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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Stewardship of Love
A river of love flows through our lives.
Love is miraculous
Love is not a commodity sold and bought. It is not even something taught. Love is not an encapsulation. And love is not a compilation. Love is not made of human mind. And love is not just being kind. Love is special in a tenth degree. Love does not come from a decree. There is something special in this thing. The more you give the more you bring. But love does not live all by itself. It must be found within the self. And then all good people gather round. And exclaim the virtue of what they found. But love can never ever stop there. It depends on how much we care. Stewards of this lovely gift. Their souls shall get a heavenly lift.
Are we to receive the gift of love and place it under our bed and pull it out when the time is just right? I think not. What do you think? I think it such a wonderful gift that it is to be paraded about and shown about as though it is the greatest treasure on earth and of course it is. A cool Bible verse is perfect here. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” The impetus for this sermon came from a wonderful writer known as carbdiva here on Hubpages see her article here: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Living-Stewardship-the-gift-of-talent
Now let us just say that God made man in his image. And let us just presume that does not mean that we all look like God, but rather something deeper. Now let us just say that there is good and evil in the world. Now let us say that man is born with two basic emotions and the rest are basically from being taught and experience, which is to say the same thing. Those emotions are love which is good and fear which is evil. And now let us just take a truth that withstands many tests but is written in the Bible like so: “If you do not know love you do not know God for God is love” (paraphrase from 1 John 4:8)
See how that ties into a nice little package. Love is a gift we are all given and acting in love is having part of God within you. Love beats fear and evil if you let it. That love is within us already. It is the light of God. It causes good deeds which glorifies love and therefor our father in heaven.
Even a great sunset evokes a love.
The cost of love.
This thing called love is as natural as the day is long and is a gift freely given to one and all. The difference in how it appears in the individual. Both how it appears to them and how it appears to others. But it is really important to get the notion down that love is ours alone yet it is the connection to all others. It is in a sense a dichotomy. Nothing can be as personal to ourselves and yet a shared “feeling”.
Now a lot is made about the different kinds of love, indeed I have made a big deal about it but for now turn that off. All love is essentially the same. From amorous love to the love of a spring morning and the love of a game. It emanates from the same place inside us. I just challenge anyone to show me a man truly and completely in love with his wife that is not truly in love with life. I have a young son and I love him deeply. In being with him there is much love going on, both ways. It is very difficult for me to act outside of love when I am with him. Even in traffic. One of my favorite was to express something is like this: I am not saying love is contagious, I am saying love is contagious. It gets a point across.
Now I am not so sure that I want all this love all the time. I have a cantankerous streak in me a mile wide and twice as long. I love to argue. I am good at it. I used to make a living at it. And I promise you I have ruined relationships over it. When I was young I took argument as far as fisticuffs and enjoyed every broken nose minute. I am better now that I am older. But I must confess I still hold on to that need to argue and love just ruins that. By golly it is hard to enjoy arguments when you are acting in love. It changes arguing from talking to listening and that is no fun at all if you are arguing. Competition is addictive. Love stops that addiction and turns it into something positive. Nowadays I will normally settle for love and sleep better because of it. I hope you do also.
Sharing is essential.
Kind of cool how they put this together. Different
Now back to this marvelous notion of stewardship. Now as I grew up I was taught in no uncertain terms that we must be good stewards of gifts. The two most important gifts that we must be good stewards of are possessions and nature. That is what I was taught and what I believe to be true to an extent. But now I have come to the conclusion that the paramount gift that we must be good stewards of is love. What in the heck does stewardship of love mean? What the heck does stewardship mean? And I love to get a certain definition from Merriam-Webster – here is one: “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” Wow that is cool when you apply it to love. I wonder if my wife expects me to be careful and responsible in my care of the love I have for her. By golly I think she has a right and that she has entrusted that love to me. And so I must be careful not to betray that trust.
Now take that a step further. Back to the beginning. I believe God made me in God’s image as a gift. That image is love. God gave me a gift and entrusted it to me. The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care. How do I manage such a gift I ask? And the answer comes back to me. ““In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”” (Yes I do not quote the Bible gratuitously) Wow let the light shine by my good deeds—done in love? Amen to that one.
I got this gift called love. I got no right to put it under the bed and pull it out when it suits my needs. I got this gift that I must show off. And I must show that off by doing good deeds in love. It just ain’t no option to do otherwise.
Let us leave off with a simple prayer and an amen.
Lord grant me thy favor
The favor to do thy will in love
Help me to be a good steward of your most precious gift