Friday, 17 August 2007

You gotta love one another

It's one of the commandments in the Bible: love one another.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
1 John 4:11

...And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.
1 John 5:1b

We need God's help to love each other as He expects of us, but it helps to remember that God loves ALL of us and thought we were worth dying for.

Don't think God care for us all? Then see what the Bible says...
Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Romans 2:4

The Lord is good to everyone.
He showers compassion on all his creation.
Psalm 145:9

...For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.
Matthew 5:45-46

I'd like to to put a twist to Matthew 5:46 (listed above): If God loved only those who loved Him, what kind of a God would He have been?

I think we owe it to Him to try and love each other. EVERY each other, not just the ones we like.

Saturday, 11 August 2007

He bends down to listen

Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
Psalm 116:2 *New Living Translation

Kind of seems like a rash promise doesn't it...I will pray as long as I have breath? I mean, the Psalmist sounds so excited about praying, and many times we are not too excited about praying or too regular about it either. Many times it also doesn't even feel like God is listening.

That's where the lyrics to the song, Never Alone, by Barlow Girl seems to reflect our feelings:

I waited for you today
But you didn't show
No no no
I needed You today
So where did You go?
You told me to call
Said You'd be there
And though I haven't seen You
Are You still there?

I cried out with no reply
And I can't feel You by my side
So I'll hold tight to what I know
You're here and I"m never alone

And though I cannot see You
And I can't explain why
Such a deep, deep reassurance
You've placed in my life

We cannot separate
'Cause You're part of me
And though You're invisible
I'll trust the unseen


We cannot separate
You're part of me
And though You're invisible
I'll trust the unseen

Seems to me God could ask any one of us "Where were you when I needed you" but when life gets tough, the first thing we seem to do is blame God.

What a reassurance then, that no matter what we feel, we're never alone.

And He's bending down to listen.