Friday, March 5, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, March 5, 2021

Let God’s Love Prevail

In this world system where lies are put forth as truth, cruelty is seen as a good option, and selfishness is seen as virtuous, we should let love dominate. In 1976, Richard Smallwood, the American gospel artist, wrote the classic, “I Love The Lord.”  Some of the lyrics are, I love the Lord, he heard my cry and pitied every groan. Long as I live and troubles rise, I hasten to his throne. For those who watched the movie, “The Preacher’s Wife,” Whitney Houston’s emotional rendition of this song can bring tears to our  eyes.  


His greatest command is to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37-38).  It is wonderful to know that God hears our cries, and we can run to Him in our need (Psalm 34:15).  He did not ask us to sacrifice an animal, climb a mountain to seek a holy man, harm our body or to become a beggar after giving away all of our possessions.  Just love Him.  The Bible says love covers a lot of sins (1 Peter 4:8).  In the Bible in 1 Corinthians 13, love is described as the greatest of faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).


We can dwell on the terrible things that surround us, the horror that we read about and the personal torment that may permeate our individual lives.  But God wants us to take first things first and to love Him and seek Him and He promises to supply our every need (1 John 5:14-15).  It may not be every wish that pops into our minds, but He will take care of the important needs in our lives because He loves us, cares for us and watches over us.  Love comes from God (1 John 4:7).  Let us allow God’s love to prevail.


Matthew 22:37-38

New International Version

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.


Psalm 34:15

New International Version

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;


1 Peter 4:8

Amplified Bible

8 Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].


1 Corinthians 13:13

New International Version

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.


1 John 5:14-15

New International Version

14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 
15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

1 John 4:7

New International Version

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.





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