“We are the Hearts”, a poem from L.Willows (love walking, the Beloved)

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I found this “old poem”, that I wrote in 2012 and actually hid it. Maybe I was not ready for it. I just changed it from being about me to Us to because a few weeks ago my pastor said in a sermon, that “our lives are not about ourselves”. That stayed with me.

This little poem speaks of the life-journey. We can be hearts that are challenged throughout life, yet ones that rise above and are lifted – loved through the seasons of all- brought to the Throne of the Beloved.  (Linda Willows)

We are the hearts that beat until
there is no other silenced will,
in places that would rather be stilled-
We challenge yet to feel and spill.

Dare us not to fall away.
Dare our souls to rise this day,
wrapping each our own fate’s stay
with love that Keeps, that binds our way.

When the season comes to find us home,
soften us, Lord, by brine, we have roamed;
lived from within each corner of the Stone
loved, drawn, by the light of your Throne.

And due will be the Glory of
such mighty freedom from Above.
Our hearts will find their dear Beloved,
there will be with the deepest Love.

©2012 Linda Willows, © 2019 Linda Willows

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“God is Love”, from R.C. Sproul (love one another, authentic faith)

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“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7–8).

God is Love from R.C. Sproul

As we have made our way through John’s first epistle, it has become clearer that assurance is the result of a constant interplay between external evidences and internal testimony. If we keep the commandments of Christ, we know that we abide in Him, yet we know that we abide in Christ because of the work of the Spirit (1 John 3:24). The Holy Spirit does indeed assure us that we belong to Jesus, but He never operates apart from the outward evidences of faith. The authentic presence of the Spirit is discerned both by His internal testimony and by our obedience to the commands of Jesus given through His apostles (4:6).

For the past few days we have studied one of these commands, namely, belief in the name of the Son (3:23; 4:1–5). Today we look at the second command found in 3:23 — love for one another.

Again John states that love is a fundamental mark of the one who has authentic faith. If the one who loves has been born of God and knows God (4:7), then the one who does not love has neither been born of God, nor does he know God. “God is love” (v. 8), that is, love is essential to God’s nature.

If we truly have become partakers of this nature (2 Peter 1:4) and increasingly reflect God’s holy and loving character, then we have no choice but to love other people, especially fellow believers. Our transformed hearts will inevitably respond to God’s call that we love others as He loves us. We will endeavor to love if we have been born of God, and we will repent when we find ourselves not loving as He has commanded.

The biblical definition of God’s love is more radical than we often imagine. The proto-Gnostics troubling John’s original audience would have thought it made God too personal.

Today many affirm the truth “God is love” but live as if the Bible did not demand us to love even the most unlovable (Luke 6:32–36).

Others recoil at the fact God reserves a special, salvific love for His people alone (Rom. 9:13). Yet if we are truly to reflect God’s character, with self-sacrifice we must love Christ’s people and strive to show love even to those “unworthy” of it both inside and outside the church.

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When we say “God is love” we must never think His love is more important than His other attributes. The doctrine of God’s simplicity tells us God’s love never operates apart from His holiness, mercy, justice, omnipotence, omniscience, or any other attribute. This tells us it is loving to seek justice and demand holiness, though we never do so at the expense of mercy. Ask the Lord to help you learn how to apply His love to every situation you face.

 

“Loves’ Answer, Loves’ Promise, The Holy’s Engrave”, a worship poem from L.Willows

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Loves’ Answer, Loves’ Promise, The Holy’s Engrave

Dear ones wrapped in loves’ sweetened prayer
hearts deepen, they appeal, they unite, they declare.
Kingdoms and gateways rising to swell
all from the glory of The Beloved’s indwell.

Dear ones held tightly and lifted with trust
calling with might, hearts emptied, cups thrust.
All given in prayer that One may save
Loves’ answer, Loves’ promise; The Holy’s engrave.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Isaiah 65: 24 ~ Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Mark 11:24 ~ Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

“Holy Moments from Heaven”…by Linda Willows

a13715988_1747332822179919_703671116264867973_nWe will see Jesus, in the hour near.
Love lets the door press apart, banning fear.
All kindred hearts will fill in deep sweetened air,
and breathe with the Touch that His Spirit does bear.

Oh such Holy moments from Heaven above,
will hasten our heartbeats with the flood of His Love.
Here do we join in full hope, faith and prayer…
Lost and then found in the gain of God’s Dare.

Calling the Glory of the Kingdom Declared,
Lives speak the Word of His Own unimpaired.
Blessed are the Hearts with “The Beloved One”,
We see Jesus today -Our Christ; The Lord’s Son.

© 2016 Linda Willows