Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It really is all about love

I could not find the verse I wanted this time and I truly thought, "there is nothing in that bible that I'm looking for!" How ridiculous is that? What happens is, we don't want to take the time to dig and stop and think about what type of verse we truly want to know. I'll be the 1st to admit that sometimes I pick a verse because it's a "good one to know." And, yes, there are plenty of great verses that we need to know. However, this time was different.

My heart had gone into "deep mode" and I knew there was more to just picking out a verse this time. I have been walking a road with a friend who lost her son tragically just a couple of months ago. It has rocked me to the core of mothering and friendship. I have watched her walk this horrific road so very transparent and completely dependent on Jesus Christ. She truly radiates Jesus in all that she says and does even when the tears don't want to stop Jesus continues to prevail. Our hearts are woven together in a way that is hard for me to explain. It's simply a deep love for each other. It's a love rooted in Christ and solid because of the Rock we both stand on. I hope you know that type of friendship and what that feels like.

So, I knew I wanted a verse on love and something that had some depth to it and make me truly stop and think about what it's saying. I memorized a verse last year that says, "Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them." Romans 12:9. That verse was an excellent verse because I remember specifically walking through a season where I was being challenged to love people that were annoying the fire out of me. If you look up love in your concordance and scroll through the love verses, you will have heard just about all of them. We know and understand that God is love and everything He is about. We know the commands to love others and what not to love. Again...I was looking for a scripture that went deep into my heart and described this type of love for my dear friend and all that she has taught me these last couple of months.

This verse is where I landed thanks to our own Kelly Snodgrass who is memorizing with us. ;) "The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." 1 Timothy 1:5.

Read that again slowly and let it sit on you for a minute. That's how I want to love. Give me a pure heart Lord. Let me love with a good, clean conscience. Help me to be sincere, Lord, with this love. Nothing fake.

 I'm so anxious to hear your verses. I just love and respect each and every one of you! It takes great commitment and dedication to stick with this memory thing. Let's spur one another on as much as we can!

Hugs and blessings~

9 comments:

beckyjomama said...

So, I am taking a break from James ... mainly cause God is whackin me upside the head with this verse over and over and OVER again lately.

I just figure He might be trying to tell me somethin.

Imagine that ...

Becky Jo
Chesterfield MI

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah6:8 NIV

Shelly E said...

What a beautiful post, Fran. I can't begin to imagine what your friend is going through but I'm so glad she has someone like you to really walk it out with her...over time. This past Sunday must have been a painful day. As well as for the family that you mentioned awhile back that lost their Mom.

My verse is
" Whom do I have in heaven but you? I desire no one but you on earth." Psalm 73:25 (The NET Bible)

Christy Treadway said...

Proverbs 4:26-27
NIV

"Give careful though to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."

It is a pleasure memorizing with you ladies!

bornagain1230 said...

Fran, I chose my verse for the same reason (but you worded it so much better) "Give me a pure heart Lord. Let me love with a good, clean conscience. Help me to be sincere, Lord, with this love. Nothing fake." I have had so many situations in ministry to others lately, I need this in my heart:

Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

Leviticus 19:15

Kelly S. said...

Finally ready to post my verse!! Im so glad 1Timothy 1:5 was what you were looking for! If you knew the whole story of my night, you would understand fully that it was the Holy Spirit (and not me). In any capacity, Im grateful beyond words to know He can use me and my tired pathetic brain :) Thank You Lord.
I will continue to pray for your friend. I would love if she could come to Knox so we could love on her in person :)
OK, here is my verse Psalm 100.3 ESV
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Sheryl said...

Still plugging along in James. I'm behind but feel the time is well spent continuing to go over these Scriptures.

Here's my verse this time:

By his sovereign plan he gave us birth through the message of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
James 1:18 (NET)

Sheryl
Marietta, GA

Valerie said...

Valerie, Fultondale, AL

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

lavonda said...

Psalm 91:8
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

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