Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
I will no longer look back and say, "What if I would have" loved God sooner. I love God now and have for many years and I opened my heart to Him. When we learn about love being an action if we don't love ourselves we aren't able to love others. God is the One who has showed more love than anyone and once we learn to receive His love, then we can learn to love others.
Last Tuesday after Bible study we continued to listen to music and my request was Stay by Rihanna. Years ago, was the first time I learned that you could listen to circular music and sing it to the Lord. This particular song has a beautiful message when we ask God to stay. I learned this from a woman who was in love with the Lord and it showed. Also, on Friday nights I used to go to "Life In the Son" which was a music ministry at first. They did the same thing turning circular music into Christian music. Amazing!
Today while I was asking God which message I should write about He told me in a mysterious way. I turned on the radio and my usual Christian station was not coming in clearly. I normally listen to Christian music, but today tuned into another channel. I only listened to one song and it was one that I could use asking you to think about God singing these lyrics to you. (I am going to refresh you memory by typing the first verse and skip down to the main chorus). When you have time I encourage to listen to the whole song.
This song is Open Your Heart by Madonna.
I see you on the street, and you walk on by. You make me wanna hang my head down and cry. If you gave me half a chance. You'd see my desire burning inside of me. But you choose to look the other way.
Open your heart to me, baby. I hold the lock and you hold the key. Open your heart to me, darling. I'll give you love if you, you turn the key.
Have you ever heard someone say, "nothing last forever?" My friends they were so wrong in saying that! Love lasts forever! God is love. (1 John 4:8) Jesus is God! He always was, is, and always will be. He gives this love freely!
The two greatest commandments:
"You must love the Lord your God with all you heart, all your soul, and all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
As Christians we are known by our love. This love is to be spread among others causing a ripple affect from where we are, all around the world, and into eternity. Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow, and everyday after.