Archive for ‘Forbearance’

June 26, 2011

I Could Never Out Love the Lord

I COULD NEVER OUT LOVE THE LORD

1. There’ve been times when giving and loving brought pain,
And I promised I would never let it happen again,
But I found out that loving was well worth the risk
And that even in losing you win.

CHORUS:

I’m going to live the way He wants me to live,
I’m going to give until there’s just no more to give;
I’m going to love, love till there’s just no more love,
I could never, never out love the Lord.

2. He showed us that only thru dying we live,
And He gave when it seemed there was nothing to give;
He loved when loving brought heartache and loss,
He forgave from an old rugged cross.

CHORUS:

I’m going to live the way He wants me to live,
I’m going to give until there’s just no more to give;
I’m going to love, love till there’s just no more love,
I could never, never out love the Lord.

–W & M by William J. and Gloria Gaither

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May 17, 2011

Time is Too Slow for Those Who Wait

Time is
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is eternity.

by Henry Van Dyke

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April 27, 2011

Power in the Blood

It’s a fact that there is so much hurt, bad, and sadness right around us. Everywhere we turn, known and unknown evils reign. There’s human trafficking: Woman and children and men are treated by another human being like an animal. No, worse than animals. I don’t know them, but I frequently pray that that those innocent slaves are rescued from their pain. Broken families abound: Oh, the manipulation, the threats, the schemes, the heartache, the tears, the lies, the slander, the broken friendships, the poor children. Crimes of society: Regularly aired by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc. Our vindictive hearts: Full of hatred, self-absorbed love, and alienation from our Creator. It’s a sad situation. We so need help! The cycle must end.

“To every Christian comes the word that was addressed to Peter, ‘Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not’ (Luke 22:31, 32). Thank God we are not left alone. This is our safety. Satan can never touch with eternal disaster one whom Christ has prepared for temptation by His previous intercession, for grace is provided in Christ for every soul, and a way of escape has been made, so that no one need fall under the power of the enemy.” That I May Know Him, 286

Power in the Blood

1. Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

* Refrain:
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

2. Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

3. Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow;
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

4. Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.

By Lewis E. Jones, 1899

February 9, 2011

Praise You Just the Same

Now my life is beautiful; praise comes easy to me.
But I felt when all was darkness, for the truth was so hard to see

Oh, but, thank You for the trial, if it will bring me close to You
Help me, Lord, to smile, when things don’t go the way I’d want them to
If I suffer pain, help me, that I don’t complain, but
Thank you, Lord, and praise You just the same
I want to thank You, Lord, and praise You just the same

Help me to remember that even You were made to cry
But, Son of God, Redeemer, You knew You were not to reason why
When I feel like dying, help me that I don’t stop trying
But, thank You, Lord, and praise You just the same
I want to thank You, Lord, and praise You just the same.

And when I think of You upon that tree
I know that what You did, You did for me
And so until my days on earth are finally through
Wherever I am led I’ll fallow you
Jesus! My Jesus!

If I suffer pain, help me that I don’t complain
But thank You, Lord, and praise You just the same
I want to thank You, Lord, and praise You just the same

Praise Your holy name.
Praise Your holy name.
Praise Your holy name.
Praise Your holy name!

February 6, 2011

Woman, Son, Mother

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Why do we honour? Do we base our honour on a principle of the heart or do we honour because someone has done something honourable?

As children we are privileged to honour our parents. “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12. Do we honour our parents because and only if we can conclude they’ve done honorably/earned it? Or do we honour our parents because that’s just what we do? God doesn’t qualify the command with any ifs, ands, or buts. Then we shouldn’t either. And we can be sure that there’s a world of good awaiting the child and the parent as this law of love is obeyed.

Honour:  To revere; to respect; to treat with deference and submission, and perform relative duties to.

Respect:  To view or consider with some degree of reverence; to esteem as possessed of real worth.

Compassion:  a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

Humanity:  the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.

