Tag Archives: love

Love is…

14 Dec

…And now I will show you a most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13

13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

My son and I are memorizing 1 Corinthians 13, breaking the Bread of His word open and feasting, together.  I want him to see his mama reading and learning and finding joy even now.

As we walked through the verse I’ve read hundreds of times, I’ll admit I became a little overwhelmed with what I was not :

  • I am not patient or kind all of the time.   My family bears witness…
  • I hold things too dear in my heart.
  • My own way is always at the forefront of my mind.
  • Irritability and resentfulness can become companions.

His Word is sharper than a double-edged sword isn’t it?  It slashes through sin and His Spirit lovingly convicts and brings about repentance.

And then I heard my son say,  as he sat back in his chair and blew out a breath, “It’s a good thing God gave us Jesus, mom.  It’s a good thing…We would just never be able to be love like that.”

So true son, speaking with wisdom beyond his own capability.  And I let those words sink in: Jesus, who is the gift we celebrate every year but seem to forget in the craziness of the season, is Love.  He is all of those things that I can’t seem to measure up to.

But He has given us the Helper. His Spirit moves in us and shows us a most excellent way…

Have you accepted His gift, my friend? God – who is Love, gave His son for us and clothed Himself in humanity, so that we might have life.

Love never fails…

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 13  (ESV)



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My Favorite

29 Sep

Today in school our verse for memorization (for the boy) is this:

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)

A while ago my son asked me what my favorite verse was.  I always have a hard time answering that question.  I’m not good at making on the fly decisions.

But this verse…it’s the one.

Because even though I’m:

a liar

fearful

angry

impatient

unloving

ungrateful

disobediant

…and so many other things…

He loves me.

He’s redeemed me.

I’m forgiven.

And He has shown me through the work of His Son.

I’m declared righteous because of Jesus. The Father looks at me and sees Him.

That’s why Romans 5:8 is my favorite.

What’s yours?

September 10th

10 Sep

10 on the 10th in pictures:

What we’ve been studying in school.

Coffee with my girl

My two best guys

Texas State Fair

Flower girl

Barbie came to lunch.

Chris and Jay being goofy in their rally caps.

Visiting our favorite coffee shop in Corsicana with friends.

Thanks for stopping by, friends.

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

30 Aug

Sometimes a song can say what our heart doesn’t know how to express:

How deep the Father’s love for us

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give His only son

To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss

The Father turns His face away

As wounds which mar the chosen one

Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross

My sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed I hear my mocking voice

Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there

Until it was accomplished

His dying breath has brought me life

I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything

No gifts, no power, no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ

His death and resuresction

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer

But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom.