One of the ways that Jesus showed His disciples the full extent of His love was through washing their feet, as we looked at yesterday. With only hours now from His death, He showed them His love in yet another way – by preparing them for what was going to happen.
I’ve been at the bedside of those who knew their time was short. Surrounded by their family and closest friends, I’ve witnessed their desire to express their love as they prepared to leave. While that may be the case when we know our time is brief, I’ve also heard the cries of survivors who said, “I wish I could have had one more chance to say I love you. I wish I could have shown them how much they meant to me.”
Only God can turn the light of love on in a marriage. The Bible tells us that we are only deceiving ourselves when we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. If the lights have gone out in your marriage, the great news is that God can turn them back on!
To restore real love, agape love, we must stop the destructive flood of fear that creates conflict and start the restoring flood of love with loving words and actions and, most importantly, rest in the never-failing love of God!
Preparedness is essential for surviving a storm! The man in this verse dug down deep and laid his foundation on rock. He was prepared for the flood that would certainly come. Restoring real love when the storm surge of stress, brokenness or pain threaten our homes begins when we stop the destructive flood of fear.
Storms are indiscriminate. They come into all our lives! The difference is in how we weather the storm. Jesus tells us how our home (our relationships, our marriages) can remain intact even though a storm surge may flood our house. The key is how strong the foundation of love is in our home.
Unlike the English language, the Greek language has a number of words for love that help distinguish different kinds of love. When we say, “I love my car; I love my dog, I love the Texans, I love my wife, I love God”, we only have one word to work with – love.
1 Corinthians 13 is best known as the love chapter. In just five verses, Paul offers 16 descriptions of love. Seven of those descriptions tell us what love is, and nine tell us what love is not.
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I […]
There are three things that can never be washed away by a flood, destroyed by fire, or fade with time – faith, hope and love. “… But the greatest of these is love.” As great and enduring as faith and hope are, love is superior!