As Jesus hung upon the cross those dreadful hours of agony, he did not forget his mother. She could not remain away from the suffering scene. Jesus’ last lesson was one of compassion and humanity. He looked upon his mother, whose heart was well nigh bursting with grief, and then upon his beloved disciple John. He said to his mother, Woman, behold thy Son. The said he to John, Behold thy mother. And from that hour John took her to his own house. Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 1, pg. 60

As the eyes of Jesus wandered over the multitude about Him, one figure arrested His attention. At the foot of the cross stood His mother, supported by the disciple John. She could not endure to remain away from her Son; and John, knowing that the end was near, had brought her again to the cross. In His dying hour, Christ remembered His mother. Looking into her griefstricken face and then upon John, He said to her, “Woman, behold thy son!” then to John, “Behold thy mother!” John understood Christ’s words, and accepted the trust. He at once took Mary to his home, and from that hour cared for her tenderly. O pitiful, loving Saviour; amid all His physical pain and mental anguish, He had a thoughtful care for His mother! He had no money with which to provide for her comfort; but He was enshrined in the heart of John, and He gave His mother to him as a precious legacy. Thus He provided for her that which she most needed,–the tender sympathy of one who loved her because she loved Jesus. And in receiving her as a sacred trust, John was receiving a great blessing. She was a constant reminder of his beloved Master. The Desire of Ages, 591

Jesus’ care for his mother during her time of grief and his concern for her future well-being is a moving testament to the pure goodness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Listen to: The Rose of Sharon by Steve Green, Wayne Watson, Twila Paris

February 1, 2011

Moses’ Supernatural Love

“Moses had been a man greatly honored of God. He was greater than any who had lived before him. He was privileged to talk with God face to face as a man speaketh with a friend. He was permitted to see the bright light and excellent glory that enshrouded the Father. Through Moses the Lord delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Moses was a mediator for the children of Israel. He often stood between them and the wrath of God. When the wrath of God was greatly kindled against Israel for their unbelief, their murmurings, and their grievous sins, Moses’ love for them was tested. God promised him that if he would let Israel go, let them be destroyed, he would make of him a mighty nation. Moses showed his love for Israel by his earnest pleading. In his distress he prayed God to turn from his fierce anger, and forgive Israel, or blot his name out of his book.” Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, Page 40, 41

I couldn’t help but notice Moses’ love for Israel during a time when one naturally finds it easier to do anything but love an offender. Put yourself in his place and you’ll see how supernatural his choice to love really was.

Moses had the “this mind” that was in Christ Jesus which is why his love reminds me of Christ’s love for humanity. Jesus didn’t have to die for us. But He loved us so much that He endured 33 years of life and then a cruel death on the cross.

Lord, today, please help me to stay in and walk in that supernatural love.

“Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:” Rom 15:5

January 17, 2011

You’re Not My Enemy. Nor Am I Yours.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12, 13

January 16, 2011

Inquisition’s Inroads

“The papal authorities first ridiculed the reformers, and when this did not quench the spirit of investigation, they placed them behind prison walls, loaded them with chains, and when this did not silence them or make them recant, they finally brought them to the fagot and the sword. We should be very cautious lest we take the first steps in this road that leads to the Inquisition.”

“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and by conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience.”

January 16, 2011

Furthering the Cause

“Huss was required to choose whether he would recant his doctrines or suffer death. He chose the martyr’s fate, and … was … burned at the stake. … His execution, in shameless violation of the most solemn and public promise of protection, exhibited to the whole world the perfidious cruelty of Rome. The enemies of truth, though they knew it not, were furthering the cause which they sought vainly to destroy.”

January 16, 2011

The Very Best Is Yet To Be

“Some questions remain, but they are not to be feared. Our heavenly Father holds all things in his hands–even our questions. … No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still. With Jesus, even in our darkest moments, the best remains…and the very best is yet to be!” Amen!