“For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Ephesians 3:14-19 NIV
There is nothing greater in this world than the love of Jesus Christ. We can spend our whole lives seeking to find happiness and contentment in the things of this world…yet this world is not our home. In the Book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, who was the wisest and wealthiest person to ever live, documented his efforts to try everything under the sun and found that the things of this world are not worth chasing…meaningless! However, the things of God are the things we should spend our life pursuing. Think about what Jesus Christ did for you…nobody and nothing in this world will love you like that.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
(This photo was taken in September of 2022 in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
1 John 4:7-12 NIV
Jesus came down from heaven and sacrificed Himself on the Cross…He did it for you…He did it because that’s how much He loves you!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
(This photo was taken in October of 2014 at the Nakalele Blowhole on the island of Maui, Hawaii)
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8 NIV
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:10-11 NIV
Love is not a feeling…it is action. Love is grounded in behavior not emotions. The description of love in the bible tells us how to live when we love. It is not about approving or accepting others, rather it is about how we choose to live in our daily life and interactions. How can each of us demostrate love today?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV
(This photo was taken in June of 2016 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.”
Psalm 145:8 NIV
Trouble will come…we will experience suffering and loss in this world…yet we do not need to have fear and we do not need to be afraid. We are loved by God with a love that is greater than anything we face. Pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior and our Lord, meet with Him every day…He sacrificed everything to save you because He loves you and His love will endure forever. Amen.
Forever by Michael W Smith
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
Psalm 136:1 NIV
(This photo was taken in May of 2014 at a lake place in central Minnesota)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
1 John 4:7-10 NIV
Think about it…God sacrificed His one and only Son for other people just as much as He did it for you. He created all of us…yes even the person on your mind right now that chooses to reject God and shows it in their daily life. We are not here to be the judge of each other, we can’t because we are all sinful and we all need the Savior. Trust me I struggle with this in my faith as much as anyone else does…maybe that other person has never had anyone show them kindness, compassion or taken time to listen to them because society has decided they are not worth it. In the end it is not up to us…our purpose is to love God, love others and share the Gospel, that is how we can make a difference in our lifetime.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
1 John 4:11-12 NIV
(This photo was taken in September of 2022 in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming)
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Romans 12:9-13 NIV
Love is more than words or feelings…love is action! We are told in the bible exactly what actions are love. Not only in 1 Corinthians, which is the most popular description of love. Again, this is more than the words you hear at a wedding…think about what it takes to live it out. When we review our life and our daily actions…how are we doing living out? I know I have work to do to be better, which is why a relationship with God is so important. We are broken, we are sinful and we need the Savior to keep us close to God and His love. The best part is nothing can separate us from His love…nothing. No matter where you are, no matter what your circumstances…turn towards the Lord and think about how you can act out in love. Amen.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:37-39 NIV
(This photo was taken in September of 2022 at Big Sky Resort in Montana)
“Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:3-4 NIV
Only God can do the things we wish we could control…only He can transform the way people think and change their hearts. Faith is about trusting His way and His timing…be still and wait patiently for Him. Keep doing good things according to His Word. Amen.
“I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.”
Psalm 86:12 NIV
(This photo was taken in April 2020 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:7-11 NIV
God’s love is the most powerful thing in the world. Nothing can compare to it…no matter where you are, no matter what has happened or is happening…God’s love can change what you believe is impossible. Trust Him, seek His Word, believe, confess your sins and surrender your ways for His way. Amen.
“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19 NIV
(This photo was taken in July of 2016 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming)
“My brothers and sisters, you were chosen to be free. But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to live under the power of sin. Instead, serve one another in love. 14 The whole law is fulfilled by obeying this one command. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18) 15 If you say or do things that harm one another, watch out! You could end up destroying one another.”
Galatians 5:13-15 NIRV
Many have been sacrificed for freedom to exist in the US…the most important sacrifice of life for the freedom of others came from Jesus Christ. He came down from heaven, set an example for us on how to live and then died on the Cross so that we can be reconciled with God. Let’s not take for granted what others have done for our freedom to exist…especially the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His saving Grace. May we be filled with joy and peace and serve others with love because of Him who died to save us. Amen.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8:31-32 NLT
(This photo was taken in June of 2021 at The Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cementary)
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:35-40 NIV
The laws of God are the only laws that will can save us from our own destruction. The rejection of God and His way is what has led us to this place. It is not too late to turn towards Jesus and offer our love to God and to others. That is the only way we will find peace.
Love God Love People by Danny Gokey
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV
“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:14 NIV
(This photo was taken in October of 2014 on the island of Maui, Hawaii)