Encourage0gram May 15, 2019
Dear Beloved Ones!
This morning I was meditating on this truth found in 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12.
NIV 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God's family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
I was thrilled again to be reminded of the great power there is in loving one another. God is always prompting us to love. Not only this, but He empowers us to love. We love and have the capacity to love because He first loved us! We should never grow weary in loving one another. The testimony of a sincere loving community is impactful in a world of hate, violence and deception! It is not surprising that the command to love is prominent in Jesus' last sermon before he went to the cross in John 13-16.
NIV John 13:34-35
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
I offer you a few more quotes from Amy Carmichael on the true love of Calvary.
“If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into self-pity and self-sympathy; if I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If I myself dominate myself, if my thoughts revolve round myself, if I am so occupied with myself I rarely have “a heart at leisure from itself,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If the praise of others elates me and their blame depresses me; if I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself; if I love to loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success, so that it never crosses my mind, or if it does is never given room there; if the cup of flattery tastes sweet to me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
Beloved let us love one another more and more!
If you want to learn more about the life of Amy Carmichael, I highly recommend her biography: “A Chance to Die” by Elizabeth Elliot. It is a great insight into the life and ministry of a true servant of Jesus Christ!
This Sunday the sermon will be “The Wounds of a True Friend.” In this series we are challenged to speak graciously to others. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit is using His truth to transform our talk with each other. May this transformation begin at our homes and extend to our neighbors and acquaintances. I also invite all of you to join us tonight at 6:30 pm when we continue our study in James. I hope many of you can carve out the time to be with us!
My love and prayers go with you all!