CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 19, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter K


26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  K

Monte Holland

 

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter J to read the previous post on the letter J.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

 

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER K

 

Keep yourselves in the love of God; wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ into eternal life. (Jude 21)

     Couples fail at love all the time. Of those who marry, half divorce. Of the half of married couples that stay married, what is their secret of enduring love?

     Which is the better starting place to finding the secret of enduring love—God or humans?

     The logical answer to the question is God. The assumption is that if we find the secret of enduring love with God, then we may be able to apply it to marriage.

     Love is a relationship. Love is a two-way street. Each party contributes. Do we love because we are naturally lovers or do we love because we are first loved? Look at a familiar 19th century hymn, O How I Love Jesus:

1.          There is a name I love to hear, 
            I love to sing its worth; 
            it sounds like music in my ear, 
            the sweetest name on earth.  
Refrain:
            O how I love Jesus, 
            O how I love Jesus, 
            O how I love Jesus, 
            because he first loved me!
2.          It tells me of a Savior's love, 
            who died to set me free; 
            it tells me of his precious blood, 
            the sinner's perfect plea.
            (Refrain)
3.          It tells of one whose loving heart 
            can feel my deepest woe; 
            who in each sorrow bears a part 
            that none can bear below.
            (Refrain)

     For years Christians sang this hymn. Its refrain states I love Jesus because he first loved me. What is the nature of this love?

·         First, love makes us feel like singing, and it intensifies as we sing—in public or private.

·         Second, we love Jesus because he holds our future—Jesus died for us and stands ready to hear our plea for mercy and to set us free.

·         Third, we love Jesus because he feels our deepest woes and bears a part of our sorrows like no other can.

      That sums up this verse from Jude—we keep close to God and await God’s final mercy because God’s love brings joy (music) into our lives, brings forgiveness and new life now, and lifts us up in the midst of life’s burdens.

     God’s love and our love of God are central to finding the best in life now and forever.

 

 

To read 26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET: THE LETTER L, click on:  26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter L

 

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction 

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC 

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A Script on their Marriage

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1

SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #1 

Writing Quality Blogs

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