Saturday, June 18, 2016

Today, UP and Out of Selfish Love

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There is still lots coming out about the mass shooting in Orlando. Relatives and friends are still hurting, surviving victims are still healing.  There is also lots of rhetoric about gun control.  Much of that ignoring the fact that, for the most part, we have all the regulation we need.  But some of it needs repair to work as intended.  We need to be in prayer for the victims, their friends and families.  We also need to pray for Godly wisdom in dealing with gun legislation.

Let's get to some better news.  Tomorrow is Fathers' Day.  Three cheers for all the great dads out there.  We should keep all dads in prayer.

Finally, our International Convention starts Monday.  Although, with all the returning missionaries, you might think it started several weeks ago.  The theme is "Wisdom for Our Times".  If you're interested in joining us, registration and more information is available here.

Now.  Without further ado, here's a meditation from Todd Parsons.

1 Peter 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Hebrews 11:27  By faith Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.

     We see people in our day to day, some we know their faces, and some we know their names, where they live. Others we may know more personally, and even call them our friends. They most likely have the same interests as ours. I was thinking on the measure of how much I might know someone. Some thoughts like, I know few people closely and know them and they have a measure of knowing us, but only as that profits ourselves. Others I know their face and where they live, but then there is an emptiness there. Often we don't care about them because we don't think it would profit us to know them, really. I am also thinking about how often I can say, "I love God" and how many times those words have a great barrenness behind them. For I want to know myself as loving God and be known that way, but still there can be in me a great cavern between saying I know or love God and actually knowing or loving Him, Who is invisible... Loving God whom I can not see, I can say it easily.  But saying I hate the person nigh to me, that I do see, is really twisted thinking and is really a great error in my thinking that I would rather avoid facing.  Except that I really desire to know God as Moses, David, Peter, John, Paul, and as did many other characters in the Bible we know of.  As seeing Him who is invisible... To know God and other people really takes the selfishness in me to be made void and of none effect. For the emptiness of truly knowing and loving is found in my place of selfishness where no capacity exists... Moses was satisfied not with himself as being before the king, but forsook that to be believing the LORD whom he could not see...

1 John 4:10  Here in is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:19  We love Him, BECAUSE He fist loved us.

     When I know God loves me, the doorway out of my selfishness is opened "up" and I am "up" and out of the pit of selfishness again and again... When I know God loves me afresh today, I am ready to be filled to the overflowing, with His love that is not in the least bit selfish...but was crucified for us...

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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