Wednesday, August 27, 2008

love more --- expect less [+] Wednesday E-Devotion

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."   --- Saint Augustine
love more --- expect less
That is on the back of our brand new t-shirts at The Community Fellowship.  Our leadership team continues to talk about and embrace what it really means.  Loving people is no easy task, yet this is the purpose that God placed our church in the middle of Henry County for.  We have to love people where they are, as they are and all the time.  This gives me, as a leader, a real sense of understanding what God is doing.
This motto (gonna be with us through 2009) found much understanding through the quote from Augustine that I copied above.  Also I remember many years ago, 8th grade Bible class and teacher Dan Korver, telling us that love is "doing for others and seeking nothing in return".  That is huge.  I mean huge.
Are we doing that?  Am I willing to do that?  Folks, I love to watch the people who get it.  They give and give.  They reach out and don't seem to stop.  And lives are changed.
Take a look at 1 John 4 with me:
12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
16-17  We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
20 If someone says, "I love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don't love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
Asking the hard questions.  Leading myself and others to demonstrate love.  This is fulfilling and is life.  It is real life!
Join me in asking God to teach about and let us really "love more .... expect less" as this will bring more and more people to know and see our God.

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