Monday, July 25, 2016

WHAT LOVE IS THIS?

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges


 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 




©Bridgescreations, 2016
Lord,


How do I share (with the world) about Your love—how You love us—when we see how more policemen have died in the line of duty? More people have lost their lives to violence and terrorism? It seems every day brings another round of broken. Lord, how do I explain?



Words fail me today. I have no idea how to tell others how “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18) when fear has settled into my own broken. Future plans in a wasteland of atrocities that cannot be mended.



Lord, where is Your love?



That’s what this tired, worn out, afraid-to-look-at-our-own shadows world is asking.



“Beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God and everyone who loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not. Knoweth not God for God is love. Beloved, let us love one another.” (1 John 4:7 & 8)



Excuse me Lord? Are you telling me that in order to cast out fear we must love?  But Lord, we ARE loving! And in this love we emit it is thrown back to us like smelly, dead fish. Across the world Christians are being persecuted because they are loving others. I don’t understand.



Lord?

©Bridgescreations, 2016



 "For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,  not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.



Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death...



 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?



My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." (1 John 3:11-18) (NKJV) 



Go and be My disciples. Teach others about My love. Show them by example who I am by helping the poor, visiting the widows, giving of your time, your resources and even your life. THIS is love. This is MY love. What you do unto others, you do unto ME.



The world will not understand what they do not know. They will not understand what they have not learned. For how can a child understand right from wrong and love versus hate unless you teach them? Therefore, the world needs to be taught. Go and spread My love even if it means giving your life away.




©Bridgescreations, 2016
Yes, they will curse you. Yes, they will mock you. Yes, they will turn you away and will not want to hear it. Yes, they will hate you. “But greater is He in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4).







Love displayed upon a cross

broken, beaten, lost it all

even His father had turned His back

sins of the ages—future and past—

soaked into his body weighing Him down

water and blood flowing to the ground

sacrificing Himself so that we may live...



Who am I to love like that?

Love enough to lay down my life for

others whom despise Jesus?

Often I think I can lay it down easily

for my friends and family

how deep a sacrifice, but,

to live it out loud for the world to see

each day in and day out be ready

how do I love like that, dear Lord,

how did You love like that for us?



I am in awe as I ponder this thought

the burden You carried walking up that hill

was not the wooden cross but the will

to take each step closer to Your death

knowing what waited at the top, yet,

You still climbed that hill and spilled

Your life, Your blood, Your love…



shoes that I can never fill, but,

You call me to the greatest price

one of love and sacrifice

I cannot take another’s sins

I can only love them as You did

Offer my life in place of their’s

what greater love is this?

To lay down my life for another man.



~Marcell Warner Bridges

©July 2016, All Rights Reserved.

I pray Jesus’ answer to me will be my own answer to this broken. Listening to a song on the radio the other day these lyrics almost stopped me dead on the road, “you can’t love unless you love yourself”. In my own broken, I need to let go and give love. Perhaps in giving love I am loving myself but more important, loving God?

©Bridgescreations, 2016




I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below.




4 comments:

  1. The same questions I am asking, framed within your beautiful poetry. Thank you, dear friend!

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    1. This is a hard scary world. I pray our lights shine brightly in their darkness. Thank you Norma :-)

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  2. Amen, Marcie. Amen. Without love we sound like clanging brass and no one listens. Thank you for reminding us to love with God's love.

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