Sunday, April 02, 2006

1 John 4:7,8 NIV
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love."

1 John 4:7,8 The MESSAGE
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love--so you can't know him if you don't love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 The MESSAGE
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.


I remember a time when the above verses made me feel all good inside. Now, they challenge me to the very CORE of my being. I have found that there is absolutely NO WAY to do any of that stuff written up there without relying on God's Holy Spirit to guide and direct me. I am just flat not capable of loving on my own.

grace

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4 comments:

Inheritor of Heaven said...

You have said it well. Thanks.

grace said...

Thank YOU for stopping by and commenting. I still check in on your and your writings from your studies. Hope all is well with you and your family.

grace

Inheritor of Heaven said...

I read your blog (among others) pretty much daily during my "duty-free" lunch period (about 25 min). Yes, I and my family are doing well. Gearing up for eldest daughter to graduate high school and go off to college next fall. Luckily her graduation day is different from the school that I teach at since I have to participate in that one too.
Thanks for reading too, btw.

grace said...

Go the duty-free lunch!! I have had lunch duty for the first time in 17 years of teaching this year! 15 minutes of it every day. I gotta tell ya, walking around watching a bunch of 10-12 yr.-olds eat, does little for MY own appetite!

Anything blog-related is blocked from our school servers...which is probably a very good thing for me! haha!

Good to hear your graduations will not conflict. *whew*

grace