Gleaning From The Weekend Sermons

It must be possible to have every virtue but love, and use them to their fullest, for a while. Strange but true. Paul warns in Colossians 3 and 1 Corinthians 13, though, that without love, our efforts will come to nothing. I’ve written before about my burden to see my kids get saved. Aliyah especially is getting to the age where her misbehavior can only be so corrected by us; she needs the Savior, and the Holy Spirit inside her to convict her of wrong and teach her Who is in control. I’ve felt lately like I am not getting anywhere with her on spiritual matters. It occurred to me, and not for the first time, that maybe I am attempting this in my own strength. I exercise patience, kindness, and serve her, but it is because I know that is what I am supposed to do, and I don’t always have love as my motive. If I loved her, I would lay her at the feet of Jesus at the outset, watch for His healing touch, wait for His direction in the matter at hand.
The speaker, Louie Giglio, at the concert last night said many thought-provoking things. Chris Tomlin’s tour is called the How Great Is Our God tour, named for a song that he has out on this latest album. Louie drove home the point that God truly is great, so great in magnitude that we honestly can’t get our minds around how big he really is. So great in His creative power in making each one of our bodies, that we often ignore how we are created in His image, rather than try to understand it. And so great is His love toward us, that He was willing to become one of us relatively tiny creatures, and die on a cross, so that we could be free from sin and have eternal life with Him. But we have trouble even grasping that. Louie’s talk was a good reminder to me of how little I am, and how I need to be letting God have control in my life and the lives of my children. He has it anyway, but if I don’t live like He does, and try to solve problems and run the show myself, my kids won’t know that I love them, and they won’t know that God loves them, either. I want to let the power of the cross do its work, and not let the foolishness of ‘my wisdom’ get in the way.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.

2 Replies to “Gleaning From The Weekend Sermons”

  1. I think alot of parents stuggle with this at one time or another and sometimes need a reminder to leave it in God’d hands.

  2. This is wonderful and something I need to memorize in my heart and remember all day long. 🙂 Thanks!

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