Today’s Scrip-Bit 25 October 2009 Jeremiah 31:3‏

Jeremiah 31:3     The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have LOVED thee with an everlasting LOVE: therefore with LOVING-kindness have I drawn thee.
 
Oh Friends, the Spirit’s been moving me this past week to talk about a certain topic, one of utmost importance in our lives, but unfortunately sadly lacking in our current world. And that topic, that word my people is LOVE! The greatest word, the greatest emotion in all the annals of mankind, and also the greatest act we can ever show or carry out in our lives. And why is that? ‘For LOVE is of God; and everyone that LOVETH is born of God, and knoweth God. He that LOVETH not knoweth not God; for God is LOVE.’ (1 John 4:7-8) That sets the basic groundwork my Friends. LOVE has everything to do with God, and God has everything to do with LOVE. And LOVE is such a towering emotion that it manifests itself in so many different ways: romantic, friendly, familial LOVE, and within those categories, LOVE for God, for ourselves, for our neighbours, for things, for animals. Hn! This quote from Bruh David’s eulogy to his nemesis Saul and his friend and blood brother Jonathan shows just how varied and yet all-encompassing this greatest of all emotions can be. ‘I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy LOVE to me was wonderful, passing the LOVE of women.’ (2 Sam.1:26) Yes my people, we often consider romantic LOVE to be one of the strongest forms of human attachment, and it can be very strong, but here Bruh David is saying that Jonathan’s LOVE for him was even greater than the romantic bond shared between a man and a woman. That’s because Jonathan’s care, concern, interest in, and kindness to Bruh David was such that he willing bore the brunt of his father Saul’s anger and jealousy to his friend, even to the point of having Saul throw a deathly javelin at him. That’s why Jesus said; ‘Greater LOVE hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ (John 15:13) Our greatest possession is our life, and giving it on behalf of another human, or a worthwhile cause, is the most God-like act we can ever do. Mirroring what the Lord and Jesus did for us. ‘Herein is LOVE, not that we LOVED God, but that he LOVED us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.’ (1 John 4:10) But Friends, LOVE doesn’t have to manifest itself in such tragic circumstances to be worthwhile. Real LOVE is just basically caring and being concerned for other things, animals or people. And that’s what Jesus meant when He said: ‘A new commandment I give unto you, that ye LOVE one another; as I have LOVED you, that ye also LOVE one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have LOVE one to another.’ (John 13:34-35) Now all Jesus is talking about there are the simple things in life: nursing the sick, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, rest to the weary, lending a helping hand to strangers, to widows and orphans. It’s just the normal things in everyday life; consoling the hurting, grieving with those who grieve and mourn, clothing the naked, giving alms to the poor, being patient with the wrongdoer. In other words, doing whatever we can to make another’s life a little less hell here on earth. That’s all LOVE is my brethren: looking out for others, and helping them the best way we are able to. It’s not rocket science or advanced maths, just simple, down to earth, everyday living and associating. Hn, hn! The Spirit had me on such a roll here, that I’ve completely ignored the Bit. But whatever we’ve spoken about so far concerns LOVE and is still very important. I also had a quote for us on the topic, which says: ‘We conceal it from ourselves in vain – we must always LOVE something.’ Those are the words of Blaise Pascal, and they are the gospel truth mih people. Unless we have that emotion of LOVE within us for something or someone, we can consider ourselves inhuman. Not knowing how to LOVE is a bane to our very existence, cause it takes away, strips us of our very humanity, which is a most undesirable state. And as Jeremiah recounts in the Bit: ‘The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have LOVED thee with an everlasting LOVE.’ That means the Lord’s been LOVING us a long, long time mih Friends, even before He sent Jesus to justify our sins through his sacrificial death. Listen to Moses: ‘And because he LOVED thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt.’ (Deut.4:37) Yes people, it was His LOVE for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that caused the Lord to choose their descendants as His Chosen Ones and bring them out of bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land. And though they often rebelled, just like we’re doing today, His LOVE was, and still is, so strong that He made a way for us to be reconciled to Him with the greatest gift ever given; the life of His Son Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, to which we can all sing; ‘Glory Hallelujah!’ Unfortunately though my people, we are not reciprocating that LOVE to our God, or showing it to our fellow man, that’s why our world is in such confusion and turmoil today, with greed, violence, ungodliness, all the negatives and opposites of LOVE in ascendance. I’m imploring us people; let’s change that around, and as quickly as possible too. That’s if we ever hope to have a more peaceful, less tumultuous world. For LOVE is the only thing that can bring about such a marvellous change. We need to keep the LOVE Revolution continually running in high gear. We’ll continue this tomorrow, as there’s so much more to talk about. Much LOVE!…what the world needs now…is LOVE…sweet LOVE…it’s the only thing…there’s just too little of…what the world needs now…is LOVE, sweet LOVE…
 

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