Monday, July 6, 2009

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Dear Well Watered Women, I am very excited about today’s blog post.
We have a guest blogger with us today, not just any guest blogger, but a particularly special person who is very dear to my heart.
I am proud, excited and ecstatic to present to you my very own daughter, Jerah.
Jerah is a beautiful young woman of God both inside and out.
Today’s post is actually a message Jerah preached at church two years ago. While going through some papers I came across her notes for the message. After reading them over, I asked her if she would blog her message for Well Watered Woman and am I so pleased that she did.
Please join me in welcoming Jerah as she takes us on a lesson of love.

Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jerah.
I would like to thank my mom for letting me be a guest blogger on Well Watered Woman.
I also want to say what an honor it is to be sharing the Word and love of God with you.

Today I want to talk to you about love. The title of my message is What’s love got to do with it?
Let’s take a moment to think about that…. Hmm, what does love have to do with it? Everything!

Love has everything to do with it, because God has commanded us to love.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
1John 4:7-8 says Dear friends, let us continually love on another, because love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.
The person who does not love, does not know God, because God is love.

There is no love greater than God’s love. God uses love in every area of our life. I want to share three of the ways God uses love;

Love helps you to find your way to Christ.
Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.
God loved us so much that he drew us to himself – this means he tugged, pulled and compelled us towards him with His great love.

Love is what keeps you going because without love you cannot function.
Acts 17:28 says it is in HIM that we live, move and have our being. In order for us to be in Him we have to Love Him.
It is not our love for God that keeps us going it is His love for us because He is faithful when we are not.
Gods love for us is what gives us life and His love is shed abroad in our hearts.

Love is what keeps you from the things of the world.
2 Corinthians 5:14 – It is the love of God that constrains us. Love will keep you when nothing else will.
When you are loved you feel secure and confident. You don’t need anything else to fill the hole when it is filled with Love.
This is why it is important to show love. When kids and adults don’t feel loved, it causes them to go astray.
They rebel in their hearts and turn to the things of the world. They fill their lives with drugs, gangs and the streets.
When people don’t feel loved in the church they can turn away from the God and the things of God.
The question today is what’s love got to do with it?

God’s love is shown through His people. We are able to love others because He first loved us. 1 John 4:11 says Beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:21 says And this is the commandment that we have from Him; the person who loves must also love his brother.
The bible also says how can you love God whom you have not seen but hate your brother whom you have seen.
That scripture is powerful and something to always remember because people are looking for love and because God IS love, what they are really looking for is Him.
Can I ask again, what’s love got to do with it?

God loves us with a radical love. Radical means extreme, fanatical and far reaching.
John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Now that’s what I call radical love!

I consider myself a Jesus freak. A freak is someone who is not normal, who is different, separated and out of the ordinary. A freak is a person who is extreme and radical.
To the world a freak is someone to mock or to avoid. In the old days they used to put people who are different in the circus side shows to spotlight them.
Well I'm proud to be "freak"! The bible says we are a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9) a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation. Not only that but it also says that we show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light! This reminds me of the circus people. We are different, we don't look like, act like, talk like the rest of the world. And just like they were put on display, God is putting us on display to spotlight us, so that people can see HIM.

This makes me want to Love God even more. I want to love God with a radical love just like He loved me.

I leave you here today once again asking what’s love got to do with it.

God bless,


Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful. I needed it. You are a wonderful person. Love is everything keep telling it dont ever stop. Be blessed.

Nicole said...

Beautiful, Jerah. Thanks for the reminders and God bless you as you continue to share His love and His Word with others.
Nicole (Focuhs)

Valencia said...

From the mouths of babes. What a powerful post!!

Andrea said...

Beautifully written and very impressive too!

Thank you for sharing from your heart.

Love Abounds At Home said...

Go Jerah! This post was just wonderful!