Showing posts with label God’s Love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God’s Love. Show all posts

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jesus commands: Love!

In the Ten Commandments, God gave us our marching orders! Those directives are meant to instruct, guide, and transform our daily lives and develop the right kind of relationship with God, ourselves, and other people.

Revisiting those commandments or “Ten Words” in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5, we might think we’ve obeyed them all, and externally speaking, that may be true. But Jesus gets into our minds and hearts with His one command: “Love one another as I love you,” John 15:12.

Not only would that one commandment fulfill all ten, but this marching order takes the Golden Rule to a higher level. i.e., Instead of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” we’re told to treat one another the way Jesus would treat us – with relentless love.

This doesn’t just mean to love each other the way we love ourselves since that might not be nearly enough! We’re to love each other the way Jesus loves us – nearly and dearly. Then, as we believe in, accept, and receive Jesus’ love, we’re ready to let His love fill us and overflow.

Mary Harwell Sayler on John 15:12 and the Ten Commandments as found in the many translations on Bible Gateway

Monday, March 13, 2017

God is working it out!

What relief God’s Word brings even in the most difficult times!

"For we KNOW
that ALL
for GOOD
for those who LOVE GOD
and are called
according to the PLAN
and purpose of GOD!"

Romans 8:28 paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017, using scriptures from many of the translations on Bible Gateway


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Loving like Jesus

Every time I’ve read John 13:34, I’ve been puzzled by Jesus’ words: “I’m giving you a new commandment: love one another.” Since I’ve heard that longer than I can remember, this word of exhortation did not seem new to me. But when I looked up the phrase “love one another” on Bible Gateway, I found no earlier reference.

In the Hebrew Bible, however, God says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might,” Deuteronomy 6:4-5. Bringing that love down to earth, Leviticus 19:18 says, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

In Matthew 26:37-40, Jesus put those two commands together by saying, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like unto it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

A problem arises, though, when people have trouble loving themselves, much less their neighbors! Nevertheless, God still wants this, and so the New Testament clarifies the concept of the true love to be found in Christ Jesus:

• He spoke healing words.
• He called people by name.
• He showed God’s love.
• He taught the kind attitudes we’re to have.
• He gave His life.
• He brought us life eternal.
• He called us to be brothers and sisters
• He empowered us to be children of God.
• He continues to pray for us now.

In the hours before His death, Jesus told His disciples: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I’ve loved you, so you also must love one another,” John 13:34.

Hopefully, we’ll love and appreciate ourselves and our neighbors. Regardless, we must love one another as conduits of Jesus Christ, Whose love flows in and through us. We can't do this by ourselves, but we can agree to it. We can give Jesus' command our amen.

May the Almighty God our Father help us to allow Christ’s love to pour forth profusely. Let it be! So be it. Amen.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017, with scriptures from many of the translations on Bible Gateway

Monday, February 20, 2017

Love one another

Beloved friends in Christ,
God loves us so much,
we ought also to love one another.

We haven’t seen God,
but if we give love
to people we can see,
we know God lives in us
and perfects in us His love.

1 John 4:11-12 prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017, with scriptures from the many translations on Bible Gateway.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Love God. Love the children of God

If we say, “I love God!”
but loathe a brother
or sister in Christ,
we’re lying!

If we have no regard
for Christians we see,
how can we love God
Who cannot be seen?

The Lord gives this clear command:
If we truly love God, we’ll truly care
about the children of God.

1 John 4:20-21 from the Verse of the Day posted by Bible Gateway and prayer-a-phrased by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2017

Saturday, July 16, 2016

May love run our country, so hatred will not ruin! – The Word Center

Saying, “Love your neighbor as yourself” is another way to show the kind of caring we want and the truth in love we need. It’s another way of expressing the Golden Rule, which is how God wants us to live our lives and run our country.

May love run our country, so hatred will not ruin! – The Word Center

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

God Is Love

1 John 4:11-18

Beloved, God loves us so much,
we must love one another too.

No, we haven’t seen God,
and yet, by loving one another,
God lives in us!
And God’s love perfects ours.

How do we know we’re in God,
and God is in us?
We have His Spirit.

Furthermore, we have seen

(through God’s Word) how
the Father sent His Son
to save us and the world.

If we acknowledge Jesus
as the Son of God,
we can be sure God lives in us
and we in Him. And we can know
and believe in the power of love
God gives.

For God Is Love!

So as we remain in love,
God remains in us
and brings our love
to perfection.

Then we can know for sure
not to worry about judgment day
because we’re living as God wants.

