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Let All Be Done with Love

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be done with love
My godfather was buried last week. The verse I chose to him was 1 Corinthians 13:13: And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. That tells you a lot about what kind of man he was. But even I was in for a surprise at the funeral.

All his neighbors were telling stories after stories how he had helped them. How he had served them. How he had loved them.

I was floored in awe. I had known he was a loving godfather. I had experienced his love and care in many ways. But he had embodied love in everything he did. He had loved everyone around him. He had truly lived a life of love. Everything he had done was done with love.

What a legacy.

That is what I want to strive for. I want to ooze God’s love left and right. I want to love and serve God as I go about my daily tasks. I want everything to be done with love. I want to live a life of love. I want to leave a legacy of love.

Yet I fail daily. What can I do?

Yes, once again we are back to Jesus. I can’t but Jesus can. If I seek first the kingdom of God…this will happen too. If I abide in Christ…love will inhabit me too. If I live in the Spirit…I will be enabled to love and serve.

Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Cor. 16:14, NRSV)

The verse does not say “do everything in love”…but “let everything be done in love”. We need to let God work through us. We need to let the Holy Spirit flow freely in us. And then everything we do is done with Love.

If we want to leave a legacy of love, we need to stick closely to Jesus. The more we abide in Christ, the more loving we will become. Not because we’d be that amazing but because then God can show who he really is through us. And God is love.

 

Gracious God,
Come and live in us!
Show us how to embody love,
how to do everything in Love.
Enable, empower, equip us!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you met people who embody love? What was their secret?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you strive to live a life of love!

Image courtesy of Ian Barnard. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp:  #1032 We can live a life of love if we abide in Christ.

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  • Melissa

    I remember my Mom and Dad say that they two gained new insight into their parents lives as the stories of love overflowed at my grandfather’s funeral.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      That is a huge blessing. Thanks for sharing, Melissa. Abundant blessings to you!

  • http://www.lisanotes.com/ Lisa notes…

    I’m sorry about the loss of your godfather. But how precious that you were able to hear all those wonderful stories of love about him! Praying you have a blessed week walking in that love, Mari-Anna.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you, Lisa. Love-filled Blessings to you too!

  • bluecottonmemory

    What a gift from the Father – to have a God-father like that who mentored you and gave you a great inheritance – the desire to love others whole-heartedly. I had a spiritual mom and have a spiritual dad – and when I reached out, they just pulled us into their spiritual family – I think it is all about reaching out – and pulling people into your heart:) Not just special people but everyday, regular people:)

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      “it is all about reaching out – and pulling people into your
      heart:) Not just special people but everyday, regular people:)”

      Well said. That’s what it really is all about. Love draws people to God.

      Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you!

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    I’m sorry for your loss but thank you for sharing. I too want to ooze Jesus!

    Loving others isn’t always easy or convenient but we are called to do that. And for me, it’s only something I can do with the help of Christ.

    • http://www.flowingfaith.com Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke

      Thank you, TC. And, yes, I am right with you: Loving happens only by God’s grace. I pray God will bless you and yours in special ways this summer.