Most of us are naturally impatient and do not like waiting for anything. In this world, in these uncertain times, we face many dangers, trials, unstable economies, war, diseases, starvation, relationship problems, financial distress, the list goes on… however, our expectations are seldom met, often changed by things completely out of our control, and so, we are often forced to spend time reflecting on what might have been. I pray this post will help you discover the joy of waiting for everything to come in it’s right season.
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A Time to Love
In the ever uncertain world we live in, there is one thing that is lacking the most – Love. Jesus’ greatest commandment is to love; love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind and to love your neighbour (each other) as you love yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). If everyone lived by this commandment wouldn’t the word be a far better place?
Love, however, is a word that is overused, misused, bantered about, cheapened and corrupted by a world filled with greed, lustful desires, a corrupt secular world. Sometimes, the mention of love assaults (and sometimes offends) our senses from popular songs, advertisements, promotions—screaming in our minds and pressurising us from every direction. Most dictionary definitions focus mainly on love in the sense of great pleasure in something or a sexual attraction and relationship between people.
The ancient Greeks had several definitions of love. The four most commonly used are:
Eros – a sexual passion
Philia – deep friendship
Storge – love of parents, children and families
Agape – the love of God for man and man for God.
Try describing agape love? What did you come up with? Any description you came up with will fall short of how strong, deep and pure agape love truly is. God’s love is vast, immeasurable, unfailing, everlasting and far beyond our human understanding. God IS love (1 John 4:7-8). God’s love extends to everyone who has ever and will ever walk the face of the earth, whether they believe in Him or not, whether they’re poor or rich, highly successful or dismal failures, good or bad, nice or nasty, rulers of nations or beggars in the gutter. Nothing we do will make Him love us less. And nothing we can try to do can earn his love. It’s a gift and it’s free, because Jesus paid the price. That’s what He is made of. That’s what He is.
God created us and loved us from the moment of our conception and will love us to the day we die, whether we acknowledge Him, mock and scorn Him, deride Him or deny Him. He longs for us to turn to Him and be born again by his Spirit, and to live with Him forever.
It’s easy when it’s our families, or the people we look up to, or our best friend, or the lovely people in our church. It’s not so easy, though, when it’s a druggie, or the bully who made our schooldays a misery, or a dictator boss at work, or dictator rulers creating suffering for thousands in the country they rule over. But still it is a command. For love is a powerful force, and there is no weapon that can be formed against it.
Love wins and will win each and every time. In the end, it is only love that will remain and conquer the horrors of this present world.
7 Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned. Song of Songs 8:7
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jnr
So let’s accept the love of God in Jesus, so that we can love ourselves and love others, and in our own various ways hold back the darkness. It’s a time to love.
Let the light of world shine through us in Christ Jesus.