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Learning To Love

March 27th, 2019                                                                                           By Tamara Fyke                                                                                            Article from Ministry Matters                                                                          

When the rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked, “What must I do to be saved?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). Jesus’ words echoed the Shema, the ancient Hebrew prayer found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5.           

I often marvel at how we complicate our life of faith with our own interpretations and rules about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. If I truly focus on loving God, loving my neighbor and loving myself, I will not have time for arguments and debates.                                                                                                     

Perhaps, the reason we get sidetracked with proving our own point of view is because we do not really know what love is. In our social media-driven world, you can “heart” my Instagram post without even really knowing me. Have we devalued the meaning of love with our text emojis or did our lack of understanding of what love is lead us to propagate the easy button?                                           

Maybe the confusion stems from our limited language. In the Greek, there are three words for love — agape meaning unconditional love, phileo meaning brotherly love, and eros meaning romantic love — while in English we only have one word.            

So it seems we need to define what love is. The Apostle Paul writes, “Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8).                                                                          

Here again we need further clarification. Paul uses some words that can seem quite nebulous unless we take the time to unpack them. Patience is waiting without complaining; accepting pain or challenges without complaint. Kindness is treating others the way you want to be treated. Also, the passage indicates that love is humble — not thinking too much or too little of ourselves, love is courteous — thinking of others first, love is persevering — sticking to it; not giving up, love is forgiving — letting go of anger over a wrong; leaving another’s wrongs behind.         

John writes, “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and God does not fail. Jesus says he is in the Father, and we are in Jesus (John 15:4; John 17:21). Therefore, are we not all in the Father — in love?                                                                                          

Learning to love is a lifelong lesson.  May this be our quest.  

   Reflection and Prayer  +  April 2019

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;My soul thirsts for You,My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty landWhere there is no water.                    -Psalm 63-1

Seek the Lord and His strength;Seek His face evermore!Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgements of His mouth.                                                                                                       -1 Chronicles 16:11-12

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him
from the dead,you will be saved.                                                                                                                     -Romans 10:9

God's love is amazing!  It is real!  It is personal.
God's love is powerful, and the best news of all? 
His love never ends, no matter what!
Your God wants to bless you with his love now and forever.

Live Simply -
Love Generously -
Care Deeply -
Speak Kindly -
Leave the rest to God!

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     At Journey of Faith  we are committed to pray for The World, Our Community and individual Prayer Concerns. Weekly prayer listing is available by email.

     We also have a Prayer Chain whereby we can mobilise a number of people very quickly to respond to urgent prayer requests.                                                  

      Call the Pastor  at 303 710 9020 to arrange this or email jofumc2@aol.com and your request will be delivered confidentially to the Prayer Team. Entering your name is optional but it would help the Prayer Team to have, at least, a Christian name to focus their prayer on.      



      We will transform lives, transform community, and renew the mainline church through intercessory prayer, the formation of personal prayer and shared prayer experience.   

                                                 Offering a Prayer for People of this World.
                                                    Our Prayer for the World.

Lord our God,
we pray for those who are overwhelmed by pain, sorrow, despair or loneliness.
May they know the victory of love,
The song of hope and a glimpse of glory.Lord our God, we pray for all countries who are at war, overwhelmed by conflict, famine, disease or unrest.
May they know the victory of love,
The song of hope and a glimpse of glory.
Through Jesus Christ your Son.