Love Expressed!

Perfect Love

August 1, 2012

 

God says, “Do not be afraid.”

Angels say, “Do no be afraid.”

Jesus said, “Do not be afraid.”

 

Today I have eaten until I can’t deny I’m full, cleaned the bathtub, picked up clothes, and half-emptied the dishwasher. (half-emptied so I’ll have busy-work waiting for me, I guess.) 

 

There is nothing more to do but face God’s words. — His message of love:

(You might insert your name in place of mine.)

 

 “Do not be ‘Fear.’  You are ‘Sheila,’ My beloved child. You are not ‘Fear’. Do not take on the enemy’s personality or name!

 

Do you want another name? Then take My name. I am Love. 

 

The more you turn your thoughts to Me, the more you trust My love and strength and power to sustain you and those you love, the more perfected My love is in you.

 

You are ‘Sheila’ who is growing into the likeness of Me—‘Perfect Love’.

Take my last name; you are betrothed to Me; identify with Me. 

You are my own, ‘Sheila Perfect Love.’”

 

Heavenly Father,

‘Fear’ comes in waves and by different paths. Only when I look at You can I say, “I am not ‘Sheila Fear’. I am growing into and becoming more and more identified with my Creator, my Bride Groom. Show me, enable me to understand what it means to carry Your name and be ‘Sheila Perfect Love’—not in arrogance, but in awe. Amen.

 

 

Love Casts Out Fear

July 28, 2012

­­­­­­­1 John 4: 18 “There is no fear in love…love casts out fear…The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

 

Really?  Love?  -- What kind of love?

Love for God?

Love for life?

Love for others?

Love of myself?

Is it Love and Trust in God?

 

            Is it love so strong, so secure, that it replaces fear?

 

What kind of love casts out daily fears of “not enough”?

                                    Not smart enough to…

                                    Not good enough to…

                                    Don’t have enough to….

                                    Have not accomplished enough to…

 

What kind of love casts out the worry fears of “What if?”

What kind of love casts out the condemnation fears of :

                                    “I never should have…”

                                    “I should have….”

 

Where are you on the scale of love so strong that it throws out fear?

One being completely incapacitated by fear—almost paranoid,

Five being somewhat blocked or stuck --- afraid of some things or people,

Ten being total freedom to try whatever you desire and fully live.

 

1_____2_____3_____4_____5_____6_____7_____8_____9_____10

Crippled                            somewhat                                           totally

                                       Blocked & fearful                                   free

 

Lord, You are the only love I know big enough to even begin to answer these questions. Even though You are Love, I barely know how to apply that truth to my life.  Enable me by Your Spirit to live every day closer to the ‘10” of the scale. Amen.

 

What is Love?

February 8, 2012

What is love?  The answer eludes the romantic and the cynic alike.

One of my all time favorite love quotes is from Billy, just four years old.

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth." 


     Wow! Ridicule or false accusations won’t come from the mouth of someone who loves you. Just the way they say your name conveys intention for your good, safety, comfort, and protection.

 

As wonderful and encompassing as those words are, it only gives us a glimpse of the enormity of love. The Song of Solomon tells us Love is as unrelenting as death, unyielding as the grave.

 

Are we talking about passion or self-sacrifice, emotion or endurance, doing or being, feeling or acting? In truth, we are talking about it all.  How do you narrow the range of possible meanings to begin to define love? The Greek language has four different words to enhance the correct understanding. 

Agape love is the deepest truest unconditional love.

Eros describes passionate, romantic love.

Philia relays the idea of friendship, community, brotherly love. Philia love focuses on the other’s needs.

The word, storge wasn’t used as often, but it was the kind of love that said, “I choose to love you.” It was familial love, or just putting up with someone like saying you love a tyrant.

 

The most often quoted scripture on love is from 1 Corinthians 13. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,

Always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

 

          This isn’t just an academic discussion. Our understanding of love is deeply connected to our understanding of who God is, because God is love.

 

          The overwhelming challenge to put the meaning of love into words is the overwhelming challenge to understanding the bigness of God.

 

          You know your name is safe in the mouth of God. Even more, He has carved you on the palm of His hand.

 

God is Agape, deep true unconditional love,

God is Eros, passionate, romantic love. We are His bride.

God is Philia focusing on our needs. 

God is Storge, long suffering, enduring love.

 

In the words of scripture:

God is patient,

God is kind.

God does not envy,

God does not boast,

God is not proud.

God is not rude,

God is not self-seeking,

God is not easily angered,

God keeps no record of wrongs.

God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

God always protects,

God always trusts,

God always hopes,

God always perseveres.

God never fails.

 

 

 

 

 

Quote from Billy: online at www.forum.hyeclub.com

Song of Solomon 8:6 – love is strong…

1 Corinthians 13

 

 

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Sheila Sattler Sheila is a published writer, inspirational speaker, life coach, and accomplished gardener. She brings encouragement to groups of all sizes with heartfelt and clear insight into our Creator's love and delight in each of us.

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