Saturday, 5 August 2017
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command:
When a person loves another the way God loves, he is FREE from strife, FREE from anger, FREE from human kind of jealousy, FREE from envy and FREE from all kinds of evil intentions and motives. There is no fear in love. The Bible says that perfect love drives out fear. Fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
A father was sharing about his concern over his teenage daughter’s choice of friends. She often goes drinking with them. He said that he sets limits to protect her. Someone shared a different perspective: Let’s pray for her to draw near to God. When she draws near to God, God will draw near to her. When she loves God, she will not do anything that will displease or grieve Him.
My reflection: Yes! It is not 'what God will do' but it is 'what God feels in His heart'.
Francis Chan: You have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin. When you are pursuing love, running toward Christ, you do not have opportunity to wonder, “Am I doing this right?” or “Did I serve enough this week?” When you are running toward Christ, you are FREED up to serve, love, and give thanks without guilt, worry, or fear. As long as you are running, you are safe. But running is exhausting – if, that is, we are running from sin or guilt, out of fear. (Or if we haven’t run in a while). However, if we train ourselves to run toward our Refuge, toward Love, we are FREE – just as we are CALLED TO BE.
The Psalms were written by people just like me. They experienced closeness with God that I can experience. They poured out their hearts. I can do the same. Their words tell us what they were thinking and how they were feeling. Their words reveal their hunger and thirst, their pain and suffering… You and I can write a personal psalm too. As I seek to describe His kind of love, I have written a ‘psalm’ (to be perfected by the One who loves us):
God is Love
God’s love is deep; God’s love is wide; It is God I trust; In Christ I shall abide; Freedom He gives me; He allows me to decide; Through tests and trials, In Him I confide; I have nothing to prove; I have nothing to hide; He is my Abba Father; He is able and willing to provide; The battle is always on; Our Father is always by our side; His command is love, not divide!
Very often, I would read what I have written, ponder over the words, edit and edit… My own psalms seem to have the power to change my spirit and turn me back to God. The psalms recorded in the Bible have the power to speak into my situation and guide me in His way. Only God can change our hearts. He is willing if we ask Him.
Song: Here I am safe in the arms of my Savior; Deep in my heart You are with me; Found in Your love; I am lost in Your presence; I will not fear; You are with me; Jesus, You reign; You’re the King of Glory; You are my victory song. (You are great by Darlene Zschech)
Yes! Jesus is OUR VICTORY SONG! Let us sing from our heart; Let us raise our voices to praise Him; Let us shout ‘Hallelujah!’ Let us dance unto the LORD!
Oh, what a beautiful picture: Nature rejoices in His LOVE. Hallelujah!
Lam Yee Ling