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Eric's Monday Sermon; Love of Life

Updated on September 28, 2015

Sometimes love is when your big sister sneaks you a cup of the forbidden drink.

Who would think that forbidding a little boy from having soda would make him so happy when he gets some.
Who would think that forbidding a little boy from having soda would make him so happy when he gets some. | Source

To Live is To Love

There was a man and he was dying of cancer. He was a goner for sure.But a strange thing happened to him when this truth was revealed to him.He was overcome with love. Not someone else's but his own.We could easily understand that he was "covered in the Love of Jesus Christ" as he was a Christian man. And we could easily understand that he was covered in the love of family and friends. And of course all that is ultimately true. But that is not what overwhelmed him. His own love of life and others and nature and God is what overwhelmed and took over this man's life. It felt like a warm blanket yet it emanated from the inside out.

It gives us pause to think of such an occurrence. Most of us get an idea like "being loved" and how powerful that can be. It is almost too easy to understand that my mom loves me and that makes me feel good and safe and sound. And this brings us to God. After all this is a sermon and it just seems right that we talk about God. Today let us talk about something real personal about God. Something so personal that nobody has a right to talk about it to you or even with you. Something as personal as your own personal God. I am going to tell you about your personal God. I am going to tell you what to believe about your own personal God. Yes I am going to be so pushy, rude and obnoxious as to tell you what to believe.Go no further in life looking for answers. Question no more. I will speak with ultimate authority and finality. I am going to tell you how to feel and what to feel.

Hang on and listen to this loving song. Let the pictures redirect you to your happy place and be open for a revelation.

Love is Alive!

Welcome to Fall

Love is alive, even as we sleep. How loving was the hand that gave so many trees a winter off to rest?
Love is alive, even as we sleep. How loving was the hand that gave so many trees a winter off to rest? | Source

Your God Loves You!

Well there you have it. Your God loves you. If you have any other notion of your God then get rid of it today. If you feel for one second that you are not good enough for your God. Get a new one. If somewhere along the line your lines got crossed up and you came to feel that your God is spiteful and vengeful and mean and not loving absolutely show him the door and let him in no more. You must need, want and deserve unconditional love from your God.

There is a cute notion that floats around in Christian circles and it goes something like this. You cannot earn the Grace and Love of God. It is freely given. What a great concept. But it is ultimately wrong throughout all the scriptures. Sorry to break up a happy freebie love fest among preachers and their flock. Here is the catch. You have got to love God first. I know that will raise eyebrows and force others to turn away from my blasphemy. So be it.

You see there is just something about how we are made. You have got to know love in order to receive it. Can you imagine if we gave a man who had never even seen a fishing pole or tasted fish a beautiful fishing lure? Oh he might even marvel at how shiny it is or the craftsmanship that went into it. But there is no way he can understand the functionality and attributes of the lure until he understands the concept of fishing.

With that in mind we then can look back at my statement of Loving God First and get the loving part. You somehow have to know what love is before you can fully accept and assimilate it. Perhaps we just feel what love is, we are good with that. But what of this God thing? Why must it be a love of God that we know? (times like this I wish I was a theological genius so I could make this sound all smart) Well get ready to have your socks knocked off because this is a real doosey. God is love.

Some Biblical stuff is complicated. Some is real easy. Makes me think that the easy stuff is the most important, but that is just me. So here it is: 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. And don't worry, this is not taken out of context. Actually the stuff around it gets even heavier about love.

This is a pour over after a big rain. Yes that cliff is about 800 ft tall.

I just love it when nature gives us a show!
I just love it when nature gives us a show! | Source

My mom just loved this song. And so I just love this song. How simple is that?

Go Forth!

There is a little ditty that I made up for my kids. Kind of silly. Do you remember that old saying "beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot"? Well that always gets a giggle from a child. So we adapted it. "Love, love the magical thing, the more you give the more you bring". I told you it was silly. It kind of gets the point across while making you smile and if you share it with someone you are already spreading the love baby.

