Choose a Life of Love

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. – (Ephesians 5:2, NLT)

Live a life of love. Love others just as Christ loved us. He gave Himself for us – a sweet smelling offering and sacrifice to God. – (Ephesians 5:2, ERV)

Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that. – (Ephesians 5:2, MSG)

 

When we choose to live a life of love, just as Christ loved us, we are a pleasing aroma to God. The idea of our offering being a sweet scent before our Maker is a remarkable reminder that our choice to love matters. Likewise, as we love others as Christ loves us, we are a pleasing aroma to people. When we observe or are the recipients of words or deeds that are not done in love, often the way we describe the situation is that it stinks. I imagine that before God, there is a stench when we are not acting according to His love. We have been given the greatest example that ever was to follow, and He equips us to go and do the same. The decision to choose to live out a life of love is ours, and the choice we make matters. May we each opt to live the life of love that God has prepared for us, and go forth as a sweet scent before both the Lord and those whom He places on our path.

 

The sweet scent of Christ, Love Made Known

Is one full of love;

For His sacrifice,

Grace, His true motive.

Christ’s own sacrifice,

Created the way;

For us to receive,

And give love away.

He did not withhold,

But chose to give all;

So we too could love,

And answer His call.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that a life lived out in love is a pleasing aroma before You. Thank You Jesus, for being the ultimate example of how to love without limits. Forgive us for the times that we opt to withhold love when we are called to extend that which we have been given. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would choose to love anyway, even when it is difficult. Show us how to love well, all those whom You have placed on our path. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to live a life of love. Amen.

 

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

 

You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence. – Acts 2:28

To Use Well the Gifts

One DayAll that we have,
entrusted to us;
to honor Christ,
holy God with us.
Called to wisdom,
to care well for men;
give to the poor,
breathe fresh hope again.
What is done here,
is heard in heaven;
if we forgive,
we’ll be forgiven.
Let our motive,
be a heart to serve;
receive His grace,
we do not deserve.
On that one day,
we stand up and face;
let words He speaks,
our hearts each embrace.
“We’ll done, dear one,
for you have lived well;
Loving others,
My story you’d tell.”
“Enter here now,
this glorious place;
prepared for all,
who’ve run well their race.”

(Responding to Luke 19:17)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are not home yet. Thank You that all we experience and all that we have here, is temporary; how we respond is eternal. Thank You that wisdom and resources are given as gifts by You, and are meant for us to give away. Forgive us for holding too tightly, anything that is not eternal, and help us to honor You with obedience and generosity. Teach us to hold fast a heavenly perspective on all things, so that we may honor You with what we bring. Let our lives lived in love loosen death’s grasp, and may many come to know of Your glorious grace. Let each heart that comes, know Your loving embrace. May we all one day hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Amen.

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