Ezra 1,2; 1 John 4

I ran into an old friend the other day and found hidden feelings coming to the surface… hurts, unresolved issues that were getting in the way of loving her and expecting nothing in return…

I was convicted about…

How am I responding? Am I responding in love? With humility and grace?

A song came to mind called, Forever Reign...the words are the cry of my heart…“ I run into your arms, the riches of your love will always be enough, nothing compares to your embrace, light of the world, forever reign…my heart will sing, no other name Jesus.”

I want Jesus to fill my heart completely, so that I can pour out what I have received from Him onto others. A love that extends grace and is extravagant, the same that was shown to me…

We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Thank you Jesus for your extravagant love, Eph 5:1-2MSG. A love that drives out all my fears because of your unfailing love for me…“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18ESV. I want to love people in a genuine way...“Love from the center of who you are, don’t fake it…”Romans 12:9MSG…and “love you with all my heart, soul, and might.” Deut 6:5ESV …

  •  L etting go, letting in…
  • O pen wide to receive a…
  • V ibrant, extravagant love…
  • E mbracing others, knowing that You fully embrace me….Amen




Filed under 1 John, 66 Books, Bible in a year reading plan, Ezra, New Testament, Old Testament

4 responses to “Ezra 1,2; 1 John 4

  1. Love covers a multitude of sins; this is true. It is also true that we should speak the truth in love. If we never speak of serious concerns, we may be doing others a disservice. What if God placed that person in my life to not only teach me how to forgive but also to teach her how to love? Then again, perhaps it is the other way. I just know that relationships are messy at times, but here we are in this space and time with one another – mere coincidence? I think not.

  2. I hear you that relationships are messy and there are times to talk about them. I totally agree! This was one example of a way that I felt like God was trying to get my attention and teach me about loving others. Giving me a heart change.

  3. Kathy

    I hear you on this. I have a person in my life who there is no resolving any issues because he doesn’t recognize that any issues exist. All the honesty in the world hasn’t resolved a thing and it seems that God specifically lead me to let it go and focus on loving him this past Thanksgiving. No more wound licking, no more getting stuck on those unpleasant feelings that rose up inside. It was time to let it go and let God work. I can’t tell you that anything discernible happened to him, but God’s grace changed me and the way I approached him. God give us the wisdom to know when it’s time to speak the love in truth and when to move on and love. Great post and discussion.

  4. God give us the wisdom to know when it’s time to speak the love in truth and when to move on and love-yes! Thanks for the discussion and thoughts to ponder ladies.

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