And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Monday, September 18, 2017

Love

Yesterday, our pastor gave an excellent sermon on alignment. I won't steal his words to post here, but it did get me to thinking about the importance of aligning our lives with God's Word. It also connected to a book that I'll be reviewing for you soon. I won't go into info on that book just yet. However, when I sat down for some quiet time last night, I opened up to Ephesians chapter 5.

I've been doing a little Scripture writing and doodling on love lately. It's just been something on my mind so much recently. The world's current view of love is so vastly separated from God's words on love. As I've written verses I've been reminded of God's love for us and the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made in the name of that love.

Anyhow, back to Ephesians 5. So I sat to write some of the verses from the beginning of that chapter. It isn't an easy chapter. In fact, it was plain uncomfortable as I thought about the alignment message along with these verses!


Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.
Those are the words in NKJV which is my preference. The NIV translates "filthiness" as "obscenity". Now I don't know about you but some of those gave me a little gut-check. It is serious when there is talk of no inheritance in the kingdom and God's wrath. Paul was writing these words to the church at Ephesus in love. A love that we don't see often today. A love wrought with correction for eternal consequences. 
The world as a whole isn't a place receptive to true love, but Christians I think we need to align our lives and our definition of love with God's Word. I will be continuing my personal "love" study for awhile. 
Do you have any "love" verse suggestions for me? 


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