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Constancy of God

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 And He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  Luke 10:27

Jesus has called us to love…love God with our all…love all with our all.

Yet, we doubt and hem-and-haw in thinking we are just unable to do these.  Yes, we are unable, in our own strength.  We love God when we feel like it, when we think we are able, or when all is going well.  We love our neighbors when we like them, when they are good to us, or when we feel like it.

Yet, these are two  commandments that we have been given.  How can we love unconditionally?  How can we wholly love God and our neighbors?

In this season of Thanksgiving, I, as well as other bloggers, are sharing about gratitude, being thankful for family and friends, gifts and love.  We may list the beauty we see, words we hear, or smiles that rain joy upon us.  We seek to recognize these gifts in our own strength so much of the time: Let’s see…what am I grateful for right today?  What did I see that I am thankful for?

Is giving thanks something done alone through my efforts?  Can I be thankful without condition?  Do I expect something in return for my gratitude?

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  James 1:17

As children of the Father, we are being given gifts of His choosing.  He wants us to have His pleasures so that we will take them to another, whether by service, by inspiration, by love.  He is not telling us to go out and give on some conditional basis of our choosing, but, with His gifts, go to those to whom He chooses to gift with that which we have been given.  This giving is unconditionally loving.

Dependence upon the One Who is Love, obedience to the One Who calls us to love Him and others…this is how we are able to love unconditionally.  I am only the variable in the equation.  God is the constant.  Love is the constant.

God x God(x) = Love

constant x constant(variable/me) = constant

We love because He first loved us.  If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God Whom he has not seen.  And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.  1 John 4:19-21

Loving God unconditionally is showing gratitude.  Loving our neighbors unconditionally is showing gratitude.

These past many, many months have been extremely difficult months to bear.  We are the children of the Father of lights.  Let us now turn on our lights, gifts from our Father, and shine in this world so filled with hatred and darkness.  Let us take the lights and shine them into our neighbors’ lives and be thankful.  In being a light, I am honoring my Father.  I am so grateful to Him.  He created me, making me a light in this world.

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”  Luke 11:33

Let us give and serve and be thankful.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:8-11

Let us be not afraid to step into the world.  God is with us always.

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Father God, Your love glows inside of me.  I want it to glow outside of me and rid these corners where I walk of darkness.  Strengthen me physically and spiritually so that I may do that which You have called me.  Guide me in the way that I should go.  May I remain faithful and grateful to You.  My desire is to be pleasing unto You.  May my mind know Your Truth.  May my body find peace in You.  May my heart always seek Your face.  And may my strength be built upon Yours.  May I know the constancy of You, Father, for You are my Constant.  I pray in the Name of Jesus, the Christ.  Amen.

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18 Comments

  1. Oh you are on fire here, friend! This is such an inspiring word, probably the best post I’ve read in a long time. And what a beautiful heartfelt prayer wrapped round perfectly chosen, apt Bible verses. After many many years of knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour, I never cease to marvel at God’s unfathomable, unconditional Love. It has been my major focus this year and something I sense will take all my life (and beyond) to appreciate to the full. Thank you, Linda, for your faithful words which bring sweet glory to the One your soul loves. My heart is grateful for you and all you offer here! Bless you. xo

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    • Joy, your words of appreciation are like poetry to my ears and eyes. Thank you, thank you. To God, we praise.

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  2. I love the scriptures you chose for your post and your prayer was precious! This was beautiful and spoke to my heart! Many blessings!

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  3. Beautiful call to be His love, Linda! Something we see less and less of these days, it seems. Encouraging to read these words today! So grateful to be visiting again from #TellHisStory

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  4. Karen

    I’m currently in a season of writing down at least one thing that I am grateful for every day. It’s amazing how that simple exercise changes one’s perspective on the contents of your day. It causes us to look at our lives differently and be grateful to God for what we already possess…. and many times those things aren’t even material in nature. I mean, really, how can we not be grateful for God’s Word, his spirit within us, our salvation, Divine guidance etc etc etc.

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  5. God x God(x) = Love (love this!) Thanks so much for sharing with us and for linking up, Linda. You are a delight and I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving making new memories. xoxoxo – Meg

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  6. mareedee2016

    Wonderful post. I am going to have love at the front of mind and hopeful then the words that come out of my mouth will reflect love. Thank you for sharing

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  7. Gayl

    “Let us be not afraid to step into the world. God is with us always.” AMEN. We can’t do it on our own, but He gives us the strength and grace and love to share. Thank you for these words today and for your prayer. Many blessings to you, dear Linda! xo

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  8. Two of my life purposes are to love God and to love people so I was pretty thrilled to find your image on the street signs with those on there. Precious.

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  9. Oh I love this so much, my friend! Precious and True…

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  10. “Loving God unconditionally is showing gratitude. Loving our neighbors unconditionally is showing gratitude.” Yes. You speak truth, Linda. There are many ways to give thanks, and it goes far beyond merely saying the words. Thankful for you!

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  11. Lori @ Frog's Lilypad

    I am so thankful for a Constancy of God. No matter what, He is constant with no change. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays, Linda.

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  12. James 1:17 is one of my favorite verses, and this is one of my favorite posts from you, dear one. Such a timely, encouraging word. Agreeing with you in prayer, my friend.

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    • Thanks, June. You bless me with your sweet words. Glad to have you join me in prayer too.

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  13. So many good thoughts on gratitude here, but my favorite is your connection between thanksgiving and glorifying God. We certainly demonstrate His goodness when we operate out of gratitude.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, friend!

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    • Thank you, Michele. Gratitude makes such a difference in me when my mind is set on giving Him all the glory for all we receive.

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  14. These are beautiful thoughts packed with so much truth: “Loving God unconditionally is showing gratitude. Loving our neighbors unconditionally is showing gratitude.” And then to continue with your thoughts that God is the constant, and we are the only variable, is such a faith-building expression. I want to cling to those truths today, and let HIS constancy be my source of all loving. Thank you for sharing these words in this Thanksgiving week! Blessings to you my friend!

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