When a four letter word spells freedom…

LOVES PRISONER

My mom made me a Prisoner of Love.

I was in sixth grade at P.S. 5 in Yonkers and it was my last Halloween parade through the neighborhood. She creatively crafted a costume from a large box, red tights, white go-go boots, and a plastic bowling ball and chain.

And I am sure she had no idea how prophetic that would be!!

As God’s prisoner, then, I beg you to live lives worthy of your high calling. Accept life with humility and patience, making allowances for each other because you love each other. Make it your aim to be at one in the Spirit, and you will inevitably be at peace with one another.

You all belong to one body, of which there is one Spirit, just as you all experienced one calling to one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God, one Father of us all, who is the one over all, the one working through all and the one living in all.

Naturally there are different gifts and functions; individually grace is given to us in different ways out of the rich diversity of Christ’s giving.
Ephesians 4:1-7

LOVE Paris

A prisoner of Love!

That is precisely what we are called to be as we profess to follow Christ.

And what a high calling He calls us to on the narrow road so often rocky where it is easy to twist an ankle and stumble along the way.

But our Lord gives us help to keep us on course, walking the walk that is so much easier to talk {or write} about!

He tells us that in order to proceed in a manner worthy of the calling, we must have humility, gentleness, patience, and tolerance.

As I meditate on these verses I jot down thoughts in the margins of my bible until most of the white space on the page is gone.

Humility…thinking neither better nor worse of myself but seeing me for who I am in Him. Humility says forget self and put the other first.

Gentleness…treating others with tender loving care; handling their hearts carefully and remembering we are all fragile. Nice and easy.

Patience…honoring another with my time and heart attitude. Giving them all the time they need without seeking to rush their growth or understanding.

Tolerance…allowing the other to be who they are right where they are with love that loves them as is. Acceptance as a unique equal. Living and letting live.

And we must be diligent to preserve unity in the bond of peace.

Diligent…being appropriately careful to follow through, never giving up. Going the extra mile for another.

Unity…being undivided or unbroken. I am my beloved’s and he is mine. In one accord. Making beautiful music together. Being one in One.

Peace…tranquility, harmony, absence of hostilities, freedom from fear. Being able to exhale.

And all of it must be done with and in that little four letter word, LOVE!

Earth

Little word, big wallop of an impact!

God’s love for all His creation is huge!

It’s the love that writes our names on the palm of His hand while spinning the planet we call home on its axis.

It’s the love that changes stone to flesh and melts a beating polar ice cap.

It’s the love that flings open prison doors.

It’s the love that transforms us.

And we love because He first loved us.

And His love for us knows no end. His love died for us, rose and lives again.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16

With one hope of our calling in one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all, my Michael and me keep reaching for 1 Corinthians 13 love.

He gives grace from above that is beyond our understanding, according to Christ’s unfathomable gift.

Ephesians 4

And seven lines of scripture in Ephesians massively affect our individual and collective walk with Christ. We read these verses together at breakfast, over and over, as we seek to be one in our marriage and one with the Lord.

And the keeping of these verses ain’t easy sometimes!

But he’s my brother and I am his sister and we are best friends forever. Our Father in heaven gives grace to empower us to diligently pursue this end and even see progress {as opposed to perfection} in all our relationships as we follow hard after His eternal truth.

So that when we hit the sweet spot, when we really live out the scriptures and live in love, it truly is amazing!

And we’ll keep grabbing hold of Jesus, the God Man of the gospels. Divinity that became one with humanity and dwelt among us.

We look to Him to learn to love and we will NEVER LET GO!

Except when we need to let go and let God.

And God does His God thing as He works in us to will and to do for His good pleasure for we are way too weak in our sin natures to ever get this right on our own.

One day at a time, we take God at His word and He helps us.

One day at a time, we commit scripture to heart and our hearts stand stronger in our commitments.

One day at a time, grace helps us do what is right, giving true and lasting love the right of way as it freely flourishes to the glory of God…

~sheila

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4 thoughts on “When a four letter word spells freedom…

  1. A prisoner of love… I love this concept! Thanks for expanding so well on those attributes – they are well worth reflecting on… printing out… living out! So thankful for His grace which allows us to serve Him and the world He’s placed us in 🙂

    • You are welcome, Ali. And this is a most worthy concept to … LIVE OUT!
      And I think we live it out best…we LOVE best…as we BREAKOUT of
      anything and everything that holds us back from being closer to Him and
      more like Him. God bless you in your journey, my friend. Thanks!

  2. Dear Sheila,
    Thank you for this. It really meets and encourages my heart. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Bless you,
    Susan

    • You are very welcome, Susan. And thank you for taking the time to tell me. That encourages me! And may we all be encouraged, as sisters and brothers, to keep walking this good walk, no matter how hard, where we learn to love better one day at a time…