Oh, Beloved, in love
there is nothing to fear!

God’s perfect love
frees us
from any fears we have
of being punished,
tormented, or even
harshly rebuked.

So if you’re still afraid,
pray to experience
ever more fully
the pure, pure love
of God.

© 2016, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in 1 John 4 with the help of several of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

For God so loved the world

John 3:13-17

And Jesus said,
“No one has gone up to heaven
except The One
who came down from heaven:
the Son of Man.

And as Moses lifted up
the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in Him
may have everlasting life.”

For God so loved the world,
He gave His only Son
so that everyone
who believes in Him
might not perish
but have eternal life.

For God did not
send His Son into the world
to condemn the world,
but that, through Him,
the world might be saved."

© 2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased these lines from today’s Gospel reading in John with the help of translations on Bible Gateway.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Love brings home the Lord

John 14:23

Jesus answered and said,

If you love Me,
you will keep My word,
and My Father will love you.
And We will come to you,
and make Our Home
to be at home
with you.

©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased this verse in the Gospel of John with readings from many of the translations provided on Bible Gateway.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

See the love!

1 John 3:1-2

Oh, look!

See what love the Father
has poured onto us,
the children of God!

That’s who we are!

And we know Whose we are –
whether other people
know it yet or not.

Oh, Beloved,
we are God’s children –

What we will be
has not yet been revealed,
but we do know this:

When Christ comes,
we shall be like Him
for we shall see Him
as He is.

©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in I John by comparing many of the translations found on Bible Gateway.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What love does

Remind everyone to obey
those in authority
and be ready to do good.

Remind everyone not
to talk ill of anyone nor
quarrel, but be
gentle and respectful of all.

Remember how we once
foolishly disobeyed? We, too,
went the way of envy
and other evils, and, oh, how
we hated one another!

Then God
our Savior
showed us true
kindness and love
by saving us –
not because
of anything
we had done,
but because
of God’s own

And God cleansed us from sin
and gave us a fresh start
and gave us a new life in the Spirit
and generously poured into us
the Holy Spirit of our Savior
Jesus Christ.

God’s grace made us righteous.
God's gift gave us confidence
and hope
of life
forever in Christ.

Titus 3:1-7

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, a poet, writer, and lifelong lover of the Bible, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Titus by comparing translations on Bible Gateway.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How faith in Christ leads us to love

Because of our faith
in the Lord Jesus Christ,
we have been made right with God!

With God, we have peace.

Because of our faith
in the Lord Jesus Christ,
we have access
to the Grace of God,
and we rejoice in the hope
of God’s Glory.

We can even rejoice
in our troubles,
knowing that trials help us
to endure,
and endurance develops
our character,
and character strengthens
our hope,
and hope will not lead
to disappointment

because the Love of God
pours into our hearts,
through the Holy Spirit,
Who has been given to us
and keeps filling us
with God’s Love.

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased Romans 5:1-5 from the poetic words found in many translations on Bible Gateway.

Monday, October 20, 2014

God’s love holds us in a heavenly realm

How great is God’s love for us!

Because of the richness
of His mercy,
we are no longer dead
but are alive together
in the grace of Christ
by Whom we have
been saved.

With Christ,
God lifts us up
and sets us in
a heavenly realm
where we will be able to see
the mind-boggling abundance
of grace given to us
through Christ Jesus.

By the grace of God,
we have been saved –
not by ourselves,
not by our works,
and not by anything
we can boast about,
but by the Gift of God,
given to us.

For we are God’s creation –
recreated and born anew –
in Christ Jesus
to walk in His goodness
and do all we have been
prepared and given to do.

Ephesians 2:4-10

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased the above poem from the many translations of Ephesians 2:4-10 found on Bible Gateway.

Monday, October 6, 2014

God’s Love reaches everywhere and to all

Prayer-a-phrase of Psalm 36:5-9

O, Lord God,
Your Love reaches beyond the heavens
and Your faithfulness
beyond any clouds we may see.

Higher than great mountains
is Your righteousness,
and Your fair justice
fills the great deep.

What loving care You take
of all living creatures!

How priceless, O God,
is Your loving kindness!

All who trust You will
find shelter beneath Your wings.

For You pour
Your very own goodness into us
and help us to be delighted
with Your good gifts.

O Lord,
You are the Fountain of Life,
and in Your Light,
we see light.

Prayer: In Your love, Lord God, help us to see the love around us in Jesus’ Name.

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased the above poem from the many translations of Psalm 36 found on Bible Gateway.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

God’s Love cannot be shaken

Though mountains may fall
and hills be shaken,
My love for you
shall never fall away.