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Sorry I was listening to the Love is Blue song and remembering how my mom passed it along to me because she really loved it and how I have passed it on to others because I really love it. I have no clue if it is a "good" song. Heck it might even be a "great song" or a dud. But it was passed along in love and sharing of love. So I suppose it could be fingernails on a blackboard and I would still love it. I think that gets the point across.


Back to the fella with cancer and love.

Oh for sure that guy underwent a outrageously rigorous regimen of chemotherapy. Like they say if the cancer don't kill you the chemo will. Or at least they used to say that, I hear the treatment options are much better now although probably not for someone with stage four and a 3% chance of making it.

We know what became of him. He is doing just fine these 20 years later. 20 years of remission or cure as you may choose. So we look back and ask ourselves; "did the love cure him or did medicine cure him"? Did God intervene? And because I am intimately familiar with the fella I can answer. Yes. Yes to it all. Because love entered him all things were possible.

What would it be like if I were a god? Well first thing and last thing I would do is love people. Give my love into others. And thereby make all things possible. How great would that be?!

Hey wait a second -- I can do that. I can be Godlike. Wow! So can you. I got an idea, just for today let us go be gods. You and me together. Let's go spread the love and change lives.

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A bonus this week....wisdom and truth on a Monday. Thanks for the inspiration...now it's time to write. :)

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      You know Eric, Bill is right. Gather up your sermons and you'll have a wonderful inspirational book!

      This sermon was not only inspiring, but heartwarming brave man. Thank you for sharing your love. God bless.

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      Dana Tate 22 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Two beautiful well-written hubs. Billybuc was right, this is a nice extra bonus.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Let us knock 'em out this week Bill. I mean that in the Yogi Berra sense not the Ali sense. Thank you for your prodding. I am beginning a business plan today.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary,

      We are going to do this thing. And I mean we including you. Be ready to help as things get tough.

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      Denise W Anderson 22 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You are right, Eric, love changes lives! It changes our lives when we realize how much God loves us and feel, truly feel that love. It is interesting that we don't feel it until we love others, or appreciate their love for us. Then we can recognize God's love in its many and myriad facets and faces. You have an immense capacity to love, and it speaks through each one of your articles!

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      Love is the one thing that technology or the wishful thinking of others may not duplicate. It is the one decisive and brightest diamond, of our spiritual being. Love overcomes all languages or racial divides and is the divine gift of our Lord God and creator. Well done my friend. Amen!!!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana thank you for coming by and supporting me. It means a great deal.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise,

      No matter the struggle or problem there is no situation that love cannot help make better. I admit that sometimes I don't want to feel the love. I just want to wallow in my self pity, anger and resentments. But He just won't put up with that for long. Neither will my wife! ;-) they seem to want my love. Happy day.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu,

      My bride and I are sterling examples of your truth. Totally different cultures, races, countries, languages and even religion. But here we are over a decade later celebrating the same worship, language, country and son. Try as we might to think separately we just can't. Love binds. His love binds forever.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      How can we expect love from God if we do not give love, as you say, " God is love. " This is a beautiful message! Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby some speak of the mystery of faith. And that is all good. But I am still in awe over the mystery of love. Marvels that I know I am just beginning to grasp.

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      Marlene Bertrand 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Your most profound statement, "You have got to love God first." I have never heard it put like that, but it is absolutely true. And, by the way, I got a real kick out of your little revision, "...the more you give the more you bring." Amen, brother!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Marlene,

      There was a bit of that fear of God deal going around when I was young. I get the concept now in my age but with the little ones I tend toward the idea that God is fun. But then again try as I might my children never feared me, so who knows. I heard about loving yourself first but for me loving God first seems to work.

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      Venkatachari M 22 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      One more awesome sermon! I love the style you presented it. To be loved, you should first know what love is. Exactly true. Without knowing about a taste how can you experience that taste?

