Monday, July 4, 2022

Love Lyric

Looking forward to another wedding this week (my niece)!
Maybe that's what is drawing me to contemplate the
many-splendored thing;

From the bud of love’s increase
Emerges a glorious flower...

Love scatters the seeds that grow into flowers in the garden of life...

Warren Wiersbe — 'Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.'

Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. 
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:16
God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

In most of the lines in this poem the word 'love' 
could be replaced with the word 'God'

Love rises to the occasion
Fits us for life’s best and worst
Love's resounding adoration
Honors He who loved us first

Love elicits awestruck wonder
Love compels us to proceed
No matter what we encounter
Love will supply our need

Love equips us for each hour
From the bud of love’s increase
Emerges a glorious flower
Faith and hope and joy and peace

Love defies mind's comprehension
Love is oft misunderstood
Because Divine Intervention
Is love working greater good

Love conquers hate’s bitter rancor
In the eye of conflict’s gale
Love is like a steadfast anchor
That will never shift nor fail

Love is gentle, kind and humble
Love is thankful, patient, true
Love does not covet or grumble
Love is God in me and you

Love is a foretaste of Heaven
True love is always enough
By Love's grace we are forgiven
Love is God and God is love

Lord, if all else fails, love never
Let this be faith's comfort sweet
Nothing in this world can sever
Us from love and joy complete

© Janet Martin

It is impossible to truly love
yet disregard God.
To live a loving life is to live an obedient life.
To live in obedience to His commands is true love.
Sometimes love is falsely accused of hate 
because it does not approve or praise 
the disregard to God's Commandments.
Jesus reminds us in the passage below how to love...

John 15:9-17
Love and Joy Perfected

 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 
 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, 
just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, 
and that your joy may be full.  
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 
 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 
 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 
 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing;
 but I have called you friends, 
for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.  
You did not choose Me, but I chose you 
and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, 
and that your fruit should remain, 
that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 
 These things I command you, that you love one another.

Next door the big tent is coming down.
The Big Event (wedding) is over 

...and though there may be an emotional letdown
after so much excitement and planning 
Love transcends the temporary!
So joy abides because
Love bears all things, 
believes all things, 
hopes all things, 
endures all things.
Love never fails
1 Cor.13:7-8

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