Monday, February 14, 2011

Acts of Love

It was Mark Twain who said "my problem with the Bible is not deciphering the passages I do not understand, but in applying those I do understand."

Yes, it is easier said than done, but when we remember that each time we apply in our daily lives, the Ten Commandments and the absolute truths in the Bible, we are performing acts of love to others and for our God who loves us beyond our comprehension. 
As I ponder the history and the meaning of Valentine's Day, I know the greatest gift I can give my husband, my children, family, friends, and neighbors near and far is the gift of applying the passages in the Bible I understand.  It's one thing to say "I know", but it is another thing entirely to turn knowledge into wisdom by applying what we know.  How can we believe something we have not known?  How can we apply something we have not believed?

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

His power is at work within us and we are to use this power, apply this power accordingly.  Grasp it! Share it!  Remember, love isn't love 'til you give it away!  To God be the glory!
In Christian love, Nan

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