Shades of Love

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.   1 Corinthians 13:3

Giving to another can sometimes be so very difficult. Especially if we give expecting something in return.  Many times the simple act of giving is for selfish reasons.  Look at me…what I gave!  Or we give hoping that we will get something back.  It doesn’t always have to be materialistic, the giving, it can be emotional.   We often think that giving is something that is done out of the goodness of the heart when in actuality it is really out of the mind.  Because the reasons we give start with our thoughts.  When does the giving become an act of goodness or better yet an act of love?  What would be considered sacrificial giving?

Sacrificial giving, where the mind and the heart meet to bestow a gift on another soul without any thought as to what the result will be.  What does it matter to the world that the ultimate sacrificial gift was given by God?  There have been many on our planet earth who have given their lives for a cause or so that others may live.  So what was it about God’s sacrifice that should compel us to give in a like manner.

We know that God, created all things.  He created man in his own image.  He created something inside of us that has the need to  give, the need to love, to need to surrender to something beyond ourselves.  He himself came to earth in the form of a man as an example to us, to give himself for the salvation of humanity. What keeps us from giving in such a way?  Sin in our flesh.  We struggle with this day in and day out in small little ways. But God also created something else inside of us….a free will, a free will to choose.  He didn’t want robots, he wanted fellowship, He wanted us to love Him freely.  He wanted us to choose it for ourselves.  In choosing to fellowship we choose to give to Him our love.

That love becomes many shades of one color.  Because He created each one of His children, though unique, in His image. They become one color of His image. 

 

Pink, Magenta, Rose, Burgundy…….

3 thoughts on “Shades of Love

  1.  
    I read the part in the Bible that says: "Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new."  And I read it and read it and read it – for years – and let it fly *whoosh* right over the top of my head.  And then God gets me in a headlock one day and gives me major download from His Word that goes straight into my heart and pierces the very core of my being.  How many times have I read over these verses?  And now I\’m gathered around Father\’s table hearing words spoken by an unction of the Holy One.  And then I hear the sentence immediately following that sentence which proclaims, "And all things are of God." 
     
    Gulp. 
     
    Say what??? 
     
    But what about what this late 20th and 21st century preacher just said?  He said we\’re all just sinners saved by grace, that we have sin in us, and in our flesh is no good thing.  Yet here I am now in the privacy of my own home seeing 2 Corinthians 17 & 18 for myself and having to actually deal with "old things are passed away, and, behold, all things are become new, and all things are of God!
     
    Gulp…again.
     
    But this preacher over there was just quoting the Bible the other day when he said, "There is none righteous, no not one."  And again, I find myself confronted with this on my plate: "He became sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."  That preacher stood and proclaimed: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."  And I said, "Amen!"  But then later on I find myself in 1 John chapter 1 where I\’m being told that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," and this time God\’s not letting the "all unrighteousness" whoosh over the top of my head.  This time I\’m having to sit here and deal with God who is wanting to know, "If I have cleansed you from all unrighteousness, is there any unrighteousness left in you???" 
     
    God, don\’t talk like that!  You\’re scaring me!!! 
     
    I mean, what am I gonna say to 21st century preacherman the next time he tells me I\’m just an old sinner saved by grace (and where is that verse of scripture anyway???)?
     
    That preacher over there says I\’m a sinner with sin in my flesh. 
     
    God says I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 
     
    Who\’s right? 
     
    Well, when it comes right down to it, that\’s a no-brainer!  God\’s right! 
     
    But when the preacher said I\’m a sinner who\’s going to sin more or less every day, I look at my clumsy little existence and what else is there to say?  I mean, just look at the last 24 hours!  What do you mean I\’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus?  What I see looks more like, "oh wretched man that I am…." 
     
    But, there again if I keep walking with God through this Bible I find myself 10 verses down from "oh wretched man that I am," and I find, "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if anyman have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His." 
     
    Uh oh!!!  Houston, we have a problem!!! 
     
    And then the very next verse after that I find something I can barely chew much less swallow: "And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."  So, God, are you telling me that the body of sin is dead in me and by the Spirit I live in righteousness?  I mean, I know that just 2 chapters before verses 9 & 10 of Romans 8 it says, "the wages of sin is death."  So am I a sinner living some wretched life of the flesh like preacherman says – which brings forth fruit unto death – or am I righteous of God in Christ living life in and by the Spirit as verses 9 and 10 tell me? 
     
    Who am I???
     
    Well, when I get right down to it I\’m someone with a decision to make.  Now that I\’ve been confronted with the truth I have to decide what I\’m going to live by.  Jesus said in John 17 that the Word of God is truth.  So the decision I ultimately have to make is this: am I going to live the life of modern-day Christianity and believe modern-day theology that supports what my experience has dictated to me up to this point, or am I going to believe the Word of God and let that Word work in me effectually to change my experience and allow God to be God and me to be conformed to the image of Christ by Him? 
     
    Believe it or not, that\’s where giving starts.  It starts with being conformed to the image of the One who loved us and gave Himself for us.  To give out of any other inspiration is wood, stubble, and hay.
     
    Love you!!!
    Carol 🙂
     
     

  2. God said to lend (give) expecting nothing in return. When we do that, we\’ve truly given. He paid for us the price it would have taken eternity to pay on our own. I\’m glad He took care of my sin debt. I look forward to the day when His trumpet will sound, and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, I will receive a perfect body to be joined with an already perfect soul. The word says we don\’t know what that new body will be like, but we know it will be like Him. Now that\’s real giving, isn\’t it?

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