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Abounding LOVE.

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She had heard Jesus was coming to this parts of town and she quickly picked up the alabaster jar and hurried off to Simon the Pharisee’s house. Amidst the stares she got she continued to move towards her destination….there was no time to waste.
She got there before him and held her alabaster jar close to her chest. The cloak around her hair and falling just mid way to shield the jar from seeing eyes.

She heard his voice and looked up to see Jesus walk into the Pharisee’s house. She moved closer to the door to see what was happening….Jesus took a seating position. ‘Was no one going to wash His feet?’ She asked herself looking at the servants offering Him water to drink. She took the cloak off her head…..her heart burdened.

There and then she risked her entire existence and moved slowly to Him…. The look of abomination on Simon’s face priceless..but she didn’t care.
‘What is she doing here?’ She heard them say. She knelt at His feet….overwhelmed with tears at being able to be this close to the master…she brought her face close to His feet and let the droplets from her eyes fall on them….her tears gathering momentum as she thought on all He had done for her, relating with her and not ashamed to identify with her…her stray hair lurking around she used it to dry His feet.

A conversation was going on amongst them but she wasn’t pushed away so she didn’t stop. In silence she did that which she wanted. She chanced a kiss on them. She only paused long enough to take the alabaster jar to perfume His Feet….this was her Master.

We know the concluding part of the story….she received forgiveness of her sins and Jesus taught the Pharisee a principle.  “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

A profound principle!

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Why does Jesus seek out sinners and associate with sinners?

We could name the woman a sinner, Jesus the Savior and Simon…Christians. How quick Simon was to condemn her but he himself didn’t treat Jesus well and hence couldn’t receive the all (His Love) that was being offered. Simon judged her but failed to see how he really was…. Simon probably felt holiness was physical separation from sinners but the woman outdid Simon in her response to love, loving Jesus.

(Hence the shock that would also occur when we get to heaven and discover who made it ….)

So how much do I love? Questions come up on how quick am I to forgive.
How hard is it for you to love?

We have received so much mercy from God for past sins and He had forgiven us. God’s abounding love flowing to us….

Ps 86 vs 5 and 13
‘5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.

13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.’

And how much are we letting that abounding love flow to others in loving them, forgiving them and other things love entails?

Even as one who is forgiven much loves much, the unnamed woman in Luke 7 vs 36-50, I feel she would love Jesus greatly and want to do His will and also in turn love others.

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What is Gods Love….?

 

1545003_791357720881539_116553093_n_20140409215322664 Honestly speaking…..one can’t even answer this fully…but that’s what this blog is about; to discover what we can and hence grow deeper in it. I once asked that He should tell me about His love…and I got two things…one was a well came to mind and that His love is far far deeper than the well. And I had to google the feet of a well which is 150ft or more. That’s pretty deep! Second was we would need power to grasp how great the love of Christ is, power which is received from His Spirit. Eph 3 vs 18.

In the old testament, the Israelites were told to Love God; Deut 7 vs 7-8. But I want to think they didn’t really know how to and didn’t comprehend the degree of His love….

In Mal 1 vs 2-5, MSG version 2-3 God said, “I love you.” You replied, “Really? How have you loved us?” “Look at history” (this is God’s answer). “Look at how differently I’ve treated you, Jacob, from Esau: I loved Jacob and hated Esau. I reduced pretentious Esau to a molehill, turned his whole country into a ghost town.” Looking at verse 2-3 in the AMP version 2  I have loved you, says the Lord. Yet you say, How and in what way have You loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? says the Lord; yet I loved Jacob (Israel), 3  But [in comparison with the degree of love I have for Jacob] I have hated Esau [Edom] and have laid waste his mountains, and his heritage I have given to the jackals of the wilderness.

Continuing in the  MSG Version Verse 5 “Yes, take a good look. Then you’ll see how faithfully I’ve loved you and you’ll want even more, saying, ‘May GOD be even greater, beyond the borders of Israel!’ God’s love isn’t about our actions before He loved us, it isn’t about our feelings which come and go and can’t lead to something serious….. Someone once asked ‘so does God actually make a choice to love us?’ Yes yes and yes……He DECIDED to love us before we changed our ways to follow and obey Him.

It is His nature to Love.

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Yet I don’t think the Israelites knew how much God loved …so God decided to show it to us by sending His son to us. 1 John 4 vs 9-10 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

The way He knows that we love Him like we say we do is when we keep His commandments. His Love for us is sure…but how sure is our love for Him? So is there true love? Let me ask is there true blessings? True peace?

In the bible, Jesus said the peace He gives us is not like the world gives it. The world now seems to offer a duplicate of what God offers….a temporal thing from His everlasting. Everything God gives is in its truest and purest form…..what the world offers is just a counterfeit. God’s peace is the only kind He had in mind for us…just like His love is the only one He had in mind for us. But how much of this love are we enjoying amongst ourselves? Let’s learn from Him and receive the love He is offering. I know that’s the kind of love I want…. 🙂

Look around now and see the good things God has done. Look at the past and see how much great things God has done. If I could see Him right in front me I don’t if I would jump in excitement, cry and laugh at the reality of finally seeing Him, hug Him close, fall at His feet in worship or shout for all to hear that I love Him.

Excellent Jehovah….Love you Lord!

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Dancing in the Spirit…

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Hello everyone and welcome to a glorious month; one of great exploits. 🙂
I remember I put up a post at the beginning of the year about dancing with God;if you missed it I implore you to check it out.

For me its been a roller coaster and I’m practically on my toes trying to keep up ’cause I’m sure I have stepped on His toes a couple of times this few months and decided to lead the dance, but now I have come to realize the essence of crucifying the flesh, to live by His Spirit, in this journey.
I would tell you some of my posts, Burning desires, temptation….were more personal. I found myself falling more to the things of the passions and desires of my flesh. And now I pray each day for grace.

This time I feel the need to write about dancing in the Spirit. It just came to me and I wondered what dancing in the Spirit meant.
When Samuel anointed David, the bible said the Spirit took control of him from that day forward. And I’m sure from then on the Spirit enabled him to do certain things.
How much room are we giving the Holy spirit to be in control? Are we still struggling or giving him a free hand? (What the bible said about walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh) Gal 5 vs 16, ‘so I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.’

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Dancing with God is following Him as He leads us, but it also entails following the lead of His Spirit therefore the title ‘Dancing in the Spirit’. I don’t mean literally, though that could also happen, but spiritually.
We need the Spirit of God to Dance with God.

Gal 5 vs 25, ‘Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.’
Lord help me be more yielding to Your Spirit….Amen.

I pray you open your hearts and release yourself to His leading…..Have a blessed month. 🙂

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“Too often we underestimate the power of
a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

How is your day going 🙂

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