June 28th, 2016

1 Corinthians: 13: 13: “But now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Giselle's Devotional, by Giselle.

A few years ago I felt compelled of the Lord to send an e-mail to someone I knew had moved away from the Lord’s Will in their life.  It was one of the most difficult things I have had to do, as I knew the risk was there for a very good friendship to be lost; I did and I cried. Out of the love poured into my heart from the Lord for this person, I knew I had to write. I also knew that if I chose to be silent, it might very well mean eternal ramifications for which I was not prepare to take responsibility. I did not receive a response; the message was ignored, but never lost the friendship, even though nothing in their life changed.
2 Corinthians 5: 14 + 18 – 20: says, “For the love of God controls and urges us and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that One died for all, therefore all died. Now all these things are from God, Who reconciles us to Himself through (Jesus) Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him), namely that God was in Christ (personally present) reconciling (and restoring) the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the Word of reconciliation (of restoration to favor), therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating (making His appeal) through us, we beg you on behalf of Christ (lay hold of Divine favor, and), be reconciled to God.” Romans 2: 4: says, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads to repentance?”

If Jesus loved me so much, as to set me completely free, should I love anyone else any less, when I realize that unless we repent, and align our will and lives to the Lordship of Jesus, we shall be eternally separated from His Presence? 1 Corinthians 13: 6: “(Love) does not rejoice in unrighteousness (injustice), but rejoices with the truth (when right and truth prevail.) Jesus says in Matthew 22: 37: “The second (commandment) is like unto it, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

 Jesus says in John 15: 12 – 13 + 15b – 17: “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I have called you friends for all the things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 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 of the Father in My Name, He may give to you. This I command you that you love one another.”
Dearest Holy Lord Jesus: thank You so very much for the great example of Your life here on earth, which You gave us to follow. Thank You for the extreme gift of the forgiveness of our sins that we may forgive others in like manner. Thank You for the great honor and humility, that such broken vessels would also become ambassadors for the cry of Your Heart, that all should repent, and come to the knowledge of Your Salvation. Glory to You alone!

 

 

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