The key to freedom is His Love, not some love I work up. I can’t just copy what Jesus did. That’s my interpretation of how He shows Love. In reality, He went to His Father in prayer each day and kept their connection fresh. He only did what He saw His Father doing, said what His Father said. He stayed vitally connected, and then he told his followers to stay vitally connected to the same vine.
In that connection we don’t figure out Love, we draw it out from the Jesus vine and it seamlessly flows out of us just in time of need. That’s what the world needs again. That’s what I need, the Love of the only one who really aches for the lost, hurting, disappointed, every race, rich and poor. Each person and situation requires agape Love straight from the throne and Christ, the reigning one who lives in me, the hope of that glorious Love.
It’s going to take some work on my part, more time in prayer on behalf of others, an intentional relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Word, giving away what I have been given, stepping out of my comfort zones, stepping into a raging lost world.
Lord help me stay united with you in such a way today that I just let your compassion and love flow through and out of me to produce fruit in and for your name. Amen.
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16 NIV)
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8NIV)
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 NIV)
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:8 NIV)
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:23-25 NIV)