Intentional Obedience

Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. – (Romans 13:10, NIV)

Love doesn’t hurt others. So loving is the same as obeying all the law. – (Romans 13:10, ERV)

Love makes it impossible to harm another, so love fulfills all that the law requires. – (Romans 13:10, TPT)

If we truly seek to love as we have been designed, we discover that true love makes it impossible to harm another. However, love is a choice. Each of us have been designed with a free will, and we have to be intentional to choose to love. Love is not selective, but rather it is all-encompassing and inclusive. Love may look different for different people, but it always seeks the best for others. Incredibly, as we seek the Lord to lead us in love, He shows us how we are meant to love through each word that we say and everything that we do. As we love as God intended, we are keeping in line with all that He asks of us. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in love so that we may care for one another as we were designed to do.

To love like the Lord,

Requires a choice;

To treat each other,

With God’s heart and voice.

As we seek to love,

All those whom we meet;

God’s heart is made known,

And love is complete.

Yet still, we must choose,

Love purposefully;

Such obedience,

Sets broken hearts free.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have called us and designed us to love each other. Thank You that as we do, we are following what You ask of us. Forgive us for every time that we have neglected to choose love. Teach us to see the opportunities all around us to love as You love us. Show us how to love as we are loved by You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we are intentional to seek You to show us how to love all those around us as we have been called and created to love. Amen.

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

For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. – Psalm 117:2

Thankful that We are Created for Community

I am so thankful that God did not create us to live this life on our own. He created us for fellowship in community. We were meant to do life together. Christ promised us that when we gather in His Name, He would be present with us.

“For where two or three gather in My Name, there I am with them.” – (Matthew 18:20, NIV)

Though His Spirit dwells in the heart of all who believe, there is a powerful presence that is more readily experienced in community as we gather together, united in purpose, rather than seeking Him on our own. Additionally, His hands, heart and voice are often made tangible through those with whom we gather. He utilizes each of us to express His heart for those around us, and that would be missed if we were not invested in community. May we make the most of every opportunity to invest in the body of Christ, and gather together with others in His Holy Name.

As we choose gather,Called to Come Together

in the Lord’s great Name;

His presence is clear,

and love is made plain.

God’s heart for people,

is good and it’s kind;

He brings help and hope,

where hurt makes us blind.

Gather whenever,

the options arise;

there’s nothing greater,

than hope realized.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when two or three of us gather in Your Name, You have promised to be present. Thank You that though we have Your Spirit in us, always, there is something special in the presence You provide when we gather together with other believers. Forgive us for thinking that we are too busy, or that we can handle things on our own. Teach us to trust You and Your Spirit in others within our community whom You have placed in our lives to walk beside. Lead us to love others in a way that provides help and hope where it is needed most. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we gather in Your Name, and give You thanks for Your faithfulness to be present. Amen.

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

When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14