If we are going to look for examples of Loving. We would have to look to Almighty God.
God Loves First. God continues to love in spite of some real negligence and bad PR. God just keeps on being Incredible and Loving. Amazingly forgiving. And Yet... God does not change His Majesty for what is not what He says we should do in building the framework - doing our best to abide in His Laws - to establish a trustworthy place were love, joy, encouragement, trust, faith and hope exist.
God, abiding in Jesus, knew when He healed the 10 lepers - only one was coming back to give thanks.
God, abiding in Jesus, knew when He headed to the Pool of Bethesda to heal the man by the healing waters for 38 years - this man was going to the Authorities - to say that some awful man had healed him.
God did not go home and sulk.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
Rick Warren says we get in the habit of loving people. And become Master Lovers.
Surely a very loving idea. God is the God of Love. Master and Beloved Friend and Savior of Love. There is no harm in love, love does no harm to a neighbor.
And when we truly adopt this - we will be seen as Homer Simpson's neighbor. And personally, to have a heart filled with love - this is ok with me. Love is going to carry us through. And this will alert what is not good in life -" Hey, hit on that one - that one is not very sharp." C.S. Lewis shows this is the truth, even in Lewis' books on Narnia. And we are told - Great Magic - The Very Power of God - is Reserved for the Ancient of Days - God of Love. Evil never believes Love will win.
What are we to do with people who would verbally attack us at every turn? Jesus did not run to see the Pharisees. And Jesus overcame by continuing to Love. Finding the 500 He would victoriously spend His time with. Jesus was going to forgive people. Jesus was not going to stew in the juices of upset. Jesus knew that the Love He was giving, was going to be missed. Telling His Beloved "Days will come" where Love is very sorely missed. If Jesus healed the blind, the lame, the deaf, the hurting and was not always approved - we can be sure - this will happen to us.
Life seeds - The Seed Parables - the joy of being 50 years old is to see that the loving and the forgiving and the true of heart to God - rise up.
I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you.
Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.
Father God is not expecting us to wilt in being strong to Love.
God wants us to be strong in faith and courage to keep loving.
Of course, God knew how very sticky humans get in their ways. He knew of Eve wanting to say what was good and evil. He knew of Tamar collecting on the promise of a husband. He knew of Noah getting drunk for the strain of life. He knew of Paul holding the cloaks. He knew of Peter trying to make the Jews happy with the Freedom of Jesus Christ. He knew of the infidelity of David's blessed children.
God knows there are times we are going to love from afar. In good times and bad. We are the Easter People. We are not going to allow self-esteem given from God saying we do not fall back in a Spirit of Fear. We will stay brave in Father God and Know His Love for His Beloved. We know that Hezekiah, Samuel and Eli just shrugged for their loved ones to not have completion in God. We will not do this. We will continue to do the Work God gives us. Believe God is God and the unloving loved ones are in His Good, Capable, Strong, Willing, Enduring, Faithful, Majestic, Truthful, Loving, Believing in the Goodness of His Beloved and His Creation.
I've said and written before that the seeds Parable is very much a willing Word of God. I'm in my 5th decade of life and I have witnessed seeing loving and forgiving people see new pathways rise before them. Not to make allowances in their behavior for the truly out of line with the Love of God. Is the road fraught to conform to God. Yes, absolutely, seasons of difficulty. But no field is plowed looking back. New Paths that will be fruitful come from expecting to see the good in one another. How did Jesus heal? Not in front of the crowd. Jesus arrives individually. With privacy. No need of a showboat. Jesus is coming to our hearth, our soul. our eternal being to bring forth His Way, Truth and Life. Jesus knew with all the wisdom of God - the seed parable is very true and very diligent - and very fruitful. It is not our work that provides for Salvation. God will bring each unique creation of God to God in His Beautiful Heart. God being God, allows us to be - people. Flawed. Comfortable with God as God Almighty. Not worrying who is the Greater. God is God. We are mortal. God is victorious. we are merely the chosen of God. His Plan is always going to be Victorious. God is our Father, we His children. The Father making His children loved and joyous with His Love.
God Himself says in Revelation - God does not bat 100% - why would we expect to bat 100%. God says keep being diligent with those we will pray for. For those we will not let go of. For those, like my Grandmother Anita said, she would never give up on her son in prayer. And in his 7th decade - he found Jesus. Was he perfect? No, but the Master and Creator and Love of the Universe found his belief and his changed heart and his hurt and his belief to be the open heart Jesus would love.
I'm in an unusual place in my life. Edward is not always well. And that changes our framework - people don't see us as established - instead we are seen as transition. Some see us as unlucky. Some see us as extremely blessed. Some see us as faithful. Some see us as an opportunity. We have even had people who believe in negative prayer - witches show up. Absolutely not. As a child I witnessed golf buddies of my cousin recruit his wife as a potential sugar momma. This is an unusual world. When I was a child we wondered at the man in the cemetery who cut himself. Now we see many illnesses in mosquitoes, social illnesses and needy people. As we are not God, we can't help everyone. However if we were to tell our good works - we feel we have accomplished small ways to help others. And sometimes this looks like an open opportunity to those who think giving is for silly people to be taken advantage of. And we manage to continue on in dignity and keep believing each good day is of God. And each trouble has His eye upon that trouble. God is in the hand of Blessing and in the hand of - opportunity for a solution.
And we fully see God says be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. God puts forth His Standards and we see those as Blessings. Being with all gratitude that we are part of Jesus' New Covenant. God is the Light in all of mankind. Our prayers are heard. God meets us as surely as the people Jesus healed one by one.
Thanks, Abba, for Jesus. We want to Give to You. And in doing our limited, flawed best, we can smile at the end of the day. Father of All Creation - we Give Thanks for the Grace You give us. Giving to others and Rising Up to Believe You alone are God. Finding God is our Joy and Strength. In the Strong Love Father, You have for us. We are with Jesus in Victory. You love our prayers and our prayers have faith the size of a mustard seed. You alone are God.
We place all our concerns with You. And rest assuredly in Your Love, Power and Grace.
Thank You. Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †