We Are Commanded to Love

If we say we love God but hate any of our brothers or sisters in His family, we are liars. If we don’t love someone we have seen, how can we love God? We have never even seen Him. God gave us this command: If we love God, we must also love each other as brothers and sisters. – (1 John 4:20-21, ERV)

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. – (1 John 4:20-21, NIV)

 

We cannot both love and hate and still live as children of God. The command that we have been given is to love God and love people. It does not mean that we will adore everyone we meet, but rather our hearts can have His intentions for all – kindness, compassion, and light, just as He loves us. Often, it takes time and prayer to view others through Christ’s lens. Everyone has a story and each of us have been created with a purpose. No one is more or less valuable to God. When we come to a place where we allow our eyes to focus through His filter, we become better equipped to see the good, or at least the need, to love those around us. Though we cannot see God, clear evidence of His existence is everywhere. Likewise, though we may not know why a person is the way they are, if they have life and breath, they are here for a reason and need and deserve love – the same as each of us. May we seek the Lord and His loving grace, so that we may go forth and love well, all whom He places in our path.

 

God calls us to love,Faith and Hope in Action

Love cannot be earned;

Brothers and sisters,

True love can be learned.

For as we love God,

He changes our heart;

Gives us eyes to see,

And grace He imparts.

For we aren’t of God,

If love’s not our choice;

To extend to all,

With heart, hand and voice.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You not only command us to love You and love those around us as sisters and brothers, but You show us how to love and grant us what we need so that we may love as we are loved. Forgive us for our lack of love toward our sisters and brothers, and teach us to love others in tangible and practical ways. Show us how to love those whom we see, so that they might seek You, whom they do not. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we love You and depend on You and Your direction and grace, to love those around us as You call us to love. Amen.

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

The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

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Faith and Hope in Action

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – (1 Corinthians 13:13)

 

Faith is the foundation and content of God’s message; hope is the attitude and focus; love is the action. – (NIV footnotes) When our faith is assured and our hope is secure, we are free to love as Christ loves us. The more we know God, the more we reflect Him in how we love one another. Love that comes from God is patient, kind, protective, trusting, hopeful, perseverant, and rejoices in the truth. His love never fails. Love from God is the life and breath of our faith and hope in action. May we place our every hope in Him, as He grows our faith in His unfailing love.

 

May we find our faith,IMG_0438

in the Corner Stone;

hold fast to the hope,

by Whom we are known.

For from faith and hope,

come love in action;

the fruit of His grace,

true satisfaction.

The more we know God,

the more that we show;

His love for others,

His heart in us glows.

Let faith, hope and love,

forever remain;

as His light is shown,

as we let love reign.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we place our faith in You, and allow You to be our hope, Your love is made evident in our actions. Thank You that Your love is complete and unfailing. Forgive us for thinking that Your love in any way, resembles humanity’s flawed and limited love. Help us to trust in Your all-encompassing love, so that we may go forth in the hope that we hold, and love others as You so lavishly love us. May many come to know the greatest love of all, as they find faith and hope in You. Be glorified, O God, as our love is poured out as the life and breath of our faith and hope in action. Amen.

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

God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. – Genesis 21:6

Light in the Dark

Though death and destruction,

come and make their claim;

all praise be to our God,

and His mighty Name.

Praise His Name forever,

even when darkness reigns;

for He has the power,

to bring about change.

The seasons in His hands,

He grants wisdom too;

revealing what’s hidden,

showing us the truth.

All that lies in darkness,

cannot hide from light;

for that which dwells in Him,

all that here is right.

Strengthen as we recall,

darkness of this day;

may we still remember,

how You made a way.

For only hope can rise,

when hearts turn to You;

help all to realize,

peace is found in You.

(Responding to Daniel 2:20-23, and remembering 9/11)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that despite the devastation and horror that happened on this day more than a decade ago, You brought light into the darkness, and hope into despair. Thank You that You raised up a multitude to work tirelessly to help those left behind, and You led our nation to unite in compassion, in the hour of such great need. Lord Jesus, we are broken people, desperately in need of You. Forgive us for trying to take on tragedies without completely relying on You, and help us to hold the hope that is found in You alone. Help us to love one another as You love us, and may many come to know the hope that is held in Your outstretched hands. Be near us, Abba Father. Amen.

Anne3Anne update: Cancer sucks. It sucks life and breath and strength and fight. However, it cannot steal hope nor peace nor the promise held in the powerful love of Papa God. Last evening, my visit with Anne was heartbreaking. No living being should ever have to suffer so much. Things that were once so simple, have no become seemingly impossible struggles. The need for heaven to hold her hand and show her how to navigate, is here. Please pray for her pain to end and His peace to come. May she hear clearly, the voice of our loving Father. Though I don’t understand why she must suffer so, I know for sure that He has incredible things waiting for this faithful woman. He is always good, even when life hurts.
Clinging to Christ, Shannon

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

Eternal Exchange

image by Mami Thyme

image by Mami Thyme

Each of us, born into sin,

deserving most certain death.

We’ve inherited the guilt,

that steals light and life and breath.

This death sentence has an end,

because God sent His own Son;

His free choice on our behalf,

means this battle can be won.

If we choose to make a trade,

His righteousness for our sin;

by faith, receive His grace gift,

eternal hope enters in.

When we come to the Father,

we gain brand new life in Him;

all sin and stains forgiven,

our access to enter in.

The choice seems very simple,

yet so few will walk this path.

Give reigns to God who loves us,

or endure eternal wrath.

I implore you to choose Love,

for there is no greater way;

a life in His abundance,

let your heart be His today.

(Responding to Romans 5:15-19)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that while we were still sinful and wretched, You chose to send Your Son to make the way for us to have a restored relationship with You.  Thank You Jesus, for carrying that cross and bearing the burden of all sin and shame on our behalf.  Thank You for brand new life in You.  Forgive us for taking for granted the enormity of the eternal exchange we have made in You.  Help us to lead lives of love that exemplify and extend Your great grace to all whom we encounter.  May many come to swap their sin and shame for Your great gift of grace.  All glory and honor to You, God.  Amen.

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

Operating in Obedience

Paul’s arrival in Athens

image from Wikipedia

image from Wikipedia

came with much distress.

For everywhere were idols,

confusion, a mess.

He spoke out in the market,

and the synagogue.

Challenged the philosophers,

told the truth of God.

They questioned his teachings,

yet His words were sound.

Thinkers wanted to hear more,

til’ the truth be found.

Paul shared of our Creator,

Who needs not our hands.

He dwelleth not in temples,

but in the hearts of man.

We are His very offspring,

from Him, our life and breath.

He took our sins upon Himself,

and then defeated death.

Some men sneered, but others said,

“Please come and tell us more.”

A few then chose to follow,

live their lives for the Lord.

(Responding to Acts 17:16-34)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are not responsible for what people choose to do with Your truth, nor how they respond.  Thank You that what You ask of us, is to speak it, to live it, and to allow Your Spirit to do the heart work.  Forgive us for thinking we need to fulfill Your role, and help us to trust You to move mightily in the lives of our loved ones.  Please teach us when to speak and when to stay silent; when to move, and when to stay still.  May we walk in ongoing obedience as Your available vessels, ever ready to pour out Your goodness and grace to all who need to know it.  May many come to know You as Lord of their lives.  Amen.

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