“For the Sake of Love” Scriptures on Love, Prayer from L.Willows (Grace, Loving One Another, God’s Spirit)

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 beyond what the mortal eyes can 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.

for The Sake of Jesus Christ

Holy Father,
I run to you in worship today with awe.
My heart offers praise that lifts all to 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- and Father, You from the Throne of All.
Your Love is planted within my own heart and promised from the beginning.

You are my Redeemer, the Faithful One, our Healer, the Restorer of our Souls.
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 through all seasons.
I pray that you hold my heart, all hearts with protection against the forces of this world.
Father, Lord keep us safe with you in every hour.

Give us pure hearts, Lord.
I pray that Your Spirit reveal new ways that I need to grow; help us all to see.
Show me the impurities of my heart in this hour, keep us apart from what binds us to sin.
Help me in my need to repent and surrender, let us find humility as we bend to You.
To return with gladness and rejoicing to your lap of Love.
Renew my faith and give me the perseverance to walk with courage and leave behind all that would keeps me apart from You.

You are our watchtower, our protection night and day.
Your strength upholds us, the righteousness of Your heart gives direction and boldness to ours. Your Spirit indwells and prompts as our cause.
Lord, we stand, walk and move only because of You.

Fasten our Hearts to Yours.
We walk forward with You and for the sake of You.
Our hearts beat and breathe because You. You have given us first breath.
I praise and breathe gratitude from all that I am.
For the sake of Christ Jesus.
Let Love Be. Let it walk forward in me.

In the Name of Jesus

Amen

“They Also Serve…”, John Milton Sonnet 19-When I Consider How My Light is Spent.

Poem: Sonnet 19 – When I Consider How My Light is Spent by John Milton, (1608 – 1674)

When I consider how my light is spent,
   Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
   And that one Talent which is death to hide
   Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
   My true account, lest he returning chide;
   “Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
   I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
   Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
   Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
   And post o’er Land and Ocean without rest:
   They also serve who only stand and wait.”

John Milton was an English poet, who served as a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under its Council of State and later under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, written in blank verse. His career as a writer of prose and poetry spans three distinct eras: Stuart England; the Civil War (1642-1648) and Interregnum, including the Commonwealth (1649-1653) and Protectorate (1654-1660); and the Restoration. John Milton died in England in November 1674. There is a monument dedicated to him in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey in London.

I found this wondrous poem in the CS Lewis publication Knowing and Doing
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“Quotes on Spiritual Gifting and Service”, Pastor Tom Holliday, APC sermon notes (Kingdom hearts, perspective, serving God)

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Note to myself: This amazing sermon was given less than two months before the pandemic. The gifting from God was to equip each listener in future months. And in years to come. We learn that our lives are not about ourselves and we cannot control today or tomorrow. We can walk in the grace of God leaning on His Strength alone. We can become a people desperate for God, people that Pray and love with Kingdom Hearts. And surely- we need Church, all of our Churches everywhere!

Notes on Spiritual Gifting with Pastor Tom Holliday

(Alexandria Presbyterian Church) Sermon Quotes and Notes from Sunday 1.19.20, for a deeper dive, all sermons are on the Sermon Media Page.  

Welcome. These notes were written while listening so there may be some slight differences in the wording. I recommend the link at the end if you enjoy these quotes. I hear so many of the themes in the scripture.

The verses were identified throughout the sermon in addition to these quotes so that we could each make the connections to scripture. I was writing but my heart was sparkling with a big “yes, this is who we are, this is what I need to be reminded of, this is scripture –  and here are some quotes that wake my heart in a joyful way!”

Sermon, “Serving God and others with our Gifts” Pastor Tom Holliday

1 Peter 4:7-11 Scripture

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

“Let your spiritual calling be the height of your future.

“Don’t judge your future by your past. Experience is not our barometer.”

“God says, show me what you are capable of.

“Get in the game. Make a difference in His Kingdom.”

“The verb is ‘receive’. We have received gifts from God. They are to be used for His Glory and with His Strength.”

“You will not, or may not see most of the fruits of your ministry in this life. If you need to see it in this life, if you are living for praise; if you need to be propped up; if you need it for your identity – you will suffer.”

“We are blessed so that we might be a blessing to others.”

“When we don’t use our Spiritual gifts, they atrophy just like muscles that are not used. Sometimes we need a spiritual surgery to save our hearts, to renew us and to give us “spiritual physical therapy” so that we are more able to serve God.”

“What is living in light of His Second Coming? Why must we be sober-minded? The Bridegroom is Coming. Your life is not about you, it is about His Glory.”

“We are all given spiritual gifts but the power and strength to serve are from God. We are the stewards of these gifts. As stewards, we will need to account for how these gifts have been spent. The gifts are spent only by God’s strength, not on our own. When we try to use our own strength we become stressed, depleted, discouraged.”

“Make your life count.”

“Pray. Make me desperate God. (for You) He will answer that prayer.”

“Love each other deeply. Constantly.”

Don’t be easily offended. Don’t be a baby Christian.”

“This is God’s Grace. He has forgiven you. God stretches our love. Have perspective. Have Kingdom Hearts.”

 

“Put down your scorecard and pick up your gifts.

“Kingdom Power comes from Kingdom Hearts.”

“Don’t say I can’t, say I won’t.”

The Body of Christian Service looks like Joseph and his coat of many colors. Play your position and play it well.”

“Ask God to give you Joy. Ask him to give you Peace. Ask, the Power of the Holy Spirit.”

“Pray.”

( This Sermon was on 1//19/20. If you would like to hear more go to Alexandria Presbyterian Church Sermon Archives),

After the sermon ended we stood up and sang one of my favorite songs — (Take my Life and make it Yours…)