Perfection // Power To Love, Part III – September 16, 2022 (282/365)

Before anything else I’d like to apologize, I was saying that I was tired last night, but to be honest I had other things in my mind that needed my attention. I don’t want to get into a lot of details about it but I will just say that it’s concerning the move of Ethereum from proof of work to proof of stake. As the saying, or as the acrostic goes, if you know, you know – and you know it takes a lot of retesting and restarting to accommodate said move.

So, I’m sorry I churned out a piece that was pretty half-assed. I was setting up as early as last night – as you’ve probably read in my last post I wanted to get it all out of my head and into the blog so all that’s left to do is to meditate. I also wanted to arrange a more refined set of words to express what I wanted to say, to wrap up this entire series I called ‘Power To Love’. To that end I wanted to set my alarm to an hour earlier than I usually would get out of bed, telling myself that no matter what time I went to bed, I would wake up at the time I set.

Obviously that didn’t work out as well as I thought. I mean, the alarm went off no problem, but I still stayed in bed, and got out of bed pretty much the same time I usually do – and all the time I spent in bed until then? Well, I was ‘meditating’. Yup.

So I crossed out my daily workout, and quickly got ready and drove to church, where the senior and junior high kids were waiting. And, well, I’m just glad I had more time to share to these kids.

I started off by doing a recap of what we shared last week. We talked about Philippians 4:6-7, and the main points I wanted them to remember was that if they needed peace at any point of their lives, or if they encounter fear or anxiety, they could pray, as the Word says. And, as a kicker, I also shared 1 Peter 5:7, which mentions in the latter half that God is always thinking of them. I emphasized that even if they had a hard time praying, or even if all the fear or the feelings overwhelm them to a point that they are speechless and motionless, well – they could still have peace in knowing that even in these times, God- yes, the Creator of all things seen and unseen, the Maker of the heavens and the earth, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords – God is thinking of them, even in those confusing times.

I led them to opening their Bibles to 1 John 4:15-19, and while I was thinking to myself that I wasn’t gonna go as far as sharing to them what they should consider believing and what their salvation means, I did condense it just enough to tell them, that if they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, they are acknowledging that He is no ordinary person, not just a Teacher, not just a Mentor, not just someone who’s painted on the walls of old churches and murals – Christ is the Son of God, who is God, who is Divine.

Side note, I’m glad; Before I told them about Jesus Christ being the Son of God I asked them who they thought Jesus was: I heard ‘Savior’, ‘Father’, ‘Lover of my soul’ (well that might have been a teacher who said that); Good enough, but yeah, nobody said He was the Son of God. So I told them that and asked them, without coercion or force, did they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? I heard enthusiastic yes’s, and I was glad. Picked up from there and told them that because they believed this, this meant that God abides in them, and they abided (abade?) in God.

It’s funny because I was told that they were pretty strict in having the kids carry and read only the King James Version while they were in school… and the KJV of 1 John 4:15-16 states that if we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, we don’t abide – no, the word chosen as ‘dwelleth’. I had a bit of fun there by sharing that because of what they believe, God maketh Hith houth with uth, ath we maketh our houth in Him. But seriously, I needed to emphthith (okay that’s the last one) to them that this isn’t any ordinary entity – again, the same God whom we acknowledge as Lord over all, God above all gods we may conceptualize or imagine – this is God, who abides in us, who dwells in us, just as we abide in Him and dwell with Him.

And I suppose that’s the entire point of elaborating on perfect Love. It isn’t just an act or an adjective. Indeed, I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it – we could not talk about love without talking about God, and we could not talk about God without talking about love. God Himself is love, and just as He is perfect and overflowing, so the love that we dwell in, and so the love that dwells in us is also perfect and overflowing.

Let me keep whirling those words around – The only love to be had comes from God, because God is love. And because God is perfect, overflowing, infinite and eternal, so this love is just as perfect, overflowing, infinite and eternal. God IS love.

Feels at this point as if it’s all going in a circle. But I don’t mind cruising along this path, because no matter how repetitive and monotonous it may sound, there’s still always going to be something to draw from talking about Jesus Christ, and the salvation we have through Him.

In this case, we’ve seen how the love of God is with us, and keeps us together when the world attacks from the outside, trying to knock us down. God’s love holds us together when we attack ourselves from within, through this pain we are reminded of how there is no longer any condemnation in Christ.

We’ve also seen that while His love holds us together when things happen to us, it also allows us to overflow to decisive actions, when we need to make things happen. Indeed, we love as God loves us first.

I think I’ll keep it here for now. Part of me was expecting some sort of exclamation point to wrap this entire series up, but really, it’s just a case for us to keep our trust in the Lord, who loves us now and forever, no matter what happens to us, and no matter what we make happen.

I could try so hard to force it, but it wouldn’t feel as good. That is what she said.

Until the next post, be blessed.

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