Frieda Lindsay, a strong woman of faith, who with her husband started “Christ for the Nations” in Texas, wrote the following:
“With nine of us children at home and no job, my father was desperate. He rented a house next door to a charismatic church which we attended. I had a loud voice, and the pastor called me to the platform to sing. The pastor, realizing our desperate financial predicament, came to my parents with this offer. ‘Allow us to adopt Freda.’ My little five-foot-two mother replied, ‘If I have to live on bread and water for the rest of my life, not one of our children will leave our home.’ At the age of six, I had my first real example of love.”
True human love is such a boost, a blessing, a comfort, an assurance. If only husbands would love their wives and likewise their wives love their husbands, instead of this incessant squabbling and competition. If only parents would love their children instead of belittling them, tormenting them, even torturing them.
St. Augustine wrote (and I paraphrase, so I won’t use quote marks)—There is a joy that is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love you for your own sake, whose joy You, Yourself are. And this is the happy life: to rejoice to You, of You, for You; this is it, and there is no other.
If God were only our main love, our dedicated love, our gracious and generous love, then we could easily love each other.
Jamie Owens Collins writes: “As we magnify the Lord, our perspective becomes more accurate. Our circumstances begin to take on their proper proportion to the greatness of God. Our faith is strengthened as we focus on His majesty, might, and mercy. Declare the truth of God’s word; it will bring freedom to you and those around you. Lift up the name of Jesus over every difficulty; others will be drawn to Him as they see your deliverance.”
My life’s goal is to draw people to the love of Christ. Beware, my reader friend. I am praying that the Lord will pour out His abundant love into all corners of your life! And God always answers my prayer!