Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours. Rejoice, it’s another day of love!

“Love is as strong as death...its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” Song of Songs 8:6

Still wanna burn inside with His kinda red-hot passion! I asked Lin 36 years ago tonight to marry me -- still feel stoked she said “Yes!” Have never regretted it -- really don’t deserve her. Got hitch in Northern Colorado and had this cabin next to a stream up in the Rockies. Bears, deer, horses, a clear lake, tall pine trees and all. And I’m still learnin’ to love. 

We hear so much on this stuff. From the radio and love songs, we hear “what the world needs now is love, sweet love.” We also know that “love is a many-splendored thing.” Another song tells us that “love is the answer.” Perhaps the Beatles recorded the definitive song on the subject: “All You Need Is Love.”
That’s supposed to be a heart (above), but it’s kinda lame. Sorry. 
Just know this.. there is real romance in the heart of this universe where you live -- it's in God's heart for you! Been there a long time too! He thought it up -- romance. Sure He did and is committed. He has some marriage plans with you in mind. He's still a hope-filled romantic if ya will! 
Yup, it’s another day of love! A day to be loved and give it away! Christ gives – He ain’t never been fakey or fickle for even a sec. “For God so loved…”
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Augustine
No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you. ~ Franklin Graham
If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it. ~ Henry Blackaby
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not. ~ C.S. Lewis
One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as “those evil people” or “those poor people who need our help.” Nor must we search for signs of “loveworthiness.” Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. ~ Philip Yancey
But what’s love got to do with it? 
Well, various philosophers have opined on love as well. Plato called love “a grave mental disease.” Oliver Wendell Holmes was more optimistic about love when he said, “Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” And Erich Fromm called love “the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”
The Bible says clearly that God is love. We don’t have a greater example of love than what we have in God showing his love for us. The definitive statement on love is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).
I just ain’t always been a loving example. Didn’t trust too many people. But we have this amazing example of real love in which God loved us. He is the initiator and we are the responders. He took action first -- that’s what sending His Son is all about. We love Him because He first loved us! 
So then how should we respond? With a “Yes Lord.” We ought to love Him back and by faith receive Him. In fact, the Bible says, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NKJV).

Daily, we need his anointing..more than the air we breathe. Yup, cuz I'm a saved sinner and've got this ole fleshly nature yet Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15
Jesus also said, ”‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’ ” (Matthew 22:37 NKJV). Let's love Him more today than anyone or anything! 
God loves you today, He’s there for you and did more than just blah, blah, blah words of love. Good idea, let’s be loyal and show our love to Him with beyond what we say.. you know, in how we live.
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