.  For “whoever calls on the name of The LORD shall be saved.”

There's none like HIM... It makes me think of a song that I love some of the lyrics are…

"He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane I am a tree, bending beneath the wind and weight of HIS Mercy...when all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me...Oh how He loves me...Oh...Oh how HE loves me...How HE loves me so." (How He Loves) 

"Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth: for Your love is better than wine." (Song of Solomon 1:2)

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." (Psalm 42:1)

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)

Just as JESUS loves us, we have been called to love Him and others. 

Mark 12:30 “ And you shall love The LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.  This is the first commandment.”

Now we are secure that when we love HIM, HE accepts us and our love, it’s easy to love HIM, HE IS SO WORTHY.  However, we have been called to love others as well, even our enemies! 

JESUS said…

Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you that you may be the sons of your Father in Heaven; for HE makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust.”

It's so hard when we put our hearts on the line...reaching out to someone...really wanting their acceptance...and opening our hearts up and humbling ourselves down and letting them know that even if they don't return the love or friendship that you will love them hurts our pride when it's not received the way we had hoped. It's very tempting to get sad and depressed and insecure, but what we have to remember is that any love given with pure intent is from GOD and it is never wasted. Perhaps the person don't quiet know how to respond or perhaps they aren't feeling friendship back, but we love anyway, and we stay true to our word of unconditional love because that is how GOD loves us. 

Being very transparent is hard, it makes us vulnerable, it reminds me of how during certain times, a female lobster will shed their tough shell and then they are at risk great danger and hurt...much like our hearts when we open up to others...but even if we get hurt or disappointed...GOD can heal that...and it's better to love and risk hurt, than to build up walls and never allow anyone in. Yes there may be a few who reject you, but think of the ones who don't! It's not worth missing out on those to keep from hurting. LOVE LIKE JESUS! ♥ ♥ ♥ 

I often wonder how HE feels everyday when He is rejected by so many in the world.  It must break His heart knowing that humanity needs HIM more than anything and still some refuse to accept HIM.  Sometimes when we are rejected, we start to believe a lie of satan that something must be wrong with us, but the truth is, most of the time when we love someone with a pure Godly love and they reject us, the problem is not in us, it’s in the other person.  We must love them anyway and pray for GOD to soften their hearts to receive HIS love first so that they can receive love from others. 

I’m so thankful that HE loves me and that it will never change because He loves you and I because HE IS GOOD, not because we are.  Sometimes we are not so good, sometimes just down right mean, but HE loves us anyway because HE IS ALWAYS GOOD! 

We must love HIM and go out into the world and love others as HE would have us to.  LOVE LIKE JESUS! 

Matthew 5:38-44 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  But I tell you not o resist an evil person.  But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.  If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.  And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.  Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.  You have heart that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me.”

Dear Righteous, Heavenly Father…

We come to You once again in thanksgiving for who You are.  LORD we don’t have the words to describe Your glory and Your majesty but we worship You because You are worthy.  Thank You for loving us.  Today we ask that You help us to love You and to love others as You would have us to.  Thank You for forgiving us when we do wrong and giving us another chance.  Thank You for providing for us and for giving us eternal life through JESUS.  We love You and praise You in all things.  In Your lovely name JESUS we pray.  Amen.

September 16, 2018