True Love

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HE SAID

It seems most appropriate to make our first official post of the 2018 year about Gina and I’s First Love, Jesus the Christ. We both have been walking with Him for most of our lives, off and on, so this is a very logical place to start.

Who do you consider your first love?

The phrase, “first love,” comes from a couple places in the scriptures, if you believe in the doctrinal perspective of the classical evangelical orthodoxy that follows the historical stream of the Reformation. And Gina and I do. Revelation 2 mentions the rebuke of the church in Ephesus for abandoning “the love you had at first.” 1 John says that “we love because He first loved us.” Then Paul agree in Romans 5 where he says that “God shows his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Who do you think first loved you?

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In my wedding vows to Gina I speak of a promise to pursue our Savior’s heart in our “love triangle” every day as we make effort to bring all three vertices closer and closer. That vow is so easy for many reasons, including our empty nest, our self-employment together, and all our time together. But the greatest reason for the ease is that we have been so extravagantly loved first. Who is it that loves us the most? Who loves us regardless? Who loved us before we loved Him? Before we knew Him, “while we were still sinners?”

Do you love yourself?

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All of my efforts to love Gina will fall short in our marriage if I don’t first receive His love for me. Then return some of that back with whatever I can give to Him. And only then will I be able to love her properly as she needs and fully as I am called.

Many look at the phrase, “first love,” as like when in their freshmen year in high school dating that cute cheerleader in your first serious relationship, sort of. That’s okay but, for today’s post, let’s turn it up a few notch’s and be a little more mature. Don’t think of it in terms of you loving someone, but in someone loving you.

Who do you think first loved you?

In closing, as we follow a path that begun with our Loving Father, with Paul’s help again it’s fitting that we should also end there. In Romans 13 he says, “For the commandments, … are summed up in this word, ‘You shall love you neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Hebrews joins in with his encouragement in chapter 10, saying “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” It seems to me that when I’m loving the “neighbor” who lives with me and reaching for the other two vertices, that is the beginning of true love. That is how I can begin to fulfill the “law” my Loving Father has placed before me.

Who is your closest neighbor?

So, here we are, giving effort and encouragement to whoever might need it, to “stir up one another” however our Father leads you. Be blessed, and thanks for reading.

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3 thoughts on “True Love

  1. Thank U Calvin and Gina. Very well written. Adding your post with my daily devotion.

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    1. we are honored. thank you for reading us.

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    2. Thank you Pam!! I hope you are well and loving the south.

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