DO YOU LOVE ME THREE TIMES

A MOMENT IN HEAVEN

1 Corinthians 13 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Greatest Gift, combined with poetry

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels
But have not love
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal
At times my heart can resemble the hardest stone
How can my heart be known, if covered and unknown
Might I find the courage, out from behind the rock I stand
He calls me out from hiding
Teaching me by His spirit, I’m abiding
In the boat as He sleeps, a storm comes, it creeps
He is not awakened, though my heart frightened and shaken
Out from the boat on the water He stands
From a whisper He calls, commands, Terrified, I step out
And then begin to sink, the storms He quiets, and takes my hand
Now on the rock I stand
I deny Him three times as the cock crows three times
On the beach, on the sand, He asks me my rhyme
Do you love me three times

EMPTY TOMBS

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EMPTY TOMBS

A life of empty tombs
Visions of prosperity, a city in ruins
The heart drawn by worldly desires
Where one longs to build an empire
Possessions a promise to define
A sole sold to the wrong kind
Set out like the rest, meaning for the best
Only fooled by spiritual fools Gold
Let the truth be told
If one is to sell their only heart
Let me warn you before you part
With your greatest possession
Your heart was given as a test
How with it, would you invest?
The hearts purpose is to love
The one who gave it is above
All things, for He is love
Without Him, There is no life
Only, empty tombs

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

THE ROAD TO LOVE

The raod of love_edited-2

All of us on this road of life are searching for and needing love. Unfortunately what we find is, love is not easy. A more familiar expression we experience is rejection and it comes from the ones we love the most.

There are so many forms of rejection we experience. I am learning that looking for love in and through people is a road of hurt, disappointment, insecurity, self doubt, low self esteem, depression, and a loss of true identity.

I believe love was and has always been meant to be found in and through our Savior Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

You see Gods love is perfect! When we seek Gods love and learn His patients, grace and commitment to us, we will be forever changed in the way we view love, especially the way we view it in this broken world full of broken people who only know how to give broken love!!!

As we begin to understand God and His love for us and how His love deals with our broken love. We will begin to know how to love others with a Godly love and learn how to receive broken love as He does.

Simon Peter, Do You Love Me?
John 21
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.” (21:15–17)

Anyway, using the Greek words (in their anglicized forms), here is a summary of the passage.

VERSE 15:

Jesus asked Peter if he agape’d Him

Peter responded that he phileo’d Him

VERSE 16:

Jesus asked Peter if he agape’d Him

Peter responded that he phileo’d Him

VERSE 17:

Jesus asked Peter if he phileo’d Him

Peter responded that he phileo’d Him

The argument made by the scholars is that Jesus asked Peter if he had the highest form of love for Him. However, Peter could only say that he had the lower form of love for His Saviour. Finally, the third time He asked the question using the word for the lower form of love. This showed that Jesus was satisfied if Peter could only love Him with phileo love.

The reason we reject and are rejected is that we only know the lower kind of love phileo.

Our call from God is to first recieve His love, (agape love) which is a higher form of love that is perfected in Christ! Then in return practice giving this kind of love to God and others that our desire to be loved and to love others will be fulfilling!

God bless you today, I hope this was a word of encouragement and healing!