GODLY LOVE! Mary Mayko
“This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another!” 1 John 3:11
Ahhh! True love! Most people in the world today seek to find that one true love! They search for someone who will love them unconditionally! They want to be cherished, nurtured, protected and one who will make them feel special! Well! Who wouldn’t want that! I believe that true love has to be offered and received by both parties! A one-sided love leaves people torn apart and bitter! This seems to be true between friends and Believers as well as married couples!
Dear old St. John had ministered to his congregation in Ephesus for many years! Now he had been exiled to a lonely island because of his commitment and love for our LORD! In spite of this, he was not bitter, but concerned for his precious flock back home! As their faithful shepherd, he had shown them the true love of God and his Savior in the way he had lived before them! He wrote them loving letters that have been recorded in the Bible!
His Epistles are 1 John, 2 John and 3 John which although quite short in length are packed with excellent helps and information! A gentle reminder, it is not the length of a message that is so important, as the helpful content it contains! True love is never selfish, it sees the needs of others and with a heart of compassion does all one can to help in some way. True love is not one who draws constant attention to himself or boasts of who he is! It is interesting to note the placement of 1 Cor.13 between the two chapters that describe spiritual gifts! Chapter 13 is a beautiful description of what true love is and is not! You may be spiritually gifted and give away all you have, but if not done in love it is worthless!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. Love never fails.” 1 Cor.13:4-8a.
Do you expect others to live up to these instructions but fail to do so yourself? How much do you truly love God and others? Most of us fail at times in these matters, but do not become overwhelmed! This love description shows us a beautiful side of our LORD Jesus Christ! He tells us to be like Him! We need His help to accomplish true love for others in our own lives, and He is willing to give us what we need to do that!
Back to our precious Saint John! His writings show us that love is much more than some warm feeling! While that may or may not occur, true love is action! As we seek to serve God and others, we are walking in the steps of Christ! God does not condemn us for our failures, but teaches us through His love and forgiveness! Listen as this Beloved shepherd writes encouragement to his flock!
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence, whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” 1 John 3:16-21This, my friend, is truly Godly love!
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
“GOD’S LOVING CARE!”
Lord! Do You really hear me when I begin to pray?
Are You really near me, and come without delay?
I long for Your comfort deep within my heart,
And from there, LORD, I trust You will never depart!
The peace and joy within me helps me every day.
I trust You will come to me, LORD, without delay!
When I hear Your voice, LORD, I really want to obey,
But at times, I feel lost somewhere along the way!
I know I am not perfect, I know I am undone,
But with the love of Jesus, I have already won!
So if you doubt He hears you, when you begin to pray,
You will know He does and His answer will not delay!
The love of God is here knocking at your heart.
If you let Him in, He will never depart!
New life with Jesus, will keep your mind at ease,
And God’s loving care will never cease!
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV