ACTION

I have but one wish. That my words fall on ears deafened by the volume of my actions. 

1 John 3:18
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

We can say whatever we want but without actions supporting our breath, we are only making noise. Especially when it comes to love. Love is the most action based word there is. Then comes hate. But so often hate is displayed far more proudly than love. Hatred for religions, for drivers on the road, for people who speak ill of us at school or work, for people who hurt us or cheat us, hatred for gays or many who do not support our own ideas or philosophies. 1 John 3 goes on to say,

1 John 3:19-23
“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

Notice when he says to obey God’s commands the writer specifies which commands he is referring to; to believe in the name of God’s son, Jesus and to love one another. Keeping a long list of rules and regulations does not show you love anything except law. Law does not please God. Loving pleases God. When you truly live in love, it flows from you and everyone can see it.

1 John 3:24
“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

Those of you who believe in the Name feel the Spirit within you. You know it by conviction when we step away from the source of love to follow our own desires for a time, the joy that is wrought from having compassion on someone in need. The strength and purpose that drives us forward during times of pain when we may not want to continue moving, the desire to reconcile with those we may have hurt or caused to stumble.

Matthew 5:23-24
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”

John 3:17
“For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that through him it shall be saved.”

We are to love one another. Love requires action or it is not really love.
1. Believe in the name of Jesus as God’s son
2. Reconcile with my brothers and sisters
3. Show love to God’s people
Got it.

John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Much love to you on today the day we consider the Lord’s

Grace and Peace,

Andrew

Journal entry #2

What do I do? Long have I moved through time and space with no real goal in mind. I feel faced with decisions to make about what needs to happen now. Where do I want to be 5 years from now? Where do I want to be 1 year from now? I wasted much time last year doing not much of anything. This year is different for me. Different in every single way imaginable. Mostly better, though some is worse. I pray for you every day still. I pray for peace and that you will see the glory of the Lord in your life. I pray I will also. I pray for your heart to be soft and your mind to be fresh everyday. That humility and courage will course through you and pour out in your community wherever you may be. I pray I use wisdom and courage to make my decisions and that no fear of failure or rejection get in the way to dissuade me.

When I think about who I was last year at this time, I am encouraged to see how far I have come. Thankful I am for people who pushed me to be better and do more. Grateful am I for opportunities granted and even opportunities missed because my eyes are open wide in search of new ones. Praise God.

I think I know who I want to be. I know what I want to do finally. I love performing and playing pretend. So I am working on an acting career. Hopefully I can sing a little better everyday also and someday soon will be able to write out my thoughts in song for you and not just on internet “paper”. Here’s looking at you kid 😉

Grace and Peace

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