What happens when we meet a person we find interesting, professionally or personally? We begin to seek their attention (Isaiah 55:6).
Jesus said, "The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these." Mark 12:30-31 MSG
I recently heard a message taught on renewing our love for God, beginning at home with our children. It brought back how when I was with child, I would sing hymns or read the Bible to my unborn child, and occasionally experience a kick or movement from the womb. It has been proven that children recognize sounds and words while in the womb.
"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." Luke 1:41 NIV
In my inexperience as I grew in the lord, I had the wisdom to incorporate Bible reading at home with my children at an early age and on their level. My eldest daughter, Ashley, to this day recalls when our family gathered to watch movies or cartoons based on Christian values. Afterward, we would discuss them as a family. A special moment after so many years still warms the heart.
My children reminisce fondly about when they attended summer Bible camp or the Salvation Army after-school programs, both environments where the love of God was in action and experienced. My children often say they wish they could go back to those days.
"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 NIV
Teaching my children by example set the tone and pathway for the way they should go. God’s love for each of my children, beginning at home, left a profound impact on their lives. It is now shared through their own families.
Those who have followed the By His Grace weekly column might recall a message from two years ago, "Your first love," which spoke of rekindling our love for God, whose love never wavers.
What happens when we meet a person we find interesting, professionally or personally? We begin to seek their attention (Isaiah 55:6). We invite that person to spend time with us (Psalm 91:1). We become interested in learning more of their character and likes and dislikes as you spend hours in conversation (John, New Testament). A strong bond is created as the friendship matures in trust and respect (Galatians 3:6-9).
To ensure this relationship remains strong, there are two important factors:
-- How the relationship developed is how you are to maintain it. Never become lax in your pursuit of nurturing your relationship with the lord. Respect and honor your commitment to him. God is always faithful to you and his word. He would never ask of you what he has not experienced and overcome himself. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 NIV
-- Cover your relationship in earnest prayer, keeping the lord first in all that you do. And maintain a humble and sincere heart before the Lord (Jeremiah 17:10). "In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success." Proverbs 3:6 TLB
Believe that what you learn and experience firsthand with God is true. Jesus came to be a light to a world of darkness. Do as he does and go where instructed, proclaiming the gospel until his return. Those found in Christ will be protected.
"No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways." Psalm 91:10-11
There is endless love for us in Christ Jesus (Jeremiah 31:3). Never doubt his trustworthiness where you are concerned. He laid down his life for us to have eternal life with him.
Have you left the one who has redeemed you from sin? (Ephesians 1:7)
Examine your relationship with the one who holds the key to your happiness. He is the gate that leads to heaven. There is a reason why Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. In Hebrew, shalom means peace. Its definition is harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.
Are you ready to renew your relationship with Christ?
It is never too late to return to the Lord. And the amazing part is you do not have to be perfect and all together. Jesus came for the sick (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually) and imperfect. Only through him can we be made perfect before the father in Heaven.
Will you extend your heart and love and receive him as lord and savior today? He is waiting for you because you are worth waiting for.
Allow me to extend an invitation to experience his wonderful love for you.
Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, amen."
Welcome into the family of Christ.
Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Shalom.
Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.