An unusually cold morning in Edinburgh.I was up at 3 AM. Preparations were going on for Christmas lunch. Parties every where.!
I wanted to meet the master of Christmas. He is reason for all these, which most people do not give thought to. With out Him life is empty. May be there is so much in the world to enjoy when one is young but when old age creeps in the desire for these slowly dims. Loneliness some times takes root, even in the midst of relatives and friens.Some do not have real friends even!.
My heart was sort of empty. Little nagging anxieties, insecurities, disappointments and wishes seem to rush into me and fill my mind. These are not of God. Quickly I went to God's word.
As I opened the bible John15th chapter came. I have read it many times but God's word becomes fresh and new each time I read it. That is the power of God! Cosolation and counsel comes from the word. It corrects me and builds me up. Where will I be if not for His word I thought. I can be in a small corner in the world , the word makes the place heaven when God speaks!
I read about abiding in the vine inorder to give much fruit.[15:8] That is what I want to do these days. On my own I am barren and fruitless. Not of any use. I am trying my best to abide in Him by meditating on his word praying, checking and correcting my words thoughts and behaviour according to His word. Lord helps me . I need more of you is my hearts cry. Another benifit is 'What ever you wish ,ask and it will be done'
I raised my heart in prayer to the Lord and said' Lord, I prayed for peace in the family.You did it for me [ A thing that appeared almost impossible] in an amazing manner.Today I ask you to perfect it.Let there be perfect peace among the rest of the family members. You said'It shall be done'[v7] and I believe it.' I sincerely trust and believe that my Lord is able and He will defeat the enemy that is causing division.
Another verse that touched me is [v9] 'As the father has loved me so have I loved you. Continue in my love'I asked help to continue in His love and went on to meditate on Christ's love.
[15:13]'Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends'
Christ's love for men is unchanging '--- having loved his own which were in the world,He loved them unto the end.'[Jn13:1]; His love is divine[Jn15:9]
Self sacrificing [15:13]
It is inseparable[Rom8:35] 'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ-----'
It is a constraining love. [2nd cor 5:4]
Sacrificial [Gsl2:20][---The life which I live in the fkesh, I live by the faith of the son of god who love me and gave himself for me.'
It was manifested by His death[! Jn 3:16]Here by perseive we the love of God, because He laid down his life for his brerthen'
No one need to feel unloved or lonely when we have so many words of our Lord encouraging us, I thought.
I went on to consider the blessings that I/ we receive by our love to Christ:
john14:15-16] If you love me keep my commandments and Iwill pray to the father and He shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.' That is the HolySpirit! We have experienced Him.
If a man love me he will keep my words and my father will love him and we will come unto him and make our abode with him'. Isn't it a wonderful experience. Imagine the Triune God reciding in me/ you? [Jn 14:23]Jn 166:27 says'For my father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came out from God'
How many do not believe this today,I thought. It is my duty to pray for God's mercy on them.
Finally Eph6:24 says [Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jeus Christ in sincerity'
How many promise filled verses to encouage me and you, whenI/we feel lonely or desperate!. Lord teach me, help me to love you more to get closer to you,to hear your heart beat. Help me/ us to bring others to you, who gave your life to save us. Use me today in some way to make you rejoice in me. I pray this for all my loved ones and God's children. Iam sure the Lord heard all my prayers!