Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Is God Giving Us a Break From Loving Others?

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a clanging cymbal. If I ... can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor ... but have not love, I gain nothing."   --- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3


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What I'm wondering? Should Christians be posting meme's like these?




I mean, really? What about the Bible verses like those at the top and these, also? --


"And above all these put on love ... Above all, keep loving one another earnestly ... Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."   --- Colossians 3:14, 1 Peter 4:8, 1 John 4:8

Yikes!

And yes, I realize these days this, below, messes with our minds:


"Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold..."

Yet even so, we are called to love, for the verse's remainder states: "but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved."   ---Matthew 24:12,13

Stands firm. In godly love.

Sometimes I believe there's confusion in our ranks. Beliefs that because we're so crazily unlike Mother Theresa, Florence Nightingale, Billy Graham, Andrew Carnegie, George Muller, etc., then, well, our contributions are ignorable. Insignificant. They don't matter. 

But today I'm simply here to remind you everything matters.

Every glass of water we gave.
Every word of encouragement, even those at Facebook(!)
Every visit made after a godly nudge.
Every 'I care about you' phone call.
Every present we bought or created.
Every sacrifice.
Every, "I'm praying for you."
Every 'buycott' we supported in agreement.
Every condolence sent.
Every 'thank-you' we spoke. Every smile.
Every God-nudged warning we stated.
Every time we volunteered.
Every mutually-enjoyed recommendation, shared.
Every humorous meme passed around.
Every compliment.
Every prayer-walk through our neighborhood.
Every 'like' we clicked to show support. Every comment.
Every forgiveness extended.
Every lesson learned, shared.
Every 'happy birthday!' we voiced.


Every loving act, simple or complex, stemming from obedience to God matters. Eternally. Always has and will and they're being recorded in His 'books of remembrance' (Malachi 3:16,17, with other mentions in Revelation 20).

Will ours be a tiny paperback--or--what Booktubers call a mammoth book? Just wondering today for myself, really. For all of us who call ourselves 'Christian' during these turbulent times when love's more needed than ever.







"You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."   --- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20


Oh, all the love we can express while we're simply online!


It's a privilege, a pleasure to love people, to help them. An honor to serve God by encouraging others. 


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My favorite Booktubers (so far) --








Speaking of booktubers,' I'm collecting their intriguing book recommendations and so far I've discovered these available at Open Library:

The Scent of Water
The View From Saturday
Book Scavenger
Sweet Home Alaska
Greenglass House
Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Water Horse
The Year of Miss Agnes
The Girl In The Garden
The Teacher's Funeral
May B
Christmas With The Savages
The Quilt
When Mischief Came to Town
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place
The Twenty-One Balloons
Mandy
Clues In The Woods




Tom and I enjoyed this documentary: Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice . Bittersweet, yes, but very inspiring!









Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be. 

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 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15

7 comments:

Betsy said...

I agree wholeheartedly Debra. There is SO MUCH anger out there that it tries to outshout the love. But nothing can outshine the love of God and those of us who are called His children are called to share that love in any way we possibly can. I really like your list of suggestions.
I hope you're having a great week full of kindness both to and from you.
Blessings and love,
Betsy

Unknown said...

I love this post, Debra (but then too, I love them ALL! 😀) You always have something so worthwhile to say and ... well, you're just totally awesome (and I mean that with my whole heart!) Thank you so much for being faithful and sharing with us. 💕 💕

Debi @ Tuesdays Child said...

Debra, the comment above was from me ... not sure why it didn't show that it was from me but I think I have it fixed now. lol

Rebecca said...

I love 💕 EVERY one of of your everies.👏

Pam said...

Absolutely yes...everything matters. Beautiful post. Thank you, Debra!

Seb's Mum said...

What a lovely blog you have! I've added you to my favourite blog list - hope that is ok. I do agree with you on so much that you have expressed here.

Debra said...

Betsy--thanks so much for your good wishes! And I'm glad we're on the same page about the importance of love.

Debi--you're always such an encourager! Thank-you for faithfully reading here.

Rebecca-- I'm glad you liked the everyies! It's amazing how often we're given the opportunity to show love, right?

Pam--you're so welcome! And as always, thank-you for commenting.

Seb's Mum--glad to have you here! Thank-you for your kind words.


Thanks so much, Everyone! Blessings, Debra