      Thanks for these wonderful sermons. Be God for one day and spread the love.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari,

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I find that the love I receive here from good folks like you is inspiration for my life. I made a concerted effort yesterday to actually show my love to others. It admittedly took some work on my part. I am a little ashamed to admit that. I feel it should be a habit that happens without effort.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      If I can ever help you, just let me know! This wonderful experience called life has added you to my group of friends and I would certainly be honored to help you in any way I can!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I thank you and will indeed ask.

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      Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

      Wow, Eric..I think this is the BEST one of these I have read. Absolutely...God IS love and by loving Him we learn to give love to others. How fortunate I was to be raised in a home where I felt love on a daily basis and learned of God's love.

      And I understand so well the power of God. If you have read my hubs you know that my daughter and grandson have cancer. You also know that they were told many years ago that their time was very short . But we believe that God's love and God's purpose is the reason they are on the planet all of these many years later. So yes, I get it!!! God is good...God is LOVE.

      Awesome awesome, Eric

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia thank you for coming by and leaving such a powerful comment. I am now contemplating on the serious notion that all love is the same. I know, I know that there are supposedly 100 different kinds of love. But perhaps they are simply different manifestations of the same love. May you always be loved.

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      Audrey Hunt 21 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Eric - This sermon speaks about my favorite subject - love. What is God? God is love. You've given us such an important message with this one line alone. "You cannot earn the Grace and Love of God. It is freely given." What a gift this is! Imagine...we are all loved freely with no conditions attached. What a blessing! Knowing this, we must go forward loving our fellowman freely...or at the very least, we must try.

      A million thanks for sharing your wisdom here on HP. I will pass this sermon on in hopes of making this world a more loving place in which to live. It all starts with us.

      Blessings Eric,

      Audrey

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      ahorseback 21 months ago

      There goes my friend Eric , knockin' um dead !

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Audrey for such a wonderful addition to this hub. I think that as long as I focus on love all things in my world are better. Lately I have been making myself laugh when I turn away from love. I simply never have a good reason to do so.

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Ed, thanks for dropping by this morning. You just gave me a very happy boost. Oh no, now I have to decide what to do with it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 21 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Wow!!

      Thank you for sharing. Hebrews six says that without faith its impossible to please God as you first have to believe he exists! (makes sense really!)

      Thanks for sharing

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Lawrence a double thank you for your comment. Hebrew 6 sure makes sense to me. We are made for love. I must admit I needed to come back here and visit. It is a great way to begin a day focusing on love.

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      sujaya venkatesh 20 months ago

      all religions for that matter advocate love

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Every one I ever heard of does Sujaya.

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Eric

      I'm back for a second look at this timeless sermon. I second all that I said in my comments the first time around. I'd like to add: There are times when for one reason or the other we feel unloved by someone close to us or we feel unloved period. For example: My sister has dementia and through no fault of her own says some pretty harsh, nasty things to me. It affects me and the tears fill my eyes and I'm left feeling unloved. Then suddenly I remember that God loves me so much. This puts things in perspective for me and my tears dry up and I feel better.

      Your beautiful sermon is needed by all of us. I'm so glad I came back to review your words.

      Audrey

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Audrey. I sure feel where you are coming from. I have this little auto response now. If someone treats me harshly, I simply thank God for the lesson. I wish I could explain better, the loving embrace I feel from God.

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      Rolly A Chabot 11 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... as always you teach from the heart, it is a true gift my friend. Thank you for sharing...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Rolly for your support. I hope you have a wonderful Fall.

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      Elena 6 months ago from London, UK

      The 4 words that stuck with me is "Love is a Mandate."

      Thanks for an inspiring read.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elena,Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. I think it is cool to have at least one thing that is rock solid and not really arguable.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      ... And while we're spreading our blanket of love lets remember to love ourselves. A fantastic sermon Eric. I lingered on every word.

      Thanks for inspiring me.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Audrey -- maybe we should go so far as to say "first love yourself", great point.

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