Sunday, October 3, 2010

And so, we say goodbye

We've reached the end of the series, "Love is...." from our pastor's teachings. For the past several weeks, we've been listening to a series of sermons with Agape Love as the topic. Today concluded that series.  Several good points were made, but one in particular caught my ear: Paul's prayer for the Saints at Thessalonica
: May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you--I Thessolonians 3:12. As the pastor went on, I mentally compared that plea with another one Paul made to the Saints at Ephesus: I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God--Ephesians 3:16-19. Notice Paul didn't pray for healing, riches or anything tangible; he prayed that the saints would grow in the Love of God. Why not? I John tells us that God is love. So of course that love that Paul desires for us to have could only come from God. Once we, by faith, have put our trust and belief in Jesus Christ, we've become children of God. God has put the spirit of his son within us, and we become a vessel that God's love can flow from. Of course, the love might not flow right away, as we have growing to do. But make no mistake, we are His vessels. We are also Christ's body now. When Jesus walked among us in the flesh, he had one body, the one born of a virgin. Now, his body is you and me. We make up the body with which Christ is the head. The love of God flows through His body--us, to a world without hope. The Light, Jesus Christ Himself, flows through His body--us.
Relax! Allow Christ's peace to reign in our lives. Allow God's love to do its work in both you, and those around you.
Grace and Peace

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