February 1, 2015
Welcome to Love Nation
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:4-9
These words from Paul seem to cut to the core of life and joy and love. They put into perspective what it means to live with and for God. They’re a concentrated blueprint for a life of love. And that’s what I want to talk about. How to live a life of love. Because a life of love seeks to make a difference for better. A life of love feels the hurts of this world and seeks to sooth them. A life of love transcends an everyday life and turns into a life seeking something greater. That greater is God, the Creator of life and love itself. With Him there can be fulfillment, perfection, perfect love. With Him sorrows can be wiped away, joy can be full, and love can be eminent in our lives.
This month I want to do something different. For the past three years I’ve spent the entire month of January trying to speak to the hearts of men. But what about women? What is important to a woman’s heart? What can I do to speak to you as a woman? First, I’m not going to try to give instruction. I’m not going to try to decipher what it means to be a woman. And I’m not going to pretend I know or understand all the things found within the life of a woman. Rather, I want to talk about something that women often find easier to talk about than men. I want to talk about something that I think most women cherish. I want to dedicate February to talking about love.
And with that I can feel the pressure building. I can feel the pressure to speak eloquently with beautiful stories, because love is preeminently beautiful. Will I be able to do it? I don’t know. But here’s what I do know. We need more love in this world. We need love to inspire us everyday. We need love to fill our hearts. Sadly, too many of us live without it. The homeless man begging for money to buy another beer. The woman who just caught her husband… The orphan who’s never met a parent. We all need love. The good news is that we can all have it. God loves us. God loves us. God loves us. God is love and He sent His Son to die for us. Jesus loves, and He came to teach us how to love. So for the next few weeks I want to focus on Jesus and how He loved. He brought us the Gospel and the Gospel more than anything is the good news about the pinnacle of love. Join me in dedicating this month to love. And through it, let’s pray we become people dedicated to love. It will be scary. It will make us vulnerable. It will be hard and it will take perseverance. But… “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
I Love You,