Loved to Love

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. – (Colossians 3:12, NLT)

 

As my pastor continued in his series entitled, The Gift, the focus of this week’s lesson was love. Just as God loves us, we too, are meant to go forth and give His love in us, away. To do this, we must clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, or we will not be equipped to give. Often those the most in need of receiving love, are the most resistant to anything offered their way. Past experience and prior hurts have proven that love does not last, or is not worthy of trust. However, that is merely the love of mankind, and not the love of He who is love. If we can get out of the way, and be an extension of His love to those whom we encounter, perhaps people might see past the pain of prior experience, and be willing to allow His love to enter in. May we each rise up and fill the role to which we have been called as we clothe ourselves with His tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, to go forth and love others as we are so lavishly loved.

 

We’re chosen by God,

each called into love;

so that we’d go forth,

extend grace above.

Because of Jesus,

God’s own precious Son;

we’re amply equipped,

to do as He’s done.

Clothed in tenderness,

kind, humility;

gentle and patient,

so His love is seen.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so that we too can love. Thank You that You don’t just ask us to do things as Your sons and daughters, but You have shown us how – through the example of Your Son. Forgive us for not embracing the love that You lavishly give, so that we could go and give likewise. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would receive all that You offer, and in turn, clothe ourselves with Your tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, so that all whom we encounter can see You in us. Show us how to love others well, so that their hearts would seek after more of You. Be glorified O God, as we receive all that You offer, so that we can go forth and give love as we are loved. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23

Jesus is the Fulfillment

The Gospel of Mark paints a clear picture of who Jesus truly is. When Peter, James and John went up on a high mountain with Him for six days, Jesus was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking to Jesus. – (Mark 9:3-4) Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” – (Mark 9:7)

 

As Jesus was transfigured, His divine nature was revealed to His disciples. The voice of God spoke the truth of whom Jesus truly was, and of by what authority He was given to operate. Through the appearance of Elijah and Moses, Jesus was clearly shown as the fulfillment of both the Old Testament Laws, and the prophetic promises. Jesus is.. the fulfillment. In Christ, we are no longer left to attempt to make atonement for our indiscretions, but rather we may rely on the redemption that Jesus has provided through His power that bore all of our sin and shame on the cross. When we seek Him and place our lives in His hands, we are both instructed and equipped in the ways in which we are meant to go. May we embrace the fulfillment that is found through faith in Christ alone.

 

On a mountaintop,Breaking Free from Barriers

Christ became transformed;

and God made it known,

just whom they adored.

For Jesus was more,

than the law had been;

promises fulfilled,

our Savior and friend.

May we each embrace,

all that Jesus brings;

and give Him our best,

our true offering.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to make the way for us to be restored unto You. Jesus, thank You for being both the fulfillment of the Old Testament Laws and of the prophetic promises. Thank You that You are our example to look upon, and our help and our hope to depend on for all of our days. Forgive us for trying to make reparations for our wrongs rather than coming before You in confession, and help us to seek Your face and receive Your grace, so that we may operate in the fullness of all that You have for us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will know in both our head and our hearts that every promise You have made is for us too. Lead us to love others as You so lavishly love each of us. May many come into a saving relationship with You, Lord. Be exalted Lord God, as we embrace the fulfillment that is found through faith in You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. – Psalm 145:8