The Invitation

"I give you a new commandment: that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35

"True charity means returning good for evil--always." Mary Mazzarello

"We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other." Dorothy Day


"If you will return, O Israel, return to me," declares the Lord. "If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray, and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, 'As surely as the Lord lives,' then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory."

"This is what the Lord says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it." Jeremiah 4:1-4

The Invitation - Steven Curtis Chapman
Music Video by Coley2007

1 comment:

SHIRAH said...

Good Morning all!

This post bids us come to the ultimate command--"Love one another." It's never been God's request or a suggestion. It's not even purposed to be just a nice thought! Actually it is a "covenant attitude of God" towards His people.It's the Royal law.

Charlotte thank you for bringing the Royal invitation to the Body-- once again! Are we challenged now to LIVE our confession BEFORE the world? that--GOD IS LOVE.

How long will we put the Lord and His commandment off about living this? How long will we put off as to what is REQUIRED of us?
Throw off the yokes of traditon, and the "this is the way we do things around here mentality"
What FEAR you've been ingrained with by unrenewed minds in your midst!Perfect love casts out fear!
A renewed mind is a Love mind!

Throw yourself to the wind of the Spirit--HE will faithfully carry you to the "Threshing Floor!" :) and lay you "Face Down" in prayer!

It's the ONLY place of spiritual productivity and growth RIGHT NOW the the believer. Are you missing His appoinments?

You will eventually bend like wheat to the Law of Love and cleave to it IF you are willing to go the the "floor" and be broken up in the Spirit.
We will run to each other WITH holy willingness AND readiness to go in together and feast at HIS table--even through differences and difficulties.