“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 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 lift 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 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 and leave behind all that hinders, binds and keeps me apart from You.

You are our watchtower, our protection night and day.
Your strength upholds us, the righteousness of Your heart gives rest to ours.
Lord, we stand, walk and move only because of You.

Fasten our Hearts to Yours.
We walk forward only with You and for the sake of You.
Our hearts beat and breathe because You have given to 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

“Speak my Heart, Hope”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Prayer, Hope, Blessing)

Speak my heart, hope –
it longs, it lasts,
throughout and until
in these times, Love casts.

Let me be like a child,
taking sweet cover
in the great mist
of our God’s Great Hover.
How His peace stills,
how it becomes
like a sky wrapping
soft clouds in its’ other.

Speak my heart – hope,
it longs, it prays.
Whisper calls of Your Splendor,
bows low with praise.

Tomorrow –find blessings
for each and for all,
in the new dawn day sweetness
of Love’s mighty call.

Let me run like your child
on the wind clouds
of time
with eyes set upon
the Glory sublime.

Speak my heart, hope
it will live and outlast
season through season
in eternity’s vast.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Numbers 6:24-26 –The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Psalm 31:19 –How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

John 16:33 –I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

“Praising on This Holy Day”, A Christmas Prayer from The Beloved

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Praising on This Holy Day

Lord, we reach to you with Praise on this holy day,
our heads bowed before the majesty of your glory.
We gather with hearts filled with gratitude
for all that we have been given by your grace and spirit.
We praise you for the bounty and beauty of this day,
for wonder, tender mercies and for your Holy presence amidst.
Lord, we praise you for the fullness of your Love.

Your Beloved heart loves and reaches men, women, and children everywhere.
You hear every prayer. You answer our calls.
You save us in the darkest of nights and in hours of the early dawn.
You are a guardian that keeps us safe and protected throughout all times.
You are constant.
We can call upon you and know that your strength and power is there, here.
Your promises are kept. Help us to be promise keepers as well.
You fill our hearts will the power of your word and your love.

Lead us towards Peace.
Give us minds and hearts with peaceful ways towards one another and all of life.
Help us to be individuals, families, and communities that live love together and outward.
Help us to have merciful hearts and lives that harvest mercy.
Help us to discern and know the ways of goodness in this world.
Be our Shepherd Lord, and guide us each day.

May we not cause you to weep, Lord.
Though you have reason to bend over this ark of yours 
and stretch over the skies with your great arm and stir the winds,
Love us with the Forgiveness that as you always embraced us with.
You, alone have the power to lift and raise us all to you because you are one that redeems and saves. Place us securely in your loving care.

You caused us to be born, to hear your voice, to come to grace.
By your Spirit, we are born to eternal love.
Lord, we ask that our hearts be like empty cups, able to receive.
Let us be humbled by knowing our weakness and dependence upon you
who is our great Shepherd, the source of all strength,
all confidence and all that is everlasting.

Help us, Lord, to heal what is wounding within.
Help us to be gentle, soft and kind to one another,
To learn to live as brother and sister in a world that is disconnecting faster than it appears to be unifying.
Help us to deepen in faith as we face challenges in life.
When trials come upon us. Lord- turn our hearts to you.
May you be our constant view.

Lord, we are giving you praise. Let us all become the Beloveds of you.
Help us to tender our hearts so that we are supple servants.

We praise your goodness, the everlasting way that directs all towards Light.
We give thanks for the generosity of God.
We offer gratitude and praise for the grace of God.
We bow before the divine Holiness of God.
We honor the Kingdom of God and its Glory forever.
And offer everlasting thankfulness
to Our Lord and King for His sacrifice on this Holy Day.

In Jesus Name, Amen

©2018 Merry Christmas from The Beloved