The love of art …

                                    … the art of love!
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What is art?
The expression of me,
… of my thoughts and my feelings.
The way I see things,
… the way I think.

      For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
      Proverbs 23 7

What is love?
The expression of my inner image
… of my heart, my character, of my Creator.
The Image of God in me!

      So God created man in His own image;
      – male and female He created them.
      Genesis 1 27

And what is that image?
The image and character of God!

      God is love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1John 4 16

 

In the center of Love

                                 in the heart of God!
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Now hope does not disappoint because
    the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
       by the Holy Spirit who was given to us
           Rom 5 5

       Thank You.
   Thank You.
Thank You.

We have
      known and believed the love that God has for us.
       1John 4 16

for
      God is love, and he who abides in love
       abides in God, and God in him.
       1John 4 16

knowing that
      There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
       1John 4 18

and therefore
      We love You because You first loved us.
       1John 4 19

because
      as You are, so are we in this world.
       1 John 4 17

and now
      abide faith, hope, love, these three;
      but the greatest of these is love.
       1 Corinthians 13 13

quite simply because
      Love never fails.
       1 Corinthians 13 8

 

Religion or reality?

                                         The choice is yours

Is your God living in a book?
… is he a god of laws and traditions,
… a god of rules and regulations?

      If so, it is religion and it produces fear,
      … the fear of being wrong or failing!

Or is your God real, is your God alive?
… is He inviting you to rest in Him,
… asking you to allow Him into your life
… and to share your burdens with Him,
so He can share His love with you?

      That is the reality of a true relationship,
      a relationship in which you are free,
      … and in which you can live
      that uniqueness God put in you
      … to the full!

      for in Him we live and move and have our being.
      Acts 17 28

 

To judge or …

                                            … not to judge!

It is easy to point a finger and categorise people,
… judging them, even condemning them!
But is that God’s way?

      God does not judge us according to who we are,
      … but God looks at our heart!
      God does not judge us according to our failures,
      … but according to what we do about them!

      And do not be conformed to this world,
      but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
      that you may prove what is that good
      and acceptable and perfect will of God.
      Romans 12 2

Although God wants us to change,
… God cannot make us change
… because He gave us freewill,
and therefore He says to us,

      work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
      Philippians 2 12

And as we change our way of thinking,
… and the way we do things,
God will help us,
… because He does not want to judge us
He wants to bless us!

      I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
      John 12 47

 

Character of a Loving God

                                             … His will – your choice!

God does not demand or do anything
… in which He forces His will on others!

For example,
God wants everyone to be blessed,
but at the same time, God hates sin.
… Yet the angels could sin, the devil could sin,
… and even we are allowed to sin!

God does and makes everything perfectly,
and God has awesome plans for all of His creation,
… providing all the necessary potential for them to come to pass.
But what we do with that potential,
… God leaves up to us.

      For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose
      I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you,
      and that My name may be declared in all the earth.’
      Rom 9 17

Pharaoh had a choice, the choice God gave him through Moses.
In fact – 10 times God said to Pharaoh – ‘Let My people go!’
God gave Pharaoh the choice of what happens to Egypt,
… and we know the choice Pharaoh made!

God’s plan for ALL of our lives is …

      that He might make known the riches of His glory
      on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared
      beforehand for glory, even us whom He called…
      Rom 9 23-24

      ‘Life, and life in abundance’
      John 10 10

God’s plan is simple
but the manifestation thereof, God put in our hands!

 

Getting to love … God

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We all want to have that knowledge or confidence
… that God knows us.

      But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him
      1Cor.8 3

So the question is…
How do we love God?

      The same way He loved you,
      … by giving His all, His life (in Jesus) for you!
      You give all that you are – to Him!

How do you do that?
You believe that you are loved,
and you start living love!

      You give Him your hands,
      … the things you do, you do for Him.
      You give Him your thoughts,
      … you put your decisions in His hands.
      You give Him your eyes,
      … you look where you can do something for Him.
      You give Him your actions,
      … you reach out in love to His creation
      You give Him your heart,
      … in which He already shed His love,

      Beloved, if God so loved us,
      we also ought to love one another.
      1 John 4 11

 


Love is looking…

                                          … for you!

What is love?
Most everyone will tell you that to love is to give,
… and they are right!

What does this mean?

      If love is to give,
      then love wants to give!
      If love wants to give,
      then love must be looking where to give
      and love must be looking what to give!

Are you looking where you can love
… and what you can give?

      God is Love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

What does this mean in your life?

      You don’t have to advertise your needs
      Love is looking after you!
      But Love cannot give to you,
      and Love cannot reach out to you,
      if you are not where Love is,
      … where Love can touch you,

      Let your gentleness be evident to all.
      The Lord is near.
      Phil 4 5 (NIV)

 

The act …

                                          … of forgiveness!

To forgive, or saying you forgive someone
… is easy.
Getting out from under the pressure of condemnation
because of what was said or has happened,
… that’s difficult.

So what do you do?
You make the decision to forgive
by surrounding that person with love
as an act of faith.

      When thoughts of that person come up,
      are you going to remember what happened
      … and dwell on the past?
      Or …
      are you going to bless and uplift that person
      … because you made the decision to forgive?

The choice is yours.

If you have decided to forgive,
… then every time you think of that person,
speak blessing and life over that person.
Don’t harbour negative or condemning thoughts.
That act of faith to be positive and to bless,
… is what will free you from the negative past.

      Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
      Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
      Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
      Give, and it will be given to you:
      Luke 6 37-38

 

What is believing …

                                          … all about?

You may be familiar with these scripture verses:

      And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
      but the greatest of these is love.
      1 Corinthians 13 13

      but faith working through love.
      Galatians 5 6

What are they all about,
… and how do they work?

Hope – is what you want!………………….. Rom. 5 5
Believe – is what you do to get!………….. Mark 9 23
Faith – is how you get it!………………….. Rom. 1 17
Trust – is what you do till you get it!……… Prov. 3 5
Love – is Who gets it for you! (does it)….. 1John 4 16

Sounds good … but where do I start?
If you start at the end,
… the beginning becomes clear and easy!

      And we have known and believed
      the love that God has for us.
      God is love, and he who abides in love
      abides in God, and God in him.
      1 John 4 16

If you go to the provider,
He will not only show you the way,
… but He will secure the provision.

      looking unto Jesus,
      the author and finisher of our faith,
      Hebrews 12 2

 

Your love…

                                     … changes things!

We all want to see change
… in our lives and in our circumstances.
and we would also like to see change,
… positive change in the lives of others.

      But, how does this change happen,
      … particularly in the lives of others?
      Not by our unsought advice or preaching!

Paul on the other hand showed us the way, saying…

      Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
      1 Corinthians 11 1

So what did Jesus do that we need to imitate?

      Jesus showed us the love of the Father
      … that love that changes our lives forever!
      Therefore, what is it that I need to do
      … so that the lives of others will change?

My part is to love them
… with the love He loves me!

      And above all things
      have fervent love for one another,
      for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.’
      1 Peter 4 8

God’s part is to change them,
… through His love for us!

      For God so loved the world
      that He gave His only begotten Son
      John 3:16

      Behold, the Lamb of God,
      that taketh away the sin of the world!
      John 1 29