Between us, peace
will not be shaken!

Hear what I Am saying,
says the LORD, Who
has mercy on you –
your Lord, Who
shows you compassion.

Isaiah 54:10

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased the above poem from the verse found in various translations on Bible Gateway.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The LORD God rejoices over you!

Poem prayer-a-phrase
Zephaniah 3:17

The LORD, your God,
lives with you -
mighty to save!

The LORD, your God,
rejoices over you
with gladness
and renews your life
in His love.

The LORD, your God
sings and celebrates
because of you
and cheers you on
and on.

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased the above poem from parallel translations found on Bible Gateway. Earlier this year, Kelsay Books published her book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Nothing can separate you from God’s love

Romans 8:38-39

For I am totally convinced
that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor principalities
nor powers,
nor things present
nor things to come,
nor height nor depth,
nor any other created thing,
shall be able to separate us
from the love of God
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased from Romans 8:38-39 with the parallel translations found on Bible Gateway.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Who gives up God for Lent?

And now says the LORD

Return to Me with all your heart!
Fast! Weep! Mourn!

In grief, tear not your garments, but tear
your hearts in regret
and sorrow for your sin.

Return to the LORD your God Who Is

gracious, merciful,

slow to anger,

and unswerving

in love –

a God – your God
Who wants not to punish
but turn toward you

with bread and wine
and blessing.

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase of today’s Bible reading from the Prophets, Joel 2:12-14

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

True love imitates God

God loves you!
You’re a Child of God,
so take after your Heavenly Father.

Live in love
as Christ loved us
and gave His life for us,
sacrificially –
the purest possible incense
offered up to God.

Let your words rise
like perfume in the air
with no mention of
sexual exploits or gluttonous goals
or any inappropriate behavior!

You’re Beloved of God,
so it’s just not right to tell
dirty stories or talk trash!

Instead, use your words to lift
your thanks, thanks,
thanks, and more thanks
up to God.

Think about it, and you’ll know
that no one who lives to satiate
the world’s insatiable appetite
for sex and money
will find anything remotely like that
to inherit in the Kingdom of God
Christ gives.

Oh, please! Don’t let anyone fool you
with empty words or an empty life.

Such sins arouse only
the anger of God, Who gets irked
every time His kids don’t even try to obey
the loving way He gives us to live.

And, oh, please! Don’t partner up
with people who hide from God.
Maybe you once wanted
to sneak around in the dark, too,
but now the Lord has lit you,
live as children sparked with light!

Light causes goodness to grow –
and truth too, which always gains
God’s approval.

So think about things that please the Lord,
and shun useless works
that lurk in worthless places.

Expose shameful secrets for what they are
for light makes it easy to see and assess
the true nature of love and anything.

As the saying goes:

“Wake up, Sleepy-head!
Arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine
with you.”

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrase, Ephesians 5:1-14

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The redeeming love of God

But now says the Lord,
Who created you and formed you:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by name,
and you are Mine.

When you pass through deep waters,
I will be with you –
through rivers, and they shall not overflow.

When you walk through spiritual fires,
you shall not be scorched,
nor shall tongues of flames torch you

for I Am the Lord your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I gave others for your ransom,
put others in your place.

Because you are precious in My sight,
you have been honored,
and I have loved you.

Therefore I give others for you –
a Savior for your life.

Fear not for I Am with you.

I will bring your descendants from the east
and gather you from the west.

I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’

Bring My sons from afar,
and My daughters from the ends of the earth.

Bring everyone who is called by My name –
everyone created for My glory,
everyone I formed and, yes, everyone I made.”

Bring the blind who have eyes
to see Me,
and the deaf who have ears to hear.

Let all the nations be gathered together.
Let all the peoples be assembled.

Who among them can declare
what’s already happened
or clearly demonstrate the former things?

Let them bring their witnesses and be justified.
Or let them hear Me and say, ‘It is truth.’

You are My witnesses, says the Lord,
and My servant whom I have chosen
to know Me and believe
and understand that I Am Me.

Before Me no God was formed,
nor shall any be after Me.

I, yes, I Am the LORD,
and without Me there is no savior.

I have declared, and I have saved.
I have clearly told you:
There’s no foreign god among you!

Therefore you are My witnesses,
says the Lord, that I Am God.

Indeed before the first day came,
I Am.

And no one can take you from Me.
I act for you, and who can undo what I do?"

© 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler, prayer-a-phrased poem, Isaiah 43:1-13