“We must walk with Love, in Love and for the sake of Love” scriptures on Love, Prayer from L.Willows

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Walking in Love is walking with The Holy Beloved.  We have been given a decree to love one another as we have been loved (John 15:12).  When we live and step forward for the sake of love it means that we make a promise to live with hearts that are devoted, forsaken – given up in surrender to the will of God with a gaze set above what mortal eyes see.

When our own hearts are “forsaken”, it means that we renounce and leave behind whatever we cling to that would separate us from the Love of God. We place whatever must “die to self” (Galations 2:20) with gladness and pray that sacrifice is granted. We cannot move forward while grasping to what is behind us.

When we do something for the “sake” of another means for the benefit of another or on the account of another. In the Bible, the words “for Jesus sake”, refer to the truth that all is done on the merit of Jesus, that we have none of our own.

In the same way, when we long to move forward in Love and walk in The Love of God we need to renew our Hearts. Yet we cannot “see our own hearts” by our own ability. This is one of our greatest obstacles to walking forward. We need the Power of The Holy Spirit that enables the wisdom of God to help us. We ask for revelation in prayer and seek redemption so that we can walk more closely with the Lord. David’s prayer in Psalm 139:23 (Search me O God and know my heart; test me and know my concerns) is a perfect example of calling to God for the ability to know one’s, own heart.

It takes courage to encounter this kind of bold truth. Yet how can we live with anything less than truth? We pray for the strength and courage to rise above our dependency on false strength, the kind that pulls us back into a sense of power over circumstances and our own abilities rather than being true warriors of The Spirit, ones that serve God. (Romans 8:5, John 3:30, Deut. 6.5) This servitude is one that lives with hearts “forsaken” to the Truth.

because only The Truth will ever set us Free.

John 8:31-32
If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Scripture on Loves’ Decree

John 17:21
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Leviticus 19:18,34
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD…

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

John 15:17
This is My command to you: Love one another.

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.

Romans 13:8
Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.

Romans 13:10
Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.

Galatians 5:14
The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

1 Thessalonians 4:9
Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.

Hebrews 13:1
Continue in brotherly love.

1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.

A Prayer for Today

Holy Father,
I run to you in worship today with awe.
My heart offers praise that lifts to all of the Heavens that You alone have made.
I cannot fathom the beauty of the worlds that your eyes can see.
or the vastness of life that your heart beholds.
I am small and here, Father and you can see me amidst all Creation.
Your Love is planted within my own heart and promised from the beginning of time.

You are my Redeemer, my Faithful One, my Healer, the Restorer of my Soul.
Your Love is more powerful than all of the tides of the oceans at sea.
It weathers all of the storms of life.
It is my rock and my fortress. You sustain me throughout every season.
I pray that you hold my heart with protection against the forces of this world.
Father that I am safe with you in every hour.

Give me a pure heart, Lord.
I pray that Your Spirit reveal to me the ways that I need to grow;
Show me the impurities of my heart in this hour,
Help me in my need to redeem, to repent,
To return with gladness and rejoicing to your lap.
Renew my faith and give me the perseverance to walk with courage.

I am praising you, Lord for all that will be because of your precious Goodness.
Your generous kindness flows from every corner and doorway that opens;
Life is giving and full because of You.
Lord, we stand only because of you.
We walk forward only with and for the sake of You.
Our hearts beat and breathe because you have given to us first.
I praise and breathe gratitude from all that I am
For the sake of Christ Jesus.
Let Love be. Let it move forward in me.

Amen

“Hold Fast” from Ligonier Ministries, The Teaching Fellowship of R.C. Sproul

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Hold Fast
From Ligonier Ministries, The Teaching Fellowship of R.C. Sproul
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for he who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23

Yesterday we saw that given the great truths about Christ’s superiority and His high priesthood, there can be no other response other than to draw near Him with assurance and confidence (Heb. 10:22). When we see the majesty and faithfulness of Christ we can do nothing less than come near to God through Him during every season of our life.

However, it is not enough to draw near to Him. Today’s passage tells us that we must also hold fast to the confession of our hope (v. 23). We must not worship God silently and in secret, but must also display our allegiance to Him publicly. Here we see the close connection between true faith and outward practice that is highlighted on every page of the Bible. It is not enough to be silent and think that we have true faith if no one ever knows about it. Rather, true faith is only true faith if we believe in our hearts and confess with our lips (Rom. 10:9). As John Calvin tells us about this verse: “[God] requires also profession or confession, for it is not true faith except it shows itself before men.”

Our confession is “the confession of our hope” (Heb. 10:23). Our society often uses the word hope as a euphemism for wishful thinking or to express a longing for the impossible. But this is not what we mean when we speak of Christian hope. Christian hope alone is worthy of the term hope. For it is a true confidence that God will fulfill all His promises — a true confidence that all will be renewed. It is something that we know will happen because we have experienced the first-fruits of salvation. In contrast to our society, we say that hope is only actual hope if we have sufficient reason to believe that the things for which we hope will come to pass.

Christians alone have true hope because the one who makes such promises to us is faithful (v. 23). The faithfulness of His Word and His activity through history give us the basis for our hope and confidence that God will do all that He promises. Because of this faithfulness, we too must be faithful to Him. We must hold to our confession “without wavering.” We must resolve to walk with Him in faith despite doubts that might arise. We must resolve to look to Him alone for salvation. We must cling to Jesus and to nothing else.

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Many of us can find places in our lives where we do not hold fast to our confession. Maybe our workplaces, families, or friends pressure us to be silent about our faith. If you are in a situation where you are not holding fast to your confession, pray that He would give you the necessary boldness and then do what is required to stand for Him.

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