WALK IN LOVE
Memory Verse: Wendy shares the memory verse in The Voice version which reads like this:
“Consider the kind of extravagant love the Father has lavished on us – He calls us children of God! It’s true we are His beloved children.” 1 John 3:1 (The Voice)
Don’t you love that verse? I’m so glad Wendy Blight shared it. Extravagant love, lavished, beloved – such powerful words.
Day 1 – Beloved Children of God
Wendy reminds us that “sometimes rejection is God’s protection”. Has God ever closed a door on you? He most likely had a better plan. I know He has for us – miscarriages for my husband and I but the better plan sent us our son and daughter, a grandson born with a disease, but the better plan was witnessing miracle after miracle, a job I applied for at another office I did not get, but the better plan He knew was there was so much gossip and turmoil – and guess what, just a few short months later I was promoted to that same grade in my office.
Wendy talks about John and how he grew over the years ministering. We are reminded of the “height, depth, and width, and length of God’s love”, and the transformation we read about in 1 John. John believed in the lavish love of Jesus.
My favorite part of this chapter was when she said “we move from “glory to glory” as we walk with God. He transforms us from the inside out as we grow closer in our relationship with Him”. I know that. I’m seeing that. The more I study, the more I know, the more I see myself changing.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
“But John desires not just that we know God’s love but that we live loved. That we live as if we really believe it down to the marrow of our bones.”
Do you truly lived loved? Do you filter the things coming through your life with God’s love. We were reminded no matter ANYTHING we are going through, to process it through His lavish love and not through our broken and hurting hearts. NO MATTER ANYTHING!
Day 2 – Sin
“Sins are the fruit of sin”. Wendy shared 1 John 3:6 which I share in the KJV – “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”
That verse bothered me. It’s an attitude where we are defiant and rebellious. I wondered as I read that if my eating habits count because truly if I’m feeling guilty I know I’ve sinned. She says “it’s not an occasional sinful act; it’s a lifestyle of sin with no repentance for how one is living.” OUCH!
I am seeing though for me that as I spend more time in the Word and in prayer and Bible studies that He is calling me out to be more, to live righteous, and dwell in Him. I know now I CAN conquer this eating thing. (Update: This post is a little late. It takes some time these days to go back and write about what we studied. Life is busy. I’ve lost ten pounds since Christmas.)
I laughed when Wendy was talking about the devil. She talks about how John believes in the devil and shares how his nature and Christ’s differ. One of her bullets was:
“God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere always). In the word of my pastor, Satan omni-nothing!”
Day 3 – The Mark of a Christian
We studied about Cain and Abel, and Cain’s emotions and how we are a lot like him in ours – in our “hurts, jealousies, and frustrations”. We can blow up just like he did.
Jesus talks in Matthew 5:21-22 about hatred and how it is the “moral equivalent of murder.”
My favorite parts of this chapter was on pg. 129 where she shares, “God’s love has the capacity to reign and rule in our hearts………..There is a choice here. We have a choice of who and what reigns in our hearts.” I have a choice of who is going to reign all day long.
“Even when we surrender our hearts, we may still experience occasional incidents of anger and outbursts of temper. But such behavior is not the norm………..God will work patiently with us.” pg. 130
Day 4 – Putting Feet to Living Loved👠👠👠
Two things that I want to keep close to my heart and not forget in this chapter where she talked about God’s commandment to love. I promise there are many more but these:
“We have heard these words. We know these words. We speak these words. But do we live these words.”
“Jesus left the splendor of heaven and entered the squalor of earth for one purpose and one purpose only. For a great exchange. To give His life for ours.” Tears.
Day 5 – Living Love in the Confident Assurance of God’s Love
God is love. I am forgiven. I need to abide in Him with that confident assurance of His love.
May we know this. May we be a blessing to someone today.
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