ONE thing

My brother asked me if I could ask God for ONE thing and know that He would give it to me, what would I ask for?  I asked my friends on facebook what they would say.  There was some pretty good responses, like wanting to be a child God is proud of.  I definitely want to hear well done good and faithful servant at the end of my life.  I also really liked the mother who would ask for safety, health and happiness for her child.  One of my favorite was boldness to tell others about Christ.  Amen to that my dear friend. 

As far as my answer, I had to think about it awhile.  I know it would have to be something great.  After thinking I answered him back.  I would ask to love like God does in thought, word, and deed.  The bible says we are to walk in love.  Without love we are nothing.  There are many spiritual gifts that are wonderful but someday they will pass away. Besides, if I have all spiritual gifts but do not love I am nothing and I gain nothing.  (I Cor. 13)

But if I love like our Lord in thought, word and deed, I would see people through the eyes of love.  Be motivated by love and act without fear because perfect love drives out fear.  (I John 4:18)  I would know when to act and when to be still.   I would be slow to anger and abounding in love, just like my Lord.  (Exodus 34:6)  A lot of the fleshly thoughts I have in my head would stop as my heart would be consumed by perfect love. 

Perfect love.  We have such few examples of that in the world.  Even the examples we have don’t come close to the love God has.  Perfect love is not weak or wimpy.  It’s actually impressively triumphant, bold, courageous and righteous.  It may have looked like Jesus was weak as He stood there having accusations thrown at him hours before His crucifixion, but He was in control the whole time.  His motivation was His love for us.  There is nothing selfish about perfect love. My desire is that we all can understand how deep Gods love for us is and let his love consume us.  I believe it would  change us.

As for my fb friends, I’m praying God does give you what you asked for.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.  I John 3:1a     

how wide how deep


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